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 looking at what I am eating.
Truth is, the last two weeks a lot of emotional eating has occurred because
of a death and terrible sadness over a family happening.


I think maybe now I am ready to cut out the real fattening craziness, as in

ICE CREAM!!!

Not that I want to stop eating a bowl of ice cream every night,
but I want to drop about 25 pounds so I will…
Mostly, though, I eat pretty healthy, as you can see in the one above.

Thought you might want to see one uncolored.

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A Cuppa for Tracey

I painted this cuppa in honor of Tracey…
I will always think of her when i am painting watercolors,
but especially when I paint teacups…
Hers were so lovely!

Enjoy some videos here.

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USk: Studio Sketch


Messy messy studio as it was on August 23.
I realize that by USk rules this doesn’t qualify as an urban sketch…
but if someone else walked in to sketch our conservation studio it sure would!
Yes, our desks are covered in cat toys — isn’t everyone’s?

   

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Sketchpack Project: Week 4, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project,
But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me.

To see the entire project, go here.
(To see other years you go here!)

Reminder: The idea was to use brushes only, watercolor or inks, no linework!
Taking away my beloved lines, my life raft!  I wanted to see what I’d learn…

My brushwork got so much better this last week!
I love the mugs, Big Juicy Bug, and the brushwork on the Buddha head.

Next Year!

To see Week 1 and how I am progressing, go here.
To see Week 2 and more progressions, go here.
To see Week 3 and how I am progressing, go here.

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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 openingDrawn on handmade watercolor folding journal…
Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith Watercolors + Waterbrush.

 ©D. Katie Powell.
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Wildflower Sketchbook Workshop


While I was sick I took the Wild Flower Sketchbook Explosion (workshop)
with Lucia Leyfield (she goes by the name Wild Ink).
I had a lot of fun, and the price (around $20 US) is good for the class.
I think this is a great workshop for beginners
and yet, I learned a few tricks I will definitely use in my sketchbook!

Two of the takeaways were the encouragement to use
the white pen — which I always forget about — in my work.
It adds a liveliness, above.

The other is the use of touching water around a dark center to create delicate petals…
I need more practice but this is a fun way to create flower petals.

Lucia is a lovely teacher and I may take her lettering class which I can REALLY use…

My note about making more juicy washes was mine…
I always forget to make enough!

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Gibbs Reclining, a Masterpiece


HA HA HA HAHAHAAAA!

I don’t know what we’d do without the cats for laughs…

Tough pose, finally tackled it, not liking it…
Good practice but yeows, I need to do this again…
foreshortened legs,
all so very wrong!

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Ancho Chili

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Ink Painting with Birmingham inks (Black Olive and Ancho Chili)
and Robert Oster inks (Red Candy)…
A meditation on a dried chili!

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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!

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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 tunnels when they were in bloom.
Sketch from my imagination, missing some things about So Cal, home.

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Death of a Friend and Teacher

Postcards and some of her images around my messy messy studio desk.

I spent the morning grieving the loss of Tracey Fletcher King from this world.

I would not be the artist I am without her generosity toward
this newbie watercolorist,
as she encouraged me to be me and not try to be a masterful artist of some other variety. She taught me about juicy washes, to go deeper with colors (they lighten), and made me laugh about my own insecurities.  She spoke to be about my sexy lines in an email once, and this still makes me smile.

I especially loved her sketchbook images, though her expertise as a
watercolorist shines in her fine art images like the pieces below.
I continue to be blown away that these are watercolor!

I probably won’t miss her as much as her family and in-person friends in Australia,
who also had the gift of seeing her daily if they wanted to do so.
It is certainly true that I already lost her somewhat when our online chats which we scheduled every couple weeks were lost due to her waning strength.
We talked online as we became close friends — from afar —
about life in AU and being an artist and her cancer and her family and mine.
We told each other secrets, and I wish I had lived in AU so we had met in person.
I want a hug now.
I have been feeling her loss all along, and was in the process of writing her
and sending images today when I heard the news.
Somehow the world seems less friendly and wonderful without her.

Enjoy some videos here.

Words are inadequate.
I will go paint instead.

For her family, huggs, Kate.

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Sketchpack Project: Week 3, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project,
But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me.
(To see other years you go here!)
To see Week 1 and how I am progressing, go here.
To see Week 2 and more progressions, go here.

Reminder: The idea was to use brushes only, watercolor or inks, no linework!
Taking away my beloved lines, my life raft!  I wanted to see what I’d learn…

This week I saw a LOT of progression, even in simple images,
but especially in Buddha, Yaman’s toy (Feathermouse), and the shell.

Onto the final week!

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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 openingDrawn on handmade watercolor folding journal…
Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith Watercolors + Waterbrush.

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

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Frank

I had two images from which to refer while sketching this softly grey-brown long-hair cat.
(See one below, along with my first sketch of Frank done in 2014 — I’ve learned a LOT!)
Frank’s eyes came out  bit too blue, and he is too dark, but I’m happy with his expression!

Pen and ink sketch, building the soft grey,
and then two colors grey and brown and then black ink.

Practicing cats!

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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 led to me wanting to sketch many floral images in an odd square watercolor book (for me) from Hand-Book.

Flowers always lift me to sketch!
Thank you thank you thank you Cynthia!

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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 year to remove.

ARGH!

Did these sketches while in bed…

I also ate foods that kick in my arthritis —
yes I am dumber than a brick — and everyone,
before you go on drugs for arthritis, try testing what foods make you hurt.

So dieting I am, both back to my no-pain mode but also lose weight mode…
and in a couple days after I am sure I am over this thang I will start riding the bike
and using the walker, IF IT IS EVER RETURNED TO US BY THE CRAP COMPANY,
and which will remain nameless as they are crap company.

Very happy I can have coffee with fresh ginger slices and milk and a little sugar.
Yummo.

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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 Hand-Book Watercolor journal.
It is not the best watercolor paper, though it is thick enough.
You can easily get to a place where the watercolor is globbing on,
for lack of a better way to describe it,
and you can’t lift it off without it leaving this odd trail…
and I felt the same way about the second layer of the background.
I didn’t like working it.
No more Hand-Book Watercolor journals for me!

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Sketchpack Project: Week 2, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project,
But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me.
(To see other years you go here!)
To see Week 1 and how I am progressing, go here.

Reminder: The idea was to use brushes only, watercolor or inks, no linework!
Taking away my beloved lines, my life raft!  I wanted to see what I’d learn…

One of the tools below was from last week….

After the tools I became just a bit more confident.
I tried a good set of washes… meh.
Then I tried my cup, a white cup with flowers, and this I liked, finally, YAYA!
The inside of the cups was easy after that…
Lights were easy, and finally, the colorful scallop… Getting better!

This gives me hope going into week three…

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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 openingDrawn on handmade watercolor folding journal…
Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith Watercolors + Waterbrush.

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

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Izzee the Climber


She is incorrigible…

A climber, and as she is an indoor, and mostly in studio cat,
she climbs the metal racks (scares the crap out of us)
and then makes sure we see her. 
We’ve put kleenex boxes in all the holes so she can’t pretend she is a flying squirrel,
but still she manages to scale the levels… Here she is at the third level.

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Waiting for Daddy


I don’t know what we’d do without the cats…

Yaman only has eyes for Mitchell…
always waiting waiting or following him.

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