Category Archives: acrylic

Preserving Our Small Art Stores

I support our local small art stores 99% of the time; This week reminded me of WHY I shop small business, and why YOU SHOULD TOO. I have used Golden Gesso many times in my life, but never paid attention … Continue reading

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Canvas Project

Remember when I posted about my entry into the Canvas Project? Hundreds of tiny canvas entries each painting their visual image of a word. They covered the walls of the art gallery with the canvases in Brooklyn! I wish I … Continue reading

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WWM: Day 29, Journal painting

*Warning, this is not a happy post! A roller-coaster ride is more accurate.* All through World Watercolor Month I’ve been writing like I haven’t in years. I had so much to be upset about, and then on the heels of … Continue reading

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WWM: Day 25, Savirtri Sleeps

Savitri tends to sleep deeply near us at night… We make noise, move pillows, and really, the only thing that wakes her is if she somehow smells cheese or ice cream or hears chips… food rocks her world! My kinda … Continue reading

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WWM: Day 15, Canvas Project, Bedlam!

  BEDLAM! I have the word “BEDLAM” for my entry into the Canvas Project 2018… I started with sketches, as I only have one canvas! I saw Yaman coming at me one night! Bedlam is when the “kittens” get CRAZY … Continue reading

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Tools: Brushes

I use cheap brushes, a LOT.  I don’t want to buy hair. I’m not a vegetarian, but am particular about how what I eat (and use) is killed, and don’t want to kill a critter for my brush — too … Continue reading

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Tools: Hahnemühle Post Cards

Okay, I admit it… I bought these for the TIN. My studio paints are overflowing into lots of little tins, and I loved the flowers on these tins and the size.  (How I used these tins and organized my paints … Continue reading

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Tools: Daniel Smith Watercolors

What do you do when you have the flu? Sick, fuzzy-brained, I was seduced by the new line of Daniel Smith watercolors! I say seduced because I did not do what I should have, which is check the the Munsell … Continue reading

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Abstract Word Four

More words…. Fluid Cold Press papers, shellac, Lamy Al-Star with Diamine ink (blue), Golden acrylics.         ©D. Katie Powell. My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart. ☾ As my Patreon supporter, you will have access to some … Continue reading

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Tools: Favorite Journals

NOTE: This is about my preferences and why. Other artists will have other preferences, so reading what they like and what they say about this or that journal is good. The only negatives I will write are very bad experiences…. … Continue reading

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Tools: Sketching Bag, the Saga Continues

Some of you know that I wanted to rid myself of the color of my Harbor Freight beige sketch bag, as I am not a beige-kinda-gurl, and had one failed experiment with De Atramentis Document Turquoise ink. The ink never-ever … Continue reading

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Mimi, from “My Family” Series

I’ve spoken about the series on My Family I created for a year-long study group with Brugh Joy.  One of my favorite paintings from the series is of my grandmother, Lyle Genevieve Smith.  I was the last grandchild, and so … Continue reading

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God/dess Series: The “Thinker” and “Sitting Woman” of Hamangia

Most of my research for these two figures originally came through Marija Gimbutas (link to wiki.)  I was introduced to her through the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote two wonderful books I’ve used as references when painting my goddesses and gods, … Continue reading

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Process: Painting With Artist’s Prompts

Today I played with artists from Community Thrive, painting their way.  I didn’t like all that I did, but will show you the “failures” too.  The thing about classes is two-fold, assuming you are pretty good at making art: I … Continue reading

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U is for Ultramarine: A-to-Z Challenge

Ultramarine blue is one of those amazing electric colors that you want to fall into.  I first fell in love with the crayola color, then Golden Acrylic’s Ultramarine Blue Deep Hue.  It was my go-to blue! Ultramarine blue was originally … Continue reading

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T is for Texture: A-to-Z Challenge

Where would we be without texture? Click on the details and look at the texture, not the color.          I am now agreeing to the  Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License, which you can learn more about by visiting the … Continue reading

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R is for Repurposing: A-to-A Challenge

I stumbled on this and after starting, thought, why not do it as a mini class?  A friend sent me a fridge magnet, and while I was popping it onto our fridge, I realized we had a couple of old … Continue reading

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Q is for Quinacridone: A-to-Z Challenge

“You’ll not see nothing like the mighty ‘Quins’!”  I hear Bob Dylan’s tune as I gush about the family of paint colors called quinacridone (kwin awk’ ri doan). I first encountered them in Golden Acrylics.  They became a staple in … Continue reading

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