Uppertown Net Loft at 100 31st Street, Astoria, Oregon was the
Union Fishermen’s Cooperative Packing Company’s Net Loft, built in 1900.
It is a significant reminder of the Columbia River’s salmon fishing and canning industry. The building is near and dear to my heart because of the barn-like quality on the river. The community has formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit, WHARF, to explore the adaptive reuse of the Net Loft as community-based artist space but significant preservation planning and rehabilitation dollars are needed to get the project off the ground.
After color sketches, I moved to a larger page
sketching with pencil and De Atramentis Tobacco ink.
I began with under-painting, and also decided to use masking to retain some
bright colored stalks of wheat or water foliage I noticed in a number of images,
making them brighter to compete with the brilliant blue and reds of the image.
I really hated the image at this point… and almost scrapped it!
This sometimes happens… Usually now I move on into it to see what it will be.
I can always toss it out later if I hate it!
I went a bit further, doing murky layers and brilliant layers and was satisfied.
It is a bit wonky…
Strathmore or Fluid Cold Press papers, Pentalic 2B woodless pencil,
Noodler’s or Pilot pen with De Atramentis Tobacco ink, Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Document Brown ink; White Uniball Signo pen, Fineline Masking;
Sennelier, Holbein, QoR, M.Graham, and Daniel Smith watercolors.
©D. Katie Powell.
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I will teach architectural sketching,
art journaling (art+writing), creativity, watercolors.
That annoying loud-mouth editor/critic in your head?
GONE! How great would that be?