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Monday, August 28, 2017

Marshall Pt Light and lobsterboat, student art display, adult drawing class, 8/28/17, and reference photo by Catinka Knoth

Class started with exercises of continuous line drawings, then high contrast black and white drawings of the subject. In this case class had the examples to work from already in those formats.

They made their final color drawings from color photos showing a broader view of the scene. You can see the reference image here too.

One of the students asked to take a photo home. I refused, saying I would send it in email. But this one here should be big enough to save and print for reference.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rockland Breakwater lighthouse freehand crayon drawing video on YouTube.

It turned out a bit better than I thought. My data feed is spotty so some of that shows. Charlotte - did you happen to be there when I was doing it? I keep thinking I hear someone else saying a word here and there.

I wish the painting video had gone thru but that resulted in now having another version of the image!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

September children's drawing workshops program at Rockland Library, 2017

Press Release

September Harvests a Theme for Children's Drawing Classes at Rockland Library, 2017

Rockland - Children, and those young at heart, will explore farming, harvest, and seasonal themes in this September's ongoing drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The "Let's Draw Together!" sessions, geared for ages six and up, also welcome adults. The library requests that children age ten and under have an adult accompany them. Classes meet every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. in the Friends Community Room. FMI - Jean Young, children's librarian, 594-0310.

September subjects include butterflies and Monarch butterfly migration; farm scenes of haying and the fall harvest; farm animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, roosters, geese, and ducks; visits to the apple orchard and apple picking; and September gardens. Each week is a different subject.

09/05 Butterflies and Monarch butterfly migration, September gardens
09/12 Farm scenes of haying and the fall harvest
09/19 Barnyard animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, roosters, geese, and ducks
09/26 Visits to the apple orchard and apple picking

Participants draw along with Knoth and experience drawing in a safe community environment. She expects students to be able to work independently for the most part. Knoth, known for her watercolors of Maine scenes and animal drawings, also gives art workshops for adults at the library. Her work may be seen at

Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the children's workshops, which are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. The Friends of Rockland Library host.

Attachments: demonstration drawings by Catinka Knoth
You should be able to save these images to your computer and print them out for coloring pages.

September adult art workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2017

Press Release:

Knoth Teaches "Scenes of September in Maine" Adult Art Workshops, at
Rockland Library, 2017

Rockland - Catinka Knoth  will  teach drawing  "Scenes of September in
Maine", with a focus on buildings, at 11 a.m.  Mondays,  Rockland Public
Library, the Community Room, 80 Union St.  Led by Knoth, participants
will make their own  drawings in color. Knoth offers the  adult workshops
free and  open to the general public, with materials supplied. Friends
of Rockland Library host. FMI Knoth at 691-5544 or Rockland Library at

Knoth will lead students in drawing several scenes of iconic local
Maine buildings. Students may experience simple aspects of  perspective
theory. They will also practice the technique of coloring in without
using outlines. Familiar buildings from St. George and South Thomaston
along the St. George peninsula and Rte 131 will be the subjects for the
classes. Each week is a different building - a barn, a grange, and a classic Maine farmhouse.

09/04   Labor Day - Library closed
09/11    Harjula's barn
09/18   A classic Maine farmhouse
09/25   St. George Grange

Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which
she offers as cards and prints. She also 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 by Catinka Knoth
St. George Grange, Harjula's barn, Robinson farmhouse.

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

 My website:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rockland Breakwater & Friendship Sloop sailing past, and Maine birds - student art displays from adult and kids' art classes, 8/21-22/17

Adult class did some exercises with torn paper triangle arrangements to redraw in several ways. Mostly it was to practice seeing and drawing negative shapes/spaces. It is very important to practice creating white and light areas by working with the darker contrasting areas.

In the final drawings students used continuous line drawing first and then colored as they wished. The reference was a quickie painting I had done years ago at one of the annual Friendship Sloop races. There had only been time to draw quickly whatever I could capture. I did not then have a camera that would catch anything that far away. The lighthouse I could only ever draw through binoculars. Only later at home did I paint in the drawings. When boats are racing, this artist, who is not a sailor, must do plenty of guessing.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rockland Breakwater and Maine farming students' art display, adults and kids drawing classes, 8/14-15/17

Maybe I will get to update further info later on! Do notice some of the blocks students were to practice before tackling the lighthouse drawing. In this case class followed along with me, while also having a barely visible reference photo at hand. It is an old instamatic photo I took of the lighthouse while taking the ferry to North Haven, (from Rockland).

The Maine farming shows blueberry harvest and belted Galloway cows. There is much more to farming than that but these are the two aspects I do every year.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Illustrating difference between watermark and credit line on images.

I made this w my phone's image edit markup features. The question had come up on Etsy. Having watermarks on your images is now frowned upon by the various search engines. (I agree.) But a credit line that does not obscure the essentials of the content is another matter, and I would say a must have. A watermark is usually somewhat transparent though, unlike my sample for which I only had white. Let us hope that my posting this 'watermarked' image I don't get penalized by google etc. Perhaps I'll just link to it... after a bit.

At this link, if it works, is a rough example showing a watermark vs. a credit line. Watermark would also be more transparent than the white I had to use. ... cannot make this a clickable link now, so copy/paste to use it.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bird sings? to Osprey family squeaking and circling overhead, and CK's mimic whistle.

Bird Mimic Responds To Osprey Group's Cries 8-9-17.m4a
It was a song I had not heard before. I tried to whistle the same back. Practiced it all the way upstairs and made a recording. Now to find what bird it was. ( I could only hear the bird). Anyone know? Or how to find out?

Ok, looks like the recording file did not post. Now to find that.

So maybe the little video I have since made, a papercut bird stick puppet and my own mimic whistling will work/show here...
I hear a different bird song today and try to mimic it by whistling. Here my papercut bird stick puppet gives its appearance to the song.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Maine Boats, demo drawings and art by kids and adults, children's drawing class, 8/8/17

Skiffs, sailboats, lobsterboats, and Friendship sloops today. We started with the 'easier' boat, (though none of them are easy. Students worked following along with my demos. Each boat shows a little dimensionality. No simple silhouette views here. Some of these kids had boating experience and taught me some finer nuances. Note the sailboat with three people in the back. With all that weight there, the boat would be 'planing', which has something to do with what kind of water it would be displacing. I will have to investigate further. Or maybe someone will explain it here!?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Marshall Pt. Lighthouse, lesson, exercises, demo drawing, and class display- adult art class, 8/7/17

We practiced drawing several kinds of shapes by coloring in imaginary outlines. These shapes prove to be components of our lighthouse scene, Marshall Pt. Light in this case. Students followed along step-by-step, from the exercises to the actual scene. They had no reference photo to work from, just my step-by-step. Once their drawings were done the first time, they got to check against my reference photo to see how these visual elements related.

I'll see if I can find a digital copy of my ref pic, and will add it here later.

We also brainstormed a list of what the black triangle with the ball on top might be, (besides a lighthouse cap).

A) class group display
B) my demo drawing - black crayon
C) my demo exercises page
D) brainstorm list - lighthouse cap

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rockland Breakwater Light AND a lobsterboat, drawings from kids and adults, children's art class, 8/1/17.

Rockland Breakwater Light AND a lobsterboat, drawings from kids and adults, children's art class, 8/1/17. Ages 6 to parents and grands! Also, Marshall Point Light.

Posted this to Facebook but something is degrading pics in the upload process - from new phone. In the camera roll it looks good enough when you enlarge. Not so on FB. We will see on the blog.