Grab your pen and seize the day! Make art a part of your everyday life, and everyday life a part of your art.
Vast opportunities and great joy await you as you learn sketching "on the spot"--be it in your own backyard, amid the bustle of a busy market, on a hike or wherever you happen to find yourself.
Cathy Johnson leads you on this thrilling expedition as you explore ways to turn everyday sights and experiences into a cache of visual memories. She and other artists have opened their sketchbooks to share their favorite subjects, ranging from nature's paraphernalia to aging buildings, crashing waves and beloved pets. You will travel the world through sketches and stories, through deserts and deep woods, cities and small towns. Along the way, you'll pick up helpful tips and clever, on-location improvisations for making your sketching sessions pleasurable, safe and productive.
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Multimedia artist, writer and naturalist Cathy Johnson has been drawing and painting all her life. She is the author and illustrator of over thirty books, many for North Light. Johnson has worked at Hallmark and has owned her own ad agency. A contributing editor to TAM and Watercolor Magic, she was a staff naturalist and contributing editor for Country Living; and has written for Artist's Sketchbook, Sports Afield, Early American Life, Science Digest, Harrowsmith, Mother Earth News, Sierra Magazine and others. She's published books and a newsletter on living history. 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, as well as in person workshops across the nation. She now reaches worldwide with online workshop instruction. Her art is in private and corporate collections. She maintains relationships with popular art authors including Brenda Swenson, Nita Leland, Danny Gregory and more.
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