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A Rocky Mountain Sketchbook

A Step-by-Step Guide to Watercolour Painting and Drawing in the Mountain Landscape – Volume 1

by (author) Donna Jo Massie

RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
Initial publish date
May 2017
Watercolor Painting, Drawing, Painting
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
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This bestselling guide to watercolour painting highlights the basic skills and materials required to venture out into the mountains and create a unique watercolour sketch...even if you’ve never painted before!


Donna Jo Massie’s classic and highly sought-after instructional book has been newly formatted and packaged as a durable hardcover for the modern traveller interested in capturing the stunning beauty of mountain landscapes in one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations: the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


This user-friendly guide takes the aspiring artist through all aspects of developing a love and appreciation for travelling and painting in mountain environments. With information on how to begin a sketchbook and what materials to pack, lessons on surrounding trees, flowers, rocks, water and shadows, a glossary and a list of suggested reference books, this new edition of A Rocky Mountain Sketchbook is certain to entice a whole new generation of watercolour enthusiasts to venture into the natural world with paper, brushes and palette.

About the author

Donna Jo Massie was born in 1948, in the Great Smoky Mountains in Cherokee, North Carolina. She received a degree in Education from Auburn University and taught in Alabama and Florida before moving to Alberta in 1976 as Environmental Educator for Kananaskis Country. She makes frequent hiking trips into the mountains to collect material for her artwork, painting and sketching on location. In addition to painting, she also teaches popular adult watercolour classes, along with corporate and summer backcountry workshops in remote areas. She has been Artist in Residence at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony and at the Columbia Icefields, and was International Peace Park Artist in Residence for Glacier National Park in the United States. Her work has been featured internationally in galleries and exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and her art can be found in private collections around the world. Donna Jo is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists and the Elmore County (Alabama) Art Guild and is an Honorary Member of the Canmore Art Guild. In 1988 she made art her full-time profession and currently operates a home studio in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Alberta.

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