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.

 

 

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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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Wandering Camera – October Stories

 

Clearning Storm Sunrise Watercolour / Stormy Sky Sunrise Watercolor | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Every October, my attention gets blown around like a leaf in the wind and I continuously find myself in the midst of stories, but not necessarily stories made of words.  This Wandering Camera reflects that.

One late afternoon, with rain clouds outside my window, I was practising painting a sunrise after a clearing storm over the mountains of a distant land.  Unintentionally I tend to I create shapes in the painted clouds.  This time I painted a peacock.

 
 
 

Lego Harry Potter Halloween Feast | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I set up little patches of decorations everywhere that tell little stories.  I shared with you the Lego Winter Village before.  For October, I have the students back at Hogwarts.  They are getting ready for their Halloween feast. 

 
 
 
Wine Country Raibow And Hot Air Balloons | Whims And Fancies
 
 
 
 
One morning I found a beautiful rainbow right outside my backdoor.  I wondered what it would be like to follow one.
 
 
 
 
Solitary Rose And Ticking Clock | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I have a weakling rose plant in my garden that gives one beautiful flower every year.  This one was too heavy for the stem, so I brought it inside.  One of my cats knocked the vase over trying to eat a leaf, so I moved it to the mantelpiece where the clocks are (I collect clocks).  That in turn made me think of a story about a solitary rose and a ticking clock.

 
 
 
Shattered Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies
 
 
Shattered Star pattern on Etsy

 

 
Earlier this month I showed the quilt block I made from my new pattern, Shattered Star.  I got the idea after seeing ice shards floating away as we admired the Esmark Glacier up close near Svalbard.  That block was about stars and nebulae
 
I made this block using the vibrant colours of Halloween.  The swirls in the fabric and the shards in the design make me think of the mysteries of smoke and mirrors. 
 
 
 
Bookshelf Of A Magician - Ink And Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies
 
 
 
My beloved ink-and-paper magician is brilliant, but is having trouble procuring books.  So I am building a bibliotheque for him.  Quoting my friend Dixie – a bibliotheque filled with books on practical magic, spells, and alchemy.  As soon as I bring everything to life with a bit of colour, he can have it all.
 
 
I love the romanticism of magic and fairy tales.  With the help of the autumn wind, October brings them a bit closer to me and sweeps me off my feet every time.
 
 
 

Charlie Cat On Harry Potter Quilt | Whims And Fancies

 

Charlie’s Adventure – A little Halloween story

 

Charlie and the rest of us wish you a Happy All Hallows Eve, whether or not you celebrate Halloween!

 

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

 

You can add any number of links to your posts, or write a new post to link up.

Please add the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy as long as you link back :-)

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that runs on the last Thursday of every month.  If you follow me via email, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!



 
As my monthly goal was to finish the block,  I am linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Elm Street Quilts.
 

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