Category Archives: ritual

20th Anniversary

Why is it harder to sketch when the subject is “important”? We were married 20 years ago in a sweet colorful ceremony. When I wanted to draw our ceremony I am afraid my poor people drawing skills kicked in and … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Easter Bunny!

Run right out and get yourself a YUMMY bottle of Robert Oster Signature Dark Chocolate Ink for your Easter Basket!  Drawings made using the Sailor Fude and a Pentel Aquash waterbrush to move the Dark Chocolate ink. To hear about … Continue reading

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Letter Writing

I miss letter writing. Truth is I have no one to write to now.  The writers are long dead, RIP. I used to get amazing letters from my Auntie Elsa who traveled all over the world and never forgot to … Continue reading

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Watercolor Heart

The watercolor heart I gave Mitchell. To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “I think not….” Me… why I journal! Hahnemuhle … 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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Pandemic Recipes: At the Beginning, A Prayer

I am creating a new cookbook, gathering the recipes we relied upon in the last year of this crazy pandemic. I am using a journal I am unfamiliar with, created from heavy unfinished and rough paper from India, a Kadhi … Continue reading

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Coping

Okay, I am coping.  Some movement I attribute to working these items below. Like exercise, you have to force it then it feels good. (Okay, me and exercise, in theory only.) Maybe some is the answer to prayers, a shift … Continue reading

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Unwinding Stuck

I am trying to work my way out of a creative block and depression.  I am so stuck. I don’t remember the last time I was stuck like this… weeks on end.  I was looking for images for something I … 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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Holidays

Every year I make some sort of holiday card… But this year we are working through the holidays for a client, so no time! Working this year is a good year to do it because it is a bad year … Continue reading

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Rona Keeps on Giving

I did this  thinking I was not going to watercolor it… I think maybe I liked it better that way! This feels is a neverending crisis, made worse by our politicians (yes I am looking at you Kate Brown). The … Continue reading

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Vertigo

VERTIGO… Seriously, I’ve had a bout of dizziness before but this was retching horrid and I wanted to die.  Begged for it and told Mitchell I was done if we could not make this spinning vomiting stop… I also have … Continue reading

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Seven

I think it is working… or maybe it is that I am just moving my pen, making marks, and that lifts depression? But bold and bright is here to stay! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or … Continue reading

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Six

Oriental poppies coming in these watery flavors are just delicious… I found an image of a field of poppies and picked out two to draw… finding them in the field was a meditation… You can see I used them in … Continue reading

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Five

Morgan Harper Nichols lovely quote was a needed reminder! “i am worthy of the time it takes to do the things that heal my heart.” She is on IG @morganharpernichols…. To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or … Continue reading

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Four

doodle flowers this one was white but that just bored me so I got to play god/dess and wrap that pretty shape in yellow and oranges and cheerful colors! right now several days are attacking at once and each day … Continue reading

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Rona2, Anti-Depression Posies, Three

This little pen changed everything. Vintage Pelikan P20 Twist Fountain Pen (while they are still available) with its soluble black ink and a nib that slides on the paper (for about $10) is such a joy! I use the empty … Continue reading

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