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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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World Watercolor Month: Crocus

I don’t know whose image I painted from, but I thank them. flowers are so good for releasing an artist’s block. To hear more about World Watercolor Month visit here: Everyone can play! To hear about classes, follow me on … Continue reading

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World (Not) Watercolor Month: Orange Daisies

I know I won’t be able to keep up with the one-a-day watercolor, but when I do them I enjoy them! These took me way back to being a kid in the 60’s, avocado and orange and pop-culture flower power! … 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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I hate the 4th of July

I hate the Fourth of July. There, I’ve said it. Not popular, and I’d like it if it didn’t threaten our livelihood in this stupid city. Every year we have to pack up our computers and such, and sit in … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Graphite

Robert Oster Graphite is one of five of my favorite greys, leaning into deep purple and blues when touched with water.  I am on my third bottle. Above, a wet circle is ringed with Graphite, and left to dry on … 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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World Watercolor Month: Coffee Ritual

We have a coffee ritual.  Mitchell makes the coffee. I slice the fresh ginger for him. Beautiful cups, and sliced fresh ginger, brown sugar and milk make a heavenly coffee. Mitchell puts his finger in it for extra sweetness. I’ve … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Tarnished Nickel

Taking a break from posting World Watercolor Month images for a review of a great grey ink from Birmingham. NOTE:  I just realized this ink is nowhere in their new colors, and so, I apologize. I picked up one of … Continue reading

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Grrr

Not happy with this company. Fought with them over their technicians stripping all the bolts during installation, 2 years ago (how would we know until we wanted to move it?). Weeks of fighting.  They tried not to deal with it. … Continue reading

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Pandemic Recipes: At the Beginning, A Prayer

I am creating a new cookbook, gathering the recipes we relied upon in the last year of this crazy pandemic. I am using a journal I am unfamiliar with, created from heavy unfinished and rough paper from India, a Kadhi … Continue reading

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Posies: Cynthia’s Sedum

You n ever know how you change someone… I have a friend who is an artist and also has an amazing garden. Cynthia shares her whimsical garden with us daily, and also lets me sketch from her flowers. This morning … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Birmingham Polar Bear

 Birmingham Polar Bear ink is named in honor of the Polar Bears at the Highland Park Zoo in Pittsburgh. I am disappointed that they do nto put this on the bottles anymore as they used to… It was a distinctive … Continue reading

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Woodshed Pen gets a New Ink!

Mitchell bought my Woodshed pen from Mike Allen: since following him on IG I have grown to love him even more as he is a dog lover, taking in strays that show up at his door and either giving them … Continue reading

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In Memory of My Brother

Oh I’ve had him on my mind…. Nine years gone, and I miss him more than I’ve ever missed anyone I’ve lost. He was a man who connected and cared, reached out and made sure you were thought of in … Continue reading

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Some people….

This is about all I have to say… and… Sir Billy Connolly – Fuck Off: A Video To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita … Continue reading

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Green at Night

I love the name of this Robert Oster ink, Green at Night! It is a moody dark green that, when washed, brightens!  The forest scene above was drawn over a light wash of Robert Oster’s Green at Night. with a … Continue reading

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