Whale Dream

I turned to speak with her and it appeared she was walking on water.
Then I saw them, huge whales just under the surface of the water.
They knew her, and were coming to say goodbye.

I adore whales, and have had the wonderment of being in the water
with these gentle giants as a kid growing up in Laguna Beach.

What is happening to them is breaking my heart.

If you want to stop the losses, stop eating Chinook Salmon at all;
Orcas are starving partly because Chinook is being overfished.
There are wonderful varieties of salmon and even clean-harvested farmed salmon
(look for those with no dyes and ocean grown).
Boycott Chinook and ask your market to not sell it.

Also, stop using plastic.
We were raised thinking that we have to wrap everything in plastic.
Get glass containers (jam jars in various sizes work great and are inexpensive)
and stop topping things in plastic.
I am amazed how often we simply don’t need it.
WRITE each time you get a package that has been unnecessarily wrapped in plastic,
(Amazon I am talking to you and also the makers of cat littler for God’s sake)
and write the companies that are switching from paper to plastic to stop
(Salt containers, many liquid products.)

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Sketchpack Project 2018: Pen and In, Week 1

This year’s theme: Pen & Ink

This year my Sketchpack is to be all inked drawings
with a bit of water to move ink color. 

I almost passed on Di’s challenge but I always have a good time!
Making it simple, and all about the ink, the mark, and water.
MOST are 10-30 minutes; if it took longer it was waiting for ink to dry. No pencil.


Days 1-7 of Sketching Pens!

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Past years: 2015: MPF Conservation,
2016: My Practice….

   ABOUT SKETCHPACK PROJECT: The project began in 2011 to get folks to draw daily.The sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete the month of August. There was much enthusiasm and the project is now repeated yearly in August, with a Facebook page for us to share as we go along.  (The page is closed for viewing but you can join to play along!) There is an Exhibition held in October at the Artsauce Studio in Observatory,Cape Town, South Africa of mostly local Sketchpacks!

w15 sketchpack openingDrawn on Pentallic folding journal
with pen and ink as named daily + water.

 ©D. Katie Powell.
My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart.

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VSW: Florida Trailer Park 1

This month’s walk is through four trailer park neighborhoods in Florida…
Taking a look at dying neighborhoods, torn down
for more lucrative places, happening not just in Florida.


I took three images and put them together (I admit to taking liberties.)
Grisaille in Lexington and Super5 Frankfurt greys, permanent inks.


Love the lines on the older trailers, very mid-century.

Thanks to Eliska for the great images from which to sketch!

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VSW: Rockport Chairs

From sketch with a fat stub pen to watercolor wash!

One more of Rockport — such excellent images!
With us in the biz, I had to try the chairs in front of Habitat for Humanity!

Thanks to Tom Brudzinski for the great images from which to sketch!

As I move along, I’ll put all my Rockport images here!

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We have our winners!


We have our confirmed WINNERS,
picked at 12:05 on 1 August!

Kris from Oregon Wisconsin,

and

Marieanne from Edmeston!

Congratulations!

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WWM: Day 31, USk Thurman Firehydrant


Walk to the market from the studio.
A fire hydrant with a tree growing round it….
I want them to retire the hydrant not touch the tree!

And this ends another World Watercolor Month!
My takeaway from this year is that I learned to knock out a fast sketch,
to NOT be so picky, to just do it and not think so much!

Until next year!

LAST CHANCE!!!!
Tonight is the draw for

 TWO lucky winners to win
my favorite middle-of-the-night
watercolor surfaces!
Cold Press Hahnemühle PostCards
+ Goodies Galore!
Click here to enter!!
Giveaway closes midnight July 31st!
YOU MUST ENTER TO WIN!

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
and add your watercolor to the gallery!
And come join Doodlewash…
find your tribe…  I’m there!

To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook
or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com

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WWM: Day 30, USk Optomitrist


Waiting for Mitchell at the KP optometrist, after I picked up my glasses.
We can see our studio from the window, though it is too tiny to draw!

Don’t forget: I’m giving
away to TWO lucky winners
my favorite middle-of-the-night
watercolor surfaces!
Cold Press Hahnemühle PostCards
+ Goodies Galore!
Click here to enter!!
Giveaway closes midnight July 31st!
YOU MUST ENTER TO WIN!

 

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
and add your watercolor to the gallery!
And come join Doodlewash…
find you tribe…  I’m there!

To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook
or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com

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