Category Archives: virtual sketching

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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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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VSW Sydney, 6, Chinatown, Redo

Image for reference by Debi Taylor. Thought I might leave this as is… Then I didn’t!  Not sure I did it any good… I’ve been playing with inks now I have to warm up to go back to watercolors! To … Continue reading

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VSW Sydney, 6, Chinatown

Image for reference by Debi Taylor. Started with a line drawing, as always. and perhaps it will stay that way…! To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than … 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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Posies Again #notinkober

Ink drawing of Linda’s garden with a Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges. Then many inks painted… To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook, Pentel Aquash … 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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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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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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Rona2: One More

  I thank several photographers for posting almost the same iconic image of the police lined up nightly before they declare a riot and go after protesters. The TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Birmingham Tarnished Nickel ink, and a Nemosine (no … Continue reading

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