WWM: Day 31, USk Thurman Firehydrant


Walk to the market from the studio.
A fire hydrant with a tree growing round it….
I want them to retire the hydrant not touch the tree!

And this ends another World Watercolor Month!
My takeaway from this year is that I learned to knock out a fast sketch,
to NOT be so picky, to just do it and not think so much!

Until next year!

LAST CHANCE!!!!
Tonight is the draw for

 TWO lucky winners to win
my favorite middle-of-the-night
watercolor surfaces!
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Giveaway closes midnight July 31st!
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“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
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WWM: Day 30, USk Optomitrist


Waiting for Mitchell at the KP optometrist, after I picked up my glasses.
We can see our studio from the window, though it is too tiny to draw!

Don’t forget: I’m giving
away to TWO lucky winners
my favorite middle-of-the-night
watercolor surfaces!
Cold Press Hahnemühle PostCards
+ Goodies Galore!
Click here to enter!!
Giveaway closes midnight July 31st!
YOU MUST ENTER TO WIN!

 

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
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And come join Doodlewash…
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WWM: Day 29, Journal painting

*Warning, this is not a happy post!
A roller-coaster ride is more accurate.*

All through World Watercolor Month I’ve been writing like I haven’t in years.
I had so much to be upset about, and then on the heels of that there were
some lovely wins and ideas and the whole month was a roller-coaster.

Early in the month Mitchell made this observation
when we were discussing evil in the world:

“In this world both angels and demons whisper
thoughts within the sanctuary of our minds…
It depends upon our hearts to what voices we listen
and upon what thoughts we choose to act.”

That was followed a bit later in the day by a quote from Lama Tsultrim Allione:

“A collective demon can become a raging force in which individual people function like cells in the demon’s body.  The monster takes on a life of its own, and individuals may not even realize how they have helped to create the monster.  As both history and contemporary life so tragically underscores, collective demons can lead to genocide and other horrors that ordinarily would be unimaginable.”
Feeding Your Demons, Tsultrim Allione

This offers some explanation for why so many have lost their minds and are being dragged around by various news outlets instead of thinking about what their values are and whether they want to dance to the push from corporate news.


This sadness I’ve been feeling between issues with my mom and the loss of the Endangered Species Act and the reintroduction of the USA allowing elephant and other animals to be shot and killed for their parts and the decimation of our National Park System and the lack of caring about global warming and overfishing and the reintroduction of serious pesticides again (shame on you California) and and and…
(I mean really, does anything matter once we’ve screwed the planet royally
and cann0t breath and life as we know it is gone?)

Anyhow, I keep coming back to the Lennon and Maisy song (below) and finally wrote the lyrics in my journal as a happy marker, because I have the best husband.

I experimented with colors in this journal as I am embarking on a new venture soon…
Will tell you as soon as possible!

And then more writing, more pages, a book filled in a month…
inspiration and sadness and the whole chaotic mix!

Don’t forget: I’m giving
away to TWO lucky winners
my favorite middle-of-the-night
watercolor surfaces!

Cold Press Hahnemühle PostCards
+ Goodies Galore!

Click here to enter!!
Giveaway closes midnight July 31st!
YOU MUST ENTER TO WIN!

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
and add your watercolor to the gallery!
And come join Doodlewash…
find you tribe…  I’m there!

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©D. Katie Powell.
My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart.
*Henry Miller, who also was a watercolorist!

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WWM: Day 28 Flower Doodle


Pairing this great quote with watercolor doodles…
Made-up flowers while I listened in a business meeting, then painted later.

Don’t forget: I’m giving
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my favorite middle-of-the-night watercolor surfaces!
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Giveaway closes midnight July 31st!
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“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
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And come join Doodlewash…
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WWM: Day 27, Blueberry


This blueberry is symbolic of things I can’t share — but still a watercolor a day!
Writing a book… some things you don’t want to trot out toooo early!

Don’t forget: I’m giving
away to TWO lucky winners
my favorite middle-of-the-night
watercolor surfaces!

Cold Press Hahnemühle PostCards
+ Goodies Galore!

Click here to enter!!
Giveaway closes midnight July 31st!
YOU MUST ENTER TO WIN!

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
and add your watercolor to the gallery!
And come join Doodlewash…
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©D. Katie Powell.
My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart.
*Henry Miller, who also was a watercolorist!

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WWM: Day 26 Rosh Chodesh


I wrote on Rosh Chodesh about the massive changes
that are happening in our lives, our family, and the world.
Pages of writing and unfortunately nothing I feel comfortable sharing.
I am far more likely to share my “stuff” that another person’s “stuff”!

I sketched the moon, then did a fast color around her.
The sky was Prussian Blue and orange!
I am limited in the time I have to watercolor these days,
and feel much more like writing through the craziness of family.
In the Draft & Sketch journal I paint alongside entries, bits of color.
The sliver of the crescent moon had a bright tag-along in Venus!

I love flipping through my journal,
even with the paper not suitable for watercolor!
It is a challenge and this journal is memorable with deep flowing colors.

Don’t forget: Giveaway
to TWO lucky winners:

my favorite middle-of-the-night
watercolor surfaces!

Cold Press Hahnemühle PostCards
+ Goodies Galore!

Click here to enter!!
Giveaway closes
midnight July 31st!

YOU MUST ENTER TO WIN!

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
and add your watercolor to the gallery!
And come join Doodlewash…
find you tribe…  I’m there!

To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook
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WWM: Day 25, Savirtri Sleeps


Savitri tends to sleep deeply near us at night…
We make noise, move pillows, and really, the only thing that wakes her is if she somehow smells cheese or ice cream or hears chips… food rocks her world!
My kinda gal.  Wish I could sleep like that!

My stabs at catching the essence are paying off…
this was a very quick memory in my journal,
next to writing of a more personal nature..

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
and add your watercolor to the gallery!
And come join Doodlewash…
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To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook
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©D. Katie Powell.
My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back  to dkatiepowellart.
*Henry Miller, who also was a watercolorist!

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