Featuring simple step-by-step instructions and hundreds of illustrations, this sketching and watercolor primer reveals how creating art can enhance any outdoor experience.
In this inspirational guide, Cathy Johnson, a nationally recognized artist, naturalist and teacher, offers personal anecdotes, exercises and useful tips that are perfect for every amateur artist. This book covers a wide range of subjects, including:
- Tools and equipment
- Mixing paints and washes
- Selecting a subject to sketch or paint
- Capturing the illusion of light
- Sketching clouds, flowers, trees, plants and animals
- Using field sketches as studies for future paintings
- Understanding color and using a color wheel
- A source list for art supplies
With more than 280 of Johnson’s own illustrations—both in color and black and white—this book will inspire you to appreciate every detail of the natural world.
|Publisher:||Echo Point Books & Media|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
She has written and illustrated many books, and contributed to a number of others, working with a variety of national publishing houses.
In 1993, she founded her own small publishing company, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, which primarily offers books of interest to the reenacting community or others interested in history and material culture.
She has been a longtime member of the Author's Guild. She was chosen Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Burroughs Audubon Society in l987, and won the Thorpe Menn Award for Creative Writing (AAUW) for The Naturalist's Cabin: Constructing the Dream (Viking Penguin) in 1992.
Cathy teaches a number of self-directed mini-classes on her website, http://cathyjohnson.info. She also offers a number of free tutorial videos on YouTube; visit https://www.youtube.com/user/KateJosTube.
Table of Contents
ONE Tools and Equipment
TWO Getting Started
THREE Putting the Basics to Work
FOUR Capturing the Illusion of Light
FIVE Field Sketching
SIX Sketching in Color
SEVEN Watercolor as a Sketching Medium—and Beyond
EIGHT The Landscape
NINE Plants and Flowers T
ELEVEN Sketching in the Animal Kingdom
TWELVE Sketching as a Means to an End
WHERE TO BUY ART SUPPLIES
WORKSHOPS AND SKETCHING OPPORTUNITIES