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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Wandering Camera – Muir Woods

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This Wandering Camera started with an innocuous conversation that turned into a morning excursion.  A few weeks back, my husband and I went to get haircuts during a cold and wet morning.  The lady who cuts my hair is usually very quiet.  However, the weather outside got us talking about Muir Woods.  She had visited Muir Woods recently after a rainstorm and loved how the forest transformed into a wet and misty place.

 

 

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I am one of those few people who love winter.  When we lived in southern California, we used to come up to San Francisco during the winter months to enjoy the crisp and cold, wet and windy weather, often visiting Muir Woods as well.  Sadly, even though we live so much closer to it now, we haven’t gone there once since we moved up here to northern California.  After having that chat with her though, it was inevitable that we visit.

 

 

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I would have loved to photograph the forest after the rain, but I happily settled for an early morning cloud layer before the sun broke through it.  Muir Woods is about a 70-mile drive from our place.  So, to get an early start, we woke up while it was still dark outside.

 

 

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The place was exactly as we remembered it.  I even recognised a couple of the mighty coastal redwood trees by the markings on their trunks from our visits all those years ago.

 

 

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Even though the redwoods dominate this landscape, we saw many other plants growing in the forest under the shade of the tall trees.

 

  

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After a couple of hours, the sun was high enough to come through the forest foliage.  Only a few rays could penetrate the thick canopy of leaves high above us.

 

 

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I love how dramatic the fall leaves look against the dark background of the redwood trees.

 

 

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As the sun continued to rise, some of the early morning magic started to dissipate, so we decided to head back.

 

 

Downpour Rain Painting | Whims And Fancies

Downpour – a marker and colour-pencils drawing

 

Although we didn’t get to walk in the rain, it was still wonderful to visit the forest.  We had a fabulous downpour last week and it is continuing into this week.  Both my husband and I love to walk in rain and snow, they make us ecstatically happy.  We will be revisiting Muir Woods very soon, this time hopefully wearing our wet-weather clothing.

 

I will be going into my winter hiatus soon to enjoy my favourite season, so there won’t be a Wandering Camera next month.  We will resume again in January.

 

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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Escapism

Autumn Forest Trees Painted With FW Acrylic Inks | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I want to share with you a full burst of colour and happiness, if I may.  For the moment, I have had enough of being an adult.  By late last week, I was going mad with all the news everywhere.  So, I decided to disappear into made-up worlds.  I was searching for the ultimate escape within them.

 

 

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt | Whims And Fancies

 

Playing In The Rain

 

I tried to continue with the everyday, but found it too tiresome.  I made this Lego Harry Potter quilt specially for a little extra comfort on these kinds of days.  This time, I wanted to hide under it forever.

 

 

Fantastic Beasts Lego | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Hiding forever does not work, of course.  I played with the new Lego that had arrived at my doorstep earlier that day.  Lego brings to mind the thought of ultimate childhood and innocence.  In the story these two characters have a special love that made me think of my cats.

 

 

My Orange Cat | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We worked together quietly into late hours, listening to our favourite music.  His presence cheers me up and his purr calms me, which in turn helps me concentrate.

 

 

Red Umbrella Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

With Artist Paintbox finished ( pattern can be found on Etsy ), I worked on the red umbrella quilt pattern.   Rain makes me happy.  I learned the other day that I am a pluviophile.  I like that there is a word for people like us.  Since we are still in the midst of a long drought, I work rain into my creative world.

 

 

Autumn Forest Trees Painted With FW Acrylic Inks | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My husband stepped out to the local art store and got inks for me to play with.

 

 

Autumn Forest Trees Painted With FW Acrylic Inks | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Play with ink I did.  The FW acrylic inks are gorgeous.  With their help, I painted a forest full of happy trees.

 

 

Autumn Forest Trees Painted With FW Acrylic Inks | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I continued to sculpt and create trees over many hours while listening to an old favourite — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone read in the comforting voice of Stephen Fry.  I love forests full of wonderfully old trees.  In my made-up world, the forest gets splashes of beautiful rain, trees continue to grow to hide the critters from the dangers of the world, so they can continue to play in the soft, filtered sunlight and mist that comes after the rain.

 

-Soma

 

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Make Art – Artist Paintbox

Artist Paintbox Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Artist Paintbox pattern on Etsy

 

Given how much I love to paint,  this block should have been the very first one in the Make Art series.  I think I was waiting for a moment of inspiration and motivation.  It came to me as I unwrapped the recently-received brushes and paints.  Very soon afterwards, I had the initial drawing finished.

I designed it so all the elements in the pattern are independently pieced. That way they can be stitched in random order.  One or more elements of this pattern can also be used for different projects.

 

 

Perylene Green Forest Daniel Smith Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

Perylene Green Forest Bookmark

 

Earlier in the year I made a decision to spend more time painting and returning to photography as I missed them terribly.  I stayed true to my word.  I painted a lot more this year and started the Wandering Camera linky party.

 

 

Quill Pen and Ink Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Quill Pen pattern on Etsy

 

Instead of drawing with ink pens, I love to draw with quill pens because of the uneven lines they create.  The Make Art series started with this Quill Pen quilt pattern.

 

 

Fountain Pen Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Fountain Pen pattern on Etsy

 

I also love to write, and I express myself best in writing.  I have been using fountain pens ever since my third year of primary school.  As I was sewing the quill pen, I knew this fountain pen quilt pattern had to be the next one.

 

 

 

Artist Paintbox Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Artist Paintbox pattern on Etsy

 

If you know an artist or a writer, they might love these.  All the patterns are available in my Etsy shop.

 

The colours in the Artist Paintbox are based on my own favourite palette.  I am thinking of framing these blocks instead of quilting them or using them for other sewing projects.  My husband has already claimed the fountain pen as he also loves to write.  It will go off to live in his office.  I have another plan for the quill pen which I will share later.  This one, I am very sure, will go on an empty space on my atelier wall.

 

Thank you for your lovely comments on the October Stories photos.  Wandering Camera linky party is still open.  You can link up your posts here.

 

Until next time and Happy Creating,
-Soma

 

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