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Friday, 16 April 2010
Spring Flowers Watercolor Workshops Series and Free Notecard Download
Topic: Watercolor Class

Watch flowers grow from your paint brush - from a recent press release:

"Let's Paint Spring Flowers!" Watercolor Workshop Offered by Catinka Knoth

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will teach "Let's Paint Spring Flowers!", a watercolor workshop, at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St. The four week class will meet Tuesdays, 10am-Noon, from April 27th through May 18th. An alternate schedule will run Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm, starting April 28th. Participants may sign up by suggested donation of $80 for the complete series, or $25 per individual session. Call Knoth at 596-0069 to confirm space.

Students will experiment with explorations in sumi-e inspired calligraphic brushwork, negative and positive shapes, contour drawing, variegated washes, and glazing. Photographs of spring flowers such as crocus, daffodil, tulips, and iris will provide a different subject for each session. Paintings by O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, John LaFarge, John William Hill, may also serve as inspiration and models for study.

daffodils watercolor

daffodils watercolor

tulips watercolor

tulip painting

daffodil painting

Download my free frenchfold notecard of this daffodil bouquet watercolor (pdf c. 3mb)

Order notecards of these spring flowers watercolor paintings.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 4:45 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 18 April 2010 10:05 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Marshall Point Light Lighthouse Drawing & Watercolor Demonstration Samples
Topic: Watercolor Class

These demonstration drawing and watercolor painting samples of Marshall Point Lighthouse were done with a family of four in October. The parents and their two kids followed along with me in painting their own versions of these images.

Beginning Steps for "How to Draw and Paint a Maine Lighthouse"
We start with the tonal drawing using a black and white photograph for reference. The object is
a)to get familiar with the shapes so that when we paint we have a map in our mind of where to lay the paint.
b)practice seeing shapes as interconnected pieces rather than just outlines.

Painting the watercolor is done directly - no underdrawing in this case!
a) We lay down a gradated wash for the sky.
b) We paint the brilliant blue sections of ocean as if they are a chain of blocks marching across the sheet. They also form parts of the tower and the bridge pylons.
c) We paint the shadows of the pylons with a slightly diluted blue (or artist's choice).
d) Also the shadow of the cylinder beneath the bridge.
e) We practice the turret of the tower. See how many objects you can relate the dark parts of the tower to. I won't tell just now. It's a good brainstorm and guessing game. When these shapes have been practiced with as few strokes as possible (on some practice paper), they get painted for real. Since we have not 'drawn' in the cylinder it is important the turret gets placed directly over the cylinder! We don't want too much of a leaning Tower of Pisa here. Sometimes I end up with a leaning tower because I'm demonstrating sideways and up in the air, so that people can see what I'm doing. You really should face your work head on or you'll get a skewed vision.
f) The walkway gets reduced to a pattern of triangles - like a necklace. Practice first. Note how the triangles are shorter on one side - the apex is not visually at the center of the triangle. That's because of the perspective of the walkway. Also note how the triangles get bigger and more elongated as they get closer to you. Perspective again.

That's all for now!

Learn more about this and other 'Paint a Maine Scene' watercolor workshops.  

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 1:43 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 1 December 2009 2:02 AM EST
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Monday, 5 October 2009
Sunflowers to Paint in Watercolor Class
Topic: Watercolor Class

We'll paint sunflowers in watercolor class tomorrow. These were taken last week, just before a frost. Wonder what they look like now - and what they'll look like in their painted incarnations. Hunh? Carnations?? I thought you said they were sunflowers...

sunflowers photo by Catinka Knoth

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 4:46 PM EDT
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Friday, 29 May 2009
How to Paint Migratory Birds - Watercolor Workshop Series
Topic: Watercolor Class

"Birds & Brushes" Watercolor Workshop Series

egrets watercolor


Press Release 

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will lead a "Birds & Brushes"  watercolor workshop on painting spring migratory birds, starting Saturday June 6, 10-Noon, and continuing Tuesdays 10-Noon, June 9, 16, & 23, in her studio, #2  Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln St. The series of four workshops is $100, or $30 per class. Materials are available if needed. Contact the artist for more information 207-596-0069 or visit www.catinkacards.com.

Students will work in the studio creating from either their own or provided reference photos. Each week will focus on a different bird, such as cardinals, finches, warblers, hummingbirds, herons & egrets. Knoth will demonstrate exercises and painting techniques such as sumie style calligraphy, working with washes, creating textures with wet-in-wet and drybrush,  direct painting, and using negative spaces to create white shapes. Students will learn skills of observation and expression that will enhance their future study and enjoyment of birds.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:05 PM EDT
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Sunday, 10 February 2008
Vermont Winter Barn Scene - Watercolor Class and Coloring Page
Topic: Watercolor Class

Vermont winter barn photo

One of the students brought in this photo of a Winter Barn Scene in Williston, Vermont. We started by painting directly in two colors without drawing. The object is to mass or coalesce the shapes  - as if you were trying to capture the shapes as a kids' jigsaw puzzle in as few pieces as possible. vermont winter barn art
Wash sketch of winter barn scene.
Vermont Winter Barn line painting

Try a line painting of the scene or have fun with my Vermont Winter Barn Coloring Page



Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:32 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 16 September 2010 5:30 PM EDT
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