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Friday, January 29, 2016

Mild mid-afternoon walk - memory sketches and notes, photos, 1/29/16

Mild mid-afternoon walk - memory sketches and notes, photos, 1/29/16
testing post by email vs. post from blogger dashboard. Pic upload sometimes  works better by my private email serverl. This will be a back-up post or repost. Right now the blogger pic upload is just hanging again. Two pics got uploaded to the blogger editor but they are taking forever to insert to the draft. Meanwhile this online email editor has uploaded 3 pics and is uploading another.pic #4 uploaded here...
blogger is still hung up...7:12 pm (started this dual upload process c. 57 min ago...
pic#5 is up 7:15 p, blogger hanging..
pic#6 up
pic #7 up @ 7:22p nothing happening at blogger - still hanging.
Another question - what order will pics post in. I want the sketch book posts to be first or last, but in their order of writing. I got mixed up w the order of the walk photos. Do they post in order of upload or order of file names?

Answer - with my private online email editor, the pics post in order of upload. So here you see the sketchbook entries, then the last pic - my return home, then the starting out photo, etc.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

February Celebrations - Adult Art Workshops at Rockland Library, 2016

Press Release

February Celebrations Adult Art Workshops at Rockland Library, 2016

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will lead an art workshop series for adults,
on creating motifs for celebrations of February: Valentines, Mardi
Gras, Presidents' Day, Chinese New Year - the Year of the Monkey. Each
week will be a different subject. Classes meet 11 a.m. most Mondays in
February, (library closed for Presidents' Day, Feb. 15), in the
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 596-0069
or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

2/01 Valentine's Day roses, papercuts & cards
2/08 Mardi Gras masks and motifs
2/15 Library closed Presidents' Day
2/22 Presidential portraits
2/29 Chinese New Year - Year of the Monkey

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

Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt B
Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-0069 or 207 691-5544

My website:

Notecard sets to order:

My blog:

February children's drawing workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland library, 2016

Press Release

"Let's Draw February's Celebrations!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at
Rockland Public Library, 2016

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 Mardi Gras, Valentine's
Day, President's Day, and Chinese New Year. Each week is a different

2/02 Mardi Gras masks
2/09 Valentine's Day cards & papercuts
2/16 Presidents
2/23 Chinese New Year Season - Year of the Monkey

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. Mardi Gras motifs
include masks, King cakes, doubloons, jazz instruments, jester, tricorn
hat, and beads. Valentine's Day cards often have motifs such as hearts,
cupids, lace, ribbons, and roses. In honor of the presidents, students
will explore classic presidential portraits. Chinese New Year 2016,
which starts 2/08, is celebrated for 15 days. It is the Year of the
Monkey. Participants may explore traditional zodiac papercut designs,
Chinese dragons, and Lion Dancers.

Attachments: whiteboard demonstration drawings and art by Catinka Knoth

Catinka Knoth
241 Broadway, Apt B
Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-0069 or 207 691-5544

My website:

Notecard sets to order:

My blog:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter walk around half a block - the cat joins me, Thurs. 1/21/16

The cat left the house the same time I did to go off on his own as usual. Late afternoon, just before the sun would be setting. It was glorious brilliant cold and still windy day. I had worried over whether I would be ok without a windbreaking coat. Would the several layers of sweaters, scarves and hat be warm enough? My intention was to just walk around the corner as the last time, then return the same way. I took some photos of animal tracks across the snowy lawns, and the condition of the so-called cleared sidewalk. Turned the corner and headed east, down the hill. That blocked the wind a bit.

And then out from between the two houses on the south side, bounded my cat into the middle of the road to greet me. He wandered off to a house on the other side of the road. I assumed he was off to see what was going on around the brook at the corner. I continued on my way. Looked back and saw the cat was coming along with me. I would have to cut thru the upcoming parking lot rather than going back up to the main road as I did not want to have worry about the cat following me along the main road.

In the parking lot, a fellow in an SUV stopped to tell me that a cat was following me. Yes I know... and I told him a bit about the cat.

Maybe the cat would cut home on his own when we reached a spot directly behind our house. No, he kept coming with me.

We would have to get back to the main road eventually. That means a return to traffic and the wind. At least it was only a few houses to walk past. Again I thought the cat might have gone off on his own to make his own way home. But in front of the house I caught sight of  the cat jumping into the bushes in front of the house. I could barely see him in there and tried to catch a photo of him.

He beat me to the house and waited for me at the foot of the porch steps. On the porch he seemed a bit reluctant to come in. He had hardly been out very long for his usual time outside. I brought him in anyway, rather than having to worry about getting him in later.

Home upstairs and wrote up the account of my walk in the notebook, did  my  sketches  from memory  referring to the photos.

Soon after, crows were flocking west over the house to a tree on the other side of the road. They took off again heading overhead back to the east to roost in another tree.




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Evening walk around the corner - recall and note ten observations, 1/17/16

Evening walk around the corner,  1/17/16 c. 5:20 pm
temp c. 26 deg F. (?)
Mission - feel the invigorating cold on my face. Recall and list 10 observations once returned.

Photos, the walk, notes from memory, memory sketch

I almost did not take the camera but remembered it had a nighttime setting. The setting says to use a tripod. No tripod. One pic does look blurry. The others so far don't seem too blurry - but it is night so they are just impressions. I think I meant to use the camera just as a timekeeper!

I am only going thru this routine for a little while. It is much more complicated and detailed than intended. For now it's purpose is to get me out of the house and outdoors, and to try to take advantage somewhat of what winter is about here in Maine - the cold.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Some Food Explorations & Inventions - January 2016 CK 1/16/16... uploading by email, but online email is not letting me enter my text into the body!

Some Food Explorations - January 2016  CK 1/16/16
(This blog post is repeated on my other blog CK Notes)
Cheddar Cheese English Muffin Crostini and  Mini Blueberry Stovetop Cake

Almost every morning I have bread and cheese for breakfast. Usually it is english muffin toasted on the stove top in my cast iron fry pan. Toast the inside, then turn over and lay cheddar cheese on top to melt while the other sides toast. I usually call this open face grill cheese. But it should be toasted, not grilled with fat in the pan. There is plenty of fat in the cheese already…good also with dollops of salsa, or sliced tomatoes, or sliced avocado.

Recently I have been cutting this into 4 wedges/quarters before  eating. Something special about wedge/pie shapes.

It took me all this time to think of cutting into lots of little pie slices. Six slices became eight, became ten (per side).

And now we have here a Sun. I think these are also called crostini - not sure tho. So, what are Tostini?

I wanted something else to round out this story. So here also is a mini blueberry cake experiment/invention. It was going to be more of a shortbread cookie with a fresh blueberry topping. But the butter/sugar/flour ratio did not look like it would make a cookie. Quick, add some baking powder, (before putting liquid to the dry mixture), and turn it into a cake.

You can see the approximate recipe written out on the card. I rarely use real measurements, but cook by eyeball and feel. If it turns out pretty well, I try to write up notes on the approximate recipe, to the best of my memory.