New Year’s Day (Belated)

We’ve been on a business trip so only
now posting what I’ve done since 1 January.


I don’t do too many resolutions.
I want to commit to a drawing a day.
You can do this along with me by using hashtag #365sketch2017 anywhere you post.
I think I came close to it last year but I am committing to it this year.
I did this two years ago and it was good for me…
They don’t have to be GOOD, but connecting eye to hand,
possibly pigment to paper, is a way to be engaged in seeing and feeling.

Take that silliness above.
We spent a good part of New Years sleeping and in a Republic of Doyle marathon.
We work LONG hours, and often our idea of a day off is sleeping or doing nada.
I played around with inks and paints and don’t like it but oh well.
Post it because that is what I do —
I post because I know I am an adequate artist and
many many other artists don’t know they are good too
because so many good artists only post their good work so the comparison is only
my-crappy-sketches against the good edited REAL artist’s sketches…
I do all kinds of crappy sketches.  You get to see them.
Good artists do stupid stuff.  We doodle, we fool around on paper.


(Note, Doyle not Devon, as in Republic of Doyle, name in sketch.)

Second resolution is to get my physical strength and shape back.
In the process weight will be lost, and I need to lose about 50 pounds…
and my focus is not on weight loss but on getting my physical ability and strength back since the very bad Dr. Ronald Im cut me (oops?) and set me back.
Wishing him his karmic dues.
Physical therapy for bladder and back now;
stairs in bad weather, walking walking walking….

That’s it.
I pray for our country,
for the  environment (sine qua non — without this, nothing),
for an even keel to continue in our business,
time for us to finish our book,
and for a functioning computer — Mac is a year old and again having problems….

Drawings 1 + 2….

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 New Year’s Day (Belated)

  1. You are correct. People tend to post their best sketches and not their crappy ones. Sometimes when you look back on a crappy sketch…it is not so crappy! I have been drawing each day now for three years. Entering my 4th year. I just don’t post everyday on my blog. I enjoy the practice of drawing and not blogging. When I do post I will use your hashtag!


  2. Erika N says:

    Hope its a wonderful new year for you!


  3. Fran says:

    You are right, I am one that does not post the “less than I would like” sketches. Need to get braver and do that. Great post. Enjoyed reading.


    • Oh, indeed. First, you can’t always tell what is good. We are looking through our eyes of what we wanted it to be, and then there is others who have new eyes on it. Also, by posting our schrewy sketches we allow budding timid judgemental artists a chance to say, “Hey, I can do THAT!”
      BTW, I am following you on FB, but can’t get blogspot to deliver you page to my email address…
      To everyone, sorry about answering late… computer issues, though I had some scheduled posts that saved me!


  4. Hi Kate. I have made that commitment for this year, the one for creating something everyday. It has change the wheel of my brain allowing me more energy than I thought. I am actually 17 pieces in 15 days. I do post my work good or bad. It is all a learning experience. I look forward to seeing all of your art. Happy belated New Year. The best to you and your family in 2017.


    • I also find that the commitment keeps me moving forward…
      Are you on FaceBook? If you post in a group like Artist Journal Workshop or a watercolor or sketching group and use the hashtag #365sketch2017 we’ll find you!
      Happy (belated due to puter troubles) New Year!


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