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The Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature Paperback – June, 2001

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871569337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871569332
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,386,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cathy Johnson, sometimes known as Kate, has worked as a naturalist, writer, and freelance artist for the past 35 years, and was staff naturalist and contributing editor for Country Living magazine for 11 years. She was a contributing editor to the Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Magic (now Watercolor Artist) and has had a regular column in Personal Journaling magazine, where she wrote on a subject she feels passionately about -- realizing the importance of creativity in our lives. She has written and illustrated -- her own work and that of others -- for a number of national magazines, including Science Digest, Harrowsmith Country Life, Sports Afield, Country Journal, Muzzlelader, Women's History, Early American Life, Sketchbook, Woodworker, Woman's Day, Threads, Mother Earth News, National Wildlife Magazine, Sierra and others. Her writing and artwork have been included in a number of nature anthologies and art books.

She is passionate about journaling and sketching, as well, as her popular Artist's Journal Workshop suggests, and she runs a huge Facebook group online originating from that book She is very active on Facebook with a number of groups as well as her own professional page, here: https://www.facebook.com/Cathy-Johnson-Art-119899574740563/


She has written and illustrated 34 books, and contributed to a number of others, working with a variety of national publishing houses. Those include North Light/F&W, Time/Life, Sierra Club, Random House, Scholastic, Globe Pequot Press, Gibbs-Smith Publisher, Tehabi, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Walker Publications, Prentice-Hall Press, Penguin, Stackpole and others.


Many of these books have been published in editions overseas, as well, in Russia, Japan, Holland, France and England.


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 teaches online, offering a number of self-directed mini-classes on her website.

Her paintings are included in a number of private and corporate collections in this country and abroad, including Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO; F&W Publications/North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH; Early American Life Magazine, Harrisburg, PA; The Kansas City Life Insurance Co., Kansas City, MO; and Newcomers Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.


Her original jewelry has also found its way overseas, to Scotland and Great Britain, and is included in the Images of the Archetype Collection in Glasgow, Scotland and her green man and fantasy paintings and sculptures are currently in a one-woman show online at http://www.greenmanreview.com/gallery-kate/index.html.


She has been a longtime member of the Author's Guild and the Costume Society of America. 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.

She offers a number of free tutorial videos on YouTube, as well, here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KateJosTube

She's married to the love of her life, Joseph Ruckman, and shares a small Victorian house with him and a varying number of cats.


Her website is http://cathyjohnson.info

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Here's a great book for painting out of doors. The author, Cathy Johnson, includes information for beginners in a simple, concise manner with an introduction to various media, their use, strengths, and limitations. Suggestions for initial supplies is a very helpful feature. Simple and clear colored pictures illustrate techniques. Included is an excellent bibliography as well as a list of organized painting trips, both domestic and foreign.
The author's wide range of ideas for subject matter in landscape, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, turtles, frogs and all kinds of small furry fauna is an inspiration to both beginners and experienced painters to get out their brushes and CREATE! Her ideas of simplifying distant landscapes or of taking a close view of a single flower, rock, or tree root will bring fresh ideas to try.
Having worked in the art discipline of a liberal arts college library for many years and currently painting and continuing to study books on painting, I recommend "Painting in Nature" with great enthusiasm.
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The back of the book says it is "Richly illustrated with delightful studies and will inspire...beginners and accomplished artists alike....," but I don't agree. I have a few books I cherish by Cathy Johnson, so when I was this title I was quite excited. However, for me at least, it was somewhat of a let down. I have read and was inspired by her book "The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature". I have been painting plein air for a few years now. Perhaps this book is just too basic for me, but I felt it rehashed much of what I read in "Sketching." Much of the art work in the book is good I suppose, yet I didn't find much of it inspiring, again that is only from my perspective, and I understand her basic point: We work quickly when working outside, trying to capture the feeling or mood and we don't often even attempt what some would call a finished painting. So my advice would be to consider reading or purchasing "The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature" first and then take a close look at this one at your local library to see if it is compatible with your needs, your point of view and your level of expertise. Yikes! I hate writing less than an excellent review here because Johnson has inspired me so much with other books, but at least for me this one just didn't do it.
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I had this book out of the library so many times and renewed it so often that I really thought I should get my own copy. I just wish I had more time to do everything Cathy Johnson recommends. I know my art would improve greatly if I did.
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Beautiful book and a lovely addition to my library. Enjoy just looking through it. Of course, I can't find anything wrong with anything of Cathy's that I have acquired.
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