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Ranunculus

Okay, the first hurdle was spelling it correctly — I am dyslexic and oh-boy this one kept wanting to be turned around! A mix of inks for shadows, and watercolor… and I also removed watercolor from it. I think because … Continue reading

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USk: NW Portland USPS

The USPS moved our office which was in the Alphabet District to another location. It is not a safe location, as it is deserted and is surrounded by homeless people (not that they are all dangerous, but they attract nutcases … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 2, Direct Watercolor

As a lover of inky lines, the class in direct watercolor changed me. I LOVED creating this very fast watercolor by diving in, no planning. I wish I had a bit more foresight about placement, (the image was crowded to … Continue reading

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VSW: Berlin, 1, Tiergarten

New month, new walk for the Virtual Sketchwalk group on FaceBook. Berlin is our city this month, with contributions from two photographers, Rich Matheson and Eli Weisz. I played fast and loose with this sketch using a Sailor Fude pen.  … Continue reading

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VSW: Sheree’s Naners

This post is about taking a sketch to a finished watercolor, or an idea to a commissioned piece. Sheree, a friend from high school, posted a photo of her banana tree, above left. I was intrigued by the color, especially … Continue reading

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VSW: Luis Barragán, 2

Second installment in the series on my favorite architect, Barragán. To see the first installment, go here. Casa Barragán, above and below. In reality Opera Pink is not quite the right pink but it it the brightest pink I own … Continue reading

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VSW: Luis Barragán, 1

I used line, and diluted waterproof inks, with watercolors on top for Casa Golardi, above. I went to USC’s School of Architecture at a time when the school was run by the new dean, Quincy Jones.  The school was populated … Continue reading

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Sherre’s Posies

A high school friend has a lovely garden and one of her images caught me… I didn’t do it justice and might try again! I LOVE my sketch — and here is the secret, that I love line work. But … Continue reading

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Recipes: Ritual

I enjoy writing our recipes in my Khadi Journal, though it will never be a favorite journal (more on that at the bottom).  I have my journal when cooking; I make notes and sketch. I placed Ganesha, my favorite Hindu … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Sunflowers Field

I may be a bit obsessed with sunflowers. This one is a much more typical Oregon field, with big green trees in the background… Oddly, however, I think I went back to my So Cal days and thought of the … Continue reading

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VSW: Eliska’s Posie

I stole a photo from a friend in Florida — Love this one Eliska! I collect great posies and keep them to sketch… ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out my new, improved dkatiepowellart.com … Continue reading

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PS: Even More Thinking… Testing… and Memories

My Nostalgie sketchbook really is a testing ground.  If something works a bit on the smooth sketch paper then I will try it out in one of my watercolor journals. Someday this will be a nice memory of Mitchell and … Continue reading

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Thinking, Thinking… One

My sketchbooks are not just for trying to turn out great sketches… Okay, some of that goes on…  I want a nice flip-through on a journal.  But also, experimentation that rarely gets seen by anyone but Mitchell because I may … Continue reading

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Recipes: Tacos

We buy a side of beef from local ranchers, and this means we get a lot of grand beef. I’ve never done much with it but finally, I am loving our Taco Nights! Sauteed diced red onions and browned beef … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Nasturtiums

As kids, we called them Nasty-ursums and thought that hilarious. Kids are pretty goofy. Detail below.  Sometimes I like the sketch better without watercolor, and this is one of those times.   Full watercolor below. This 8×8 Hand Book Journal … Continue reading

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Good Clients

I love working for really good clients. What makes a good client, you ask?  Responsive, present for our discussions, willing to make decisions when we need them, friendly (a huge bonus!), appreciative of the many images sent to them, patient … Continue reading

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30 Posies: Flowering Quince

I discovered Flowering Quince when I moved to the Pacific Northwest, now it is a favorite flower/bush.  Below, stages as I worked it toward the finished product. ☾ To hear about classes, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or check out … Continue reading

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30 Posies: 24th Avenue Camelias

This was a little bit of urban sketching, a little virtual sketching…. sketched on a walk with watercolors added in the middle of the night! Above, a detail of the line drawing and the finished camellia watercolor. 24th Avenue is … Continue reading

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