USk: Cargo Portland

Picking up an old Fabriano Watercolor journal that I really don’t like
*but will finish off in some way, like the 100 faces challenge* 
I came across an old drawing of the building in the Pearl that originally housed Cargo, sketched before their move.  I left it penciled and partially inked.
*who knows why?*
I finished it Saturday and combined two photos to create this colorful version —
one with the Happy banners all around it and another, much earlier, when the graffiti of the red birds on the lavender blocks was still in place.
*why someone scrubbed them i don’t know… some graffiti should be left in place*

Cargo in-the-Pearl was a happy place for us through some awful times.
The curios shop was huge, having just the right mix of silly Chinese
(paper hanging decorations and wind-up toys)
to serious possible purchases (buddhas, ganeshas, huge columns, furniture.)
*you never know when you might need a piece of an old column*
We would take a few dollars mad money and sometimes spend it there,
or walk to one of the nearby restaurants and try their Happy Hour menu.

During the time my baby brother was dying, we took my niece and older brother there during part of our wanderings around town, and played silly.
I took a photo of Mitchell in a paper crown,
*mitchell has the capacity to play like a kid and i love that about him*
as well as some of the only good pics of my niece (camera shy)
and my serious brother in animated conversation.
*good memories in bad times*

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Fabriano Watercolor journal (don’t recommend), Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink, De Atramentis Document Brown ink,
Super5 Frankfurt and Dublin inks,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Sennelier, Holbein, DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

   

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NEW dkatiepowellart.com Site!

New dkatiepowellart.com site is up and running!

This is far improved from my old site in that it is easier to  negotiate buying and selling
of originals and prints on my own site (once I get the kinks worked out),
show commission work and illustration, and find classes as I post them.

Blog is staying here.  I posted several posts on my new site and in the end,
I like my  options here better…

I hope I have the kinks worked out, but please tell me if you find one.

Shipping is not up and running for heavier or oversized items,
but will be as soon as I can make heads-or-tails out of the program!!
I will be posting items as I go!
It is a big deal for me.  I put it off forever because of the work,
and happy dance that I am done!

YaY!

 

 

 

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I’ve been Doodlewashed!

YaY!  I’m the guest artist for Doodlewash!
If you don’t know Doodlewash,  you should become a member today —
Great blog, great guest artists, great product reviews!

*i really am so excited*


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Hahnemühle Post Cards, 6

I had no idea when I began playing with the Hahnemühle Post Cards
that I would love them  so much!  Trading postcards, sending an actual watercolor,
and now, gifting them to Patreons! Now I am comfortable with the ribbed rough paper, and use it to add to the textural quality of the finished images.

Most of these are done late at night when I can’t sleep,
but this group was created on a day off.  Pussy-willows.


Layers of waterproof inks begin most postcards now.
Amazingly these cards take a huge amount of water.  Indian Paintbrush.

I clip the postcards to a rigid surface to make them lay flat when painting!
A single rose bud.

These inks feathered, no fault to the cards… some inks feather!
In the end I made it work for me.

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Tools: Hahnemühle Carnet de Voyage (Bamboo)

Today I played with the Hahnemühle Carnet de Voyage (the Bamboo Journal).
First off, I love the cover!  Hahnemühle uses lovely pieces of art for all their covers,
and if I were to use this as an actual journal,
after removing the information tag I’d have a pretty cover to write on.

I tend to personally like bound journals, and as this is a sturdy spiral bound journal
I’d be more likely to use as a sketchbook from where I might sell or gift images.
Fifteen sheets of 265 gms/125 lb paper sized roughly 6×10-inches
is 90% bamboo and 10% rag in a natural white.
I love Hahnemühle’s green policies,
which can now be seen by the Green Rooster on the cover,
indicating they both run the company on green policies but also donate to green causes.

I picked an image wherein I was going to use several materials that I often use,
just to see what this paper could take:
masking fluids, inks in line-work and as grisaille/brunaille, and layers of watercolor!
Winna from our Virtual Sketchwalk Facebook group page provided the image
(our group is doing favorite objects this month!)

I began with an extra fine line ink sketch and the paper performed well with the nib!

Masking fluid was added where I want a pop of yellow later, and then three layers of inks built up to give me the under-painting I wanted:
Noodler’s Polar Brown for the “brunaille” dappled effect of the container;
Super5 Frankfurt for the deep wet tones in the image;
Finally, Noodler’s Lexington Grey for shadow.
The latter was used both full strength and in a very wet wash, two layers.
At this point four layers of wet were added.  No feathering or lifting of fibers.  Yay!

After the inks dried, I began building up the purples and browns and
even Buff Titanium (which I rarely use) of the flowers and the bench.

Finally, more ink over watercolor where needed,
the bright red (porch?) wall (two layers of red),
quin gold for the container, two shades for the leaves,
and then patiently wait for the piece to dry before popping off the masking fluid —
and dropping bright Daniel Smith Quinophthalone Yellow into the center!

I LOVE this paper!  Love it!
Hahnemühle journals are currently sold online at Wet Paint
(though no bamboo paper yet) and Blicks, who is selling the paper (no journal)
in pads of twenty-five sheets  of several sizes.

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VSW: Bear’s Tee Pee


A study in shadows, quick quick before I had much time to think
from our virtual walk on favorite object, one of Bear’s.
Leaving a swath of white helped I think!

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Aquabee Super Deluxe Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink,  Super5 Frankfurt, Platinum Citrus Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Sennelier, Holbein, and DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

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USk: PAG Trip to Monitor

This shows you how busy I’ve been!
April 29th PAG took a field trip to Donovan Harding’s amazing woodworking shop, Monitor Millworks.  He creates doors and windows the way they did them in the late 19th century.  He was kind enough to share the studio and the machinery and hand tools with the gang of artisans.  Wow!  I sketched some onsite, finished inking at home,
then MUCH later added color (this week!).

It was impossible to sketch everything, so I chose the memorable items.
Dog greeting us and following us around was sweet.
Loved the foliage outside, including the stream.

I like this image of Donovan showing us one of the machines.
Thankfully he spent enough time for me to sketch and take some pics.

The farmland around Mount Angel is so beautiful.
I don’t feel I did justice to the inside, when Donovan was reviewing the rules
and general history of his business.  For one thing, he is 8 feet tall!

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   Gads still finishing off the Fabriano A4 watercolor book, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink, De Atramentis Document Brown ink,
Super5 Frankfurt and Dublin inks,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Sennelier, Holbein, DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

   

©D. Katie Powell.
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