Wandering Camera – Music

Violin | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Today’s planned Wandering Camera would have required rummaging through photos.  I am under the weather, and not feeling like sitting at the computer much.  I have been playing music quite a bit to while away the sick days.  So, here’s a little peek into my musical world.

This is my old girl.  She was quite scratched up when I got her.  A luthier spruced her up and updated her with new rosewood accessories for me, even customised her a little for my smaller hands.  My violin and I have wonderful times playing together.

 

 

 

Violin In Colour Pencil | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Violin is the first musical instrument I learned to play and it will always be my first love.  I made this card using wax colour pencils and turpentine.  I can foresee an enlarged oil painting in my future.

 

 

Cello Watercolour Sketch | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This was a quick sketch of a cello.  I was too eager to try out a new set of watercolour paints I got at the time as a gift, so I didn’t care to draw it very correctly.  It’s a quick sketch at best, but serves as a reminder to be playful. 

 

 

Electric Guitar | Whims And Fancies

 

 

A few years back, when I was living in Los Angeles, I visited a music store in Hollywood.  It had a good selection of used instruments.  I got a beautiful Fender guitar to play with.  I love the haunting sound of it.

 

 

Musical Instruments Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Patterns in my Shop

 

These are the musical instruments quilt patterns I have created so far.  I have gotten requests for a few more.  They are definitely in the works.

 

 

Musical Instruments Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Patterns in my Shop

 

This is Supermassive Black Hole.  I named it after one of my favourite songs by Muse.

 

 

Piano And My Cat | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I play music for myself, but occasionally I have a listener silently sitting by me while I play the piano.  It’s very everyday, but exceptionally special for me.

 

I hope you liked the photographic journey of today’s Wandering Camera.  I will reply to your comments and visit you back as soon as I start feeling better.

 

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Show Your Wings – Steampunk

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Hello and Welcome to the Show Your Wings bloghop hosted by Carol.   Usually I spend a few days thinking about a project for a given blog hop, but this time I instantly knew what I wanted to make – a set of Steampunk Wings.

As you know, I am a very committed paper piecing quilt pattern designer, but for this one I decided to use other techniques to achieve certain effects.

 

 

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I love steampunk.  Alongside playing with the artistic aspect, I also enjoy figuring out how a steampunk mechanism might work.  I drew this small set of wings a few years back on a 3″ x 5″ index card.  Since then I have wanted to create a larger wall art with it.

Show Your Wings provided the perfect opportunity!

 

 

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Originally, I was going to create a paper pieced pattern.  However, I wanted the wings to sit on top of the background instead of being part of the background.  So I quilted the background first, then appliqued the pieces on top of that.

 

 

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I also thought of painting the yellow and orange pieces, but that would not have had the layered effect I was looking for.  Therefore, I continued with applique.

 

 

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Once all the appliqued pieces were secure on the quilted background, I had the most fun with planning and placing all the metal pieces.  As soon as I saw the large decorative pieces in the store, I could easily envision the rest of the wings.

 

 

Steampunk Wings | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I knew I didn’t want to bind it or add any kind of border around it.  Facing the piece would work, but I wanted a lot more stability and wanted to display the wings as flat as I possibly could.  So in the end, I mounted the piece around a stretched art canvas.  I will write another post to show you how I did that.

 

 

 

Show Your Wings hosted by Just Let Me Quilt

 

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt hosts some of the best blog hops.  Now, thanks to the Show your Wings blog hop, my once “just an idea” has turned into a textile wall art.  Thanks, Carol!!

 

Make sure to visit here for a list of the bog hoppers

Here are a few of the lovely ladies who I am sharing my day with –

 

What About Rheema?

Hill Valley Quilter

Nutz For Redwork

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Melva Loves Scraps

Creative Blonde

Keepsake Moments

Quilt n Party

Seams To Be Sew

 

Have fun blog hopping!

Until next time,
-Soma

 

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Birthdays And Such

Ultraviolet Phoenix Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As a child, I was encouraged to read and spread my creative wings.  I always got books and art supplies as birthday presents.  My husband keeps the tradition alive.

Before he left for work on the morning of my birthday, he gave me one paint tube, a brush and paper.  I couldn’t wait to try them out, so I started drawing in my sketchbook.

 

 

Ultraviolet Phoenix Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I liked the first drawing fine, but to leave something well enough alone is not for me.  I traced the drawing onto another page and joined some of the lines together.  I circled one area where I did that on the pictures so you can see the difference.

 

 

Winsor & Newton Ink | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After numerous attempts at trying out new paint directly on a painting and ruining it, I have learned my lesson.  I tried two black inks on a scrap piece of paper first.  I decided to use the Winsor & Newton inks in my painting.

 

 

Ultraviolet Phoenix Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The paint he gave me that morning was dioxazine violet.  Instead of painting a cliche red phoenix, I decided to push the energy level to ultraviolet and paint a purple phoenix. 

I painted the background first.  For a richer and darker background, I used inks instead of watercolour.  The Winsor & Newton blue and black inks blended into each other beautifully to give me a rich midnight sky.  I didn’t want the sky to be evenly painted, so I blended the inks directly on the painting instead of blending them on a palette first.  Since the blending needed to be done before the inks fully dried, I did this in small sections.

I excitedly showed the painting to my husband when he got home that evening. 

 

 

Ultraviolet Phoenix Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

He gave me the rest of my presents then.  This was part of my birthday stash from early January.  These brands are all new to me.  

The professional quality Winsor & Newton he got for me included some of my favourite colours.   The paint exceeded my expectations.  It stayed where I dropped it, while also glazing and layering beautifully. 

This was my first time painting on Arches paper.  It felt like the paper anticipated my every brush stoke.  It was like working with an old friend who knows your idiosyncrasies ever so well. 

 

Whims And Fancies

 

All that excitement pushed me forward to create the new logo that had been percolating in my head for quite a few months now.  I wanted the new logo to be representative of my love of images.   While tweaking the logo over a few days, the byline appeared in my head and stuck. 

 

 

 

Heather In The Yorkshire Moor Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Alongside, I have also been working on professional printing.  For a while, my room had at least 15 prints drying overnight, all done with different settings.  I was having such a marvelous time that I had to drag myself out of my atelier at times.

 

 

Haybales In Aberdeenshire | Whims And Fancies

 

 

A couple of weeks after mine was my husband’s birthday.   He has always been so supportive that I wanted to frame prints of a couple of my paintings for his office.

These scenes are special since they are from two of our favourite places in England and Scotland – Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire

 

 

Knitting Hat | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I also made him a fleece blanket and I am working on a warm woollen hat.  I will write more about them another time.

 

 

Ultraviolet Phoenix Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I can’t wait to make prints of this watercolour painting.  I got a different kind of paper specifically for printing watercolour images.

Have you been working on anything new?

 

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on The Magician’s Bookshelf.  You can still link up your posts here on Wandering Camera.

 

-Soma

 

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Wandering Camera – Magician’s Bookshelf

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

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 was also made of ink and paper!

 

Thank you for sharing your photos and stories too.  I love reading them!   All photography and creative themed posts are welcome.

 

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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