Discardia, Online Stores and Videos! ETSY, at last...


I'm still on my simplifying kick, which seems to have resulted in MORE complexity, but I've been meaning to get my Etsy store up for ages.

Now I'm offering original art, fine art prints, handmade jewelry and more...as fast as I can photograph and list!  When my gallery closed last year, it left me with a LOT of stuff that needs new homes...and this is the perfect time of year for it.

Original art and prints...

Polymer jewelry--greenmen canework and jacks in the green

Terra cotta pottery jewelry...mostly pendants:

18th C. style and semi-precious earrings and pendants...

And lots more!  I meant to get this taken care of last year, but I've been doing other things...big shock, I know...

Keep watching, I've got more earrings to photograph and list, both period style and modern, plus a LOT more jewelry...

Please check out my Etsy store, Cathy Johnson Art & More, here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CathyJohnsonArt?ref=seller_info

And whew!  We've also been working hard on the videos for the new Strathmore class this spring, and Joseph built me a VERY cool table to do the videos on...bigger, more light, etc.  I did about 12 small videos this morning, and am editing them for the class...

And HE, bless the man, is getting some of the things we meant to sell ages ago up on my original eBay--we've got jewelry, CDs, art supplies and things of interest to reenactors, right HERE.

Help us give our floor joists a rest and feed the kitties!  Bravo for Discardia!

Tip # 119-- Ink & Watercolor Wash is finally up!

I've been swamped with other projects, so just now got the newsletter done for my latest art tip...my terrific webmistress Sonya at http://morgansites.com got the tip itself up last week!  Here's the rough form, and pardon the wonky formatting, I just copied and pasted and all that code came along for the ride!  Of course the tip itself is on my webpage, as always...and if you'd like to subscribe to the newsletter, you'll find a form there, too...http://cathyjohnson.info

ART TIP #119 Ink
& Watercolor Wash

Ink and watercolor are very popular used together, these days...it's fun, it's graphic, and if you love to draw it's the perfect approach!  This tip offers lots of different ways of approaching this happy
combination...try them out for yourself!

You'll find this latest tip on my website as usual; click the "Art Tips" link at upper left, or go directly to http://www.cathyjohnson.info/tips.html


One of my most popular CDs, shown above, is on that very subject!  (And as we've noted here before, we decided to produce these ourselves for complete quality control...you'll find them in my website catalog!)

* If you know someone who might be interested in ALL our offerings, feel free to share signup info for this newsletter or forward this email!  The signup form's on my website,
too...address in the sidebar at right.

Remember my "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT TIME" teaser?  It's HERE:
I've been asked to do a 4-week workshop as part of  Strathmore's free workshop series, and I was delighted to say yes!  It will focus on watercolor, but we'll also cover mixed media and journaling. I've been writing lessons and shooting and editing videos for weeks now--part of what's delayed this newsletter (and my next mini-class)!
There will the three workshops in all, mine will be the one starting March 1, 2012.  I hope you'll join me!

...with more to come.  Check 'em out! 
One is on making your own watercolor travel kit, with lots of options.  I think you'll like it!  It's on my YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/KateJosTube, along with LOTS more, old and new.
Wonder what your studio might have been like in primal times?  I found this article fascinating!
And while we're considering the lives of our artistic ancestors...there must be something in the air!  I found all these within the space of a week!
I've been on a primal/paleo diet lately, you think it's getting to me?  :-D
Sketchbook exhibit 2007
A vast range of styles and types...what an inspiration, including our friend Enrique Flores!  (I love Stefano Faravelli's nature sketches on the last page of these images...)
Passage to Egypt-Dakhla
You'll find more of Stefano Faravelli's travel sketches here...it's amazing...
from Eden Workshops...lots of us enjoy binding our own sketchbooks and journals now, and we've shared a number of resources on the Artist's Journal Workshop blog.  If you still want more--and I always do--check out these terrific freebies at 
Interview #15 was with my good friend and sketch buddy, Maria Hodkins. We get to sketch together maybe once a year or so, but it is ALWAYS a treat.
You may remember Maria from my YouTube video, where she starred as my stick figure model!  
Don't miss Interview #15--just click on the link above. 
And hang in there, #16 is right around the corner now--it's with the amazing Sandy Williams!
I've added a few new offerings in the sidebar on the right of the journal page...take a peek! 
New interviews, new product reviews, new classes, all right here:
--please join us! Bookmark the site, "follow" the blog, share it with friends, but do be sure to visit to see what the buzz is about!  

