Inktober 23, Hari aka Fred


These are sketches from Hari’s days when he was a foster kitten,
lovingly taken care of by a responsible young man who did not want to let him go.
They allowed me to use the images they took of “Fred,”
charming images we looked at on Instagram that stole our heart.
I have made a story book, and I will add writing at the end, telling his story.

Many of the photos of “Fred” showed him well-loved, gazing at his beloved buddy.

Each day I will add another sketch:

I am available for sketched pet portraits.

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Inktober 22, Hari aka Fred


These are sketches from Hari-Terror-Tiger’s days when he was a foster kitten,
lovingly taken care of by a responsible young man who did not want to let him go.
They allowed me to use the images they took of “Fred,”
charming images we looked at on Instagram that stole our heart.
I have made a story book, and I will add writing at the end, telling his story.

Fred aka Hari was so loved by his foster family…

Each day I will add another sketch:

I am available for sketched pet portraits.

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Inktober 21, Hari aka Fred

These are sketches from Hari-Terror-Tiger’s days when he was a foster kitten,
lovingly taken care of by a responsible young man who did not want to let him go.
They allowed me to use the images they took of “Fred,”
charming images we looked at on Instagram that stole our heart.
I have made a story book, and I will add writing at the end, telling his story.

Fred aka Hari rode on top of his kennel on the ride to Portland!

Each day I will add another sketch:

I am available for sketched pet portraits.

To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook
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Inktober 20, Hari aka Fred


These are sketches from Hari-Terror-Tiger’s days when he was a foster kitten,
lovingly taken care of by a responsible young man who did not want to let him go.
They allowed me to use the images they took of “Fred,”
charming images we looked at on Instagram that stole our heart.
I have made a story book, and I will add writing at the end, telling his story.

In this one, because he was an unexpected addition,
his foster family took him on a trip to the beach in Washington state.
He acclimated well to travel, being of a certain calm nature.
Here he is laying in the sun on the sliding door sill.

Each day I will add another sketch:

I am available for sketched pet portraits.

To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook
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Inktober 19, Hari aka Fred


This is a sketch from Hari-Terror-Tiger’s days when he was a foster kitten,
lovingly taken care of by a responsible young man who did not want to let him go.
They allowed me to use the images they took of “Fred,”
charming images we looked at on Instagram that stole our heart.
I have made a story book, and I will add writing a bit later, telling his story.

In this one, Fred is waking his young friend in the morning from sleep…

Each day I will add another sketch.

I am available for sketched pet portraits.

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

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Inktober 18, Turning Point Birthday


Mitchell always celebrates our happenings and events —
As do I, never forgetting, finding ways even if money is tight!
Cards from the cats (how do they get out to shop?),
silly things that make each feel known to the other.
Homemade breakfasts, edible goodies, surprises on my computer board.


This year he celebrated mine by gifting me with a pen I’ve wanted for a couple of years,
and just won’t spend the dollars on… It is a thing of beauty!
Fire engine red like a shiny Christmas ball,
and engineered in a way that makes my architect’s heart sing.
I have some lovely red ink samples coming from Vanness to find the best red for it —
Diamine and Robert Oster and KWZ and Akkerman!

This birthday was a turning point for me.
You know how they talk about the big 5-0 or the big 6-0?
This is the birthday where I actually felt the shift in my time on the planet.
My mom can’t remember anything and so of course,
I didn’t hear from her on my birthday.
But also, the family members who might remember my actual birth are
either dead or incommunicado… Not quite the last one standing but close.

So this birthday I let go into a different period of my life,
and let go of expectations of connectedness with family.

It was nice to hear from my niece and friends.


I am now journaling around my images, but as I have extended family
still living I am not sharing the journal entries.

Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook,
Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.
Super5 Frankfurt ink in Pentel Aquash waterbrushes.

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Inktober 17, Slowstitch

I am thrilled with the movement of slowstitch —
A movement which celebrates hand-stitching and mending.
I’ve never liked sewing machines and love hand-stitching…
why I do this for others in our business!

I always wondered about the difference between quilting by hand —
which was the way it was done originally, obviously —
and the way people do it today, both in connecting the pieces of fabric
and in the overstitching or quilting.
I get why they want the ease, but for me the point would be to do it slowly.

I’ve found my peeps, and now have models for doing this very slow stitchery,
and have gained tips and a comradely in a community stitching very very slowly!
I also found many wonderful sellers of dyed fabrics using plant materials.
Many sell bits of fabric and lace and old tablecloths and yarns to add to a collection of fabrics to make into small quilts or to use in mending.
I bought my first one this last week.


This was the first package I bought, from a wonderful woman in Germany.
Her package was as beautiful as the many bits which were hand dyed!


I love the color goldenrod creates… a warm green-yellow!
Exactly the color of Platinum Citrus Black, which I diluted and used as paint!

The lovely package was created by Heike Gerbig.

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