Shattered Star And A Touch Of Halloween

Shatter Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Shattered Star pattern on Etsy

 

You are probably aware of my love for the night sky.  The life cycle of a star is a particular interest of mine.  The initial idea of this star came from visiting the Esmark Glacier near Svalbard up close, and seeing the sharp edges on the ice shards floating away from the glacier.  My mind (some might call it overimaginative at this point!) could not help but think of a supernova.  So came the idea of Shattered Star.

I have a few cuts of Stonehenge fabrics by Northcott because they remind me of stars and nebulae. Of course, I used them for this block.

 

 

 

Shattered Star pattern on Etsy

 

 

Colourways I played with before deciding upon the current version.

 

 

 

 

 

I want to make another wall hanging similar to Rainbow Star ( patterns available in my Shop ), following the same theme of the life cycle of a star.  The fuchsia colour is a placeholder for the fabric with myriad shades of pink, green, blue, purple from the Shattered Star stitched block.

 

 

 

 

 

The month of October means my favourite holiday and seasons are on their way.  I couldn’t help but think of another one in Halloween colours.  I have just the fabrics for it too. 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Halloween, I love the magical/fairy tale aspect of it.  I am working on a new painting series – The Halloween Alphabet.  This is A for Acrid.  Can’t wait to share more with you as I continue to work on this series.  I am using a sketchbook to keep it all together.

 

 

 

Halloween Witch Hat pattern on Etsy

 

PumpkinHollowQuilts is even more mad about Halloween than I am.  She makes amazing Halloween decorations and cross-stitches.  With her permission, I get to share this beautiful witch hat with you that she made from my pattern.

 

 

 

Shattered Star pattern on Etsy

 

It has been ages since I made something for Halloween.  As happy as I am with finishing Shattered Star in the nebula colours, I am going to try my best to make the Shattered Star in Halloween colours as well.   You can also get the Shattered Star quilt pattern on my Etsy shop.

 

Thank you for all the well wishes on the last Wandering Camera post.  I am so happy to hear that you liked the camping photos.  You can still link up your posts here.

Until next time and Happy Creating,
-Soma

 

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Wandering Camera – Camping

High Sierra Tioga Pass | Whims And Fancies

 

 

If being a good patient was one of my virtues, I would have already recovered from my cold.  Other chronic ailments made it a little worse.  I still have a lingering cough and laryngitis.  It was not the smartest idea to go camping in the mountains after a night of high fever and chills, but I had my reasons, however unreasonable they may have been.  After weeks of not amounting to much, I couldn’t wait to look through the photos I took there.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My husband was also getting over the cold he had caught.  We were feeling better that morning, so we decided to go after all, but with the proviso of not walking any trails or cooking dinner.

I love to camp at 10,000ft (3,048m) because of the cooler temperatures, even though I get altitude sickness there.  Since both of us were still under the weather, it was worse for me this year, and even my husband, who is usually unaffected by altitude change, suffered from it this time.  Despite that, we had a wonderful time puttering around the High Sierra mountains.

We watched the sunset colours transform on Mt. Dana and Mt. Gibbs before going down to 6300ft (1,920m) for dinner.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The wind was howling around our tent on the penultimate night.  When I stepped out of the tent for an early morning bathroom break, the sun was still behind the mountains, spreading a warm glow.  The campground was still asleep in the warm tents on that cold, windy morning.  I reached for the camera, then decided to capture the moment only with every fibre of my being instead.

I was feeling too sick to paint en plein air, so I made a quick sketch of the campground to paint later.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Clouds rolled in during the last day.  Low humidity joined high winds, turning it into a red alert day.  That meant it was too dangerous to light a campfire.

I was still not doing any better, so my dear husband talked me into getting a hotel room for our last night there.  We broke camp slowly during the day and spent the rest of the late afternoon revisiting a few places for photography.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We stopped one last time at Mt. Dana and Mt. Gibbs.  Sunlight was fading fast that day due to the clouds.  The mountains unexpectedly turned deep red for a very short time before turning into a dull evening grey.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Heightened altitude sickness put my body to the test this year.  However, spending beautiful days surrounded by the towering granite mountains and star-studded, cold nights by a campfire was worth every bit of it. 

I was standing alone in the middle of a field on a new moon night for this photo, soaking in the darkness and starlight around me.  I don’t remotely regret going.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Good thing we got the hotel, because my high fever returned that night and I lost my voice completely. Next day after breakfast I felt a little better.  We walked around Mono Lake before driving home.

High Sierra is such an amazing place. I am happy to be able to share just a few of the photos I took there with you.

 

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Wandering Camera – Clearing Storm

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to Wandering Camera.

 

This month I get to share a few clearing storm photos from the Sierra Mountains with you.  This is at my most favourite campgroud there.  It is at just over 10,000 feet in elevation.  Days stay cool, and nights get very cold.  Weather changes here frequently. 

 

Sometimes, if you are lucky, beautiful Mother Nature treats you with a rainstorm, which sets the sky on fire.  The ground reflects that light.  The smell of petrichor envelopes you.  You stand there unsure if the chill in your spine is caused by the cool wind or the spectacular drama that is unfolding around you.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We were resting back at the campground after a mountain walk on one of the many trails around there, when suddenly the rain came, followed by a full rainbow.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Then the dark clouds gave way to fiery orange and red ones against the background of an electric blue sky with just a hint of purple showing through.  We stood there speechless with admiration.

