March 31st, 2018

Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland

Artist: Soma Acharya, United States
Artist Statement: When I was travelling to England, I wanted to take a painting project with me to fill the long 10 hours of travel time on the plane. I found an old photo I took of Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland. The photo reminded me of how much I fell in love with the tranquil setting of the place.

I picked watercolour pencils because of the space constriction of an airplane seat. The colours of Derwent watercolour pencils are less intense than those of Inktense pencils, and are easier to lift off if needed. They also blend beautifully. Weathered stone structures is one of my favourite subjects to paint. I had a lot of fun with layering the colours and creating water stains.

As I was painting, I was reliving the moments of standing in front of the quiet Dryburgh Abbey Chapter House all on my own, soaking in the atmosphere of an old, wet stone ruin.

MEDIA: Watercolour pencils
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain

As an eternal lover of stories, it is important for me to have a background story to the art I am creating. Although I love to paint with watercolour, I let the subject of the painting dictate the media.

I am happiest when I am travelling and experiencing the world up close. Seeing nature through science-coloured glasses gives me a deeper joy. Photography is a passion. I use it for journalling and for creativity, capturing the abundance of colour and movement around me. Life fuels and inspires my art.
Instagram: @whims.n.fancies


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