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The Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature [Paperback]

Cathy Johnson
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March 28 2000 Sierra Club Books Publication
Plein air painting is the art of painting out-of-doors, on site, and completing the work at one sitting. This approach became famous with the advent of Impressionism in France in the 1870s. Light in atmosphere was the obsession of the early Impressionists, and their work, with its broad, quickly applied brush strokes and its fearless use of color, had and still has the power to astonish. Cathy Johnson has written a guide to this kind of painting for beginners and accomplished artists who use watercolor, acrylic, or oil. It is a celebration of the experience of making art, a primer on technique, and a call to see the great outdoors.

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Cathy Johnson is a nationally acclaimed artist, author, and naturalist who has published more than twenty books, including the very popular Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature. She has also written and illustrated numerous magazine articles and writes regular columns for Country Living and The Artist's Magazine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration to See Nature in a Fresh Way May 2 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration to See Nature in a Fresh Way May 2 2000
By Roger Grissette - Published on Amazon.com
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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3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more Aug. 3 2009
By Jim Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Johnson is my hero March 19 2014
By bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Dec 7 2013
By Marjorie L. Mcfarland - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good tips July 21 2013
By P Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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the Author is a very fine painter and her instructions are excellent. I would have liked even more color illustrations.
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