Category Archives: architecture

Inky Thots: Robert Oster Graphite

Robert Oster Graphite is one of five of my favorite greys, leaning into deep purple and blues when touched with water.  I am on my third bottle. Above, a wet circle is ringed with Graphite, and left to dry on … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Tarnished Nickel

Taking a break from posting World Watercolor Month images for a review of a great grey ink from Birmingham. NOTE:  I just realized this ink is nowhere in their new colors, and so, I apologize. I picked up one of … Continue reading

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USk: Worst Nicolai Sketch Ever

Oh gads what to do when the sketching is not happening? I try to give my babies a fair shake and finish them, but this one I finally gave up on and splashed a little color on and called it … Continue reading

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USk: NW Vaughn St

East street from NW Wilson by one block… flanked on both sides by homes similar to the ones on NW Wilson. Nice memories of buying Christmas trees for several years; no Christmas trees in June, so I took liberties with … Continue reading

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USk: NW Wilson St

In NW Portland there is an area we often drive through on our way to other places, and each time I think about what a sweet neighborhood this must have been before the area around it become warehouses… At some … Continue reading

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VSW: Cathedral of Saint Basil’s, Moscow

I’ve started this study very late on a weekend night.  The building is the Cathedral of Saint Basil, AKA Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, AKA Cathedral of the Intersession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (image right from … Continue reading

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VSW: Cathedral of Christ Savior, Moscow

I’ve not had much time to sketch but so love the images from our Virtual Sketchwalk in Moscow I finally started very late on a weekend night. Magical images with turrets and bubbling rooftops created fairy-tale building imagery that is … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 6, Chinatown, Redo

Image for reference by Debi Taylor. Thought I might leave this as is… Then I didn’t!  Not sure I did it any good… I’ve been playing with inks now I have to warm up to go back to watercolors! To … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 6, Chinatown

Image for reference by Debi Taylor. Started with a line drawing, as always. and perhaps it will stay that way…! To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 5, #notinktober

Art in Sydney Image for reference by Debi Taylor, shown bottom. Started with a line drawing, as always. This artwork was frightening in its twisting complexity: I almost gave up many times… but then there is that half-finished drawing in … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Sydney Lavender

I love sketching with moody inks, touching them with a waterbrush to move the inky colors in interesting directions. Robert Oster Sydney Lavender came to me during my new love of purples, which stemmed from the interesting greys I was … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 4, #notinktober

The Sydney Opera House. Image for reference by Debi Taylor. Started with a line drawing, as always. This building is so complicated I cannot image trying it without guidelines. Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (Danish: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀn ˈutsʌn]; 9 April 1918 – … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 3, #notinktober

The Sydney Opera House. This was a wild toad ride.  I was going along nicely, enjoying the markmaking in the middle of the night, when I reached for a waterbrush and had not closed the top tight and a huge … Continue reading

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VSW: Bellingham, Larrabee State Park

View of the Larrabee State Park, near Bellingham, WA, from a photo by “Complicated” on Flickr.  Doodling in keeping my commitment to a sketch a day, with a Conklin Duragraph w/ 1.1 Stub with Super5 Australia ink. This one started … Continue reading

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VSW: Egypt, 4 Giza Sphinx

View of the Sphinx, from a photo by Evalyn Baker.  Doodling in keeping my commitment to a sketch a day, with a TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Robert Oster Aussie Brown ink. If you’d like to take our virtual sketchwalks the … Continue reading

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VSW: Egypt, 3 River

View of the river banks near the Valley of the Kings, from a photo by Evalyn Baker.  If you’d like to take our virtual sketchwalks the images are posted in this closed facebook group — come join us! To hear … Continue reading

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VSW: Egypt, 2 Mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun

View of the Mosque of Ahmad ibn TulunM from a photo by Evalyn Baker.  Mostly inks, Taccia Kuro and Birmingham Horus Wagner Infield Brown. The inks moved into each other and did all kind of strange separations in the shadow. … Continue reading

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VSW: Egypt, 1 Cairo

View of the city of Cairo, from a photo by Evalyn Baker.  To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “I think … Continue reading

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