Category Archives: creativity

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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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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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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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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A Cuppa for Tracey

I painted this cuppa in honor of Tracey… I will always think of her when i am painting watercolors, but especially when I paint teacups… Hers were so lovely! Enjoy some videos here. To hear about classes, follow me on … 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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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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Death of a Friend and Teacher

I spent the morning grieving the loss of Tracey Fletcher King from this world. I would not be the artist I am without her generosity toward this newbie watercolorist, as she encouraged me to be me and not try to … Continue reading

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Frank

I had two images from which to refer while sketching this softly grey-brown long-hair cat. (See one below, along with my first sketch of Frank done in 2014 — I’ve learned a LOT!) Frank’s eyes came out  bit too blue, … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Yellow Daisies

Maybe these are Black-eyed Susans? I liked the image of the sunny daisies! Started with a good line drawing…. Background and first layers… Final touches. Okay, the leaves bother me but here I am dealing with the paper in this … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Dogwood

This started as a World Watercolor Month challenge but I am finishing a square Handbook Journal which was a gift with posie images. Not ready to make a review of the paper yet — it is very different than what … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Black Olive

Gads I love this ink! I am a huge fan of grey inks, and have never loved a black ink (though I’ve loved them for their waterproof qualities when sketching). This ink is not grey, and is not black… In … Continue reading

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