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USk World-wide Sketchout: Autumn at the Studio

Yesterday was a worldwide USk sketchout, and I am swamped. But the trees outside the studio had not lost their leaves YET (starting) so into freezing car and parked down the block and looked up at the studio. My finish … Continue reading

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USk: Autumn at PSU Market

Gads the children were enthralled by his playing! We often eat breakfast at Portland Curry — Chana Masala, Yum! To hear about classes, follow me on Facebook or check out my new and improved dkatiepowellart.com and sign up for my … Continue reading

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Eagle Creek Fire Rain

The evening the rains came after the Eagle Creek fire, I felt so blessed. Skies which were grey with smoke and ash falling, suddenly had the blue of night. Actual color, yellow from the setting sun and the green of … Continue reading

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USk: Labor Day in the Finish Studio

Labor Day weekend and we are laborers so we are working… I have new A/C and a new lease on life in my newly cleaned and reorganized studio! I sat close to the door and tried to draw the entire … Continue reading

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USk: Another Cal-Bag

What can I say… it is outside my office window. Feeling stuck, I turn to a material I rarely use, Watercolor charcoal big fat pencil. If that won’t loosen you up — having no control with a fat dull tip … Continue reading

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USk: SCBWI Day

Somehow I have to sketch every day… Nothing special, a doodle in front and in the lecture hall. I felt like I was coming down with something by the end of the day… so a very half-hearted attempt to finish!! … Continue reading

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USk: PAG lecture doodles

Gads I even remembered to post the pic of me drawing… as I now have a phone on me. This will probably be the first and last time, but my husband is so sweet… About to become dueling phones… Stillman … Continue reading

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USk: H&R Block, yup, Taxtime is Near….

The new construction in Portland is rather depressing. Here is the welcoming plaza between two buildings. Not one plant.  BTW, I added the green and brown… Could not stand all that grey and I am a fan of the color…. … Continue reading

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CA Trip: Mitchell Lived Here and Here and Here

A complicated little house not far from the Moreton Bay Fig. Not easy, lotsa mistakes…. Logic (an architectural drawing) is easier. Not my style anymore… and little fun for me! I release those days! Relying on seeing leads to charming … Continue reading

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CA Trip: The Chili Hut

Mitchell’s mom ran the Chili Hut in Santa Paula… When I sketched the building where it was I put a  couple of women in dresses as they might have been then and used a 50’s style car (made up of … Continue reading

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Tools: Grey Inks for Grisaille

“Grisaille (/ɡrᵻˈzaɪ/ or /ɡrᵻˈzeɪl/; French: gris [ɡʁizaj] ‘grey’) is a term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour… A grisaille may be executed for its own sake, [or] as underpainting … working … Continue reading

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NaSkeFiMo, or Fill Up The Journal and Be Done with It!

Working to finish up a journal I don’t like. Not because of the paper — Strathmore paper is good paper. The journal is not falling apart (I’ve stuck with THOSE.) No, this is because the Strathmore Journal has a strange … Continue reading

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CA Trip, 1: Telegraph Road, Santa Paula

I’ve been processing a wild and woolly trip to So Cal. I’ll be posting items out of order, that is for sure. I’m adding color to many, and some are images from photos taken. Starting with Tooling around Mitchell’s home … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors, a day late….

I took a moment yesterday late to draw the door itself in this beautiful building that reminds me so of the Brentwood area of Southern California.  I am finishing up images of this building that I will post later, but … Continue reading

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San Louis Obispo Wine Fields

Another “urban” sketch of wine fields around the central California area. I created a loose pencil sketch, and came in hard with pencil for shadow in the vineyards. No pen work. I was able to use my new KWZ Foggy … Continue reading

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Mitchell’s Birthday

We had a mixed trip, both good and harried horrendous crazy-making. Our client loved our delivery.  Always good. I’ve forgotten about California traffic (Portlanders, hear me now, you have NO right to complain!) and now they are also crazy as … Continue reading

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Sammy in the Studio

Sammy in the upholstery studio… He even has his own chair, the Moon and Stars chair. Black cats are not easy to paint.  Black on black on black… Pentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Carbon pen with Platinum Carbon ink; Noodler’s Lexington … Continue reading

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Tools: Travel Palettes (and a Review of Prima Watercolor Confections)

I’m happy with my travel case from Sennelier. I recently cleaned it and changed out two colors. There is one little thing: It doesn’t fit into my small purse. I know, artists are always fussing, right?  But it is about … Continue reading

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