VSW: Buffalo Cemetary, 2

w16-vsw-buffalo-cemetary-06Having put a body of work behind me
at Restore Oregon, shown and sold, and
also in anticipation of that coming to a close, I’ve been turning to my next interest.

I am a teacher.  I wanted to be one at 16 and my Aunt Elsa May Smith told me to learn something that interested me then teach THAT — and she was in higher education and headed up the first Gerontology Studies department in the country.  I think it is good advice.  I taught architectural and interior design at University, then writing and painting in the Oregon schools.

I will teach architectural drawing
through video (working on that now) and locally by taking out groups in our area.
I will continue to teach or share things I learn through my explorations.  Teachers teach what they know and sometimes what they are playing with… which is what you will get from me.  I will also share great teachers and products I love, and tell you if others love a product even if I hate it!

w16-vsw-buffalo-cemetary-07I am by nature not a painter of realism.
I’m not trying to make my paintings and sketches look exactly or photographically like the scene in front of me…  I’ve been painting that way for two years because I’m learning watercolors, and
being taught largely by realistic painters.

I am an emotional body painter.  I journal: sometimes light-hearted sweet things that
touch me, cats and husband and friends, and blogging friends who lift us up, and sometimes
raw — if there are emotional events that turn my heart toward sadness or introspection.
The state of our environment and our political scene indicates there may be more of the latter.  I will consciously turn my heart toward light through gratitude postings in my journal, and perhaps you will find an antidote to a heavy heart through gratitude.  So you may start seeing more emotional journal images and entrees as I process in paint and words, and share — because it is my nature to expose and express the emotional body, the messy stuff alongside the sweet stuff — as in art, like life.

By the way, I find it interesting, as I rarely paint angels, that throughout this crazy political upheaval I was painting Arcángel Miguel (how I knew him growing up attending the Mission San Juan Capistrano for Latin and Spanish masses.)  It was a coincidence, if you believe in them, because I was merely painting a cemetery!  BUT, I also coincidentally spent time in front of his image on my recent trip visiting California missions.  He is a the prince who stands up for the innocent and downtrodden, and was seen as a healer as well.

Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Tobacco ink, Lamy Al-Star with Diamine Ancient Copper ink, Metropolitan with KWZ Foggy Green ink.


I started a Facebook group page (you must join to view) to allow everyone to share their virtual sketches, and also where we will, from time to time, take virtual sketch walks together.  Come join us On Facebook if you are inclined!
If you want to know more about what a virtual sketchwalk is review my first post.
There are a few more notes/pointers on our first walk through Laguna Beach, California.

I also created an accompanying Flickr group!


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

W14 4 27 WC PALMS PAT SQAs my Patreon supporter, you will have
access to some content not on this website,
sneak previews, goodies, discounts on classes.

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?

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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8 Responses to VSW: Buffalo Cemetary, 2

  1. I really like the looseness in your sketches. These are painted in ink? How neat is that. I visited your Facebook group so someone should see a request from me to join the Virtual Sketchwalk group.


  2. I really like the color of in you used on St. Miguel, and the draping of his robe is wonderful!

    Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of my favorite Missions. I hope to get back there at least once more and spend a bit more time in the chapels, and gardens.


  3. ejmordasky says:

    wonderful read and work ! The reason I uploaded the Tijuana
    post…was because a good friend said it was permissible as it was virtual travel..
    I must say I am crazy about your hope guardian !


    • Yuppers, I created the Virtual Sketchwalk group after being bedbound after a botched surgery, and getting tired of hearing those who CAN’T sketch from life for many reasons denigrated by sketch-from-life artists. (How about a heavy snow? Wheelchair? Gads.) So now we have one place to share openly from images or google or whatever. I mean, how many times can you draw the dang vase next to the bed when you are stuck on your bed with your legs propped up? Glad to have you!


  4. Joining with you in hope ❤


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