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Friday, February 10, 2017

Almost moon and water-main break after snowstorm, 2/10/17

Woke @ 3:40 am to see car drive slowly long with a flashlight sweeping around from passenger side. They are searching for something. Cop car? Looking for what? Then some public works trucks pass slowly by, also heading south. Then I see that water is bubbling up from the road seemingly just a few feet south of our drive. It is flowing down our drive. It looks like more than a little trickle. Like a stream. I must go look out the window proper in the front. Yikes there is a lot of water pouring up through and down along the street, pouring north, and looking deep. Coming down our drive too but something keeps it flowing down the road more. I call the county communication dispatch and describe. Yep, it is a water-main break. They should be along shortly. Where? Down the road from you. ... I wonder if I should be alerting anyone from the building involved with the care of it. Then I see the moon and realize I might be able to get a shot that shows both the moon and the water. Hard to see in this pic what is what. Moon at top with its reflection in the window. Another light midway down, maybe another moon reflection in bottom pane? Along the bottom is the road with its river. I can hear the stream. But I have yet to hear any thumping of the road crew machinery breaking through pavement. And I don't see their flashing yellow lights down the road. I don't hear anything other than the rushing water. Do they really have this? Sending this up now. Then will call dispatchers again to confirm they found the source.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Penguins & sports figures, black n white! Student art display, adult drawing class, 1/30/17

Exercises with black circle and teardrop paper cuts, create an arrangement on a quarter sheet of paper, draw that arrangement on another sheet by coloring in, don't use outlines. Can you find a figure in your drawing? Or what do you see in your arrangement? Now make some arrangement where you intend to draw to make a figure. Do another one. Are you beginning to see the connection to sports figures graphics and penguins? Final drawings on a larger sheet work from reference pictures of penguins to make a a penguin scene drawing using some of what you worked with in the exercises.

More specifically for the exercises, (repeating from my FB comments):
The fun of it was also in the exercises. I asked class to color up 2 quarter sheets using black crayon. Freehand cut a couple circles, several elongated teardrop shapes of varying sizes. Make an arrangement on a blank quarter sheet using several shapes. Draw this arrangement on other blank quarter sheet. Look at your drawings and see if you can find a figure or whatever in them. Now try to make an arrangement that is somewhat like an action sports figure, preferably winter sport. This will be quite abstracted. Now see what kind of penguins you can make from your shapes, (and draw). None of these drawings should use outlines. They should be done by coloring out/up/in(?) the shapes.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Snow scene, students, adult art class 1/23/17

We started with a couple exercises - you can see a few examples along the bottom.
a) Continuous line drawing of the reference photo, working with a crayon.
b) Color in the blue shapes:blue sky, blue snow areas. Color in the dark areas: tree trunk, branches, darks in the barn, roof edges. No outlines when you do this. Whites stay white. Are you seeing the white snow appear on the branches? When you draw, look for creatures in the negative shapes, or even in the lines. You don't have the reference photo for this, so you will have to take my word that some of the creatures I saw were: bison head, greyhound, old fashioned ladies shoe, eagle, crow. Class was very skeptical of my findings, until I made a map with labels on each finding! They conceded to most - except the buffalo head.

For the final drawing they were to employ the two exercises together if they were so inclined. And, of course draw it bigger. Just changing the scale of the drawing is a big challenge!

Friday, January 27, 2017

February Children's Art Workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2017

Press Release
January 27, 2017

"Let's Draw February's Celebrations!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at
Rockland Public Library, 2017

Rockland -  Children will draw images from February's celebrations and
traditions at Rockland Public Library's ongoing drawing workshops led
by artist Catinka Knoth. Participants draw along with Knoth as she
demonstrates how to draw and make motifs for Chinese New Year,Valentine's
Day, President's Day, and Mardi Gras. Each week is a different subject:

2/07    Chinese New Year Season - Year of the Rooster
2/14    Valentine's Day cards & papercuts
2/21    Presidents
2/28    Mardi Gras

Sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, the workshops, for age 6 and up,
are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. Knoth
expects participants to be able to work independently for the most
part. Children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.
Ongoing workshops meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland
Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted by Friends of Rockland Library.
FMI - Jean Young, children's librarian, 594-0310.

Young artists will  draw a wide range of motifs. Chinese New Year 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Participants may explore traditional zodiac papercut  designs, Chinese dragons, and Lion Dancers. Valentine's Day cards often have motifs such as hearts, birds, cupids, lace, ribbons, and roses. In honor of the presidents and Black History Month, students will explore  classic portraits and scenes. Mardi Gras motifs include masks, King cakes, doubloons, jazz instruments, jesters, tricorn hats, and beads.

Attachments: whiteboard demonstration drawings and art by Catinka Knoth


February Adult Art Program with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2017

Press Release

January 27, 2017

February Celebrations Adult Art Workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2017

Rockland - Catinka Knoth  will lead an art workshop series for adults,
on creating motifs for  celebrations of February:   Chinese New Year - the Year of the Rooster, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras. Each week will be a different subject. Classes meet 11 a.m. most Mondays in February, (library closed for Presidents' Day, Feb. 20), in the
Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.  Led by Knoth, participants will  create their own art. Knoth provides the  classes free of charge, with materials supplied. Friends of Rockland Library host the workshops, which are open to the public. FMI Knoth at 691-5544
or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

2/06     Chinese New Year - Year of the Rooster
2/13     Valentine's Day roses, papercuts & cards
2/20     Library closed Presidents' Day
2/27     Mardi Gras masks and motifs

Knoth will provide instruction and guidance in drawing and creating the
fantasy images of February's celebrations. Participants will work with
pencil, colored pencil, crayon, and papercut, with a focus on drawing
in color.

Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which
she offers as cards and prints. She teaches a free weekly children's
drawing class at Rockland Public Library, sponsored by Wendy and Keith
Wellin. For more information about Knoth's work visit

Attachments - art and photos by Catinka Knoth