Category Archives: pen & ink

Sherre’s Posies

A high school friend has a lovely garden and one of her images caught me… I didn’t do it justice and might try again! I LOVE my sketch — and here is the secret, that I love line work. But … Continue reading

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Soft Kitty Warm Kitty

I drew the lines using Soft Kitty Warm Kitty ink in a Pilot Metropolitan with a stub nib. A waterbrush moved the lines without erasing them by moving it fairly fast only ONCE over the sketched lines (before below).  I … Continue reading

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Recipes: Ritual

I enjoy writing our recipes in my Khadi Journal, though it will never be a favorite journal (more on that at the bottom).  I have my journal when cooking; I make notes and sketch. I placed Ganesha, my favorite Hindu … Continue reading

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Recipes: Ham and Lima Beans

Rancho Gordo’s Big Juicy White Limas are soooo good… I’ve made a ham and beans for years but never had them as tasty as with these beans. If you try them you will never go back to any other Lima … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Sunflowers Field

I may be a bit obsessed with sunflowers. This one is a much more typical Oregon field, with big green trees in the background… Oddly, however, I think I went back to my So Cal days and thought of the … Continue reading

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VSW: Eliska’s Posie

I stole a photo from a friend in Florida — Love this one Eliska! I collect great posies and keep them to sketch… ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com … Continue reading

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PS: Even More Thinking… Testing… and Memories

My Nostalgie sketchbook really is a testing ground.  If something works a bit on the smooth sketch paper then I will try it out in one of my watercolor journals. Someday this will be a nice memory of Mitchell and … Continue reading

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Thinking, Thinking… Two

Continuing from yesterday’s post… When I am thinking about a larger piece I use my Nostalgie Journal to sketch out ideas… This takes me back to days as an architect when my thinking was done with pen to paper. The … Continue reading

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Thinking, Thinking… One

My sketchbooks are not just for trying to turn out great sketches… Okay, some of that goes on…  I want a nice flip-through on a journal.  But also, experimentation that rarely gets seen by anyone but Mitchell because I may … Continue reading

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Recipes: Tacos

We buy a side of beef from local ranchers, and this means we get a lot of grand beef. I’ve never done much with it but finally, I am loving our Taco Nights! Sauteed diced red onions and browned beef … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Nasturtiums

As kids, we called them Nasty-ursums and thought that hilarious. Kids are pretty goofy. Detail below.  Sometimes I like the sketch better without watercolor, and this is one of those times.   Full watercolor below. This 8×8 Hand Book Journal … Continue reading

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VSW: Pudong Skyline

Pudong from images by Aniko Szedlak for our FB group, Virtual Sketchwalk. I think I’ve not painted a night scene before and this was a huge challenge… And also came very close to complete Direct Watercolor. I am okay with … Continue reading

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Good Clients

I love working for really good clients. What makes a good client, you ask?  Responsive, present for our discussions, willing to make decisions when we need them, friendly (a huge bonus!), appreciative of the many images sent to them, patient … Continue reading

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VSW: Direct Watercolor vs My old Style

These paintings are from the Shanghai walk in Virtual Sketchbook… I am showing them together because it show two different approaches to similar images. Above, how I start the two images tells where they are going. On the left, I … Continue reading

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VSW: Shanghai Temple

When sitting waiting, I also take a couple images from our Virtual Sketchwalk group along in case the view is boring… This one from our Shanghai walk! What is one the facing page? My quick recipe i wrote in the … Continue reading

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Cat Fort

We build cat forts for the cats to play in… Elaborate or simple play area that sometimes use their travel carriers, which makes them love their carriers too. Long packing paper is woven through the carriers, and they love the … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Sunflowers with Barn

While I have been participating in Direct Watercolor, secretly… I have been drawing sunflowers… I have been inking sunflowers… This one and more… I love them, my very favorite flower! Of course, they are not just inked, but watercolors in … Continue reading

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Grey Sweater

Ink-painting a current project, enlivening my old grey cotton cardigan with some bright floral  embroidery. I started by mending a rip and then got carried away!  The embroidery goes all around the neck of the sweater, small flowers. I LOVE … Continue reading

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