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An Illustrated Life, by Danny Gregory

Illustrated Life, originally uploaded by Cathy (Kate) Johnson.

I was delighted when Danny Gregory asked me if I'd be willing to be one of the featured artists in his new book--it looks like so much FUN. I'm not sure how many artists will be in it, but from the cover you can tell, it's quite a few!

It won't be out till December, looks like, but you can pre-order it at Amazon, here: http://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Life-Inspiration-Sketchbooks-Illustrators/dp/1600610862/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206129967&sr=8-3 --needless to say, I did already!

Danny's the talented and inspiring author of Everyday Matters and Creative License, among others--if you haven't seen these books, do yourself a favor and check them out. You'll be keeping a sketch journal in no time.

And be sure to go to Danny's website at ttp://www.dannygregory.com/ for podcast interviews with the artists involved--he's doing one a week, generally. I was #2, but it's still up to listen to if you're interested. It's here: http://www.dannygregory.com/2008/02/an_illustrated_2.php

Don't miss the other inteviews, as well...he found an interesting group of people to feature in the book as well as in the interviews.

Danny, thank you--this is fun and exciting!



Cathy, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and especially your picture/sketches. I have several of your how-to books at home and I am trying to teach myself how to do watercolor. I am such a beginner but you make it look so easy. I am mainly a glass artist but I love all forms of art. I don't see a place on your blog for my ID, so I will tell you that it is mykatiejane.blogspot.com Thank you for all your wonderful inspiration and I will keep at it.
WOW, Katie, if that's your stained glass, it's gorgeous! And I'd say you're doing well with beginning watercolor--the graded washes in the sky are lovely.

Thank you for the kind words!


I can't WAIT to see this!! Congratulations again, dear buddy!
I'm getting pretty excited about it myself, sweet thing, thank you! As you know, I LOVE looking at the sketchbooks of other artists...can't wait till we can get together one of these days...

I hope you don't mind that I friended you; I just started painting in watercolors, and I'm learning a lot by looking at your journal and pictures on Flickr. Thanks!

I don't mind in the least, Bork, welcome aboard! I'm glad you're enjoying
it...do you have a Flickr album?

Not yet - but this month I plan on scanning the 2 pieces I have (I literally JUST started painting), and then I'll make one!
Great! It's a real encouragement for other artists to see your work...I'll look forward to seeing it.

I also made my first Altoids portable watercolor kit for taking along with me, and I want to practice color mixing. So, I have a yellow, red, two blues (one greener than the other), white, and Payne Grey. I used your minipalette of primary colors as a 'model' for mine.

Though the Altoids box I used is the black licorice one. No need for a repaint; it's Goth enough on its own!
I'm looking forward to seeing your work!

Didn't know Altoids made black licorice, yum AND Goth!