Fairy Tale Gingerbread House And Simple365

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Fairy Tale Gingerbread House On Etsy

 

Summer  is a time for me to stay indoors, clean up my workspace, get my act together and plan ahead, but always with room for spontaneity.    This year however, the planner pages remain empty.  I am finding myself increasingly wanting to work on and experiment with new materials and ideas.  That includes thinking of alternate twists on old stories.

 

Before I go into the story behind this painting, let me share another set of my Simple 365 photos. 

 

Simple 365 – Set 2

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Previous Sets –

Simple 365 – Set 1

 

Early this year, I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy.  These are truly everyday photos that mostly reflect my days and my life.

 

 

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A few months back, I was sketching of a gingerbread house right at the edge of the wood. 

 

A little tip for watercolour painting

I almost always start my paintings by drawing in a sketchbook or on large sheets of loose paper, NEVER directly on watercolour paper.  Erasing unwanted marks damages the watercolour paper, and you can never really get rid of the erased pencil imprints. 

Once I am happy with my drawing, I use my light-board to trace the final drawing on the watercolour paper before I start painting.

 

 

Fairy Tale Gingerbread House Watercolour Painting | Shop Whims And Fancies

 

Originally, the witch at the door was not part of the painting.  I was thinking of sweets and icing for the house itself.  I also enjoyed painting the wicked woods and the bramble that lay behind the house. 

I was happy with the painting, but without the witch it didn’t feel complete.  As I was drawing her, I thought: “What if she is not a horrid witch as the stories portray her, but a kind one?”

 

 

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Fairy Tale Gingerbread House On Etsy

 

Once someone enters the wicked woods, they never return. She is there to protect wandering children from entering the woods by luring them into the gingerbread house.  She sends the children who are truly lost home.  For the ones who have run away from bad homes, she finds a happy home. 

For me, she embodies hope.  That’s at least my version of the story and I am sticking to it!

 

Prints of the Fairy Tale Gingerbread House are available in my shop.  I would like to think it would make a wonderful gift for book lovers,  adults and children alike. 

Hope you liked my version of the story. I would also love to know which of the Simple 365 photos from this set you liked.

 

Wishing you a happy week ahead,
-Soma

 

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Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis - A Watercolour Painting by Soma Acharya | Whims And Fancies

 

Hi Everyone!  I spent the last few months in a haze.  Apart from many other things, I spent a lot of time pondering the subject of existentialism, alongside a feeling of swimming forever without reaching the shoreline.  When this happens, I escape into my self-made world of photography and painting.  It wraps me in a safe cocoon.  Sometimes I find it very hard to leave that world behind and come back to reality.

 

 

Simple 365 – Set 1

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A part of my little world recently changed forever, even before the larger world started to go awry around us.  Sadly, it is an echo of my current state of mind, more destructive than constructive.  I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy. Reflective of my current state, they are in black and white.

Very aptly, my husband suggested I call it “Simple365“. 

 

 

Metamorphosis - A Watercolour Painting by Soma Acharya | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Trading Secrets

 

 

Metamorphosis - A Watercolour Painting by Soma Acharya | Whims And Fancies

 

I really love the solitudinous nature of a forest; it creates such a beautiful setting for reflection.  My cat is happy to be there, enjoying the simplicity only nature can bring.   An oak tree, strong and wise, protects my cat within its branches.  There is a green butterfly that roams there.  They trade secrets with each other.  Today, the butterfly is telling him about metamorphosis.

 

I hope this little story of their friendship made you smile.

If you will, please leave a happy note or memory in the comments.  Let me know which one of my “Simple365” strikes a chord with you.  Join me if you wish.  You don’t have to take a picture everyday, but do look around you, take a photo and share if you like.  It might make someone else smile too.

 

Take care and until next time,

-Soma

 

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