VSW: New Caledonia Beach


The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook is exploring New Caledonia
this month with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)!
They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul…

A chance to work on washes… getting enough made before I began
and then working the washes and blending as I went.
I am pretty happy with the outcome.

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Doodling, Drawing, Whatever


I draw whatever is in front of me while I am listening to just about anything.
When I was listening to my brother talk about being on his way home from the hospital
(no one called me to say he as IN the hospital) I drew…
I threw watercolors on later.

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Tools: Updated M.Graham Palette


Recently I reorganized my palettes, and the M.Graham was moved into a smaller Schminke palette.  I still find MG watercolors a bit stinky, but remember I returned the following pigments out of my palette and that stopped the headaches: Sap Green, Olive, Hookers Green, Anthraquinone Blue, Cobalt Violet, Raw Umber and Transparent Orange Oxide (*sob, lovely transparent oxide!*).

I still recommend M.Graham paints,
as they are lovely deep pigments, but as I have never had a reaction to any other pigment in any other medium or brand I still advise trying them one by one!

My M.Graham colors: Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Red, Raw Umber,
Nickel Quinacridone Gold, Azo Yellow, Indian Yellow, Azo Orange, Scarlet Pyrrol,
Manganese Blue Hue, Ultramarine,  Prussian Blue, Cobalt Teal, and Iso Phthalo Green,
a gift from Thomas, RIP, to replace the ones that stunk!

The paints which are not M.Graham in this palette for balance:
Emerald (Jasper Stardust), Olive (Holbein), VanDyke Brown (Holbein),
Imperial Purple (Daniel Smith, and one of my all-time favorite purples), Potter’s Pink (given to me to try when mixing skin pigments, which I initially said, yuck to but I have used it!), Quinacridone Gold (Holbein), and Opera Pink (Daniel Smith).

I Love drawing my palette at the beginning of a sketchbook…
It also helps keeps track of my changes,
and then later I can remember what I used in a sketch if in doubt.


Above, my old palette, which I talked about  in Tools: The Saga of the M.Graham Palette.
I tossed the Mineral Violet, chalky color of no use to me!

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VSW: New Caledonia Palms


The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook is exploring New Caledonia
this month with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)!
They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul.

I did a very fast sketch because I was showing a new brush pen to Mitchell…
What can be done with a brush pen!  (I’m not great with them!)


Detail of my line drawing with watercolors on top.
I so want to be transported to this place…
this water-loving girl wants to dip her toes in the ocean.

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30 Posies: Lupines, or Bluebonnets

I’ve always loved lupines
(or bluebonnets, as the purple ones are called).
In South Laguna there were wild
yellow and pink and blue lupines all over the hills.

I’m still struggling to not have streaky watercolor washes in this Handbook Journal;
I’ve nto noticed this typically in my Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal,
and not sure why it is happening in this journal.

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Portraits


I am not a portrait artist so this was a huge stretch for me —
A wedding present (only a few years late) for two people we love.
I  like this one a lot.

Details — click to make these larger —
I think I captured their images well…

The second had an unfortunate accident, smeared ink, and so I really kinda gave up
and didn’t finish it as I could not resolve the problem.

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Dieting… Ugh


I hate dieting but I need to do something because I have to lose some weight.
I decided to try something with a tiny A6  Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book.

Each night I draw my food…


So far I am just looking at what I am eating.
Truth is, the last two weeks a lot of emotional eating has occurred because
of a death and terrible sadness over a family happening.


I think maybe now I am ready to cut out the real fattening craziness, as in

ICE CREAM!!!

Not that I want to stop eating a bowl of ice cream every night,
but I want to drop about 25 pounds so I will…
Mostly, though, I eat pretty healthy, as you can see in the one above.

Thought you might want to see one uncolored.

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A Cuppa for Tracey

I painted this cuppa in honor of Tracey…
I will always think of her when i am painting watercolors,
but especially when I paint teacups…
Hers were so lovely!

Enjoy some videos here.

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USk: Studio Sketch


Messy messy studio as it was on August 23.
I realize that by USk rules this doesn’t qualify as an urban sketch…
but if someone else walked in to sketch our conservation studio it sure would!
Yes, our desks are covered in cat toys — isn’t everyone’s?

   

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Sketchpack Project: Week 4, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project,
But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me.

To see the entire project, go here.
(To see other years you go here!)

