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Monday, 19 June 2006
Midcoast Maine Towns Collections
Topic: Art
Here are some of my watercolor paintings of Maine towns collections. Each group of four images is a set of four artcards (large 5"x7") or eight notecards (4.25"x5.5"). Most images are also available as larger prints. Click titles for larger view. See more Mid-coast Maine towns collections, (watercolors).
card set
Boothbay Harbor
to Orr's Island
 Camden Maine card set
Thomaston Maine card set
Thomaston II
Owls Head Maine card set
Owls Head, Harbor and

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:33 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 9 December 2006 4:43 PM EST
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Monday, 12 June 2006
Mona Lisa Drawing
Topic: Watercolor Class

Mona Lisa
"Mona Lisa" after Leonardo Da Vinci, by Catinka Knoth

Mona Lisa Coloring Page from Dover Books - Leonardo DaVinci Coloring Book

We gave a try at drawing the Mona Lisa a few weeks ago. I did this with compressed charcoal on smooth newsprint. I use this newsprint because its cheap. One can get the end of the roll at a newspaper printer's for a few dollars. It lasts a long time and one can also use the paper to cover banquet tables for a community supper.

As for the drawing - I started with a loose roughing in of the eyes and kept on roughing in - nose, mouth, chin, cheeks, hairline, hair. I kept it vague until she started to appear out of the mist. Her head is not quite long enough but I can live with it. I like the drawing even though its not exactly DaVinci's La Gioconda. Read more on DaVinci and Mona Lisa at Web Museum.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 6:08 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 6 September 2006 1:02 PM EDT
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Friday, 2 June 2006
Some Bears to Color
Topic: Coloring Pages
Here are some of my bear pen and ink drawings to color, perhaps for a Father's Day card or a Happy Birthday card or just for fun. Click the titles for enlargements to print out.
pen and ink drawing
Bears Fishing
pen and ink drawing
Fixing the Car
pen and ink drawing
Kite Flying
pen and ink drawing Bears Reading pen and ink drawing
Birthday Presents
pen and ink drawing
Bears' Birthday Party

More of my bear and animal coloring pages....

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:26 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 9 December 2006 4:47 PM EST
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Thursday, 1 June 2006
Coloring Pages
Topic: Putting up a website
Just a brief note here: I've finally started a page, on my site, of links to my coloring pages. They are illustrations from some of my pen and ink animal notecards I did several years ago. There are a few birthday cards, a get well, and a thank you. The 'cats doing winter sports' and the 'halloween cats' are also there. I will continue to add to them.
Coloring Pages

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:33 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 3 June 2006 9:41 PM EDT
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Saturday, 6 May 2006
Steamed Stovetop Chocolate Bread for One (or Two)
Topic: Recipes
This recipe is completely my own invention and I think it may be a healthy food. I use slightly unorthodox measuring though I've tried to transcribe here. I often experiment in the kitchen to see what I can make for a single serving treat that uses as little as I can get away with. As little sugar, fat, utensils, and cooking heat. If I make a big loaf of something I'll eat it too quickly. So my rule is to make as healthy a goodie that I can that will still satisfy the treat tooth. I long ago stopped using the oven because that was too much heat for a single serving. Nor does my toaster oven work. I usually 'bake' on the stovetop with my cast iron skillet. That almost always burns cakes and cookies no matter how low the flame. My recent solution is steaming.

This is a cake of dry texture and quite decent taste. One could always spread jam on it - raspberry or apricot would be nice - if one wanted more sweet. I'm very proud of it. I liked it even better the next day. Not an egg in it and yes it holds together!

chocolate bread cake
2 T butter
2 T* sugar
2 T* cocoa
3/4 t. baking powder
pinch salt
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
3 T. soy milk powder (powdered soy milk?)
1/4+c. cold water

cutlery size comparisonT=measuring tablespoon
T*= heaping cutlery soupspoon

heaping cocoaCocoa heaps higher than sugar does. I mean Heaping.

Cream butter and sugar using a potato ricer/masher or wisk. Add cocoa. Cream further.
Add remaining dry ingredients.
mixingMix lightly with fork to mix dry stuff without incorporating it (yet) into the fatty mixture.

Alternate sprinkling water into the mixture with incorporating (all of it)quickly using the fork. When it starts to mass, form into a patty, about 6" diameter.

Prick through with fork making six diagonals. This keeps cake from warping and/or provides ready made pieces. Place on parchment baking paper cut a bit bigger (so you can use it to lift out the cake later).

mixture cake patty
in the pot cooked decorated
Place patty and paper in a medium saucepan (2 quart?) with a rack (for boiling eggs!) and water to just below the cake. I made the mistake of trying to place the cake once the water boiled. The cake slipped and got a bit splashed. I fished it out and positioned it ok.

Bring water to a boil, reduce to low/medium flame, cover leaving a steam vent.

Cook 50-60 minutes, checking periodically to replenish water (careful not to splash cake). Water should cook at a fast simmer. I haven't tried to cook it less than this so I don't know yet if it would be done earlier.

Carefully remove the cake from the pan, lifting by the excess paper. I suppose it should cool, but I don't remember now.

The cake/bread doesn't have that nice baked look and will look a bit lumpy!. To decorate for this picture I hastily made a wax paper snowflake stencil, placed on top of the loaf and sprinkled some confectioners sugar over it. Had I sifted the sugar it would have been more decorative. I had also already eaten a slice before I realized I could make a prettier picture by powdering the cake.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006 12:41 AM EDT
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