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Friday, 2 June 2006
Some Bears to Color
Topic: Coloring Pages
Here are some of my bear pen and ink drawings to color, perhaps for a Father's Day card or a Happy Birthday card or just for fun. Click the titles for enlargements to print out.
pen and ink drawing
Bears Fishing
pen and ink drawing
Fixing the Car
pen and ink drawing
Kite Flying
pen and ink drawing Bears Reading pen and ink drawing
Birthday Presents
pen and ink drawing
Bears' Birthday Party

More of my bear and animal coloring pages....

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:26 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 9 December 2006 4:47 PM EST
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Thursday, 1 June 2006
Coloring Pages
Topic: Putting up a website
Just a brief note here: I've finally started a page, on my site, of links to my coloring pages. They are illustrations from some of my pen and ink animal notecards I did several years ago. There are a few birthday cards, a get well, and a thank you. The 'cats doing winter sports' and the 'halloween cats' are also there. I will continue to add to them.
Coloring Pages

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:33 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 3 June 2006 9:41 PM EDT
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Saturday, 6 May 2006
Steamed Stovetop Chocolate Bread for One (or Two)
Topic: Recipes
This recipe is completely my own invention and I think it may be a healthy food. I use slightly unorthodox measuring though I've tried to transcribe here. I often experiment in the kitchen to see what I can make for a single serving treat that uses as little as I can get away with. As little sugar, fat, utensils, and cooking heat. If I make a big loaf of something I'll eat it too quickly. So my rule is to make as healthy a goodie that I can that will still satisfy the treat tooth. I long ago stopped using the oven because that was too much heat for a single serving. Nor does my toaster oven work. I usually 'bake' on the stovetop with my cast iron skillet. That almost always burns cakes and cookies no matter how low the flame. My recent solution is steaming.

This is a cake of dry texture and quite decent taste. One could always spread jam on it - raspberry or apricot would be nice - if one wanted more sweet. I'm very proud of it. I liked it even better the next day. Not an egg in it and yes it holds together!

chocolate bread cake
Ingredients
2 T butter
2 T* sugar
2 T* cocoa
3/4 t. baking powder
pinch salt
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
3 T. soy milk powder (powdered soy milk?)
1/4+c. cold water



cutlery size comparisonT=measuring tablespoon
T*= heaping cutlery soupspoon

heaping cocoaCocoa heaps higher than sugar does. I mean Heaping.


Cream butter and sugar using a potato ricer/masher or wisk. Add cocoa. Cream further.
Add remaining dry ingredients.
mixingMix lightly with fork to mix dry stuff without incorporating it (yet) into the fatty mixture.


Alternate sprinkling water into the mixture with incorporating (all of it)quickly using the fork. When it starts to mass, form into a patty, about 6" diameter.

Prick through with fork making six diagonals. This keeps cake from warping and/or provides ready made pieces. Place on parchment baking paper cut a bit bigger (so you can use it to lift out the cake later).

mixture cake patty
in the pot cooked decorated
Place patty and paper in a medium saucepan (2 quart?) with a rack (for boiling eggs!) and water to just below the cake. I made the mistake of trying to place the cake once the water boiled. The cake slipped and got a bit splashed. I fished it out and positioned it ok.

Bring water to a boil, reduce to low/medium flame, cover leaving a steam vent.

Cook 50-60 minutes, checking periodically to replenish water (careful not to splash cake). Water should cook at a fast simmer. I haven't tried to cook it less than this so I don't know yet if it would be done earlier.

Carefully remove the cake from the pan, lifting by the excess paper. I suppose it should cool, but I don't remember now.

The cake/bread doesn't have that nice baked look and will look a bit lumpy!. To decorate for this picture I hastily made a wax paper snowflake stencil, placed on top of the loaf and sprinkled some confectioners sugar over it. Had I sifted the sugar it would have been more decorative. I had also already eaten a slice before I realized I could make a prettier picture by powdering the cake.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006 12:41 AM EDT
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Monday, 1 May 2006
An Angel
Topic: Art
blue angel by Catinka Knoth, after Lippi
Blue Angel by Catinka Knoth, after Filippino Lippi
This angel is for people who could use one right now. I painted this a long time ago after a painting by Filippino Lippi, Tobias and the Angel. The face is quite different than Lippi's painting. I used to think I hadn't finished this, but now I like it as a vignette.

The original is at the National Gallery in Washington D.C.Tobias and the Angel
See a larger version of Lippi's painting here.


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:37 AM EDT
Thursday, 27 April 2006
Birds - Kids Watercolor Lesson
Topic: Watercolor Class

Last week my kids' art class did sumi-e bird painting. We also tried our hand at painting from stencil designs. Stencils have clear shapes, but unlike a regular silhouette the shapes are broken down into smaller well defined areas. The stumbling block is that one may get confused and want to turn the white spaces in the stencils into black outlines. But notice the top right painting - this child used a 1/2" wide flat brush after he'd tried other ways. He concentrated so hard at twisting and turning his brush to make those shapes. I am really impressed. You will see it is the goose/duck with outstretched wings from the bottom of the stencil page below.

See notecards of my bird watercolor paintings too.

Update: Another lesson on painting birds.

student bird paintings
Paintings by J.M.(u) age 7, S.C. age 10, J.M(u). age 7, Emily age 10, M.S. age 8, Emily age 10, M.S. age 8.
These were my demonstration paintings from which the kids worked. The sumi birds are after Takahiko Mikami, the swan is after a photo by Bruce Coleman, and the stencils come from, (available here at Amazon) Big Book of Nature Stencil Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
or, at Dover Publications, The Big Book of Nature Stencil Designs
sumi painting swan painting birds stencil
Find Sumi-e painting and birds at Amazon.com


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:46 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 November 2008 1:03 PM EST
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