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About Cathy Johnson
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
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From crashing waves to sculptured deserts, from grand sunsets to humble wildflowers, from backyard discoveries to exotic getaways, the natural world offers inspiration enough for a lifetime! In this book, one of today's premier nature artists shows you how to make the most of it. Within an inviting, sketchbook-style format, you'll learn how to capture nature's treasures using watercolor pencils and paint.
Inside you'll find:
• A chapter-by-chapter exploration of five diverse landscape themes: forests, water, meadows, mountains and deserts.
• 37 step-by-step demonstrations from two of Johnson's most beloved books, Creating Nature in Watercolor and Watercolor Pencil Magic.
• Johnson's favorite tips for capturing a variety of textures and subjects, including plants, trees, water, wildlife, rock formations, seasonal variations and more.
• A wealth of expert advice on gathering reference materials, assembling your own field kit, painting people in nature, and much more.
Embark on a creative adventure as you experiment with new techniques, discover fresh subjects, and hone your powers of observation. Your resulting paintings and sketches will transport you to cherished moments and places worth remembering.
If you're ready to go beyond the basics, and see what watercolor can really do, this is the book for you! Inside, a wealth of "creative departures" will take you out of your comfort zone, making the difference between pigment on paper and original, expressive works of art.
Updated and better than ever, this edition of Watercolor Tricks & Techniques features:
• 30+ new watercolor materials and applications along with fresh insights on many tried-and-true techniques
• 15 step-by-step demonstrations showing techniques in action for beautiful finished paintings
• 3 possibility-packed sectionsLiquid Aids, Dry Helpers and Indispensable Toolsexploring the possibilities of powdered pigments, granulating mediums, liquid mask, Yupo paper and much more
Whether you're an advanced beginner ready to add a little zing to your repertoire or a seasoned painter looking to push your watercolor boundaries, this book will make the journey as exciting as the final destination.
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.
• Chapters focus on sketching subjects close to home, on travels, in nature, in urban settings and from everyday life.
• 10+ artists share favorite sketches, tips and techniques.
• 15+ demos reveal on-the-spot sketches as they come together.
• Includes expert advice on getting the best results from a range of mediums, including graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor and gouache.
The Artist's Sketchbook is pure delight, full of passion and possibility, ideas and inspirations. You'll learn ways to be prepared, simplify, still your inner critic, embrace the here and now, and in doing so, discover wonders you never thought to look for.
Cathy Johnson shows you how to create realistic textures like these and make your watercolor paintings come alive.
You'll find practical, easy-to-follow guidelines inside for creating 83 wonderful textures for fruits, vegetables, hair, glass, metal, fabric, flowers, fur, skin and much, much more.
Johnson's beautiful watercolor sketches - complete with helpful captions - demonstrate each of these techniques and their many variations. You'll learn how to accurately recreate any texture you see and create lovely watercolor paintings that almost seem to breathe.
Cathy Johnson's expertise will show you how to expand your own artistic vision and discover a world of textures - a world you can capture with your brush.
Watercolor's vivid colors and fresh, direct brush strokes make it the most exciting way to paint. "But," you think, "Learning to paint must be hard and frustrating." Not with Cathy Johnson as your teacher! Here, she makes learning to paint in watercolor fun—even easy!
With Painting Watercolors, you'll learn to paint by picking up a brush and painting—not by reading about a bunch of confusing theories.
Cathy tells you everything you need to begin—including:
• Which tools and materials you should buy to get off to a good, affordable start
• When, what, even where to paint
• Explanations of watercolor terms (such as "washes" and "puddles")
• Easy and useful painting tricks—such as glazing and drybrush.
Exercises help you loosen up and learn the ins and outs of putting paint on paper. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions show you how to paint water, believable skies, a variety of trees in different seasons and other popular elements. Plus, a dozen demonstrations show you how paintings come together, from initial sketch to final brushstrokes.
With Cathy's help, you can start painting right away!