Summer Veggies

W16 8 27 PENTALIC VEGGIES 004Okay, despite my annoyance with
Pentalic Aqua journals
, it is what I have until
sixty pages are used up!  (I will tell you if my bugging them a second time  gets their attention!

While I am working on the pieces for
Restore Oregon, I played with this lovely bowl of fruits and veggies.  Watercolors demand so
much patience (which I have little of) because of drying time, and summer is so beautiful in its produce colors!   I am using a large brush to keep it loose, and colors ran several times… Okay!  Also, I am working fast because I am busy!

But what do you do when your husband
eats your red tomato for breakfast?

W16 8 27 PENTALIC VEGGIES 001W16 8 27 PENTALIC VEGGIES 003Under-painting — the yellow is a bit brighter than shown….

W16 8 27 PENTALIC VEGGIES 005Messy messy, greens and then they ran into the basket….

W16 8 27 PENTALIC VEGGIES 006Came in with deeper colors in the basket, and then, of course,
the final colors on the peppers and warm-colored tomatoes.

Always organic; it matters!

Pentalic Aqua Journal, Pentalic 2B woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon pen with Platinum Carbon ink, Pilot Parallel pen; Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Restore Oregon: Wong Laundry Building, Portland, Oregon

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I am speaking largely to other painters and student painters in my blog.)

 Wong’s Chinese Laundry resided in the Wong Laundry Building on NW 3d  St,
an area currently under constant demolition for high rises, many of poor design quality.
It was designed by Alexander Ewart in 1908, and has had many businesses in it,
the last being Wong’s Chinese Laundry (more history below).
It was chosen as one of Seven Endangered Places in 2014 by Restore Oregon.

I support Restore Oregon because they gift monies
each year toward projects to restore our historical places.

I had few good images to work with, and visited the site to gain perspective on the area.

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I started with the two most obvious images —
the black and white image of the neon sign, and the street view.
The images of the building and the state of the disrepair at this time are not
compelling and my task is to create a watercolor a donor might purchase.
I tried my own rough urban sketches onsite but for a donor to want to
buy the image, it needed much more spirit and visual kick!

I added the Chinese Dragon
as if it were a New Year’s festival!

W16 8 RO Wong Laundry 07Beginning with an inked sketch, I added masking to preserve the white and highlight various areas, like the neon.  Overtime, I found other areas I wanted to highlight, so you see blue (that is the masking fluid) added to teeth, eyes, dragon’s ridge and flames.

W16 8 RO Wong Laundry 14Under painting and grisaille using inks.  I added black slowly as I went,
seeing where I wanted that inky darkness just as I saw the highlights.

W16 8 RO Wong Laundry 25Quite a bit of color is added all at once, trying to be patient between colors.
Patience is not my strength, and so, greens ran into the sky and into the gold of the building.  Thankfully perfection is not my goal, but a lively rendition of the energy
of the area when Wong Laundry Building was at its peak.

W16 8 RO Wong Laundry 29I thought the piece was finished, and removed most of the masking fluid so the whites could pop.  Standing back and looking, however, the ending of the building and the tree and the tail in the upper left-hand corner were not working.  This is an issue with a collage-type sketch, because you start in one spot and begin moving and adding details.
I wanted it to appear almost as if the dragon was circling around the block in the distance.  Instead the tail was simply floating in space at the upper left edge.

W16 8 RO Wong Laundry 35 Two things changed the feel completely:
pulling the sky across the top, even pushing it into the building and the tree,
and finally, defining edges with a heavier black line —
an old architectural presentation trick.

Roar!

W16 8 RO Wong Laundry 35 SQThese images are donated to raise money
for Restore Oregon
at the Restoration Celebration, November 11th, 2016.

MayOkasMom_editedI found several interesting
articles on this building besides the Restore Oregon article:
The Changing Face of Chinatown
in Portland Oregon
,
Longtime home, business of
Chinese matriarch for sale
,
Portland New Chinatown /
Japantown Historic District
(NPS).

The Chinese dragon doing its dance in front of the Wong Laundry Building is a made up entity from several images!  May it bring this building good luck!

Previous Buildings:
Upper Sandy Guard Station
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Strathmore 0r Fluid Cold Press papers, with a Pentalic 2B woodless pencil,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document black ink
and Platinum Carbon pen with Platinum Carbon ink;
White Uniball Signo pen, Fineline Masking;
Sennelier, Holbein, QoR, M.Graham, and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Tools: Pentalic Aqua Journal Failure

I hate to give a bad review, but the Pentalic Aqua Journal is such a disappointment.
I like the paper, and love the smaller landscape size of roughly 5×8-inches,
but damn they apparently can’t make a journal that doesn’t fall apart.
I also got nowhere discussing this with them.
Further, they are an Oregon company and I’d like to support them, but I can’t.

I will have to move to Moleskin or some other journal of this shape.

Two for two, fell apart when first opened,
less than a days use!!!  I had to tape or glue…

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I wish I could just glue, but the glue won’t take the
“abuse” of months of sketching and watercolor.  So I glue and then tape.
Botched the first book, but the second I did a better job of it.

Phooey that I must do it at all!