Reminder: The idea was to use brushes only, watercolor or inks, no linework!
Taking away my beloved lines, my life raft!  I wanted to see what I’d learn…

My brushwork got so much better this last week!
I love the mugs, Big Juicy Bug, and the brushwork on the Buddha head.

Next Year!

To see Week 1 and how I am progressing, go here.
To see Week 2 and more progressions, go here.
To see Week 3 and how I am progressing, go here.

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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 watercolor folding journal…
Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith Watercolors + Waterbrush.

 ©D. Katie Powell.
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Wildflower Sketchbook Workshop


While I was sick I took the Wild Flower Sketchbook Explosion (workshop)
with Lucia Leyfield (she goes by the name Wild Ink).
I had a lot of fun, and the price (around $20 US) is good for the class.
I think this is a great workshop for beginners
and yet, I learned a few tricks I will definitely use in my sketchbook!

Two of the takeaways were the encouragement to use
the white pen — which I always forget about — in my work.
It adds a liveliness, above.

The other is the use of touching water around a dark center to create delicate petals…
I need more practice but this is a fun way to create flower petals.

Lucia is a lovely teacher and I may take her lettering class which I can REALLY use…

My note about making more juicy washes was mine…
I always forget to make enough!

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Gibbs Reclining, a Masterpiece


HA HA HA HAHAHAAAA!

I don’t know what we’d do without the cats for laughs…

Tough pose, finally tackled it, not liking it…
Good practice but yeows, I need to do this again…
foreshortened legs,
all so very wrong!

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Ancho Chili

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Ink Painting with Birmingham inks (Black Olive and Ancho Chili)
and Robert Oster inks (Red Candy)…
A meditation on a dried chili!

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Sunflower


Sometimes I just want to leave the ink drawings as they are.
Sexy Lines.  Thank you Tracey… still missing you today.

My favorite flower, joyfully following the light!

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Wisteria Streets


I see wisterias in Portland sometimes, but not like I used to see them
in Southern California — streets lined with them all over the older parts
of Los Angeles and San Fernando, so old they created
purple and green tunnels when they were in bloom.
Sketch from my imagination, missing some things about So Cal, home.

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Death of a Friend and Teacher

Postcards and some of her images around my messy messy studio desk.

I spent the morning grieving the loss of Tracey Fletcher King from this world.

I would not be the artist I am without her generosity toward
this newbie watercolorist,
as she encouraged me to be me and not try to be a masterful artist of some other variety. She taught me about juicy washes, to go deeper with colors (they lighten), and made me laugh about my own insecurities.  She spoke to be about my sexy lines in an email once, and this still makes me smile.

I especially loved her sketchbook images, though her expertise as a
watercolorist shines in her fine art images like the pieces below.
I continue to be blown away that these are watercolor!

I probably won’t miss her as much as her family and in-person friends in Australia,
who also had the gift of seeing her daily if they wanted to do so.
It is certainly true that I already lost her somewhat when our online chats which we scheduled every couple weeks were lost due to her waning strength.
We talked online as we became close friends — from afar —
about life in AU and being an artist and her cancer and her family and mine.
We told each other secrets, and I wish I had lived in AU so we had met in person.
I want a hug now.
I have been feeling her loss all along, and was in the process of writing her
and sending images today when I heard the news.
Somehow the world seems less friendly and wonderful without her.

Enjoy some videos here.

Words are inadequate.
I will go paint instead.

For her family, huggs, Kate.

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Sketchpack Project: Week 3, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project,
But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me.
(To see other years you go here!)
To see Week 1 and how I am progressing, go here.
To see Week 2 and more progressions, go here.

Reminder: The idea was to use brushes only, watercolor or inks, no linework!
Taking away my beloved lines, my life raft!  I wanted to see what I’d learn…

This week I saw a LOT of progression, even in simple images,
but especially in Buddha, Yaman’s toy (Feathermouse), and the shell.

Onto the final week!

w16-9-22-pentalic-laguna-beach-days-of-yore-05-sq 

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 watercolor folding journal…
Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith Watercolors + Waterbrush.

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

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Frank

I had two images from which to refer while sketching this softly grey-brown long-hair cat.
(See one below, along with my first sketch of Frank done in 2014 — I’ve learned a LOT!)
Frank’s eyes came out  bit too blue, and he is too dark, but I’m happy with his expression!

Pen and ink sketch, building the soft grey,
and then two colors grey and brown and then black ink.

Practicing cats!

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