Wandering Camera – Christ Church, Oxford, UK

Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

A couple of years back we finally made it to England.  What had kept me away was the predisposed knowledge that once I went to England, I would want to go back again and again.  My prediction did come true.  We did go back multiple times, not just to England, but to Scotland as well.   I would love to share our journey with you. 

 

 

River Isis, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My first time in England had to include the City of Oxford and its architecture.  I wanted to see the city which introduced me to so many of my favourite writers.  We only had a couple of days there, so instead of rushing through a lot of the city, we decided to take our time and savour just a few places.

 

 

Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

First morning there, we walked up to Christ Church.

 

 

Meadow Building, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We were greeted by this beautiful Venetian Gothic Meadow Building, designed by T. N. Deane.

 

 

Meadow Building, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The pointed shape of the windows and the lancet arches reflect the style.  

 

 

The Cloister, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I always enjoy a walk along a cloister.  These cloisters were build around 1499. 

 

 

The Cloister, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Details of the cloister ceiling.  It reminds me of the green man motif.

 

 

The Cloister, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The cathedral spire is the oldest surviving stone spire in England and has been part of the Oxford skyline since 1230.

 

 

Dining Hall Stairs, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We entered the Bodley Tower, named after the architect G. F. Bodley. It houses the staircase that leads to the dining hall.

 

 

Dining Hall Stairs, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The staircase was built in the 19th century.

 

 

Dining Hall Stairs, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The stunning medieval style ceiling, however, was built in 1638.

 

 

Dining Hall Stairs, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Entry to the beautiful Christ Church dining hall.

 

 

Dining Hall, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The Hall is part of the college’s original foundation built in Renaissance style.  The walls are adorned with portraits and there is a large fireplace on each side.

 

 

Dining Hall, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The beautiful hammerbeam ceiling was built by Humphrey Coke, Henry VIII’s chief carpenter. 

 

 

Bodley Tower, Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After descending the staircase we walked in to the Tom Quad taking in the view of the Bodley Tower from there.  We will continue on to the Tom Quad on the next Wandering Camera.

 

 

Watercolour Sketch of Christ Church, Oxford, UK | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I have started keeping a travel sketch journal.  Here’s a quick sketch of a window of the Christ Church Meadow Building.

 

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Wandering Camera – Magician’s Bookshelf

Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

 

 

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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 too was made of ink and paper!

 

I love stories, as you well know, and this fantasy and fairy tale-inspired art print is great for any book lover.  Also, the candlelit stone-art bookshelf full of spell books for wizards would make lovely library decor.

 

Print of Magician’s Bookshelf is available in my shop.  Free shipping to all US orders.

 

-Soma

 

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