Tag Archives: De Atramentis Document ink

Keeping an Art Journal

I’ve kept a journal with sketches since college… I started using lined journals I bought in Chinatown in San Francisco, above, for architectural notes, and every page has drawings made during lectures or tours or just thought about what I … Continue reading

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Inky Green Tara

I’ve drawn Green Tara many times. She is based on our Ganges River clay version of Green Tara. A challenge for me, she is very colorful and detailed, AND, I am still pushing for a loose wash effect. I can … Continue reading

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Lifting Paint

I’ve heard of lifting paint but never tried it. I didn’t like the looks of the heavy gouache on the nose of the Pinto Pony, and so I thought I’d give it a try. I carefully and gently used a … Continue reading

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Shells

I have a beautiful soft green Roseville bowl of my grandmother’s that is filled with shells. Some are found, years of beachcombing as a kid, but some are from a trip my mom and I took to the Monterey Bay … Continue reading

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Laguna Beach 1950

  Inspired from an old postcard from the fifties, and I wanted to do it because my mom and dad honeymooned in their second marriage (a looong story, not interesting except to family) but in a nutshell married, three boys, … Continue reading

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Tools: Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book

My new journal is an A5 landscape Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book, and it is not only a new journal, it is a new brand from Hahnemühle! I’ve had it for a bit and been testing it out.  I LOVE … Continue reading

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Ukraine Faces

The war in Ukraine bothers me so… Sketching the lovely faces on the internet is a way to connect when I feel so unempowered to do anything, and marks this wartime. I cannot comprehend why we are again walking through … Continue reading

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Sketching for Clientele

I LOVE documenting our studio life in my sketchbooks, and some projects are so sketch-worthy with their baubles and trims and bright colors! I also use my sketchbook as a way to communicate with our clients from time to time, … Continue reading

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Booster

Booster hit us hard, but better than getting Covid! “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “I think not….” Me… why I journal! To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or dkatiepowellart.me and sign up … Continue reading

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VSW: Duluth Train, 1

Our Virtual Sketchwalk group (Facebook) sketched Duluth, Minnesota.. I apologize — I have been spelling Duluth as DEluth all this time! Besides the lighthouses, I liked the trains at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. This first one (I hope I … Continue reading

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VSW: Duluth Lighthouses, 3

Split Rock Lighthouse may be my last in this series… I took the time to take process pics for you. I started with a watercolor pencil in a color that works nicely with the image. Moved to my favorite sketching … Continue reading

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1 Week 100 People

It is the beginning of the challenge of 1 week, 100 people. Sadly I doubt I can do this all week but I had fun with the twelve I managed to produce today. Looking forward to seeing what you all … Continue reading

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VSW: Duluth Lighthouses, 2

Of the three lighthouses I sketched around Lake Superior I think the Duluth North Pier Lighthouse is my favorite, mostly because of the challenges. Lots of people, lots of color and texture, and a lovely reflection in a puddle on … Continue reading

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VSW: Duluth Lighthouses, 1

Our Virtual Sketchwalk group (Facebook) sketched Duluth, Minnesota. I was drawn (no pun intended) to the lighthouses. The first was the Superior Entry Lighthouse. It has fallen into disrepair and is covered with graffiti. I didn’t grow up around lighthouses … Continue reading

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Feed the Birds

Okay, my game is off (for good reason, another story) but I did this baaaad sketch because I have to shake it off and that can shift my mojo. I share the bad stuff so someone starting doesn’t feel badly … Continue reading

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My Perfect Journal

I’ve been journaling for 50 years, art journaling for forty (first architectural ideas, now art).  I’ve tried many journals before finding my perfect journal.  I bought the Chinese Journals (left, and btw, review in links) from Chinatown in San Fransisco … Continue reading

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Kill Winter with Orange

Time honored tradition now in the pen community… I’m ready! Kill Winter with Orange! I’m for warm colors warm weather and this year the cold in the studio never seems to end despite woolly socks and a heater! Cold cold … Continue reading

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Gratitude, not just at Thanksgiving

One key to surviving depression is gratitude. Every day I write about what I am grateful for, even if it is just a line during the day in my journal. The more depressed I am the more I do gratitude … Continue reading

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