Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Watercolor Sketching Book (and blog)!

"Dallas Farmer's Market" by Steve Penberthy

I’m thrilled to share with you that some of my watercolor artwork will be included in Cathy (Kate) Johnson’s upcoming new book, “Artist’s Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures.” North Light Books will release the book in late June 2011.

“Based on her own 40 years' experience in keeping an artist's journal, Cathy Johnson knows that an artist's creative life can benefit from written and visual explanations and experiments. Over the course of this book, you will benefit from the tips, techniques and exercises that will make your artist's journals your own. You will also discover how to use your journal to celebrate any occasion or milestone, work through a problem or creative block, plan future works, sketch from life and experiment with new materials or techniques. With 24 contributors from around the world there is a variety of styles and perspectives throughout the book, and with 15+ exercises you will learn to personalize your journal in a variety of ways.”
I am thrilled to have been asked to contribute artwork to this amazing project.  From the beginning, I’ve thought that Kate’s idea for this book was right on target, and that a lot of people would benefit from her treatment of this varied subject.  I’ve long held that a sketchbook can be a work on art in-and-of itself, so a new book expressly about that process scratches me where I itch.

Again, the book won’t be available until late June 2011, but you can get more info and pre-order the book from here -

Also, please visit Kate's new blog titled, "Artist’s Journal Workshop – The Book and Beyond" at
Kate focuses this blog expressly on the new book and its various artist-contributors, where the artists, their sketches, and other great information will be explored in more detail. All of the contributors will be interviewed, and there’s several posted already. Be sure to check it out. I’ll be sure to let you know when my interview comes around.  :)

Kate gives some background on how the idea for the book came about here.