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Thursday, 31 January 2008
Let's Draw Winter Animals and Scenes!"
Topic: Drawing Lesson

Polar bears, penguins, arctic foxes, snowshoe hares, snowy owls, ice fishing, and winter barns, are some of the subjects and scenes we've been drawing this January. These are my demonstration drawings for the kids' drawing class I teach at the Rockland Public Library. When I can, I'll put up some coloring pages too.

winter barn art
Winter Barn with logs after photo by Kosti Ruohomaa
rainbow trout art
Rainbow trout with polar bear!
ice fishing art
Ice fishing shacks with dog sled and penguin.
penguins art
Penguins landing on the ice.
penguins art
Penguin family.
penguin art
Emperor penguin.
snowy owl art
Snowy owl and juncos.
fox rabbit owl art
Arctic fox, snowshoe hare and snowy owl.
fox rabbit art
Arctic fox and arctic hare.
polar bears art
Polar bears sparring.
polar bears art
Polar bears and a fish.
polar bear art
Polar bear frontal view.

If kids' drawings are not showing below,  'read more' link should bring them up.




Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:42 PM EST
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Sunday, 23 December 2007
Christmas Card and Poem - 2007
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday

winter drawing
Print out the enlargement and have fun with my Winter Deer coloring Page

Wanderings of Winter Creatures

They snuffle through the snow, 
Sniffing above and far below,
The paths which lead elsewhere,
Crossing here and there;
So many through the ages laid,
Which only time has made.
Before and behind, in future and in past,
The Great Big Now is far more vast.
Touching in one place and then another,
All end up as father and mother,
Caring for sister and brother
Of this ground that holds us all
In its ever turning cycles,
That to us must call.

©Catinka Knoth - Christmas 2007

Freehand calligraphy version: 

Christmas poem calligraphy

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:06 PM EST
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Saturday, 22 December 2007
Christmas Ornaments and Ribbons
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
This was to be for my watercolor classes to paint, but we got snowed out almost every class the past couple weeks.
christmas balls photo

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
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Monday, 10 December 2007
A Christmas Tree
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
christmas tree photo by Catinka Knoth
A Christmas ornament tree?

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 9:39 PM EST
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Saturday, 8 December 2007
Paint Snowy Evergreens in Winter - Watercolor Class
Topic: Watercolor Lesson

For Christmas and winter, snow is here.  Try these watercolor and drawing exercises for painting evergreens in snow. 

winter trees watercolor

Print out and practice the schematic trees in this practice sheet to get different takes on evergreens as forms in space:
Schema drawing of evergreen trees

Print out the sampler and try these three ways to practice watercolors of winter evergreens.

  • Pale blue wash for overall tree, then drop in undersides/dark areas
  • Contour drawing of tree, negative paint background, lay in dark undersides of branches.
  • Pale peachy underwash for trees, lay in darker undersides of branches.

Sampler of watercolor styles - evergreen trees in snow

Practice negative painting a background wash around the main form or subject. Make the wash move around the picture instead of horizontally or vertically. Let it swirl as the weather patterns you see moving over our planet from the satelite pictures. Pull the puddle of wash around. Let the paint/pigment swirl in the puddle. Be spare with your mixing. Let the water do the work. Have fun watching it come out.
Background watercolor wash for negative painting evergreen tree in snow

Large version
Freehand watercolor sketch - Evergreen tree in snow

Photo of Evergreen trees in Snow, St. George, Maine, by Pat Laxton

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:28 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007 3:31 PM EST
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