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. It is lavishly illustrated with more than 140 of the author's stunning original watercolors of Oregon and Washington.
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 old 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.