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Wednesday, 14 February 2007
A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day
Topic: Watercolor Class

sumi-e bird painting by Catinka Knoth

This week for Valentine's Day I gave a lesson on painting house finches. In this lesson you will find papercuts, sumi-e painting, an animation and a pair of finches coloring page

I hope the art lesson on house finches will encourage you to observe the wonders around you.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EST
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Sunday, 11 February 2007
Mardi Gras Coloring Pages
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is on February 20th this year. Enjoy my Mardi Gras Coloring Pages!

Mardi Gras coloring page

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 1:11 AM EST
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Thursday, 1 February 2007
Painting Penguins Art Lesson
Topic: Watercolor Class

Here is a lesson on painting penguins I've been teaching in my watercolor classes this week.

penguin paintingSee larger view of
Penguins ink painting by Catinka Knoth

You'll find some reference photos of penguins at Kidzone. Gaylen Frysinger has good information about penguins. Enjoy studying and painting penguins!

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:03 AM EST
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Monday, 29 January 2007
Owl Coloring Pages
Topic: Coloring Pages

Finally some owl coloring pages. People land here thinking they will find such a thing because I have images from Owls Head, Maine. I hope to oblige you now with some brush and ink paintings I did. The references for these owls came from a now inactive Owl Cam in Massachusetts.

Click the links below to enlarge and print out.

owl coloring page

Happy Birthday Owl Coloring Page

More Owl Coloring Pages by Catinka Knoth

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:07 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007 3:27 PM EST
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Sunday, 21 January 2007
Apple, Cranberry, Raisin Stovetop Fruit Torte for One Recipe - another 'steamed baking' experiment.
Topic: Recipes

apple cranberry torte photoI had a hankering to try out this idea yesterday. What prompted the idea? Someone had arrived at my blog entry for stovetop chocolate bread by googling "how to bake a cake on a stovetop", according to my traffic logs. I usually replicate such searches to see just where my site turns up in Google. In the process I look into any results that intrigue me. Such a one, and I've found and read this one before, is an article by Ruth Ross on making stovetop steamed breads and cakes in Mother Earth News  from the 1970's. The article reinspired me, gave me the idea to try a fruitcake. I peruse recipes to get a general gist or feel of how to make something. I find it so much more fun to invent my own recipe just to see if I can do it, or to see what comes out. However, I use a mix of eyeball measuring and exact measuring, and only write things down afterwards. I try to hold on to the memory until I get to a pencil. This is much like painting. I cannot know until I see how things mix up if the proportions are right. Everything depends on everything else - as in Life.

I started out by imagining what fruit I had on hand, and did I want to try to make it like a fruitcake or like a pie without a crust or perhaps a cross between the two. Pie without a crust called louder. Would I use the Macintosh apple or the Empire apple - Mac was better for cooking. But wait, this lot of Macs had been so tasty. I had to eat some of it first. Then there was a bowl of cranberries that had never made it into sauce at Thanksgiving. I salvaged a handful of those. And I had some good raisins. This was a perfect combination. The old raspberries in the freezer would have to wait for another experiment.


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 2:09 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2007 2:50 PM EST
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