Category Archives: virtual sketching

Inky Thots: Birmingham Black Olive

Gads I love this ink! I am a huge fan of grey inks, and have never loved a black ink (though I’ve loved them for their waterproof qualities when sketching). This ink is not grey, and is not black… In … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Himalayan Poppy

Fell in love with the paper-thin petals in the soft blue; I’ve not seen this flower before. Painted from an image from a friend. For these watercolor posies I am trying out a new book (to me) from Hand-Book, one … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Sweet Peas / Creative Block

I am in a creative slump. I’ve been in this stuck place for weeks and pushed myself to sketch posies — which usually works — but nothing is working.  Painting these flowers has been like slogging through mud.  I told … Continue reading

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World Watercolor Month: Dan’s Purple Flower

Flower from an image by Dan Antion, a good photographer and writer-blogger, met through blogging and he is a friend who also lets me steal his images from which to paint. I love that I am starting this new book … Continue reading

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VSW: Cathedral of Saint Basil’s, Moscow

I’ve started this study very late on a weekend night.  The building is the Cathedral of Saint Basil, AKA Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, AKA Cathedral of the Intersession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (image right from … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Independence Grey

Birmingham Pen Company Independence Grey ink is named in honor of the Liberty Bell, housed in Philadelphia, PA.  I drew the Liberty Bell on my test page with a PENBB pen on cold press watercolor paper and touched the lines … Continue reading

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VSW: Cathedral of Christ Savior, Moscow

I’ve not had much time to sketch but so love the images from our Virtual Sketchwalk in Moscow I finally started very late on a weekend night. Magical images with turrets and bubbling rooftops created fairy-tale building imagery that is … Continue reading

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USK: Pfizer Vaccination

I am just now coming out of the week+ reaction I had to the Pfizer vaccine. Total flu-like symptoms with a kick — a muscle spasm in my groin, legs, feet and underarms which went on for five days — … Continue reading

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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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