Category Archives: architecture

VSW: Porto

The colors and textures of the buildings drew me to the image. Middle of the night from images of Porto, from Virtual Sketchwalk on FB. Omigoddess I have never overworked any image like I did this one… I just kept … Continue reading

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VSW: Galway Blue

The deep blue of the water drew me to the image in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.  Fast sketch in the middle of the night from images from Virtual Ribble on FB. Hahnemühle 100# Cotton Watercolour … Continue reading

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24th Avenue Camelias

This was a little bit of urban sketching, a little virtual sketching…. sketched on a walk with watercolors added in the middle of the night! Above, a detail of the line drawing and the finished camellia watercolor. 24th Avenue is … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Dragon Night

It is no surprise Robert Oster inks my favorite inks.  Dragon’s Night is such a gorgeous sketching BLURPLE ink it has a permanent home now in my purple leopard Pilot Metropolitan.  I art journal many nights with this one, a … Continue reading

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Shells

I have a beautiful soft green Roseville bowl of my grandmother’s that is filled with shells. Some are found, years of beachcombing as a kid, but some are from a trip my mom and I took to the Monterey Bay … Continue reading

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Laguna Beach 1950

  Inspired from an old postcard from the fifties, and I wanted to do it because my mom and dad honeymooned in their second marriage (a looong story, not interesting except to family) but in a nutshell married, three boys, … Continue reading

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Tools: Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book

My new journal is an A5 landscape Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book, and it is not only a new journal, it is a new brand from Hahnemühle! I’ve had it for a bit and been testing it out.  I LOVE … Continue reading

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VSW: Guildford Town Hall

DANG DANG DANG! I forgot to take a picture of the bare line drawing…. And it was such a nice drawing of this lovely Art Deco building in Perth AU! Guildford Town Hall, part of our Virtual Sketchwalk in our … Continue reading

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Lupines

Dragon’s Night is such a gorgeous sketching BLURPLE ink! In a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook, wild lupines are perfect for the blurple of Dragon’s Night, with a little help from his other inks! Drawn with a Platinum Carbon pen with waterproof … Continue reading

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Tools: Esterbrook “Estie” Sunflower

Loving sunflowers and knowing how lovely the Esterbrook pens are, I had to purchase the beautiful Esterbrook “Estie” Sunflower pen from Penchalet. I ordered the 1.1 stub nib, my favorite nib for sketching and writing. I am convinced the stub … Continue reading

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Dragon

I think this is what they call blurple… Dragon’s Night… a blue-purple! This dragon sports it nicely, doncha think? It seems to glow under the flash, above! A new color for me, and I’ll do lots more sketching with it! … Continue reading

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Wild Test of Hahnemühle’s New 100% Cotton Sketch Book

Another test of the Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book. I layered Sennelier Shellac ink over the page, and painted the basic flower with gouache.  It felt toothy enough that I tried layering colored pencils over that… I’ve never had that … Continue reading

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Ukraine Faces

The war in Ukraine bothers me so… Sketching the lovely faces on the internet is a way to connect when I feel so unempowered to do anything, and marks this wartime. I cannot comprehend why we are again walking through … Continue reading

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Easter Cherry Blossoms

Very late in posting… The cherries are nearly ripe! (Not really.) The thing about the cherry blossoms in the park is that they are not only a feast for the eyes but sometimes you can smell their fragrance… Also, they … Continue reading

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Violas, 2

Yesterday you saw my loosey-goosey sketch of orange and purple pansies. Today I am taking you through what the architect in me paints! Seriously, there are two artists battling it out daily, and one is a very precise architect who … Continue reading

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Violas, 1

About says it all…. ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “I think not….” Me… why I journal! Hahnemühle … Continue reading

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Sketching for Clientele

I LOVE documenting our studio life in my sketchbooks, and some projects are so sketch-worthy with their baubles and trims and bright colors! I also use my sketchbook as a way to communicate with our clients from time to time, … Continue reading

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Pink Echincea

I sketch, daily, even when not posting. Nothing earth-shattering, often from a photo late at night when I am not yet sleepy. During the day I am usually too busy with work. I haven’t been posting because I got sick … Continue reading

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