Dragon magic bow and arrow painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Little Stories – Lost Pages And More

Dragon magic bow and arrow painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Today I have quite a list of things to share with you.  New finishes and projects.  The revival of a  linky party and news of an upcoming giveaway.  Also, there’s a new place in the shop for The Girl And Her Cat.  I called the very first post of this year Little Stories.   It is a blend of the many things I worked on during the long winter break.  I miss sharing the little things that I come across now and then and I almost always have a little story or an anecdote to go with my work.  I thought I’d make Little Stories a series.   So, without further ado, let me show you around.

 

 

After The Storm Print @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

After The Storm

 

Twitter Art Exhibit is an event where artists send their works to be sold for different charities each year.   This year, all proceeds will go to the L_I_N_C, supporting leukaemia and other blood cancer patients and their families.

Last year I injured my right hand very badly.  For a while I couldn’t even hold a pencil, let alone draw and carve for a relief print.   Thankfully, they extended the deadline and I was able to finish this print.   I am happy to say that it got sold within the first day of the online shop opening.  That made me incredibly happy.

 

 

 

Knitting WIP @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

 

My hand has also mended enough for me to knit again.  The background in the photo is a cardigan that I finished knitting, now waiting for a zipper.  The front is a hat that I am currently knitting using wool that I purchased on our travels.  Hopefully I will be able to share the finishes here soon, along with pattern links and review.

 

 

 

Wandering Camera photography and arts linky party @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

We decided not to travel this year.   Since I really miss travel photography,  I thought I would take this chance to go through old travel photos and share them here.  Wandering Camera linky party is coming back.  It not only motivates me to work on my photos, I also love seeing yours.  If you follow me via email, you will get a reminder.

 

Even though I miss the excitement and wonder of visiting a new country, I am content with wandering in my painting books for now.

 

 

Paintings From The Lost Pages Book

 

Here are the last few paintings from the Lost Pages book.   Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.

 

 

 

I finished this book on my birthday.  Since I am squarely a winter girl,  I thought it would be apt if  The Girl And Her Cat were enjoying the aurora during an Arctic dawn.

 

 

 

Dragon magic bow and arrow painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

This one is really special to me.  I painted this bow and arrow imbued in dragon magic for protection and strength for an old friend who was going in for cancer surgery the next day.  The Girl And Her cat brought him to safe harbour though the storm.

 

 

 

Lost Pages book of daily watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Lost Pages Paintings

 

You can see all the paintings from the Lost Pages book together at the above link.   Each page of this book tells a little story.  

 

 

 

Little sketchbooks for painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

 

Here is the latest stack of books I have made for painting since December of 2020.  They are all named and at least one of them is an illustrated story.   Most of them are about The Girl And Her Cat.

 

 

The Girl And Her Cat

 

The Girl And Her Cat is a series of paintings about an adventurous little girl who loves to travel and wander around with her little cat.   When I created the first painting of the duo planning by the fire, I had no idea where this journey would take me.  Here are a few from the Lost Pages book.

 

 

Snow Day Plans - The Girl And Her Cat planning their voyage Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Snow Day Plans

 

Planning snow day adventures while staying warm by the fire.

 

 

 

Wild Child - The Girl And Her Cat are at Yorkshire Moors Malham Cove Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Wild Child

 

Loving the blustery early evening. They have the comfort and warmth of each other.

 

 

 

Red Inn - The Girl And Her Cat stopping by for some rest Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Red Inn

 

Stopping by the Red Inn for some tea, scones with jam, and some kippers by the fireplace.   The innkeeper knows them, so there’s always a little extra TLC.

 

 

 

Anticipation - The Girl And Her Cat waiting in anticipation in the forest Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Anticipation In The Forest

 

Waiting together in the woodland forest for the fairies and druids to appear.  They packed a lunch and plan to spend the whole day there.

 

 

 

The Girl And Her Cat Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Red Inn In Frame

 

I picked the paintings because they felt like a set to me.   I really like this one in a black frame in the library.

 

 

A Thank You

 

I really want to thank each one of you for visiting me and leaving such wonderful encouraging words, not to mention continuing to purchase from my shop.  Each sale is very special to me, whether it is a quilt pattern or a an art print.   The sales enable me to make donations to my favourite shelters and humane societies.  I will have a special Thank You giveaway next month.  Stay tuned!

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.

 

 

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A very special little bear resident

Collections From The Past

Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

As you know, early last year in February I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy.  Instead of colour, I deliberately chose black and white.   After 365 days, that came to an end this year.  These photos played a big part in my life and I would love to continue to share them with you here.

 

This set was taken between late April and early May.  By this time I didn’t feel like leaving the house anymore, other than one or two rare driving trips.  I spent my days in my atelier and working in the garden.  I also made tons of inks using foraged things from the garden.

 

 

Simple 365 – Set 5

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.

 

 

 

 

A few photos from the set stand out for me –

 

 

A gift from the past. Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Santa Ziggy –  My high school librarians were very kind to a lonely child who liked spending all her free time at the library.  They gave him to me one Christmas.  He now spends his days in my home library.

 

 

 

Yosemite - Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

The Yosemite mug – Sierra is my home away from home and I love to wander in those mountains.  Sipping from this mug is the perfect start to my day, specially last year when I couldn’t visit.

 

 

 

A special bear resident - Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

The little bear – He is a children’s hospice bear.   My husband got him for me at Derbyshire.    He sits amongst my favourite children’s books in my atelier and watches over me while I work there.

 

 

 

Four roses for my four loved ones - Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

The four roses – I took this one for four loved ones in my life.  Raindrops made it extra special.

 

 

Paintings From The Lost Pages Book

 

It was early December last year, while still continuing with the daily photos, that I realized I desperately needed another escape into my imaginary worlds.  So, I started making little books and filling them with one painting per day.   I have been sharing the paintings from the first book still, which is called Lost Pages.  Here are four more paintings from the book.

 

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.

 

 

The Girl And Her Cat started visiting me more in my paintings to tell me all about their little adventures.  I love seeing them and I hope you do too! 

They stopped by the Red Inn for some tea, scones with jam, and some kippers by the fireplace.   The innkeeper knows them, and always gives them a little extra TLC.

 

 

Lost Pages book of daily watercolour painting by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Lost Pages Paintings

I  created a page with paintings from my Lost Pages book.  I will add on to that page as I share more paintings from that book.

 

Black and white Simple 365 photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

Simple 365 Photos

I also created a page with all the previously shared photos from Simple365.  I will add more photos on to that page as well, as I share them here.

Both of these pages can be found on the menu under photography and paintings.

 

These two special projects have been a beacon of  light for me.  I hope they bring you some joy and make you smile as well. 

Let me know if there is a photo or painting that especially spoke to you.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.

 

 

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