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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

Posies: Cherry Blossoms

“I cannot go out tonight. Tonight everything scares me. Blossoming insanely are cherry treees and I don’t know how to blossom like that.” ~ Imants Ziedonis, Latvian Poet. Watercolor of cherry blossoms in a Handbook Journal. To hear about classes, … Continue reading

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VSW: IM Pei, Louvre, France

This was sketched quickly in waterproof inks. A lot of controversy surrounded the Pyramid in front of the Louvre, by I.M.Pei. I have some of those trepidations myself, but it has grown on me. It was created to allow for … Continue reading

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Kakimori: OM

I continue to play with my Kakimori nibbed pens. I now have both the brass and the steel nibs. I love being able to change ink colors quickly by dipping, yet they hold more ink than a dip pen. My … Continue reading

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VSW: Oysterbeds, France

I rarely do a piece more than once… But I so loved this image and my first try I did not get the depth of color in my washes. I am here to say, once that happens start over, do … Continue reading

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VSW: Corbusier in Ronchamp, France

Had to do one Corbusier, and what a history this architect has with me. This is the Catholic Chapel in Ronchamp, France. Drawing this brought up so many negative memories… maybe I can begin to clear them out by getting … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 6, Eli

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. Eli is sketched below! . Berlin walk to date: ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin Wall, 5, Crayons

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. (Note: For regular followers, I have been busy working on our business website and then got the flu… Dastardly flu bug but I did … Continue reading

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Chinese Lion Guard

We get such interesting projects in the studio. These pocket-sized Chinese Lion Guards were beautiful after being cleaned and oiled. I drew her in De Atramentis Document Brown ink. After grisaille work in Lexington Grey ink, I began layering Robert … Continue reading

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Sharada Navratri Goddess, 2

Sharada Navratri, nine nights (ten days) which celebrates the many faces of the goddess, is a post monsoon season autumn Hindu festival which often falls in the Western calendar months of September-October.  MahaDurgha is honored in the Durgha puja, and … Continue reading

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Street Scene

I wish I knew where I obtained this image… I know it is a friend’s but I just don’t know whose! Bad on me for not labeling! Direct watercolor, done quickly. ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, … Continue reading

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Tools: New Watercolor Palette Arrangements

I’ve been a little depressed lately. Okay, a LOT depressed, some for “good” reasons (family issues) but some because I-don’t-know. I cleaned my palettes, and finally added a couple of new colors.  Left, in my primary palette, and I added … Continue reading

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Sharada Navratri, 1

Sharada Navratri, nine nights (ten days) which celebrates the many faces of the goddess, is a post monsoon season autumn Hindu festival which often falls in the Western calendar months of September-October.  I take liberties to honor the Goddess in … Continue reading

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Tools: Drywall Repair Tape

I was buying product for the business and found this Drywall Repair Tape. (Image from their company, above; hopefully they will be okay with me using it.) I had a thought that it might be a fun tool to lay … Continue reading

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Ranunculus

Okay, the first hurdle was spelling it correctly — I am dyslexic and oh-boy this one kept wanting to be turned around! A mix of inks for shadows, and watercolor… and I also removed watercolor from it. I think because … Continue reading

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Got the Blues

Sketching to get out of my depression… I really have the blues!  It doesn’t have to be good, just keep the pen moving…. When I’m depressed I struggle with all my images. Cats never seem to get depressed! ☾ To … Continue reading

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VSW: Rumpler Tropfenwagon, 4

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. The Rumpler Tropfenwagon is in the Duetsche Technikmuseum. It was built between 1921-1925, but only 100 were made. The Rumpler Tropfenwagon is SO OFF … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 4, Tiergarten Again

Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. I gave the Tiergarten another try, on watercolor paper and taking the whole sketch much more seriously.   I got this far and Mitchell begged … Continue reading

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USk: NW Portland USPS

The USPS moved our office which was in the Alphabet District to another location. It is not a safe location, as it is deserted and is surrounded by homeless people (not that they are all dangerous, but they attract nutcases … Continue reading

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