I took these photos while I was still figuring out my camera.  I am hoping for another opportunity to photograph a clearing storm in the Sierras.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I took this photo in Yosemite National Park during a different visit.  It was pouring rain in the early evening.  After my husband and I carried my photo backpack, stand etc through the snow to the photo spot using a couple of giant umbrellas, the waiting began. 

It started getting darker around us with rain continuing to happily patter on our umbrellas.  Then, just as I was ready to give up and pack everything up, it happened.  The rain stopped, the storm clouds parted, and Half Dome and the surroundings were covered by a beautiful purple-orange glow.

 

 

Yosemite Clearning Storm Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Going through these photos left me nostalgic and inspired, so I sketched this scene, and hoping to start painting it later today.  It has been a while since I have been to the mountains, I think it’s time!

 

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Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

Oil painting was definitely not an option for me because of the odoriferous fumes generated from traditional oil painting products.  So for the longest time I shied away from oil.  When I learned about water soluble oil where the paint washes off with just water, I had to give that a try.  I thought I’d share my approach and experience with you in case you have wanted to try oil paining but, just like me, didn’t take the plunge due to the fumes.

 

 

My oil painting supplies

 

 

Water Soluble Oil Painting Supplies | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

  • Daniel Smith Modified Water Soluble Linseed Oil – This is the ONLY oil paint medium I purchased.
  • Canva-Paper by Canson – Canvas textured paper.  At 290g it has a nice weight.  I did not have any problems with paint seepage in the back.  Great for practice, acid-free, and a space saver over using canvas
  • Da Vinci oil and acrylic brushes – These are synthetic brushes.  Don’t use soft watercolour brushes for oil.
  • Palette knives – For mixing paints
  • Masterson’s Sat-Wet Handy palette and liners – It is a lidded box that comes with a few sheets of palette liner paper included.  You can buy extra liners.

 

Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paint

 

 

Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I decided to invest in Daniel Smith oil paints.  There are less colour choices in the water-soluble oils than the traditional ones.  I started with primaries to mix colours, along with a few neutrals. I recently added a few more tubes to my collection.

Daniel Smith paints are of professional quality.  The paint flows and glides over the painting surface without any effort.  They stayed vibrant even after drying.

 

 

Sketching

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I usually start my painting with a sketch, denoting the dark and light areas.  I keep a little room on the side to write down the paints I use for the painting. 

 

 

Prepping

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I forgot to take a photo of the prep of the current painting, so here is one from an old painting.  Since I am using paper as opposed to canvas, I needed the paper to have a solid backing.

I used painters tape, the same one I use for my watercolour paintings, to tape the paper to a smooth MDF board before placing it on an easel.  Masking tape works well too.

 

 

Painting

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

In the beginning, my base paint layer was really thick. So when I tried to paint clouds over that, all I got was ruts cut into the base layer with my brush.   I wiped the area and started with a thinner base layer.  Once I learned that lesson, all was well.

A tiny little dab of the modified linseed oil was enough to rejuvenate the paint when I found my brush or the paint to be dry.  Water can also be used for painting and mixing, but water dulls the paint a little.

I used palette knives to mix paint instead of a brush.  The paint tends to collect in the brush without really mixing properly.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I love the fact that I can paint light over dark with oil.

Oil is extremely forgiving. The paint stays wet for a long time and can be moved and manipulated.  If I did not like an area, I was able to carefully remove the paint and the brush strokes and start over.  It smears very easily though, so be mindful of that as well.

Another thing to note is that the previous layer needs to be somewhat dry before the next layer can be applied.  Otherwise, the existing paint shifts and moves around along with the paint for the new layers.

The finished painting takes a long time to dry completely.  So don’t touch it for at least a few days after you have painted your final stroke.

 

 

Charlie Experimented With Me

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

Unbeknownst to me, Charlie wanted to participate in my oil painting experiment as well.   I made a few swatch cards which I moved promptly to the table in my atelier and cleaned all the tools before dinner.  Next morning I found the clean palette had somehow moved on top of the still-wet swatch cards.  The cards had smeared paints on them as well as the calendar, which lay next to the cards.  At this point I was not only sure that a cat got on my table, I also knew which one.

Right at that moment Charlie walked up to me.  He was sporting Ultramarine Blue paws and a Quinacridone-Magenta tail-tip.  He is exceptionally sensitive to smells and runs away from orange peel and potato chips/crisps!!  Considering that he got on the table to check out the paints told me how non-odoriferous they are.

The ultramarine blue from my gently protesting kitty washed off completely under running water.  I used a little soap for safe measure.  Quin. Magenta washed off too, but it dyed the white tail.  I trimmed his tail a little where the white tip took on a reddish tinge.

I am always very fastidious about cleaning up my table.  Now I know putting away freshly done paintings needs to be part of the repertoire as well.  Water solubility of Daniel Smith’s oil paint worked out really well!!  I thanked Charlie for his participation with lots of kisses while he purred.

 

 

Wild Flowers In The Park | Whims And Fancies - using Sennelier Oil Pastels

 

 

Many of you already know of my fondness for Impressionist/Post-impressionist painters, specially Monet and Van Gogh.  Earlier I did this Wild Flowers In The Park painting with oil pastels, which by the way is a fantastic dry oil medium.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeen Shire | Whims And Fancies - using Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints

 

 

I wanted to paint the Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire with similar small soft brush strokes, which I found almost calming even though I was working with a new painting medium.  I had a marvellous time painting the warm rich colours of the hay bales against the woods and the deep blue sky with floating clouds from one of my favourite places in the world.

 

-Soma

 

 

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