Another Book Review by a Young Artist

Boy and Young Naturalist's SketchbookToday I'm posting a great piece of art by a young California artist, Wesley Armstrong, who created his own nature journal entry after his grandfather gave him my book The Young Naturalist's Sketchbook, published a few years ago by Pomegranate Communications.  Wesley is 8 years old, and his drawing skill and care in recording this sighting in a pond impressed me so much!   

Young Naturalist's Sketchbook

Birds: Season by Season Board Book

Birds Season by Season board book
Birds: Season by Season

Today I am sharing photos of the new book Birds: Season by Season, written by Zoe Burke, graphic design by Stephanie Odeh, and with illustrations from my bird prints, plus a photo sent to me by my friend--it's her daughter and granddaughter enjoying the book. The book is available online from the publisher, Pomegranate Communications  and also at the Audubon stores in Seattle as well as many other locations. I've seen it at the Friends gift shop at the downtown Seattle Public Library, too! Baby and Birds Season by Season

Pre-Order My New Book: Birds of the West

Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide

You can pre-order my new book coming this spring from Skipstone, an imprint of Mountaineers Books!  It's called Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide and it's packed with over 100 sketches, prints and paintings of birds with lots of fun information on where I saw the illustrated birds, and many tips and techniques for artists, experienced or new!  Below are links to places you can pre-order, and I'll be keeping readers posted about all the book events coming up as we schedule them. 


Indiebound –  

Amazon –  

Barnes & Noble –  

Mountaineers Books (coming soon)

University Bookstore November 24

SeattleWalks-low resThis coming Saturday I'll be celebrating Small Business Saturday with David B. Williams, author of Seattle Walks,  at University Bookstore from 12 to 1pm. We'll be having a conversation about our books, and ways to appreciate the world around us with a closer look through history, natural history and sketching and painting.  Later in the day I'll be at Magnolia's Bookstore, one of my favorite Seattle area booksellers.  Hope to see you there.

Art Exhibit at Miller Library, UW Botanic Gardens

Tufted Puffin 2 for web copyrightPlease join me for the opening reception this Friday from 5 to 7pm of my exhibit of paintings and prints at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture, UW Botanic Gardens in Seattle. Address is 3501 NE 41st ST in Seattle.  Call (206) 543-0415 for more information or visit the Miller Library's website for hours and more.  If you can't make the opening, you can visit during Library hours. In December I will be at the Holiday Art, Craft and Gift Sale at the Library on Friday, December 7th from 5 to 7pm.  I'll be showing block prints, etchings and watercolors, both framed and unframed. I will also have my book Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette on hand to sell, plus all the work published by Pomegranate Communications, which includes calendars, notecards, puzzles and books for children, among other products.  I hope to see you there!

CBHL Literature Award Nominees

ColorsOfTheWest_WEB A couple of months ago, I wrote that Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette was nominated for the annual literature award by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. The full list of nominated books is available at this link. There are some fine books on the list so please check it out. I am very honored to see my book among these worthy titles.  Winners will be announced later in June.

Colors of the West Reviewed in National Parks Traveler Magazine

ColorsOfTheWest_WEBMany thanks to Kurt Repanshek for his book review in National Parks Traveler magazine. Here's a bit of what he had to say about Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, and I'm honored.  "Dividing up the book by...colors, and showing the possibilities, helps us see, and appreciate, some of the finer details of the parks when we visit. And Ms. Hashimoto's beautiful watercolors give us something to aim for, if we're so inclined to take palette and paintbrush into the parks and sit a while to take in the landscape."

Colors Nominated for CBHL Annual Literature Award

Blue  Snowy hemlocks 1
copyright 2017, Skipstone Press

On Friday I learned that Colors of the West was nominated for the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries' Annual Literature Award.  The list of nominated books will be made public early in April, and winners will be announced in June. I was quite honored by this nomination, knowing that the council has chosen some wonderful books in the past.  Today I post an image from the book: mountain hemlocks in the snow.  Drawing and painting the landscapes of the west-- landforms, trees and other flora--taught me alot about their characteristics--the flexibility of a young hemlock, for example, under heavy snow.  This week the mountain trees of the Cascades are carrying burdens of snow!