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Monday, 19 February 2007
Expressionist Paintings by Maui Artist Diana Dorenzo
Topic: Art

My friend Diana Dorenzo was showing recent work at the Viewpoints Gallery in Maui, Hawaii. Her work reminds me of the later work of Claude Monet, and Wolf Kahn's more colorful paintings, but with different subject matter. She creates vibrantly colored expressionist landscapes and color field paintings of animals. Her materials are oilpaints, oilbars, and oilpastels on canvas, wood panel or acrylic panel.

Expressionist Paintings by Maui artist Diana Dorenzo

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 2:40 AM EST
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Saturday, 17 February 2007
Big Brother is Watching You - Google
Topic: Putting up a website

Your Google's search results are now personalized, as of Feb 2, 2007, according to this article by Danny Sullivan.

One of the pleasures of my day is to review  my 'website traffic logs' to see how visitors have found my site, ie. what Google search terms did they use, what were they looking for. I often replicate such searches to see how accessible my site is - how close or far from the top of a search it is. I come upon other interesting sites along the way, sometimes completely unrelated. The magic of serendipity gives me the most useful answers and creative triggers and ideas.

It would seem that could end with the coming of Google's personalized search results. Google is tracking each individual user's search histories and returning results related to  previous searches and sites visited by the user. This seems to me to lessen the probability of finding new results. My site traffic may or may not benefit from the change, but I fear that I, as a user of Google, will be the poorer for it. I thrive on the chance findings, just as I love the unforseen meetings and moments in life.  And you, dear visitor, what do you think of all your Google search histories being tracked, stored indefinitely, and used to give you search results based upon your previous use/history? 

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:39 PM EST
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Wednesday, 14 February 2007
A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day
Topic: Watercolor Class

sumi-e bird painting by Catinka Knoth

This week for Valentine's Day I gave a lesson on painting house finches. In this lesson you will find papercuts, sumi-e painting, an animation and a pair of finches coloring page

I hope the art lesson on house finches will encourage you to observe the wonders around you.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
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Sunday, 11 February 2007
Mardi Gras Coloring Pages
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is on February 20th this year. Enjoy my Mardi Gras Coloring Pages!

Mardi Gras coloring page

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 1:11 AM EST
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Thursday, 1 February 2007
Painting Penguins Art Lesson
Topic: Watercolor Class

Here is a lesson on painting penguins I've been teaching in my watercolor classes this week.

penguin paintingSee larger view of
Penguins ink painting by Catinka Knoth

You'll find some reference photos of penguins at Kidzone. Gaylen Frysinger has good information about penguins. Enjoy studying and painting penguins!

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:03 AM EST
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