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Sierra Club Gde Sketching Nature # [Paperback]

Cathy Johnson
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1 Dec 1992
Introduces useful tools, materials, and techniques, shows how to depict flowers, trees, animals, and clouds, and argues that drawing increases one's appreciation of nature.


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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books (1 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871565544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871565549
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Oct 2008
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This book is an excellent text book with inspirational content.
Don't be put off by title which may lead you to think that it is only relevant to Americans...it's just as relevant world wide.
I speak as a professional artist of 50 years drawing, painting and sketching.
It really is a gem!
And just to make it clear...I do not know the author but do know that she is an excellent artist and fine teacher which can be seen throughout her book.
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I stumbled on Cathy Johnson's website and was sufficiently impressed to buy two of her books. The 'other' book on Visual Journalling was not good but this book is excellent. So often 'how to' books by artists simply rehearse their own skills and talent and actually offer little in the way of real insights or instruction. This book not only offers a host of inventive tips, practical techniques and kit advice, but guides you into habits to continue your development as an artist. Cathy Johnson has a rare gift for encouraging the reader to try something and then make it their own, so that confidence and skill continue to grow. This is a book to read through, and continue to dip into; with 12 chapters packed with ideas and illustrations, it's a resource for every amateur artist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for the Arteest on the Go 14 April 2000
By E. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a pretty complete little volume. When you get it, you really do have to assume some knowledge and practice of making art and the media, however, she goes over materials and techniques, which can serve as a good refresher or initial exposure.
The best part is a discussion early on about how to pack all the materials so you don't keel over from exhaustion, hauling too much art gear, along with the usual standard hiking goodies. (I especially needed help with that, given my childlike adoration of way too many pretty colors.)
The emphasis is on SKETCHING, not doing the Mona Lisa. This is important in outdoor work as light changes and speed can be of the essence. I sometimes pick up this book so that I can just relax my techniques a bit.
The examples in the book, in many media and in monochrome or color are a delight to view. Sometimes, it's just fun to sit down with a cuppa and flip through the nice drawings of objects and scenes in nature.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the title fool you 22 April 2004
By Nor'easter - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides a tremendous amount of information on sketching in nature but don't let the title fool you- this is a terrific general sketching and drawing book. Johnson covers topics that are rarely covered in other books. The use of pens, watercolors, pencils and colored pencils (both water soluble and not) are covered. This is an invaluable book and is an asset to both the beginner and more advanced student. I'm on Amazon right now trying to find other books by Cathy Johnson- I'm that impressed.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy keeps it simple...and affordable. 29 Aug 2001
By Plein Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very refreshing book. Cathy Johnson not only makes it look easy to draw and paint loose, yet accurate, watercolor sketches outdoors, but she tells you everything you need to know. This book will actually teach you how to draw and paint what you see, without making things overly complicated. Best of all, her supply list is well within the means of most people. I really enjoyed this book, and learned a great deal from it. This summer, I caught Lyme disease. It's nasty. For months, I could hardly walk, let alone hike and garden and do stuff I used to love. But Cathy's book has helped draw me back outside, and I'm learning to love nature all over again, one leaf, flower, and bug at a time. This book would make a great gift.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, helpful, highly recommended. 29 July 2009
By Jim Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
In lieu of a long list of superlatives let me just say that a few years ago this book inspired me to go out and sketch in the wilderness and I have been doing it ever since. I have read several books on how to sketch, draw and paint, but no one I know does such a magnificent job of describing and explaining the subject. From materials to technique, to the thought process that goes into sketching in the field, Cathy Johnson covers it all concisely, rationally and with feeling.
I recommend this book for beginner or otherwise. Twelve chapters. It has 227 pages and no index. Good bibliography.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for sketch artists! 14 May 2008
By J. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a book to go through all aspects of nature sketching and journaling. This is the book! I have lended the book out to other sketch artists and they found it very useful as well. Lots of pointers on different types of sketching and FANTASTIC illustrations. It it worth purchasing just for the illustrations alone. I would recommend this book to ANYONE who is interested in sketching nature.
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