Synopses & Reviews
Keeping an illustrated nature sketchbook can be eye opening, and anyone can do it, at home or while traveling. This step-by-step guide to painting by the ocean, near rivers, and in valleys, forests, desert, and mountains offers dozens of practical tips for combining watercolor and ink to create pages rich in personal meaning. With her gentle humor and low-key approach, popular teacher Jude Siegel encourages everyone to venture outdoors with sketchbook in hand to try their artist's wings. Lavishly illustrated with more than 140 of the author's stunning original watercolors of Oregon and Washington.
"This gorgeously illustrated new offering from Portland's Timber Press helps nature lovers consider their surroundings in different and wonderful ways. This is a wonderful book!"
—Barbara Lloyd McMichael, Kitsap Sun, September 17, 2006
This step-by-step guide to painting scenes of nature offers dozens of practical tips for combining watercolor and ink to create pages rich in personal meaning. Exercises include warming up, making thumbnail sketches, choosing a manageable subject, changing perspective, seeing patterns, creating depth and distance, and using color. Lavishly illustrated with more than 140 of the author's original watercolors of Oregon and Washington.
Keeping an illustrated nature sketchbook is eye opening, and anyone can do it. This guide to painting at the coast, by rivers, and in valleys, forests, desert, and mountains offers practical tips for working with pen and watercolor to create pages rich in personal meaning. With more than 140 Pacific Northwest watercolors by the author.
About the Author
Jude Siegel has been teaching drawing, painting, and nature studies in Oregon for more than 35 years. She has inspired hundreds of students young and older at the Berry Botanic Garden, Haystack Program, Creative Arts Community at Menucha, Hoyt Arboretum, Leach Botanical Garden, Portland Community College, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Tryon Creek State Park, and elsewhere. A lifelong keeper of illustrated journals and enthusiastic painter in her own right, Jude has shown her watercolors around the state. She published Dancing with the Weeds: A Guide to Using Wild Plants Respectfully in 1995. She holds a master's degree in Science in Education from Portland State University.