Tag Archives: Holbein

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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20th Anniversary

Why is it harder to sketch when the subject is “important”? We were married 20 years ago in a sweet colorful ceremony. When I wanted to draw our ceremony I am afraid my poor people drawing skills kicked in and … 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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Tools: My Current Palette

Whenever I start a new journal, I always record my current main watercolor palette. I have a few palettes for specific tasks, but this is the largest main palette with a mix of a few Daniel Smith Primateks and many … Continue reading

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Easter Cherry Blossoms

Very late in posting… The cherries are nearly ripe! (Not really.) The thing about the cherry blossoms in the park is that they are not only a feast for the eyes but sometimes you can smell their fragrance… Also, they … Continue reading

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Violas, 2

Yesterday you saw my loosey-goosey sketch of orange and purple pansies. Today I am taking you through what the architect in me paints! Seriously, there are two artists battling it out daily, and one is a very precise architect who … Continue reading

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Violas, 1

About says it all…. ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com “Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “I think not….” Me… why I journal! Hahnemühle … 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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Pink Echincea

I sketch, daily, even when not posting. Nothing earth-shattering, often from a photo late at night when I am not yet sleepy. During the day I am usually too busy with work. I haven’t been posting because I got sick … Continue reading

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Tools: TWO Bamboo Sketchbooks by Hahnemühle

Hahnemühle makes two bamboo sketchbooks: the Hahnemühle Bamboo SketchBook, shown below, which is 50lbs; and the Carnet de Voyage, aka the Bamboo Mixed Media journal by some, shown above, spiral bound and coming in at 265lbs, which I reviewed in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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! To … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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