Rona2: VSW Cars, Languedoc, France


From an image from Annette Morris old rusting cars, France!
Mixing watercolors and soluble inks.

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Rona2: VSW Saint-Siffret, France


Sketched from a photo from artist Tom Brudzinski streets of Saint-Siffret, France!
No watercolor and inks!

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True Love, Sweets!

Cooking is important again… and has stayed that way for months!
We don’t buy baked goods and other deli items while shopping now…

GREAT cookie recipe from www.butterbaking.com!
I had only brown sugar, and now have a versatile recipe that is yummy;
I added walnuts or instant espresso to vary the taste.

Our memory journal now has pandemic entries on the cookies too.
Drawing is keeping me going.

I am sure, though, Mitchell is keeping me around for the fudge,
which I used to make only on holidays.
Walnuts have turned out to be his favorites, and I like them chopped into the fudge.
Anything to keep us happy during this quite miserable time in US history!

Bright Ideas multi-color journal, Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook,
De Atramentis Document Brown ink,
Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Holbein, MGraham, DS Primatek and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Rona2: VSW Pigasse, France


From an image from Annette Morris of a Canal du Midi, Pigasse, France!
No watercolor, inks!

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Rona2: In the Groove with Rancho Gordo


You are not hearing me rave as much about Rancho Gordo beans because
I am kinda getting into a groove with them.  I cook more of them in the manner described on their site, and then mix it up with other items and the yummy beans.

This is a typical dinner now — I last made it with Marcella beans,
adding them to a quick “stir-fry” of cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and onions.
Incredibly yummy!

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The Sketchpack Project 2020, 12-21

Continuing with the Sketchpack Project on “Emotional Body:
If you’d like to see the first post go here; the second post go here.

In the second post I talked about overwhelm and upset,
and finally working through it.  These images reflect those issues.
I had no ideas, felt spent, so each day I only did inks until
I began to make pencil marks here and there.


Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Duke Fude and Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Chartreuse ink, Robert Oster Melon Tea.


Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Robert Oster Orange Zest ink, Robert Oster’s Motor Oil ink.

Duke Fude with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Thunderstorm ink.


Such an amazing watery pacific ocean bay ink;
though made from an Australian so reflecting his oceans?
Anyway, it got me to cry laying in this ink, and that was good.
In many of these the inks came first.

Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Robert Oster Opal Green ink.


Yes, I muted a word….

Duke Fude with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Vinta Sea Kelp Leyte 1944 ink, 3oysters Gogung ink.


New Moon.

Duke Fude with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Waterman Tender Purple ink.


Who knew there was so much gold sheen in Taccia AKA red ink?

 Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Taccia AKA red ink, Robert Oster’s Motor Oil ink.

The protesters are getting hit with tear gas!

Duke Fude with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Melon Tea ink, Birmingham Green Weenie ink.


Looking forward…

 Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Dark Chocolate ink.

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Rona2: VSW Assignan France


From an image from Google streets of Assignan, France!
No watercolor, inks!  I love ink painting… I wish they were lightfast!

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Aussie Liquid Gold

I love Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Heart of Gold ink, (shown for comparison),
but the wow factor in Robert Oster Shake & Shimmer Aussie Liquid Gold ink,
a clear bright yellow-gold is amazeballs (a technical term)!

Above, you can see the different in the ink on watercolor paper, (top row, with and without flash so you can see the glitteries!), versus on smooth Hahnemühle paper,
comparing Aussie Liquid Gold ink and Heart of Gold ink, second row.

Remember that others review these inks just for writing;
I am also interested in how they are used for ink-painting!

Properties of Robert Oster Aussie Liquid Gold ink:

This ink is well-behaved,
and does not feather on
any of the papers I normally
use, including calendars
and Post-its.  I consider it a medium ink, neither wet
nor dry; it evaporates
quickly with a wet nib.
It has never smeared on me.

It has monster
white-gold glitter!

I found it hard to image but
there are several photos here.
When hit with water the base
color moves easily but
the gold tends have
some water resistance.

*Above, watercolors, from Daniel Smith and Sennelier.*

The base dye confounds me, as it looks to be warm in certain lighting and cool —
even a slight touch lemony green — in other lighting.
The paper towel test (above) shows a distinct green separation along the top.
I also see touches of Robert Oster’s Green Olive (above) in the washed color.

Looking at watercolor comparisons, above I offer Daniel Smith’s Indian Yellow, their Primatek colors Monte Amon Sienna, and Tiger Eye, as well as Sennelier’s Hansa Light and Lemon Yellow.  The pigments fall into in the following Munsell ranges: PY108, PY153, and PY3.

Another comparison between Aussie Liquid Gold ink and Heart of Gold ink.


RO is experimenting and testing lightfast properties…
MOST water soluble ink companies do not pay attention to these things
because most artists who use ink are making prints of their work.

His inks are non-toxic.  I have more Robert Oster inks
than any other brand. Why?  Because no other brand
has the spectacular mix of pigments within a color,
which gives even his simplest inks such beauty to with which to sketch and paint that it is a shame to waste them on writing!

