Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire And Autumn Sale

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

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Over the last few years, while travelling in Europe during autumn, I have come to love a few landscape features.  Living in a country where hay bales are mostly of plain square shape and stacked up high on top of each other, I am always on the lookout for the round ones when driving through the European countryside.

 

 

 

During our last road trip through Scotland, I took a few reference photos of hay bales for painting.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Aside from the round shape of the hay bales, I also love the shadows they cast, as well as the tracks and grooves in the fields.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

After coming back home,  I started drawing one of the landscapes from Aberdeenshire featuring hay bales on the fields.  Once I was happy with the composition, I got to painting.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

I chose oil to paint the landscape. 

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

I love impressionist/post-impressionist style oil painting, Monet and Van Gogh being my favourites.  I painted the field in that style using  similar small, soft brush strokes, which I find very calming.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

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I had a marvelous time painting the warm, rich colours of hay bales against the woods and the deep blue sky with floating clouds from one of my favourite places in the world.

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire is now available in my shop as prints and cards.

 

Autumn Sale

 

As October is my favourite month,  I have a sale running until Oct. 31st –

Use coupon code Autumn10 for 10% off on orders of $10 and up

Use coupon code Autumn15 for 15% off on orders of $15 and up

Please feel free to browse shop and let me know if you need anything.  Free US shipping and I ship internationally too.

 

A little note – My right hand is currently in a splint to heal a wrist fracture, so I am unable to type at my usual speed.  Please allow me a little extra time for replies.

 

Whilst I am at home, I am taking this opportunity to go on virtual journeys through my travel photos and paintings.  Hope you enjoyed them too.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

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Wandering Camera – Magician’s Bookshelf

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

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Hi Everyone!  Welcome to Wandering Camera.  I am really excited to share photos of this painted bookshelf with you this month.  I love the romantics of magic and decided to embark on a journey of painting a magic alphabet series.  I chose B for bookshelf. Specifically, a magician’s bookshelf.   I love to and tend to do a lot of research for my work.   I had a fantastic time looking into alchemy and magic.

 

 

 

York Cathedral | Whims And Fancies

 

York Cathedral, England, 2016

 

 

I looked into my vault of travel photos for stonework depicting vines and leaves.

 

 

St. Clement's Church, Isle Of Harris, Scotland | Whims And Fancies

 

St. Clement’s Church, Scotland, 2018

 

Nothing says magic to me more than stone.  These are two of the photos I used for reference.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Before I started inking the drawing, I practised on a separate piece of paper with a dip pen.  Unfortunately, the rough surface of the cold press paper that I used kept catching the pen too much, causing very uneven lines instead of the smooth and controlled lines that I wanted.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I switched to a very small brush which glided easily on the paper.  I was able to create controlled and tiny strokes for the cross hatching using waterproof Speedball Super Black india ink.

However, inks are very harsh on brushes.  I learned that the hard way after almost destroying the first one.  Brushes need to be cleaned quite often with a good brush soap.  Also, instead of my gentle watercolour brushes, I will be using a little stiffer acrylic ones for inking.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

It took me awhile to draw those tiny cross hatch marks.  It was quite meditative.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Then, early December, I started painting.  I wanted the stone bookshelf to be illuminated by candlelight.  Using warm yellows and warm browns, gently and slowly, I finished painting the bookshelf.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

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I thought of painting all the books in one colour, but that seemed very boring.   Magic should be exciting!  So I decided to match the colours of the books with their titles.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I would love to paint this bookshelf larger one day and add more details to the book spines.

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

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The ancient and wise raven watches over both the books and the magician.  Even though she is candlelit,  she also glows from within.

 

 

 

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Quoting my friend Dixie – a bibliotheque filled with books on practical magic, spells, and alchemy.  I would so love to take a peek at these books.  If only I too was made of ink and paper!

 

I love stories, as you well know, and this fantasy and fairy tale-inspired art print is great for any book lover.  Also, the candlelit stone-art bookshelf full of spell books for wizards would make lovely library decor.

 

Print of Magician’s Bookshelf is available in my shop.  Free shipping to all US orders.

 

-Soma

 

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