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Wednesday, 26 April 2006
Spring on a Sheep Farm and a Lambs Coloring Page
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge

Order cards and prints of my sheep farm watercolors.
Have fun with my Spring Lambs coloring page!
Here is a sheep drawing to color or draw from.

lambs and sheep Thursday Photo Challenge this week is Spring (baby animals, birds, flowers..) I have been searching for any decent bird or baby animal picture in my files and come up almost empty. My digital camera doesn't do well with birds. It makes small picture files and so doesn't do well with zoom shots. And, last spring I tried endlessly to catch the cardinals out back but every time they came in sight the camera had timed out.

This was a sheep farm in Cushing, Maine, that I used to frequent for some good lamb sketching until the farm packed up and moved north for more land. I did a series of watercolors of the sheep back then, some of which you can see below. This photo was taken with my old Instamatic camera, in 1998. It has been scanned and cropped. As for the sheep, they are wearing coats to keep their fleeces clean. Clean fleece get a better price than dirty ones

This is a card set from my series of sheep farm watercolors.
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sheep farm watercolor series

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:55 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007 6:46 PM EDT
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Saturday, 22 April 2006
My Family of Four
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge
This week's Thursday Photo Challenge - Valuable. I completely forgot about it until yesterday. The theme of "Valuable", which I assume was chosen for its connection to our recent tax day, could range from money to children. I have no children. My cats have been my surrogate children, or family. In the past month or so, two of my six cats died. There are now four cats in my family. And finally all my cats are on the bed together, which is about as close as some cats of different walks of cat life will get to being a family. They have now also gotten to the point where they can forget their differences long enough to be a family for a short time when I come home. I open the door and find them clustered there in greeting. Then they rub against me and sometimes each other before they can realize what they're doing and give each other tentative sniffs and perhaps a lick on an ear. Just for a few minutes though. Enough is enough.
My Cat Family

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 2:59 PM EDT
Thursday, 13 April 2006
Thursday Photo Challenge - Round
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge
This week's theme for the Thursday Photo Challenge is round, ovoid,... Boy did that suit me for fitting with Easter. You will see elsewhere what we did with this in watercolor class. These are blown Easter eggs I decorated with crayon resist and dye. Caran D'Ache wax crayons are very strong colors that draw very smoothly and finely. Draw on the egg so that you have enough pigment and wax built up to resist the dye bath. The dye will go wherever the crayon is not. It's great for florals, patterns and gardens. See the little apple tree on one of the eggs? I drew that on the egg along with some ground details, then dipped the sky part into blue dye and the ground into green dye. The egg with the stripes and floral patterns was done with crayon and watercolor. The watercolor does not take as well on eggshell as dye does and sometimes it manages to stick over the crayon.
easter eggs

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2007 9:44 PM EDT
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Thursday, 6 April 2006
Thursday Photo Challenge - Patterns
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge

This week, (I know, I'm late posting this) for the Thursday Photo Challenge the challenge is Patterns, textures...My first thought was to photograph some of the origami objects I've made over the years from papers I've decorated. The tiny books in the back are an inch high.

Then while working on this week's project for the adult watercolor class I teach, I realized the pattern on the crocuses fit perfectly with the theme too. So, you see them first.

Origami minis

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
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Thursday, 23 March 2006
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge
I have the sun at my sink
I Have the Sun at my Sink

This week's theme for the Thursday Photo Challenge is Energy ( children, athletes, nuclear power plants, gas pumps, electrical power lines...) I imagined I would assemble some elements or objects that I thought related to energy: a candle, some sugar, a potato, running water, the stove burner, a cat jumping, a dollar bill. I don't remember what else I had in mind. As I sat reflecting, my eye fell upon the dishdrainer with the sun blaring off the silverware back at me. There it is! The sun itself - all small in my house. And so, this is my offering to the theme of energy.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:19 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 23 March 2006 11:23 PM EST
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