His bottles are not the most beautiful, but I am happy
they are environmentally friendly bottles, created
from recycled chemical waste! This matters to me;
I started with fountain pens to stop the plastic pen trash.
I can get the fattest pen into them to refill on the go.
Yes, they are a bit tippy.  I don’t care.
His inks make up for all that.

Robert Oster does not use boxes.  As all my ink boxes
go into the trash, I am happy not to cut down a tree f
or a box around a bottle!

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Rona2: VSW Saint Chinian Windmill France


From an image from Annette Morris of a windmill in Saint Chinian!
Never before have I appreciated Virtual Sketching as much as I do now.

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Liza, a Commission


Liza is a commission for a friend to gift in remembrance of her furbaby!


I started several versions of her, and the difficulty was that she was
white, white, and grey… and white!
White is harder to define…

Finally the decision to delineate her in ink then top with watercolors saved the day!
I loved her beautiful blue eyes and determined demeanor…

The recipient was delighted!

Paintings make great gifts and support
your local artists….I take commissions!

 

©D. Katie Powell.
My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart.

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Process Ink Painting, Blooms

Above, I simple use a Pentel Aquash waterbrush filled with water,
Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook to try inkpainting a peach.
I am trying to get the hang of not always ending up with “blooms” or dark edges.


I used a small waterbrush and did not squeeze — so no excess water was released —
and gently smoothed out the edge on the darker peach above.

SUCCESS!

My model, above, Sweet Sue peaches from Bairds orchards…
I don’t know what brings us more joy, peaches or berries.
Or hot Sugar Chilies.

In a Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book, I tried again, a full sketch.
Robert Oster Peach ink for the undertones, with  Robert Oster Royal Red ink as the second coats.  I regret mixing Monteverde Moonstone ink with the red only because I forgot it has a bit of moonstone ground into it and that built up along the edges!  Gads!

See all the dark lines at the edges?  That is what I want to soften!
(If I can’t I will go with the flow and understand this is aprt of ink painting… but must try!)

I took the tiniest waterbrush, again, and did not squeeze but gently wiped the edges until the disappeared — or enough to call it done.  The background was created using
Birmingham Pen Tarnished Nickel ink, which I don’t think is being made again yet!

I love Pentel Aquash waterbrushes, and buy them in the packs from Amazon.
They keep their points longer than others I’ve tried,
and the plastic screw mechanism doesn’t disintegrate quickly.
I use them for diluted ink washes, but LOVE that I don’t have to have an
open container of water in bed with me at night!

BTW, inks are harder to tame than watercolors!

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The Sketchpack Project 2020, 9-11

Continuing with the Sketchpack Project on “Emotional Body:
If you’d like to see the previous post go here.

Continuing, and I was thrown a bit this week….

My friends lift my heart, and many are overseas.  So many in Austrailia!

Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Blackstone Australian Bush (Scented) ink.

Summer storms… and not much summer in them this year.

Duke Fude and Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink, Robert Oster Green at Night ink.

Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Sydney Lavender ink.


Then, suddenly, my creativity dried up for a few days, and I got behind.
I am very very kind to myself about this, especially when there are circumstances
beyond my control that take me out…. I turned to knitting, as I love the
feel of the wool between my fingers and the color lifts my heart.  WIP, above.

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Tools: Robert Oster Glorious Inks


There  is nothing like the gift of color!
All that possibility wrapped in glorious juicy inks from Robert Oster Signature inks!!
I will be playing with  these soon, but had to at least share my newest bounty!
A couple I’ve had and not had time to even lay down on paper…

Robert Oster Shake and Shimmer Envy Green ink…
Mitchell is the shimmer King and he is in love with this one!

These inks will be going into pens asap!  Robert Oster Australian Opal Blue ink,
Robert Oster Clay Red ink, Robert Oster NG Special ’16 ink,
and my very favorite (this week) Robert Oster Verde de Rio ink…
IO think my TWSBI is finally going to go from its Emerald ink to this Verde de Rio!

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The Sketchpack Project 2020, 1-8


I am again participating in
the Sketchpack Project this year.

I chose a theme of “Emotional Body.”

Why Emotional Body? Because the mind-heart connection is important to physical health, and certainly ours in the USA, and also the world, is stressed to the breaking point.
(See bottom for a couple of links.)

I was introduced to these concepts 40 years ago as part of my
Buddhist practice, and it is integrated into my way of thinking.
AMA doctors are slow to understand this is a real thing.
Western doctors feel their medicine, which is in its teen years,
is much better than ancient Eastern medicines, and I keep a foot in both worlds,
but always start in Eastern traditions, because I find by the time
I need to value AMA medicine it is for drugs or surgery… maybe too late!

I wanted to explore it without words, because my words
were yah-yah-yahing away and not getting me anywhere.
Turning to art to express feelings and dreams rather than talking —
which often now leads to politics – seemed a better way to try to heal and balance my emotional body.  Know that rarely did a word arise with the images.  And NO rules.
If so, I am putting them below the image.  If later I saw the image
and understood a bit more about my own image I will write about it in the second line.

