Category Archives: writing

Inky Thots: Robert Oster Muddy Dragon

Swatched on watercolor paper, as that is the paper I use the most when not writing. I am a fan of all the “Muddy” colors (see below) but I must admit that this Muddy Dragon is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Tools: Leonardo Officina Italiana Pen

Red is my favorite color… I love pens! I love gifts! Imagine how thrilled I am with three favorite things coming together in one pen? Thrilled! Leonardo Officina Italiana Pen in Red Passion… Filled with Robert Oster Direct Sun! This … Continue reading

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Tools: Wing Sung Brush Piston Pen

I bought three Wing Sung Brush Piston Pens from Etsy. I wanted to compare them with the plastic Pentel Vistage Water Brush (formerly known as the Pentel Aquash waterbrush pen), which I use normally like a waterbrush over watercolors, but … Continue reading

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Tools: Moo Journal

I bought a Moo Journal the last time I ordered my business cards from Moo. It comes in a reusable sleeve, above left, that can sit in your bookshelf so the journal pages do not get worn. A card holder … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Kentucky Bluegrass

Above, Kentucky Bluegrass ink on two different watercolor papers; right, in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Writing samples on a Post-it and on fountain-pen friendly paper in my Moo Journal, below Birmingham Kentucky Bluegrass ink is from the Crisp Formula ink … Continue reading

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Tools: Updated M.Graham Palette

Recently I reorganized my palettes, and the M.Graham was moved into a smaller Schminke palette.  I still find MG watercolors a bit stinky, but remember I returned the following pigments out of my palette and that stopped the headaches: Sap … Continue reading

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Dieting… Ugh

I hate dieting but I need to do something because I have to lose some weight. I decided to try something with a tiny A6  Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book. Each night I draw my food… So far I am just … Continue reading

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Ancho Chili

. Ink Painting with Birmingham inks (Black Olive and Ancho Chili) and Robert Oster inks (Red Candy)… A meditation on a dried chili! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory … Continue reading

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Sunflower

Sometimes I just want to leave the ink drawings as they are. Sexy Lines.  Thank you Tracey… still missing you today. My favorite flower, joyfully following the light! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out … Continue reading

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Wisteria Streets

I see wisterias in Portland sometimes, but not like I used to see them in Southern California — streets lined with them all over the older parts of Los Angeles and San Fernando, so old they created purple and green … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Cynthia’s Sedum, Redo

I gave this image another go — see below for the first rough sketches in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Cynthia shares her gorgeous garden  images all the time, and lets me sketch from her flowers. This image unstuck me, and … Continue reading

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Dieting…. Argh!

I hate how easily my body puts on weight, and how slowly it takes it off, slower than slow, slower than anyone I know! Two weeks in bed and I put on about 10 lbs, which will take me a … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Yellow Daisies

Maybe these are Black-eyed Susans? I liked the image of the sunny daisies! Started with a good line drawing…. Background and first layers… Final touches. Okay, the leaves bother me but here I am dealing with the paper in this … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Purple Poppy

I love poppies, with their delicate paper-thin petals. Painted from an image from a friend. To hear more about World Watercolor Month visit here: Everyone can play! To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my … Continue reading

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Raccoon

I was feeding the birds and as I tossed seed onto the shed roof of the dock I realized I startled a raccoon.  I am glad I did, as s/he was heading toward Nicolai, which is not a good place … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Dogwood

This started as a World Watercolor Month challenge but I am finishing a square Handbook Journal which was a gift with posie images. Not ready to make a review of the paper yet — it is very different than what … Continue reading

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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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