A Quiet World




We have somewhat settled into the new place.   One of my favourites is the abundance of trees in this neighbourhood.  Towering redwoods and other trees break up the horizon line.  Much to my delight, there are quite a few deciduous trees, lately dressed in their flaming autumn colours.  The Japanese Maple right outside my new atelier has transformed itself into a Lady In Red.





After a  few foggy mornings, the day of Mercury transit dawned clear.  The Sun was still coming up from behind the trees.  I spent the morning outside, peering through the telescope with a camera attached to it and captured the tiny planet silhouetted against our home star. 

The tiny black dot that looks more like a blemish is really a planet, so small compared to the star it revolves around.   Sitting quietly and staring at a moving dot may not have been a grandiose event, but it certainly was a humbling one.





Clearing rain makes for such gorgeous skies.  I ran outside with my camera, feet barely inside my shoes, to grab a few photos before the light faded away into the night.





After a splendid show of colours, almost all of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  Sometimes things do change rather quickly.





When rain started, unable to sit inside and miss out on the fun, I decided to rake leaves in the rain.  This walnut tree in our backyard is so high that the tree top was blurred by the wet air.





I collected a few leaves and acorns for my sketchbook.





Wondering how these will turn out when I finish.




Purchase Autumn Forest Walk


This print of my Autumn Forest Walk went to a new home!  I always get excited about shipping prints, and this is one of my favourites.  She sent me a photo of the print hanging in her home which really made my day!




Purchase Summer Sailing


A bit of cool blue decided to sneak into my life as I prepared this print for an order.

Whitby, Yorkshire. We were heading out to grab some dinner, the sky and the water were so beautiful with a band of pink in the middle.   Really love that a print of my very first oil painting has gone to a new home.





As Mother Nature lays the world to sleep so it can rest and recover, so must I also start my winter hiatus.  Piles and piles of books all around me are waiting to board the bookshelves.  While I lose myself in the world of ink, paper and paint, I wish you all a wonderful and magical holiday season.


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See you in January!




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Wandering Camera – My Summer Days

Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies


Preferring much cooler weather, summer is not my most favourite season, really. We don’t travel during summer and most of my time is spent indoors during this time. Therefore, over time, this has become my most productive time of the year. I do stretch my legs during very early summer mornings to avoid cabin fever, and I get to experience some of the most beautiful sunrises at our local park.



Misty Mornings In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



The misty and cool mornings of spring have now…



Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



…been replaced by fields of gold.



Rainy Morning In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



After years of drought and dry winters, we finally had a lot of rain last season, and my little flower garden is very content.



Tree Mallow Flower In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies



Wildflower season is gone, but I still have a few summer flowers blooming in the garden.  We planted a Tree Mallow when it was a no more than 2 feet tall, just a sapling.  It started flowering last year, and this year the tree is covered with tiny pink flowers.  I love seeing them swaying in the wind, backlit by the late afternoon sun.



Downton Abbey Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Purchase Stained Glass Flowers patterns


Aside from tending the garden so my beloved green-children survive the hot summer, I also restarted working on a few fabric flowers.   I pulled out my stained glass flowers pattern set and started making blocks for the English Garden quilt again.  My August goal is to finish at least a few of the blocks.  I will be joining One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts, a great way to stay on top of those goals.



Sketchbook page - GPS Error | Whims And Fancies


A little sketch from my musings sketchbook


I also use summer for travel planning.  As I was mapping a route, I thought of the time when we were following GPS instructions and a set of detour signs got us to a road-closed sign.  We were in tears from laughing so hard.  That only strengthened my hate for GPS, and I pulled out my trusty map.



Travel and Magic Watercolour Prints for Sale | Whims And Fancies


Prints Available In Shop



Lastly, Many Thanks for leaving such lovely comments on my last post, where I shared news about my new venture of selling prints from my paintings in my shop.  Much to my delight, this is the first set of sold paintings and they are now in their lovely new home in Scotland.

A Step Forward – If you missed the post and you are interested in seeing the available prints


How is your summer going?  Feel free share your summer-themed photos, or any photos that you have taken, on this month’s Wandering Camera.



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