Category Archives: process

USK: Pfizer Vaccination

I am just now coming out of the week+ reaction I had to the Pfizer vaccine. Total flu-like symptoms with a kick — a muscle spasm in my groin, legs, feet and underarms which went on for five days — … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Coking Coal

Birmingham Pen Company Coking Coal ink is named in honor of coking coal, a unique coal which “usually refers to the product derived from low-ash and low-sulphur bituminous coal by a process called coking.”  Coking is “the heating of coal … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster’s Pen Chalet Exclusives

I love Robert Oster inks, and his newest exclusives to North America’s Pen Chalet are gorgeous!  This trio of inks celebrates the American Southwestern desert. Pen Chalet has their brick and mortar store in Mesa Arizona. *ps if they sell … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Slag Grey

Blue-green-grey Birmingham Slag Grey ink is named in honor of the Homestead Steelworks, built in 1881. It became part of the Carnegie Steel company in 1883. For many years was the largest steelworks in the world. Remember that others review … Continue reading

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Recipe, Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Beans

Rancho Gordo’s Yellow Eye Bean was a bean I tried earlier and ruined…. Now that I am an old bean-cooking gal, it is time to revisit some of the beans that I did early on because now I can coax … Continue reading

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Crows and more Birds

We started feeding the crows during covid because the people in the neighborhood that shared their lunch scraps with them were not here… Then the jays and junkos and finches and even the occasional seagull showed up. How can we … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Boysenberry

Birmingham Boysenberry ink is named in honor of the fruits from the Southside Farmer’s Market, built in 1915. The original market house on this spot was built in 1893, burned, and was rebuilt by architect Charles Bickel in 1915. “According … Continue reading

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Inauguration 2021

Like many artists, I sketched what I was seeing… Except when I was so transfixed, as in Lady Gaga’s Performance, and the oh-so amazing Amanda Gorman, I could not sketch. I watched and listened intently, joyous after so much stress. … Continue reading

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VSW Vietnam, 1

I am happy I had the Virtual Sketchwalk group (on Face Book) to take me away to Vietnam with images from Aniko Szedlak… I started with an image of Aniko and ginger… Love me some Ginger! To hear about classes, … Continue reading

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VSW Vietnam, 2

In the midst of so much sadness having these lovely silk lanterns and the beautiful lantern shop with the bougainvillea in full blossom was a delight. It took me forever. Depression would pull me, sleepiness and distraction also overtaking me. … Continue reading

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One Week Later

Still processing. Watching news, sleeping, reading, horrified. This week diversion is the Closer. To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. … Continue reading

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One Week

2021 1 6 I don’t have anything to say right now about this. Sketching and watching. Jan 12 2021 finished by labeling and writing on the sketches. And let me say I am not tagging this post. That alone should … Continue reading

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Tools: Rhodia Touch

I’ve been playing in the Rhodia Touch “Lavis Technique” journal made for pen and ink-wash and sketching, a journal that is new to me. I usually would do a lot more testing of a journal, but I am ready to … Continue reading

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Robert Oster’s Citrus ink

Santa also brought me another Robert Oster new ink that looks edible: This gorgeous Citrus ink! This drawing was an easy choice for Citrus in that we use limes daily in so many meals at this time of the year … Continue reading

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Robert Oster’s No Fixed Address Ink

Robert Oster has a new ink that has a lovely donation attached! For each bottle of Shake & Shimmer No Fixed Address, Robert Oster will see that 4 MEALS are provided for the needy. Santa brought me several bottles of … Continue reading

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New Years, New Journal

Happy New Year! I have been given a couple of different journals, and am trying the Rhodia Touch starting this new year, so a departure from my loved Hahnemuhle journals. In the short time I have been using it, I … Continue reading

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the creative life

This morning I received another email in the marketing blitz for a popular bundled experience from an online art school. Their classes are good — not great but good — and popular — however, there are amazing teachers teaching art … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mustard Honey Hot Red Chilies

Thanks Cynthia Leary Stroo for giving me an idea for a different glaze… Bored and stuck in a rut, I didn’t have all her ingredients but made do nicely and we’ll make this again. Yummy with some carrots put into … Continue reading

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