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Detail of a gate in Porto Portugal, which was so so charming I hung onto it until I could sketch it. To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more … Continue reading
June is when many watercolorists participate in the “30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge”, created by Marc Homes and Uma Kelker. Rules are simple: Each day post one watercolor, but no sketching, no inking, no pencil, just straight watercolor. I’m giving it … Continue reading
I’ve not given gouache a real chance to woo me, so I decided to play with some very old gouache before I purchased better quality tubes. When I moved into watercolors, I enjoyed them for their transparent washes, so gouache, … Continue reading
I’ve kept a journal with sketches since college… I started using lined journals I bought in Chinatown in San Francisco, above, for architectural notes, and every page has drawings made during lectures or tours or just thought about what I … Continue reading
Today is the 10th anniversary of his death. I am winding through memories of my family these days. I miss my brother Patick. He was the best brother. I had all his important belongings, though I gave some to his … Continue reading
Love me an old truck! Platinum carbon ink with diluted waterproof grey ink as shadows. Watercolor to finish. ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” … Continue reading
How can I NOT paint a building that has a GIANT BLUE TILED CAT on the wall of the alley? Lotta lotta sketching then paint! Middle of the night images of Porto, from Virtual Sketchwalk on FB. And my quickie … Continue reading
. My puter is in the puter hospital for many days so no posts, sadly… and let’s hope not too many $$$! ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is … Continue reading
I’ve drawn Green Tara many times. She is based on our Ganges River clay version of Green Tara. A challenge for me, she is very colorful and detailed, AND, I am still pushing for a loose wash effect. I can … Continue reading
I am playing with ll my grey inks this month… Some inks call themselves grey and are not (see above). Greys seem to lean purple or blue or red… Graphite and Grey Lux are lovely inks, though the strong smell … Continue reading
I test journals primarily for two reasons: 1) To see what a new ink or watercolor does, or how a mix will look in a journal with which I am familiar; 2) To test a new brand of journal’s paper … Continue reading
I am starting one of my handmade sketchbooks and thought to share my process of making these with you. I don’t make journals often… I’ve wanted to, but frankly when I go to choose between making art and making books … Continue reading
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
The colors and textures of the buildings drew me to the image. Middle of the night from images of Porto, from Virtual Sketchwalk on FB. Omigoddess I have never overworked any image like I did this one… I just kept … Continue reading