El tema central de este Blog es LA FILOSOFÍA DE LA CABAÑA y/o EL REGRESO A LA NATURALEZA o sobre la construcción de un "paradiso perduto" y encontrar un lugar en él. La experiencia de la quietud silenciosa en la contemplación y la conexión entre el corazón y la tierra. La cabaña como objeto y método de pensamiento. Una cabaña para aprender a vivir de nuevo, y como ejemplo de que otras maneras de vivir son posibles sobre la tierra.

lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2012

La cabaña de la escritora y naturalista Cathy Johnson

sometimes known as Kate, has worked as a naturalist, writer, and freelance artist for the past 30 years, and was staff naturalist and contributing editor for Country Living magazine for 11 years. She is a contributing editor to the Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Magic and has had a regular column in Personal Journaling magazine, where she wrote on a subject she feels passionately about -- realizing the importance of creativity in our lives. She has written and illustrated -- her own work and that of others -- for a number of national magazines, including Science Digest, Harrowsmith Country Life, Sports Afield, Country Journal,Muzzlelader, Women's History, Early American Life, Sketchbook,Woodworker, Woman’s Day, Threads, Mother Earth News, National Wildlife Magazine, Sierra and additional magazines listed on the writerpage. Her writing and artwork has been included in a number of nature anthologies and art books.

She has written and illustrated 34 books of her own, and contributed to a number of others, working with a variety of national publishing houses. Those include North Light/F&W, Time/Life, Random House, Scholastic, Globe Pequot Press, Gibbs-Smith Publisher, Tehabi, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Walker Publications, Prentice-Hall Press, Penguin, Sierra Club, Stackpole and others. See book and magazine list. In 1993, she founded her own small publishing company, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, which primarily offers books of interest to the reenacting community or others interested in history and material culture. She published The Journal of the Middle Waters Frontier for five years; it focused on primary documentation about the lives of our forebears. 

Her paintings are included in a number of private and corporate collections, including Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO; F&W Publications/North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH; Early American Life Magazine, Harrisburg, PA; The Kansas City Life Insurance Co., Kansas City, MO; and Newcomers Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.

She is a longtime member of the Author’s Guild and the Costume Society of America. Chosen Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Burroughs Audubon Society in l987, and won the Thorpe Menn Award for Creative Writing (AAUW) for The Naturalist’s Cabin; Constructing the Dream (Viking Penguin) in 1992. A resident of Missouri all her life, she was born in Independence and has lived in the Excelsior Springs area since 1969.

Interests (more rightly considered obsessions) include travel, reading, Celtic myth and history, reenacting, pottery, jewelry design, and drawing and painting for the sheer enjoyment of it -- sort of a busman’s holiday...
And among those things that are most important in her life are nature and solitude, creativity, music, cats, family and friends, honesty, humor, and love. What else does one need? 

Cathy’s original/main tiny house-love inspiration, like myself, was the Lester Walker book “Tiny, Tiny Houses”- which I can’t recommend highly enough.

Cathy's super-funky/talented cabin daydream sketches 

“A lifelong interest in the outdoors, in walking, drawing, making notes, playing with tadpoles and bugs made me long to be a naturalist when I grew up -- assuming that growing up will ever happen! Reading books by Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, John Burroughs, Sally Carrighar, Henry Beston, Ann Zwinger, Ed Abbey and many others only firmed my nebulous childhood dreams into a career choice. I have been blessed to spend these years wandering the outdoors, writing books and articles, making field sketches and paintings of what I found in nature. It is the best of both worlds -- doing what you love and earning a living from it.” 

Johnson has written nine books and countless articles on natural history, and a number of others that combined art and nature, such as The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature, The Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature, Painting Nature’s Details in Watercolor, and Drawing and Painting from Nature.

Her natural history books were On Becoming Lost; A Naturalist’s Search for Meaning, The Local Wilderness, The Nocturnal Naturalist,The Naturalist’s Path, and The Wild Foods Cookbook. Her writings have been included in many nature anthologies as well. 

The cabin she built in the woods as a base camp from which to work was featured in her book, The Naturalist’s Cabin; Constructing a Dream, and in a number of magazine articles, includingCountry Living,Harrowsmith Country Life,and the Missouri Conservationist. 

The land that surrounds the tiny cabin provided many hours of rambling, sketching and taking notes that eventually became One Square Mile; An Artist’s Journal of the American Heartland. 

Johnson has taught independent painting and field sketching workshops coast to coast and given workshops on field sketching and painting for the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty, Missouri. She has designed trail signs for both those organizations, and is currently at work on a large commissioned portrait of their founder for the Nature Sanctuary. 

Field sketch of Equisetum or horsetail, pencil, from The Naturalist's Path; Beginning The Study of Nature. 

“Full Summer,” Sierra Club Books, watercolor wild flowers found along a Missouri road side.

Green heron pen and ink appeared in one of Johnson's nature books on her jewelry. 

Web site: http://cathyjohnson.info/index.html

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