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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Monsoon Clouds

  From the post Wednesday! I love sketching with soluble grey inks, but this last month I popped a new greyish purplish color in my Benu Talisman pen, which I am loving: PEN CHALET’s Exclusive, Robert Oster Monsoon Clouds.  To … Continue reading

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Robert Oster’s Monsoon Clouds Ink Sketches

I don’t usually show the images I sketch from, but this is an exception. This is a view I see almost every night: Savitri curled into my right side while I try to sketch. She thinks she helps, and as … Continue reading

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Three Cats: The End of a Sketchbook

Sleeping in Mitchell’s legs, all three of them. I don’t know how he does it… but maybe that’s what keeps him warm on cold winter nights! Chonky Gibbs, left, Yaman, center, and Savitri, far right. To hear about classes, follow … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster African Gold

Robert Oster Signature African Gold is my favorite gold sketching and suitable for the office and of course, my artwork. It is a rich gold going into a blackish sheen. I don’t think of it as a shading ink. Others … Continue reading

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Gibbs, Acrobat Cat

He gets into everything… He is a chonky fella now so it is a bit worrisome when he decides to walk along a narrow 2-inch walkway or worse, try and walk along the edge of a basket!!! I say “NO!”  … Continue reading

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Once a Beach Gurl

Random images from my journal during a friend’s surgery. Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook, Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges, Robert Oster inks and Daniel Smith Watercolors. ©D. Katie Powell. My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart. … Continue reading

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Gratitude, not just at Thanksgiving

One key to surviving depression is gratitude. Every day I write about what I am grateful for, even if it is just a line during the day in my journal. The more depressed I am the more I do gratitude … Continue reading

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Accordion Hearts

Home sick last week, a cold… Feeling really punky. Not able to wrap my fuzzy mind around anything, so went to icon I’ve doodled and painted all my life, hearts. Cheery.  A symbol of love.  What’s not to like? I … Continue reading

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Tools: How I Make My Swabs

I am asked this a lot, and it is on my inks page, but thought I’d repost it here. For my large ink test I laydown roughly a half-square of ink, above. I let it dry, then load the bottom … Continue reading

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Tools: TWO Bamboo Sketchbooks by Hahnemühle

Hahnemühle makes two bamboo sketchbooks: the Hahnemühle Bamboo SketchBook, shown below, which is 50lbs; and the Carnet de Voyage, aka the Bamboo Mixed Media journal by some, shown above, spiral bound and coming in at 265lbs, which I reviewed in … Continue reading

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VSW: New Caledonia Hut, Two

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook explored New Caledonia in October with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. I want to live here… My books might have to go into … Continue reading

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VSW: New Caledonia Hut, One

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook explored New Caledonia in October with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. I’d like to be there NOW! I love all the greens! I … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Blue Cat Salt Shaker

We found this somewhat angry little palm-sized blue cat salt shaker in one of our treasure hunts in second hand store. A treasure. I am looking forward to Covid going away so we can search for treasures again. Happy Halloween! … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Waxed Linen Twine

Mitchell goes through so much of this twine in a year when he has upholstery projects. This is the twine that ties the seats and backs! Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf is palm-sized. I think she is a poured modern fetish; The bee-headed goddess! I have painted her HUGE, see below… Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble), Lamy … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Tiny Dewar’s Bottle

Mom was a scotch drinker but not a Dewar’s fan. Not sure why we have this palm-sized bottle but it has been around forever. Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still sold at Barnes and Noble), … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Waterman Inks

Waterman inks are ancient, not a trendy newcomer. They come in few but lovely colors, are a great price, and they take good care of our pens. Happy New Moon! Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Platinum Carbon Pen

I adore my Platinum Carbon pen> They made a HUGE mistake when they discontinued them… I bought a few when I heard the news (guess that makes me a hoarder) because this is my workhorse pen. I free-handed this wonky … Continue reading

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