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.