Category Archives: memory

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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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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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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Bright Ideas: Cleaning Brushes

Used daily, my metal brush cleaner takes good care of my brushes. It is filled with Gamblin’s Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS). When you use watercolor on these pages it ghosts!. Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas: Malachite Buffalo

My malachite buffalo totem is palm-sized. Inlaid with turquoise and onyx and just beautiful. the backside has a lovely turquoise arrow that floats from his feet to his back. Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is still … Continue reading

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Mimi and Me

My grandma could do not wrong… I called her Mimi but have no idea where that came from. When I took my first Communion they drove down from Grass Valley: her coming to visit was the best thing about Communion. … Continue reading

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Tools: Leonardo Officina Italiana Pen

Red is my favorite color… I love pens! I love gifts! Imagine how thrilled I am with three favorite things coming together in one pen? Thrilled! Leonardo Officina Italiana Pen in Red Passion… Filled with Robert Oster Direct Sun! This … 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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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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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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Portraits

I am not a portrait artist so this was a huge stretch for me — A wedding present (only a few years late) for two people we love. I  like this one a lot. Details — click to make these … Continue reading

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