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Sunday, 13 September 2009
A Cat & Star Story - Some Drawings as Coloring Pages
Topic: Coloring Pages

My recent Cat and Star story drawings: Today I worked more on the scene of Cat getting into it's little boat, on the beach, with Star looking on. I've drawn it a few times in pencil. I like to work in my car so I can be out and about while working but it can get awkward. In this case I'd had to use the car window for a lightbox for tracing. When I thought it was ready to ink, I realized I did not want to ink over the pencil drawing. I'd have to try inking while tracing. But that did not work in the car without a proper lightbox. That work session ended up being instead a practice session of drawing freehand repetitions, with brush and ink (black watercolor), of the cat's head. It was good practice though.

This version I drew with a croquis pen and black watercolor, 'inking' over the pencil lines. The pencil is not yet erased and ink smudges not cleaned up in the originals. The enlargements got some digital doctoring though. You can download my cat and star drawings for coloring pages!

cat & Star drawing
Cat and Star on the beach with the boat - coloring page.
cat & Star drawing
Cat and Star play in the surf - coloring page.
cat & Star drawing
Cat and Star look at shellfish on the ocean floor - coloring page.
cat & Star drawing
Cat and Star in the night sky - coloring page.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:34 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 13 September 2009 6:14 PM EDT
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Sunday, 6 September 2009
The Belted Galloway Cows at Aldermere Farm, Rockport Maine
Topic: Life

Belted Galloway Cows photo by Catinka Knoth

The Belted Galloway cows were out in the main pasture at Aldermere Farm, in Rockport, Maine, yesterday. There is a little pen near this grazing area where they can go for water. When I arrived they were close to the pen, with one at the water bucket. When that critter left, another would wander over. The group moved away from the pen, but the ritual seemed to continue. They were aware when the water bucket became free for the next one's turn. The next thirsty cow would head from the group to the water, like kids in a classroom who know that only one is allowed at the water fountain at a time.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 2:55 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 6 September 2009 2:58 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Let's Draw Butterflies and the Monarch Migration
Topic: Kids Art Class

We started by drawing the Monarch butterfly - head, body, wings, pattern. I used an unnamed Victorian illustration from Dover publications. When I came around to the kids to show them the illustration and let them compare it to a photo I'd taken of a Monarch butterfly, one of the kids pointed out that we'd just drawn a decoy butterfly - probably the Viceroy. He explained that it's patterning mimics the Monarch and prevents birds from eating it. Birds don't like Monarch butterflies because the milkweed they eat makes them taste nasty to birds (or anyone I suppose). We'd been fooled as well. Monarchs have more rows of white spots, as well as spots on their head and body.

The Swallowtail was meant to be just for basic shape. The kids were to make up their own designs.

Here are my demonstration drawings, the kids' drawings follow.  butterfly drawing

butterfly drawing

butterfly drawing butterfly drawing
butterfly drawing butterfly drawing
butterfly drawing butterfly drawing
butterfly drawing butterfly drawing

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:47 PM EDT
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Thursday, 13 August 2009
A Question of Faith?
Topic: Life
Some questions to ask:
If everything started by 'accident', shouldn't we be trying to have accidents instead of trying to control things? I mean, this is some accident we find ourselves in the middle of. (But then of course the act of trying to have an accident makes any result intentional rather than accidental.)

And, it would seem, with all the things we do 'wrong' and mess up with, the state of everything should be many times worse than it is. What is holding it all together, driving things so that in general life forms/organisms find life worth living?

When it comes right down to it, there is no way to prove one over the other. The observer can never be bigger than the whole to know for sure that all the facts are in. It is a question of faith or belief. In that case, the question is, which would one rather believe - that we live in a supportive universe or an unsupportive universe? Isn't 'supportive' what we really mean when we ask if there is  a God?

There  are surely holes in my logic, but perhaps the reader will try to take this as a whole and excuse my unholy (or holy?) considerations .

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 9:57 AM EDT
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Monday, 27 July 2009
August Children's Drawing Classes at Rockland Public Library
Topic: Kids Art Class

marshall point lighthouse drawing
marshall point lighthouse drawing
friendship sloop race drawing
lobster boat drawing

Press Release
"Let's Draw up a Collection of Maine Memories for August!" Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland Public Library

Rockland - Children will continue exploring drawing Maine memories this summer at the weekly drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library. Children ages 6 and up follow along with Knoth in drawing a variety of motifs. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the workshops, which are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. The classes meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted by the Friends of Rockland Library. FMI - Jean Young, children's librarian, 594-0310.

August themes will include subjects such as: Maine lighthouses -Marshall Point Light; rowboats, sailboats, & lobsterboats, a visit to the Union Fair - blueberry farming, belted galloways, ferris wheel; Maine birds - puffins, eagles, ospreys, chickadees, and more.

Knoth believes that everyone can draw if they keep their minds and eyes open, and that drawing by 'following along allows one to discover new ways of interpreting subjects. Knoth, known for her watercolors of Maine scenes and animal drawings, also gives watercolor workshops. Her work may be seen at www.catinkacards.com

You can download her marine coloring pages and try drawing them yourself. Demonstration drawings (shown above) by Catinka Knoth


Marshall Point Light (2 views)
Friendship Sloop Race by the Rockland Breakwater

Contact Catinka Knoth
38 Pleasant St. #201
Rockland, Maine 04841
207-596-0069, 207-542-7317
Some of Catinka's prints at Imagekind
Selection of Catinka's greeting cards to order singly at Greeting Card Universe
Catinka's Fan Page on Facebook!
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remote Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:07 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 July 2009 12:53 AM EDT
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