Category Archives: process

Inky Thots: Robert Oster Monsoon Clouds

  From the post Wednesday! I love sketching with soluble grey inks, but this last month I popped a new greyish purplish color in my Benu Talisman pen, which I am loving: PEN CHALET’s Exclusive, Robert Oster Monsoon Clouds.  To … Continue reading

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Robert Oster’s Monsoon Clouds Ink Sketches

I don’t usually show the images I sketch from, but this is an exception. This is a view I see almost every night: Savitri curled into my right side while I try to sketch. She thinks she helps, and as … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster African Gold

Robert Oster Signature African Gold is my favorite gold sketching and suitable for the office and of course, my artwork. It is a rich gold going into a blackish sheen. I don’t think of it as a shading ink. Others … Continue reading

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Tools: How I Make My Swabs

I am asked this a lot, and it is on my inks page, but thought I’d repost it here. For my large ink test I laydown roughly a half-square of ink, above. I let it dry, then load the bottom … Continue reading

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Tools: TWO Bamboo Sketchbooks by Hahnemühle

Hahnemühle makes two bamboo sketchbooks: the Hahnemühle Bamboo SketchBook, shown below, which is 50lbs; and the Carnet de Voyage, aka the Bamboo Mixed Media journal by some, shown above, spiral bound and coming in at 265lbs, which I reviewed in … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Muddy Dragon

Swatched on watercolor paper, as that is the paper I use the most when not writing. I am a fan of all the “Muddy” colors (see below) but I must admit that this Muddy Dragon is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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VSW: And More Posies in Queenspark, Toowoomba!

Another from the lovely images from Amanda Thompson (@a21981 on IG) of Queenspark, Toowoomba. Love the poppy’s heads before they bloom, as if bowed in prayer. I don’t feel I did the delicate papery petals justice… I should have chose … Continue reading

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VSW: Posies in Queenspark, Toowoomba!

Amanda Thompson (@a21981 on IG) offered me some amazing images of Queenspark, Toowoomba from which to sketch. Foxglove towers over what appears to be snapdragons.. I LOVE sketching flowers! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check … 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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VSW: New Caledonia Beach

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… A chance to work on washes… getting enough made before I … 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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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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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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Gibbs Reclining, a Masterpiece

HA HA HA HAHAHAAAA! I don’t know what we’d do without the cats for laughs… Tough pose, finally tackled it, not liking it… Good practice but yeows, I need to do this again… foreshortened legs, all so very wrong! To … 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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