Category Archives: graphite

Ganesha New Moon Eclipse

Ganesha is calling again. ☾ Pentalic Nature Sketch Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges, Sennelier, Holbein, and DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors    ©D. Katie Powell. My images/blog … Continue reading

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Tools: Hahnemühle Grey Journal

In the spirit of my new forays into working with inks, pencils, and Neocolor II watercolor crayons, I was delighted to be given Hahnemühle’s new THE GREY BOOK. The architect in me loves the wood-patterned dark grey cover.  The name … Continue reading

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#OneWeek100People2017

That’s a winner…  Mitchell! Okay I thought I’d do the 100-faces-in-a-week.  I’m not terrible with faces, I just am not too interested in drawing them.  So here is one day of that, and no more. Can’t do challenges just because … Continue reading

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Inktober, Week Two

Again, mostly I feel like I am cheating because I use ink for under-drawings all the time. Under-drawing for watercolor, our soapstone Quan Yin. I am going to ink her or watercolor her . . .  stay tuned! We own … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: Five, NW Neighborhood

(Note:  I am writing a journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full.   I realized I can simply share some of the images without the writing;  These are a few blank pages that will … Continue reading

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VSW: Volterra, Italy, A Bit Further!

My virtual sketchwalk through the ancient town of Volterra, Italy began HERE. . . This virtual walk was a group walk with sketching friends from around the world! There were a couple of routes suggested, and I sketched the one … Continue reading

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USk: Slabtown New Seasons Opening!

We are so happy to have New Seasons blocks from our studio! No more driving all around for groceries!  YAY! We went opening day before we opened the studio. Mostly they were setting up and greeting their new customers, and … Continue reading

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VSW (Short for Virtual Sketch Walk): Amsterdam

A virtual sketch walk is one in which you never leave your chair.  The opposite of urban sketchers, which is all about sketching your environment from real life, as a virtual sketcher you are sketching from your own, another person’s … Continue reading

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Kursuwa Stad Aluminum Pencil Caps

Life was not civilized before the Kursuwa Stad Aluminum Pencil Caps came into my life.  No more broken tips on my pencils in my purse. No more graphite coming off my soft leads. HOW COOL IS THAT? I bought mine … Continue reading

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IFJM 30: Rome, Our Last Day

April 30 From my journal:  “Hard to believe it is our last day.  We thought to go to Vatican City, but we saw the lines and decided, another trip. . .  and back to Castel Sant’ Angelo, or the Roman … Continue reading

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IFJM 29: Genoa to Rome, A Slow Drive on the Coast

April 29 From my journal:  “Last day in Genoa, and we wandered into the Mercato Orientale . . . a well-kept tourist secret.  We wandered the stalls, bought more chocolate (we ate what we bought in Nice — oops!), bought … Continue reading

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IFJM 25: Old Port, and Being Tourists in Marseille

April 25 From my journal:  “Poked around Old Port, because this was a possible place E & M could be.  We shopped, finally, for gifts for Ruth and Family: soaps, chocolate.” “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” … Continue reading

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IFJM 19: Montpellier, Closer to the Camino

April 19 “The only valuable thing is intuition.”  Einstein From my journal, our vision, as this journal is writing/painting us into our new life: “Our dream is to finish the book together within twelve months. On Sundays after yoga or … Continue reading

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IFJM 15: Horses and Bulls and Flamingos, Oh My!

15 April “Gardian House Carmargue Region” From my journal:  “Maybe it’s France.  We’ve had a shift in travel schedules . . . languid!  Took time for our lovemaking, and then a heavenly very French breakfast and favorite breakfast. . . … Continue reading

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IFJM 14: Marseille to Arles to Visit Van Gogh

14 April 2015 From my journal:  “11am Arles France. Made a fast decision to head straight to Arles, so  said our goodbyes, got in a cab to Marseille Airport, picked up our car and boogied.” “Oddly, as we were on … Continue reading

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IFJM 11: Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista and Ducal Park, Parma

11 April 2015 “Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista” “Love is the way messengers from the Mystery communicate.”  Nisargdatta Maharaj 10am From my Journal  “A slower day.  Promise of lots of sketching, and another day in Parma.  Why?  This morning we … Continue reading

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IFJM 10: Piazza del Duomo

10 April 2015 “I had to add la bella luna!  Took liberties and painted the tower. From the bar on Str. Duomo looking toward Cattedrale di Parma.  How did this look in the 17th century?” 8am From my journal:  “Our … Continue reading

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IFJM 9: Home, Palazzo Della Pilotta

9 April 2015 “Palazzo Della Pilotta [River side or Front]” 9:30am From my Journal: “Today we are going to see E’s home as it might have been in the 17th century.  The renderings this page are of her home . … Continue reading

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