The Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature
150 pages of full-color art
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.
"Art-instruction books must, above all else, be able to convey information in a visually accessible and enjoyable format, and on that basis, this book, by noted watercolorist Cathy Johnson, is a winner." - American Artist (on The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature)
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. She lives in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.