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Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Drawing a Lobsterboat and Dock at Owls Head Harbor
Topic: Art

Today I set up at Owls Head Harbor just to do some drawing or ink wash painting. I started out hoping I could draw directly with brush and ink to make a line painting that could also be a coloring page. Instead I worked first doing a study in tonal grey wash. Then, still with a mind to making a coloring page drawing, I did a pencil tonal drawing. The pattern of negative shapes and shadows were so fascinating though that I didn't get to doing a linear image.

wash painting of harbor
This is the wash painting of the lobsterboat "Quick Step" at the dock. By the time I got to the pencil drawing, the tide was well on its way out. The boat was settling into the ground with its stern in the air above the water. Here is my pencil drawing of the lobsterboat at the dock. The actual drawing is not nearly as dark as this version.

One thing I love when working at a working waterfront is to be able to hear the banter and stories of the guys on the dock. If I heard right, the lobster catch is finally starting to pick up.

I'm usually painting alone or in the company of students. This time I was painting in the vicinity of another artist. When I got out of the car to set up with my gear and put my stool down I was surprised by the sight of another painter down below me on the beach set up with easel and large canvas.  It was very hard not to ply this fellow with questions about his story. I finally had to ask. "Are you part of a workshop, or here painting because you just do it?" We exchanged our brief painters' stories.  You will enjoy the paintings of Colin Page at colinpagepaintings.com.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:00 PM EDT
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Sunday, 24 June 2007
Recent Watercolors and Studies - Library Exhibit, Searsmont, Maine
Topic: Art

A show of recent studies and watercolors I've painted - many were subjects for classes -  will be hanging at the town library in Searsmont, Maine, until the end of July or mid August. Subjects include paintings after Hopper and Homer, owl studies, a wharf scene, waterlilies, egrets, and a rose garden.

talbot's art owl art
egret art rose garden art
See complete art work and descriptions list:

If you're interested in purchasing prints of any of these works please contact me by email: info(@)catinkacards.com. I can scan and upload to ImageKind where you can order prints, including giclees, on a variety of substrates. They also offer framing, however it is probably more cost effective to have a print framed locally rather than paying for extra shipping.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 7:43 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007 1:49 PM EDT
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Thursday, 24 May 2007
Fly Fishing Watercolors by Tibbetts and Homer, and Fishing Coloring Pages
Topic: Art

I came across an artist, Dave B. Tibbetts, a fly fisherman who paints watercolors on fly fishing. You can read this article on him, Zen and the Art of Fly Fishing, by Robert Dixon. Interesting story on the artist's life, shows a selection of his paintings of fly fishermen.

Tibbetts is up there in years but certainly going strong (inspiring in itself). Sounds like a modern day Winslow Homer the way he combined painting with his love of hunting sports and outdoor life. Of course Homer didn't do commissions, didn't have to. But then he was at another point in the art history continuum. He came along when photography and (the industrial revolution) were gaining momentum. Art was developing a different purpose. Homer was one of few watercolorists, in a field that had not yet been developed. There was not a broad middle class yet, a broad market for this kind of commission work (paintings of homes, favorite spots, etc.). The new world of watercolors was then wide open for such a master draftsman and brush handler as Homer. He made his place at the head of America's foremost watercolorists, along with a few others. The Tibbetts story is intriguing and inspiring because of how he's joined his two loves, painting and fishing.

I am working on some coloring pages, of fish and fishing, based on the art of Winslow Homer. I'll put them up soon. Meanwhile, here is my pen and ink drawing, of bears fishing, for you to color. (Click title link for enlargement.)

Bears Fishing - coloring page 

bears fishing art
Update: Fly Fishing Coloring Page "Unexpected Catch" after Winslow Homer

Urls of the aforementioned Tibbetts links:

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:31 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 21 May 2008 10:11 PM EDT
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Sunday, 6 May 2007
A Mother's Day Card to Color
Topic: Coloring Pages

Here is a Mother's Day pen and ink drawing coloring page Use the link for a larger view with better image resolution. You'll see much more detail in the landscape textures. 

Mother's Day Coloring Card

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007 8:48 PM EDT
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Monday, 30 April 2007
Trying to get Product Pricing for Walmart and Kodak Digital Photo Products
Topic: Life

It is 6:46 pm. I have been working at pricing out digital photo products from the various online photo printers since 4:00pm. It started the other day with the promotional email that Walmart sent me for Mother's Day. I'd forgotten about the tailchasing I'd gone through then. But today I looked at a promotion  from Kodak, a similar promotion on Mother's Day gifts such as memory books. I followed the email to check out the prices.

No. One would have to go through the procedure of making up a book if one wanted a price it seemed.


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 7:24 PM EDT
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