VSW: Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade

Pepé Le Pew was a favorite cartoon of mine…
Had to be the first sketch of the New Year in the Virtual Sketchwalk group!
I wanted you to see that I had water-colored his black with a dark sepia
but didn’t like the watercolor next to the Platinum Carbon ink so
I brushed it with De Atramentis in a Pentel waterbrush.
I should have waited until the ink dried.  Duh!
(The distortion is that I took one image while holding it down.)

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Decided to move him into the second image of hot air balloons on a float.
(I always think of Santa Fe and Napa Valley.)

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I haven’t posted items because I had not way to download
the second camera due to puter troubles!

And in case you don’t know who the rascal is:

Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, Fineline masking fluid,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Holbein, and DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

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CA Trip: Mitchell’s Moreton Bay Fig

w16-21-handbk-santa-paula-1Mitchell took me to see his Moreton Bay Fig in Santa Paula.  I understand that.
I have relationships with trees too, and this one is amazing.
It was planted in 1879 — and yes, it is famous — and grows up higher than some I’ve seen, instead of sprawling like the one in Santa Barbara.  I had one I used to visit that was a short walk from my apartment, at the Hotel Miramar in Santa Monica.

Behind it is the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot.

Reprinted from a Santa Paula Chronicle column
August 4th, 1992 By Catherine Barringer:

The plaque under our wondrous Moreton Bay fig tree reads: “Moreton Bay Fig, July 4, 1879, Eden H. Orne. 1962 Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce Tree and Land Purchase.”
It has been almost 40 year since caring citizens organized to save this historic tree. These concerned Santa Paula residents formed a legal trust and named it The Citizens Memorial Park Trust. They were motivated by the possibility that the site, directly across from the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, might be used for commercial development….
Hard work, organization, dedication and generosity produced a successful campaign, which had collected $7,246.04 by February 19, 1962.  One half of “Lot #1, Block #56” was purchased March 5, 1962, and the citizens gave this small plot of land with the wonderful tree to the City of Santa Paula.  The remaining $246.04 was used to pay for printing, postage and a share of the taxes.  Information available indicates that in 1875 or 1876, a nurseryman brought a supply of these Ficus Macrophylla (Moreton Bay fig) to Ventura County from San Francisco in five-gallon cans. This tree is native to Australia, so there must be another wonderful story about the journey from Australia to America. One particular tree was planted by the Rev. Orne in 1879 to commemorate the birthdate of the late Cecelia Orne Miller, his beloved daughter. The Rev. Orne was an early-day Santa Paula preacher who lived across the street from our Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. Our fabulous tree is still a healthy tree with an indefinite lifespan – thanks to the many people who invested their time, energy, expertise, treasure and enthusiasm to save her. Santa Paula is blessed with so many trees to treasure!

“Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”  Me… why I journal!

Handbook Journal, Pentalic 2B woodless pencil,
Platinum Carbon Pen with waterproof cartridges.

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CA Trip: The Chili Hut

w16-19-handbk-santa-paula-1Mitchell’s mom ran the Chili Hut in Santa Paula…
When I sketched the building where it was I put a  couple of women in dresses as
they might have been then and used a 50’s style car (made up of course.)

Started in pencil, finished up in ink and decided not to paint!

Handbook Journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Platinum Carbon Pen with waterproof cartridges.

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 ©D. Katie Powell.
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Bright Ideas, Silver Roses

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Going back to my Bright Ideas journal for the 365 drawings a day.
I love my Platinum Carbon pen but really, the ink is so reflective that it
shines in scans and in photos… I don’t like THAT!
That is why the roses look grey, and the writing — a Lamy Joy with 1.1 stub,
using De Atramentis Document Black looks black.

That last comment was a nod to tools, which I usually do on Sunday.
My computer died and I have a new one and so… slowly I am getting things together.

Drawing 11…  They are all posted out of sequence!

Bright Ideas multi-color journal,
Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

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Chinese New Year

w17-1-9-nost-hawaiin-rooster-300-2Chinese New Year is the 28th,
the year of the Fire Rooster.

Rooster’s have been on my mind…
Colored Verithin pencils, red and blue (not like me to pick THAT), then
Loose ink lines with a wet watery brush to move the non-waterproof inks.

Drawing 8…

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Kamala Reflections

w17-1-8-nost-kamala-memory-300w16-12-25-nost-kamala-sqMy grief when Jai died was overwhelming.
I did not write much or draw him after —
I have several starts, unfinished.
Maybe I am just ready now to deal with
the onslaught of grief that has been
happening in our lives for months….

I miss her.

Her straddling the toilet to wash her face
is an especially funny Kamala antic.

Drawing 7, above…

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T. P.

w17-1-6-nost-tp-pemaAt the New Year we also had a strange experience with toilet paper.
Every time I sat I thought about Pema Chodron, and her commentary about
staying present and having beginner’s mind with each item —
as in, when I flush, the wonder of the water going down, and what if it didn’t?!
We had no perforation (not serration, as I wrote) on our toilet paper…
You don’t give thanks for that unless you lose it.
It is not the end of the world, and for two rolls I had a several-times-a-day
contemplation on being present for what is so each time I used the toilet.

Everything is food for the pen… Drawing 5!

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