Creating Nature in Watercolor: An Artist's Guide

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Experience Nature with an Artist's Eye

This guide is a rare opportunity to experience the joy of painting nature with Cathy Johnson, a beloved artist, naturalist and teacher. With lively instruction and an approachable style, Cathy takes you on an enjoyable hike through the great outdoors, showing you how to see and paint the wonders of nature in a whole new way.

Open this unique guide and see how achievable and fun watercolor can be. With ...

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Experience Nature with an Artist's Eye

This guide is a rare opportunity to experience the joy of painting nature with Cathy Johnson, a beloved artist, naturalist and teacher. With lively instruction and an approachable style, Cathy takes you on an enjoyable hike through the great outdoors, showing you how to see and paint the wonders of nature in a whole new way.

Open this unique guide and see how achievable and fun watercolor can be. With dozens of examples of her own work, along with 15 complete step-by-step demonstrations, Cathy shows you how to capture a range of environments. You'll explore the beauty of the open desert, the shady stillness of an old forest, the dancing cascades of a rushing waterfall, and much more. Habitats are arranged by chapter, featuring:

  • Forests & Trees - with details covering leaves, bark, ferns, birds and seasonal changes
  • Lakes, Rivers, Creeks & Ponds - including still water, reflections, wave patterns, fish and waterfalls
  • Prairies, Meadows & Fields - with guidance for painting wildflowers, butterflies open ranges, farmland, prairie animals and more
  • Mountains - including trees of western and eastern mountains, wildlife and indigenous plants and flowers
  • Deserts - with specific instruction for painting desert plants, animals and more
  • Humans in Nature - including canoes, campfires and fishing trips
Along the way, Cathy encourages you to sharpen your observation skills, experiment with new techniques and keep up the satisfying practice of carrying your sketchbook wherever you go. With Cathy's sound guidance, you'll learn to capture the beauty of nature as you never have before.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781581809138
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Artist, writer and naturalist Cathy Johnson has been drawing and painting all her life. She is the author and illustrator of over thirty books, including Creating Textures in Watercolor, First Steps: Sketching & Drawing, First Steps: Painting Watercolors. A contributing editor to The Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magic, she was a staff naturalist and contributing editor for Country Living, has written for Sports Afield, Early American Life, Science Digest, Mother Earth News, Sierra Magazine and others. Author of The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature and The Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature, she's taught sketching and painting for the Sierra Club, Missouri Dept. of Conservation and other nature centers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

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    Cathy Johnson's newest book is a work of art in itself. The inside page design is simply beautiful. The illustrations by Ms. Johnson are very inspiring. And her tone is one of gentle encouragement ('yes, you can do this too'). I just received my copy recently and have already spent hours savoring it. Many of Ms. Johnson's books seem deceptively simple. One could quickly glance over her notes and paintings and then set the book on the shelf. The real value comes from taking her books, page by page, and actually DOING the exercises she provides. Pay attention to her teaching, follow her examples, and wonderful things will happen with your artwork. Creating Nature in Watercolor is a wonderful book and I am thankful that the artist took the time to create it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    Amateur artist finds great help here

    Having used 2 of Ms. Johnson's books before ''Creating Textures in Watercolor and Watercolor Pencil Magic-sadly out of print'' I had great hopes for this new volume, and it does not disappoint. More than a collection of pretty watercolor studies to be admired -though it is full of them! - this book breaks down the process and tells you how to get the result you're looking for. Ms. Johnson even gives tips on the practicalities of capturing the uncooperative moving creatures of nature on paper! I have found something valuable on every page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    A well written and beautifully illustrated book

    I became interested in Watercolor through and online class given by Cathy Johnson almost one year ago. Now I am hooked! I purchased this book as well as several other of Cathy's books to learn more of what she has to teach. This book,'like all of Cathy Johnson's books' is easy to undersatnd and very well illlustrated. She keeps it simple yet her instruction is very through. Cathy is a very talented, patient and generous artist. She doesn't hesitate sharing her knowledge with others. Her books have helped me to learn many new techniques and have given me the inspiration keep on painting. Thanks Kate!

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