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Monday, 9 April 2007
How to Optimize Your Photos for the Web and Dial-up Bandwidth
Topic: Technical

This is a recurring situation: people tell me they will send me a photo and I worriedly start to explain that I'm on dial-up so please make your photo a small file size. Here is the, probably unwanted, advice I just sent to two friends. Perhaps it will help someone else. You can help me clarify this or add to it.

To one I explained how to make photo a smaller file size:

Remember you can adjust your photos to be a smaller weight (not pixel dimensions but file size in bytes/bits). Send your photo to your email client from the photo browser (where you look at your photos and do things to them). You will have the option to change how large the photo will be in pixel dimensions and at what quality it will be. The lower the quality setting, (which has nothing to do with picture dimensions/pixel count) the lighter/smaller the file will be. Play around with it.

And to the other, how to make the photo be bigger in dimension but smaller in weight: 

You brought the file size or weight down to 52kb, a very good weight/size. At that rate you could also have kept the pixel dimensions larger, and, using the same 'quality' setting as you chose this time, it would probably still yield a low file 'weight/size'.

Next play around with intensifying the color. Use the bright, the contrast, and the saturation +- settings or levels. Usually I lower the brightness and contrast, and raise the saturation. Most of the time the lighting that photos of artwork are taken in just doesn't bring out the best in them. They need pop. I have to do this with almost all of mine, even when I'm scanning. Otherwise it looks flat like there is a haze or fog over the picture. It doesn't matter if it seems to match the original. It matters that it looks good when it translates onto screen or print.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:20 AM EDT
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Sunday, 8 April 2007
Happy Easter! and an Easter Coloring Page
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
Happy Easter!
Pen and Ink Easter Coloring Page by Catinka Knoth
pen and ink Easter drawing



Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:31 PM EDT
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Friday, 6 April 2007
List: 38 Watercolor Lessons, Ideas
Topic: Watercolor Lesson

Watercolor Lessons List - at some point I'll fill in details on this rough list. These are most of the lessons I've taught since summer. 

Winter/spring 2007

Easter - photo of Steiff bunny and colored eggs
A Steiff Bunny and Colored Easter Eggs for Watercolor Class

Free Choice
Faces/portraits - grid, Chuck Close

Edward Hopper - Talbot's House
On "Talbot's House" painting by Edward Hopper 

St. Patrick's Day - Irish landscapes, greens?

Circus Acrobats - papercuts, figures from triangles
Does the Circus Still Come to Town in March?

Chinese New Year - Year of the Golden Pig

Valentine's Day - bird/finch sumi-e  painting
A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day -blog post
continues further: A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day

Mardi Gras masks

winter - dog sledding, alaskan huskies
Dog-Sled Mushing, Alaskan Huskies - Watercolors and Coloring Page

penguins - papercuts, sumi-e painting
Painting Penguins Art Lesson- Blog Post continues further: Painting Penguins Art Lesson 


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 6:35 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 April 2007 7:38 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 3 April 2007
A Steiff Bunny and Colored Easter Eggs for Watercolor Class
Topic: Watercolor Class

Here is an Easter/Spring subject for watercolor class. The background is not lettuce but a lime green tee shirt. Try some practice painting of eggs first. Notice how the highlights on the egg face different directions. They follow the part of the surface that faces the light source (sunlight). This scene was set up in a window. These are shiny plastic eggs so the highlight is more exact and specific. If they were real dyed eggs, the highlight would be more diffused because the chalky calcium eggshell would absorb the light rather than bounce it back.

Enlargement: Steiff Bunny and Colored Easter Eggs


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 6:12 PM EDT
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Monday, 2 April 2007
Spring Watch, A Spring Coloring Page
Topic: Coloring Pages

 A Spring Coloring Page - Cat, Rabbits and Duck gather to watch a hatching egg. Here is a larger view of "Spring Watch" a Spring Coloring Page.

More Easter and Spring coloring pages at Catinka's Maine and Animal Coloring Pages


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:12 PM EDT
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