“Colors of the West”
by Molly Hashimoto

April 12, 2022  /  reviewed by Megan Biffert


If you have ever stared in wonder at the Grand Canyon, ever daydreamed of seeing Mt. Rainier at sunrise, or ever planned a road trip to visit as many National Parks as possible, then every page of Molly Hashimoto’s book “Colors of the West” will delight you.

Molly Hashimoto is a renowned watercolor artist and teacher, known for her beautiful paintings of birds and nature. In “Colors of the West” she shares her love of the National Parks and Monuments of the western United States. The book overflows with gorgeous watercolor sketches that she did while on-site at these parks. She describes the value to be found in painting plain-air, and gives tips and insights on how to watercolor sketch landscapes and wildlife. Throughout the book she teaches you to notice the color palettes of different environments and how to capture those colors in your own sketches. Turning the pages of this book is like taking a journey through the varied parks and all of their stunning features, seasons, and colors.

In addition to all this, she sprinkles in such gems as mini biographies of past explorers and artists who painted America’s wildest lands, and helpful tips for painting wildlife and landscapes on-site.

If you love National Parks and exploring nature, then this book will both deepen your appreciation and inspire you to grab your paints and head outdoors!

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Book Info

TITLE: Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette

AUTHOR: Molly Hashimoto

PUBLISHER: Skipstone


LENGTH: 192 pages

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About Megan

Megan Biffert is the owner and creator behind Hey There Chickadee. Ink and watercolor art her go-to art mediums. She not only sketches and paints on a regular basis, but also offers classes and inspiration to those who want to create their own art. Her greatest delight in operating Hey There Chickadee is seeing others discover joy, creativity, and community through drawing and painting!

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