My third line is for materials.

I made my “sketchpack” this year by removing the covers of two 5″x5″
Hahnemühle ZigZag Accordian Journals taped together with strong tape,
and covered the structural tape with red dragon washi tape.

Dragons symbolize potent and auspicious
powers over water (emotion!)

I am not sending mine off to be displayed (not sure if they will be displayed this year)
in Capetown, South Africa, run by the talented Di Metcalf.
ABOUT SKETCHPACK PROJECT: The project began in 2011 to get folks to draw daily. The sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete the month of August. There was much enthusiasm and the project is now repeated yearly in August, with a Facebook page for us to share as we go along.  (The page is closed for viewing but you can join to play along!)  There is an Exhibition held in October at the Artsauce Studio in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa of mostly local Sketchpacks!

w15 sketchpack opening


Tsunami

Duke Fude with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Green Olive ink.


Future

Duke Fude with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink, Robert Oster Muddy Dragon ink.


Chaos

Duke Fude and Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Birmingham Albert Einstein Relative Cadmium ink.


No one word floating to my mind as I drew this… but not hard to figure out.
I am in Portland Oregon and the federal invasion of our city when in fact most of the violence was caused by the feds or outside agitators was extremely distressing.
There was also violence by our own Portland Police Bureau but it was not as violent,
and they did not also take on press and medical personnel.
Portland has a long history of peaceful protests and yet often the few outliers
are covered as if that is what is happened.  In fact, literally thousands of people
took to the streets for weeks (it is still going on) and all was peaceful.

Duke Fude and Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Birmingham Pens Dennis Rodman Gunpowder Tea ink, Robert Oster Muddy Sand ink,
Krishna Pencil ink, watercolor pencil.

Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Birmingham
Dennis Rodman Gunpowder Tea ink.


Floating

Duke Fude (Bent) Nib with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Robert Oster Muddy Water ink.

Duke Fude (Bent) Nib with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Birmingham Cranberry Nobel ink.


Pressure Cooker

Duke Fude with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Blackstone Wild Orange (Scented) ink.

See you in a week with more images.

https://kripalu.org/resources/listen-your-emotional-body,
https://www.healthline.com/health/emotional-health#improvement

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SoCS: Spot

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises,
and participate in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday  whenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You can join us!
 
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “spot.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “spot.”


Spot is a dog but never a cat… cats have spots so why not name one spot?
Are they too dignified?  Not flooppie enough?
Do they run away to be named elsewhere by people who know?
I’ve named lots of cats one syllable name — Sam, Toes, Jai —
but never looked at one of my Tuxies and said, “Spot!”

OMIGODDESS, UPDATE EDIT!
Thanks to willowdot21 for this one!

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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Pineapple Ginger Garlic Teriyaki Chicken


I’ve made sure that I cooked really good meals for us — versatile and changing,
things like this one that can become second meals with white beans added over rice…
there is so little goodness around these days that cooing does fill a hole!

Make marinade in parts:
4x Ginger People’s Ginger Teriyaki Sauce to
1x olive oil to
2x pineapple juice…
Then add:
garlic chopped, ginger chopped…
We add 3T chopped sugar chilies, mildly hot peppers blackened —
I make a pesto in advance but not necessary!
Marinade overnight, starting with the thighs down,
and then flip it halfway through the hours.

Roast as you would normally with garlic salt, pepper, cumin.
My trick is to start roasting breast down so the juices run into the breasts, uncovered.
30 minutes at 375 degrees.  Remove, turn breast side up,
tuck your sliced beets around the side of the chicken,
baste beets and chicken with juices in the pan (the marinade),
add seasonings, and cook another 30 minutes.  Remove.
Pin pineapple rounds onto the chicken with toothpicks.
You are going to cook another 30 minutes, or when the chicken is done,
basting 1-2 times…  If it is getting too brown cover loosely with aluminum foil.
Let sit for about 15 minutes before carving (we never make it!)

Served over basmati or Massa Organics California Whole Grain Brown Rice;
the next day we add white beans to the mix, the juice from the pan (which should be little fat and lots of juices and olive oil and marinade) and sometimes frozen peas.

YUMMO!  I never get tired of this one.

 Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook,
Duke Fude (Bent) Nib with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,
Platinum Plaiser pen with DeAtramentis Document Urban Grey ink,

MGraham, DS Primatek and Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Rona2: Wall of Moms


I have so much to say about my disappointment in our government.
I don’t recognize my country.  No one works together to ward the common good.


The last showdowns with the feds were with the Wall of Moms
and the Dads with the blowers, who stood in unison with the BLM proetesters
so they were not the only ones out there.  That gave me hope.
And ultimately, got rid of the feds, but not without federal violence.

From videos of the front lines on Instagram…
Thankfully the feds are gone.

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Rona2: VSW Minerve France, 2

Same process as the sketch yesterday.

When I realized Evalyn Baker had taken photos of the alleyway
from both sides, I had to finish the other side too!

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