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Tuesday, 6 March 2007
On "Talbot's House" - painting by Edward Hopper
Topic: Watercolor Class
This week my students in watercolor class are working from Edward Hopper's painting "Talbot's House". The actual house, now called Talbot House, a residential retirement home, is right around the corner from my studio in Rockland, Maine. Iconographie(s) shows a fairly recent photo of the actual house also.

Studies after Edward Hopper's "Talbot's House"

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  1. Pencil - blocking in the tonal shapes in the pattern they form, without using outlines.
  2. Wash - again, blocking in the tonal shapes in the pattern they form, without using outlines.


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:18 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 6 July 2007 11:17 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Dog-Sled Mushing, Alaskan Huskies - Watercolors and Coloring Page
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday

Try your hand at drawing and painting huskies and sled dogs! Find some reference pictures of Alaskan Huskies, sled dogs, and dogsled teams, dog mushers. Some reference photos came from a Maine Sled dog races challenge site, I believe, but it no longer exists.

Read about the Iditarod sled dog races which start March 3, 2007. 


Click text links below to see enlargements.

dog sled team art

Dog sled team wash painting
Do some direct painting studies in monochrome wash.

A)Alaskan husky sumi-e painting Bhusky face

Practice some husky faces with brush and wash working directly with simple lines, a sumi-e style. 

Husky face sumi-e line painting-A

Husky face sumi-e line painting-B

 husky line drawing

Alaskan Husky Brush Line Drawing 

Once you have a line painting or drawing you like use it to trace over directly on your watercolor paper and develop a watercolor spontaneously.


Wolf Dog watercolor 

dogsled team line drawing

A coloring page from a drawing study of a dog mushing team. 

Dogsled Team Coloring Page 

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 1:06 PM EST
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Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Does the Circus Still Come to Town in March?
Topic: Watercolor Class

It is almost March, which used to also mean the circus was coming. I grew up in New York City, where "the Circus" meant Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Such a big circus could not be housed under a big top tent so it took place at Madison Square Garden. Years later I saw The Big Apple Circus perform in the middle of January in a heated big tent at Lincoln Center (park?) in New York City. Cirque Du Soleil offers a modern dance magical style of circus arts. There are plenty of circuses that still travel with the warm weather playing under the traditional big top tent. Take a look at this 2006 itinerary of Danish circuses and their story (it is a long download though). The world of the circus is an all-in-one expression of the fantastic, the colorful, the magical, the unbelievable, and drama.

Australian artist Margaret Cilento created a troop of acrobats in her circus paintings. Sweeping forms of tightropes, trapezes, tent structures, spotlights and colors interact in counterpoint with the flying figures. This recent show of her paintings at Eva Breuer Gallery in Australia was the inspiration for the lesson this week. To be continued....

Watercolor Class in New York City - One of these days I'll be able to visit the city again. It would be fun to put together an impromptu watercolor class. If anyone is interested in such a thing, do contact me. Or, if you're in Maine you can take one of my two hour lighthouse painting classes in the summer. In the meantime, if you like figure drawing and you're in New York City, visit the Art Students League. They have a drop in figure drawing sketch class, M - F, 5 - 6:30 p.m, $6 per class. It is called "Life Sketch Class". Just go in the office to pay for your ticket then go find a seat in one of the scheduled studios. Bring your drawing materials or buy some in the little supply shop they have.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:04 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008 9:51 PM EST
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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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