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Creating Nature in Watercolor: An Artist's Guide
     

Creating Nature in Watercolor: An Artist's Guide

by Cathy Johnson
 

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

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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.

Product Details

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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