        

 ©D. Katie Powell.
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Tools: Sketching Bag, the Saga Continues

Some of you know that I wanted to rid myself of the color of my beige sketch bag,
as I am not a beige-kinda-gurl,
and had one failed experiment with De Atramentis Document Turquoise ink.
The ink never-ever stopped coming off on my hands and everything else no matter what
salt-vinegar-wuujuu magic I did, and after letting it dry two weeks.

Undaunted, I bought another beloved $11 tool bag from Harbor Freight.
I mean, I love this bag because it holds an A4 Moleskin easily plus pens and brushes and watercolors and my wallet, and sits flat on the floor.  I may have to add shoulder strap someday, but for now, it doesn’t get better than this.

Except the color…
See, beige.  No color at all.

This time I went the safe route, buying Rite Dye in Marigold… ROTFL at that name for the insipid color it became even though I doubled the amount for this itty-bitty bag.

Disgusting weird yellow. 

W16 8 marigold bag 03Yes I should have taken a picture but I was so annoyed,
but at least you can see the color on the inside of the bag… sort of a dirty sallow yellow!

W16 8 marigold bag 02W16 8 marigold bag 01Finally I brought out the Golden Dairylide Yellow Acrylic Paint and Golden’s GAC,
which helps it become fabric friendly.  I sponged the entire outside of the bag with the paint, and let it dry.  It is still a bit stiff, but it is not coming off, and I like the color.

LOVE the color, actually!
And it holds my Moleskin!

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Sketchpack Project: Week 3

Aaack.  Behind.
I hate it when that happens.

2016 8 16 SKETCHPACK HEART SUTRA 01
Heart Sutra

2016 8 17 18 SKETCHPACK BUDDHA SCARAB MOON 01
Vietnamese Buddha + Scarab Moon

2016 8 18 SKETCHPACK FROGGIE 02
Transformation

2016 8 19 SKETCHPACK CONCH 02
Primordial Sound

2016 8 20 SKETCHPACK MJ HEART 02
Japanese Paper Heart

2016 8 21 SKETCHPACK GANI MOON 04
Ganesha

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 handmade Canson folding journal
with Jinhao pen with Diamine ink,
Noodler’s pen with De Atramentis Tobacco ink,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document black ink,
Lamy Al-Star with Diamine Ancient Copper,
Preppie pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey,
Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Document Brown ink + Waterbrush.

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Restore Oregon: Working Toward a Goal

NOTE: For those that might be visiting from Restore Oregon,
I am speaking largely to other painters and student painters in my blog.)

I’ve rarely worked toward a goal/deadline in my painting life.
(I do it all the time in my working life, above.)
That is, there is a desired result at the end for a “client,” here, Restore Oregon.
I am creating a series of images for them to raise monies to restore properties in need.
It has a very different feel to it, both in the choosing of the images
(in this case, historic images) and how I approach them.

I want to let go and simply see the subjects and respond;
Deadlines can be motivating or distracting….

I started with the most difficult subject for me,
especially as I tend to paint brightly colored or urban images:
Upper Sandy Guard Station Cabin, built in 1935.
It was chosen as one of Seven Endangered Places in 2014 by Restore Oregon.

When approaching a deadline, I’ve always been a
get-the-hardest-part-out-of-the-way gurl.

I began with a pencil sketch that sat for the longest time because I simply had
no way into this subject matter… wood and stone and forest oh my…
Restore Oregon provided reference photos:

W16 8 RO Upper Sandy Guard Station 012Then I bought the loveliest ink, De Atramentis Tobacco ink, which moves into your watercolors and is the sweetest brown and smells like the pipe that might have been smoked in this cabin.
I had my way into the image.
I began playing with the watercolors that I saw in the reference photos, and saw lichen and quin gold and diopside and peimonite and pipestone and hematite, all mixed into the tobacco ink!

I inked the moveable Tobacco, and a few hard lines in
De Atramentis Document Brown ink (waterproof).

W16 8 RO Upper Sandy Guard Station 001I began watercolors, and from time to time I worked back and forth between
tobacco ink and watercolor, stopping to make forever a line in permanent ink.

W16 8 RO Upper Sandy Guard Station 008

These images are donated to raise money
for Restore Oregon at the
Restoration Celebration, November 11th, 2016.

Strathmore or Fluid Cold Press watercolor papers, with a Pentalic 2B woodless pencil,
Noodler’s or Pilot pen with De Atramentis Tobacco ink,
Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Document Brown ink; watercolor pencils;
Sennelier, Holbein, QoR, M.Graham, and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Kamala and My Sketch Bag

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I have such a love-hate relationship with Kamala.
She drives me crazy, never really wanting relationship with me, but definitely
trying to drive me crazy by getting into the exact things I want her to leave alone.
She pushes baskets on the lowest shelf of my rolling cart onto the floor.
She tips over my sketch bag, and rolls in the art supplies.
*ssh, but she has not gotten onto my paint surfaces yet*
Never allowing me to cuddle her,
she sits and stares at me at night, occasionally meowring.

Argh!

Aquabee Super Deluxe Journal, with a Pentalic 2B woodless pencil,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document black ink and Platinum Carbon pen with Platinum Carbon ink; White Uniball Signo pen,
and Sennelier, Holbein, QoR, M.Graham, and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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