Category Archives: sketchbook

Surfacing

I am finally surfacing after this damn election. I am happy with the (almost) outcome but the close call depressed the hell out of me. Enough so that I didn’t draw after the 30th, when the fear of the future … Continue reading

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VOTE!

GO VOTE! I’ve never been this anxiety ridden about an election. Please go vote, take the time, our lives and our country depend on it. This is why I haven’t been drawing… Just too crazy worried. To hear about classes, … Continue reading

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Abalone #notinktober

#Notinktober is over… But I am not over with inks! I was waylaid by two things: work, and a project that I want to finish and knowing how things go I thought I best get going early. Today I am … Continue reading

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RBG Missed #notinktober

I have a few sketches of her passing in my journal. I was a fan long before, and if you haven’t read her biography, it is a great read. She was what we need right now… NOT Amy. I love … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 5, #notinktober

Art in Sydney Image for reference by Debi Taylor, shown bottom. Started with a line drawing, as always. This artwork was frightening in its twisting complexity: I almost gave up many times… but then there is that half-finished drawing in … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham’s NEW Electron

I am finally getting to my new bottles of the new improved ink colors from Birmingham Pen Company, beginning with the stunning bright blue Birmingham Electron ink, made to commemorate the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the first full-scale PWR nuclear … Continue reading

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Booksellers #notinktober

We watched the movie The Booksellers and it was so good…. I want to step back in time to a different place where things were slower and instant gratification was not the high point of everyone’s life. So many great … Continue reading

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Amy’s Girls #notinktober

If 2020 can get worse, then electing Amy Coney Barrett will be the icing on the year. My mother had a good job in the defense industry, writing manuals for various things she could not talk about.  There were deadlines … Continue reading

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Navratri #notinktober

The Durgha Festival is on, Navratri, and ten nights of a celebration of the many faces of the goddess is in full swing. Lamy Al-Star with Robert Oster Opal Green ink. She sits on my desk, a reminder of strong … Continue reading

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Birthday Cooking 2020

We spent a weekend cooking for ourselves… WE both have arthritis and need things that work for us, and many “gluten-free” items are made with potato flour, because cooks think that doesn’t bother people — but that is also a … Continue reading

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Stuffed Poblanos

The newest yummy thing I am making to freeze for quick dinners or lunches. Great for sketching in #notinktober. Inks listed at the bottom of the recipe above. To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Sydney Lavender

I love sketching with moody inks, touching them with a waterbrush to move the inky colors in interesting directions. Robert Oster Sydney Lavender came to me during my new love of purples, which stemmed from the interesting greys I was … Continue reading

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On the Eve of my 65th Birthday 2020

This will be a word I contemplate every day for the next year… After 40+ years at this Buddhist thang I should be able to find peace and joy in the midst of even the worst situation, which we are … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 4, #notinktober

The Sydney Opera House. Image for reference by Debi Taylor. Started with a line drawing, as always. This building is so complicated I cannot image trying it without guidelines. Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (Danish: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀn ˈutsʌn]; 9 April 1918 – … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 3, #notinktober

The Sydney Opera House. This was a wild toad ride.  I was going along nicely, enjoying the markmaking in the middle of the night, when I reached for a waterbrush and had not closed the top tight and a huge … Continue reading

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Recovery

No, not the twelve step kind… Needing to recover after work weeks of complete crazy.. A prompt circulating to day is “disgusting”. I see Trump in the feeds more than any other item. But you know, even the tag I … Continue reading

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Inky Sky #notinktober

Pure color. Not easy to do a wash in inks (or watercolor, but I find the latter easier). I think it is because you are adding a bit of water in the waterbrush, and the ink doesn’t really want to … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 2, #notinktober

I messed the proportions on this one totally Ah well… The Opera House. Image for reference by Debi Taylor. To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” … Continue reading

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