Category Archives: art journal

VSW: New Caledonia Pier

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook is exploring New Caledonia this month with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. I am so oriented around linework, but wanted to try a … Continue reading

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Tools: Moo Journal

I bought a Moo Journal the last time I ordered my business cards from Moo. It comes in a reusable sleeve, above left, that can sit in your bookshelf so the journal pages do not get worn. A card holder … Continue reading

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VSW: New Caledonia Sunset

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook is exploring New Caledonia this month with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. Because this process had so much waiting time, I decided to image the … Continue reading

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VSW: Echinacea Field

Dreaming of Monet… I saw an image of a field of echinacea in many colors and had to try to paint it — so cheery!  I did not have the image to look at, from memory. Lots of artfully placed … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Kentucky Bluegrass

Above, Kentucky Bluegrass ink on two different watercolor papers; right, in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Writing samples on a Post-it and on fountain-pen friendly paper in my Moo Journal, below Birmingham Kentucky Bluegrass ink is from the Crisp Formula ink … Continue reading

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VSW: New Caledonia Beach

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook is exploring New Caledonia this month with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul… A chance to work on washes… getting enough made before I … Continue reading

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Doodling, Drawing, Whatever

I draw whatever is in front of me while I am listening to just about anything. When I was listening to my brother talk about being on his way home from the hospital (no one called me to say he … Continue reading

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Tools: Updated M.Graham Palette

Recently I reorganized my palettes, and the M.Graham was moved into a smaller Schminke palette.  I still find MG watercolors a bit stinky, but remember I returned the following pigments out of my palette and that stopped the headaches: Sap … Continue reading

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VSW: New Caledonia Palms

The Virtual Sketchwalk group on Facebook is exploring New Caledonia this month with wonderful images from Aniko Szedlak (pic below)! They are a balm to this beach-loving gurl’s soul. I did a very fast sketch because I was showing a … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Lupines, or Bluebonnets

I’ve always loved lupines (or bluebonnets, as the purple ones are called). In South Laguna there were wild yellow and pink and blue lupines all over the hills. I’m still struggling to not have streaky watercolor washes in this Handbook … Continue reading

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Dieting… Ugh

I hate dieting but I need to do something because I have to lose some weight. I decided to try something with a tiny A6  Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book. Each night I draw my food… So far I am just … Continue reading

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USk: Studio Sketch

Messy messy studio as it was on August 23. I realize that by USk rules this doesn’t qualify as an urban sketch… but if someone else walked in to sketch our conservation studio it sure would! Yes, our desks are … Continue reading

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Sketchpack Project: Week 4, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project, But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me. To see the entire project, go here. (To see other years you go … Continue reading

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Wildflower Sketchbook Workshop

While I was sick I took the Wild Flower Sketchbook Explosion (workshop) with Lucia Leyfield (she goes by the name Wild Ink). I had a lot of fun, and the price (around $20 US) is good for the class. I … Continue reading

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Gibbs Reclining, a Masterpiece

HA HA HA HAHAHAAAA! I don’t know what we’d do without the cats for laughs… Tough pose, finally tackled it, not liking it… Good practice but yeows, I need to do this again… foreshortened legs, all so very wrong! To … Continue reading

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Ancho Chili

. Ink Painting with Birmingham inks (Black Olive and Ancho Chili) and Robert Oster inks (Red Candy)… A meditation on a dried chili! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory … Continue reading

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Sunflower

Sometimes I just want to leave the ink drawings as they are. Sexy Lines.  Thank you Tracey… still missing you today. My favorite flower, joyfully following the light! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out … Continue reading

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Wisteria Streets

I see wisterias in Portland sometimes, but not like I used to see them in Southern California — streets lined with them all over the older parts of Los Angeles and San Fernando, so old they created purple and green … Continue reading

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