We have an open Facebook group in addition to our group Artist's Journal Workshop blog now!
Please feel free to join us, share your art, ask questions, make comments...
And if you want, feel free to join our Flickr group for journal keepers, we'd love to have you...you'll find it here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/artists-journal-workshop/
Our own mini-classes are doing great, and the feedback is gratifying!  Feedback is pouring in on the new Watercolor Pencil class...if you're interested, you can find it here, just scroll down the information on the mini-classes: http://www.cathyjohnson.info/online.html
So far, we have Quick Sketching 1 and 2, and Watercolor Pencil; upcoming will be Plein Air, now in the works, Ink and Wash, and Quick Sketching in Color, and .
Sign up for the mini-class announcement list and be among the first to get news of new offerings!  (But be patient...I don't generally send out a mailing unless a new class is ready to go.)


We appreciate your suggestions and feedback--on art tips, on classes, and on this newsletter.  If you have ideas for future tips or requests, write me!  I'll add them to the list.  (Sorry for those who paint in oils--I can't, because of allergies, so I just try to pass along useful links to those who do...)
If you want to see something different in this newsletter, we want to know that too.  THANK YOU!


I hope you're enjoying the holiday season, and finding time for those things that mean the most to you... 

Best wishes
from Kate

Looking for the perfect gift? Give a little, get a sketch on Urban Sketchers!

I'm part of the "URBAN SKETCHERS 2011 HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN: GIVE A LITTLE, GET A SKETCH" over on the Urban Sketchers blog.  It's a great deal...a group of us donated images for either downloaded images you print out on your own system, or prints you get direct from the artist, depending on the amount of your donation.  It's a GREAT deal...they're hi-res images, and the one I chose printed beautifully, immediately, no waiting on shipping even!

The money raised will help us to put on the international symposium this next year and cover the scholarship program--and encourage people to see and share their OWN part of the world, "one drawing at a time."

Take a peek at the Flickr sets of offerings...here's my montage from San Juan Capistrano, in California--I sketched it on our honeymoon, actually!  It's in this set (and so is the one I bought, by the way...lots of tough-but-gorgeous choices!)  http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbansketchers/sets/72157627890406827/

If you make a donation of $75 or more, you can choose a print from this set, sent to you directly from the artist!

More on how to donate in this post on the Urban Sketchers blog.

The Citizen Sketcher, Marc Taro Holmes, is taking care of coordinating the donors and prints, and deserves a HUGE thank you, as do all the artists who donated their work!  Check out Marc's prints here, by the way!

Pink Jewelry for Breast Cancer Awareness--New Category!

Hi all...Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but for those of us who have been touched by this disease or have family members who have, it is NEVER over.  We are always aware, and always ready to support research in any way we can.

So I've made a new category in my eBay store; Donations; Cancer Research--please feel free to browse it any time. If the fancy link doesn't work, here's the whole thing, direct to the Donations Category!  http://stores.ebay.com/Kates-Treasures/Donation-Cancer-Research-/_i.html?_fsub=17&_sid=14516396&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

Anywhere from 25% to 50% or on occasion even 100% of the purchase price will go directly to breast cancer research at any given time--I hope you'll help AND get some beautiful jewelry for yourself, a family member, or a friend.

Below are some of the things in my store--I'll be adding more, so please bookmark it and check back!

Only a few hours left on pink jewelry auctions for breast cancer awareness!

If you were waiting to bid, now's the time!  50% will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, for research. 

Gorgeous, delicate, feminine earrings and one pendant...for yourself, for a family member, for a friend--for a good cause!

Take a peek, please! 

You can see more here at Kate's Treasures.

More auctions and buy-it-now on eBay...

This has been LONG overdue...I'm just getting started clearing out my studio some, adding to and updating my current listings!  I'm trying to simplify my life (so how come doing listings feels COMPLEX??)

More to come!  I've already got vintage ink pens, more art supplies, gouache, watercolors, more CDs, antiques, jewelry and more...adding them a bit at a time!

A friend of mine and I have been discussing our palette addition...I get them, try them out, consider them, or just LOOK at them, and then...something's GOT to go around here!

So come see me at katestreasures and help me lighten the load a bit!

Pink Jewelry Auctions for Breast Cancer Awareness

And better late than never!  I usually get these up at the first of September, but it's been a busy time for me.  Please, check them out at katestreasures on eBay, and be generous!  The more you bid, the more I can donate!

