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  1. The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature
    The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature
    The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature
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  2. The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature

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    Price R662.00

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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.

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Cathy Johnson
Random House
Random House, Inc.
Random House, Inc.
Random House, Inc.
Random House, Inc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Cathy Johnson scored another home run with me with this book. I'm newly returned to sketching after a 40-year break. I started with her "first series" sketching and drawing book after checking it out of my local library. The Sierra Club guide is broader and more inclusive, loaded with ideas and techniques from other artists, and very useful to a beginner. I like Cathy Johnson's style and her presentation - the idea of "suggesting" a form or shape or movement is appealing; she gives me enough information and encouragement to try something, modify it, and make up my own style.
This little book packs more useful information within its covers than just about any other sketching book I know, and I have shelves of them. Cathy Johnson is a wonderful, articulate teacher and most generous with her help (her website is a prime example of this). The title of this book understates its value to just about any type of sketching or painting. Whether you practice graphite pencil, colored pencil, pen, charcoal, or watercolor sketching and painting, you will find many useful tips and examples. I wish I had purchased this book before so many others that I have . . . I would not have needed them.
I think this is an excellent book for children over the age 10 as well as adults. I try and find Christmas presents that will be fun and at the same time enhance the talents of the individual grandchild; so this year it was a subscription to 'Popular Science' for one (aged 15) and 'The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature' for the 11 year old as he loves to draw, is already very good at it and the bonus being that they live in the country.

This is an excellent book that he will be able to keep forever ... another good point for Christmas presents. Amazon also carries the supplies and in this case, the pencils suggested which I might look at for the next birthday present.

I am already thinking of the Water Colour book for next year's gift; again because it can be kept 'forever' and it is a gift that just keeps on giving.

Amazon has excellent ideas for gifts and sure does beat pounding the pavement to look for a 'special' something that can be kept... Read more
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