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Speaking of marketing...


I suddenly realized I hadn't been doing much marketing of my OWN art, and then still didn't have time to take care of it for a week (well, yes, OK, we'd been playing, going on sketching day-trips and dealing with my new Facebook and Flickr groups for artists. Nobody's fault but my own!)

So last night and this morning, I added two pieces to my new "Cathy Johnson Fine Art Galleries" blog at cathyjohnsonart.blogspot.com/, and will add more in the coming weeks.  A girl's gotta eat and pay for those sketching trips, after all!

The painting above was done as a demonstration for my upcoming North Light book, the 21st century version of Watercolor Tricks & Techniques. (The original version was written in 1988, one of my bestselling books ever for North Light--but there have been many new techniques, materials and surfaces since then!) See what techniques you can discern here...of course much more visible in person. 

I was much taken by the Mission at San Juan Capistrano--I think I could have sketched and painted there for days. Here, you see the shadowy view through one of the buildings, a cool refuge within thick adobe walls. It's a place rich with history and feeling--explore it in person if you can, or check out their website: http://www.missionsjc.com/  It's magic.

I only had time for this one sketch on-site, in my journal, and of course it's not for sale:


(You can click on it for a larger version...)

You can tell what a great time we were having!


 

If you're interested in the new artists' groups, here's the one for artists sketching in nature on Flickr--sort of back to my roots with this one: www.flickr.com/groups/nature-sketching/

And two new groups on Facebook, if you're a member there:
The Plein Air Artists' Group is www.facebook.com/home.php
and the Nature Artists group is here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/group.php?gid=47729652724 (and no, I have no idea why one came up short and the other long.  Go figure, .html!)

I'm aiming toward a new project involving nature artists--already had some wonderful response from some of my favorites, so watch for it!

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And in other news, I've just written to all the mailing list contacts I could find in harm's way in Australia; I'd love to hear that you're all right, please.  You're in my thoughts and prayers...

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