These are four of the 6 offerings at http://stores.ebay.com/Kates-Treasures --I'm donating 50% of all proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure center for breast cancer research.  Please check 'em out!

Tweaked the announcement newsletter on mini-classes...

So this is how it reads now...if you see anything that needs clarification, please let me know! (It's easy to imagine you're making sense when you're not!)



You'll be able to take these at your convenience, when YOU have the time or the available cash, no waiting for me to have time or energy to
schedule a regular, interactive class. When I get more classes up, hopefully frequently during 2011 and 2012, you'll be able to choose exactly the one you want, when you
want it.

I took several polls to determine what classes people most wanted to take, and as a result Quick Sketching Techniques 1 was up first--it's been wildly popular!  (Please feel free to read some of the feedback, here http://www.cathyjohnson.info/feedback.html

You can also choose Quick Sketching 2, with more advanced techniques, and Watercolor Pencil,  at this time. 

Watch for Sketching in Nature, Ink and Watercolor, and Quick Sketching in Color, and more...you'll get an email like this one whenever a new class is added.
We may also let you know about possible glitches, changes, additions, or ask you questions about what YOU'D like to see!

You can get more information or sign up for classes
HERE: http://www.cathyjohnson.info/online.html  
In the plans for 2012 and beyond (but not yet available) are:
  • Drawing People
  • Journal Keeping
  • Watercolor Textures
  • Plein Air Painting
  • Watercolor Basics
  • Drawing Birds
  • Painting Flowers
  • Creativity Prompts (This will not be a lesson, per se, but quick little idea
    starters or inspirations sent every other day.  We're up to over 80 ideas
We'll let you know whenever one of these becomes available, that's what this list is for!

Here's how all the classes will work:
Each class starts with an FAQ, telling you again how the classes work, and additional information.  Feel free to print it out and save it!
Once a week for four weeks, you will receive a fully-illustrated lesson chock full of information, inspirations, tips, demos, exercises,
assignments and videos.

Some of the videos are brand new and will be available only to paid class members, some links will go to my older, public YouTube videos that illustrate a point in the lesson. You'll get a post like this with a direct link to the PDF lesson for that week. (You'll need Adobe Reader to access the PDF; it's a free program available here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
You'll get a password to access the PDF in the post, as well; it's for your use only, please don't share.
Links to short video demonstrations will be included in almost every lesson.  (Creativity prompts are different, since they are just quick idea
starters, inspirations and challenges.)
There are BONUS PAGES of relevant links, books, and other resources with almost every lesson.

Mini-classes are $30 for the four-week sessions; creativity prompts will be different; a PayPal button will be available on my website for each class. You'll find it HERE.
There is no other cost, except for any materials or supplies you choose to purchase. (Regular interactive classes run about $100, give or
take.) I hope you'll join us!  And again, thank you for your interest...


Cathy Johnson


The lessons will not open in Chrome; it's a glitch on their end.  Please try a different browser, like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.

NOTE # 2: 

At this time there is a delivery problem with Yahoo, Earthlink, and Roadrunner email addresses.  If you have one of these, please let us know an alternate address to make sure you receive the lessons!

Remembering 9-11

In honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, their friends and family,
and the brave men and women who dealt with the aftermath.

It is my own personal tradition to remember this day by posting my painting of the event; I owe them that much.

Siiiigh...computer glitches!!!

...making me crazy!  I uploaded a batch of stuff to Flickr, it said my upload was complete, and when I went to Flickr there was nothing new there.  I've had to do it all over again, and can't find one or the original images easily, now.  (Have I mentioned how much I hate having to redo something I've already done??  All those tags, putting them in this or that set, writing about them, then POOF??)

And I can't get to DanielSmith.com because my computer has decided, suddenly, that it's got a dangerous cookie, from something on my alumni list, according to the error message??  HUH?  I'm not IN that list...I've tried it all sorts of ways, but no go.  Just deleted cookies, we'll see how that works...

And the company that handles my "automatic" delivery of classes is having trouble with Roadrunner, earthlink, and Yahoo addresses!  I'm having to deal with it manually...where's that automatic I'm paying for??

(SO if you want to take one of my mini-classes, please use another address, if you have access to one...)

Ah, and then LJ didn't recognize me.  It thought I was signed out, then didn't like my password.  When I clicked it again, same thing, mind you, it worked fine.

Ah well, dealing with 'em, one by one...that sound you hear is my wheels spinning...)