The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature

The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature

by Cathy Johnson
     
 

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This lavishly illustrated sketching and watercolor primer reveals how creating art can enhance any wilderness experience. With a skillful blend of inspiration and instruction, artist and naturalist Cathy Johnson offers personal anecdotes, exercises, and helpful tips to guide even first-time artists in using sketching and painting to deepen their understanding of…  See more details below

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This lavishly illustrated sketching and watercolor primer reveals how creating art can enhance any wilderness experience. With a skillful blend of inspiration and instruction, artist and naturalist Cathy Johnson offers personal anecdotes, exercises, and helpful tips to guide even first-time artists in using sketching and painting to deepen their understanding of the natural world.
Featuring simple, step-by-step instructions and 280 examples of the author's own work—in color and black-and-white—The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature covers a broad range of subjects, including tools and equipment; mixing paints and washes; understanding color and using a color wheel; capturing the illusion of light; sketching clouds, flowers, trees, plants, and animals; and using field sketches as studies for future paintings. The book also includes source lists for art supplies (including mail order), lists of national workshops for sketching and painting, and a bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Johnson, the author and illustrator of 17 books on art and nature, has updated her popular 1991 volume in the "Sierra Club" series. An inspiration for the naturalist/ artist, this practical, readable work focuses on drawing and sketching as ways of deepening one's relationship with nature. The complexities of color theory are kept to a minimum. Helpful source lists for art suppliers, national art workshops, and the bibliography have been brought up-to- date. This and Wendy Jelbert's Painting Nature's Details (Batsford Ltd., dist. by Trafalgar Square, 1996), which represents the fine arts perspective, should satisfy nearly all patrons. Highly recommended for general collections.
Booknews
A lavishly illustrated sketching and watercolor primer. Featuring 280 examples of Johnson's work in color and b&w, this book provides step- by-step instruction and exercises that guide outdoor enthusiasts in approaching nature--in field, forest, or backyard--through the medium of pencil or paintbrush. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871569325
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 9.95(h) x 0.47(d)

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