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Jessi Loerch | jloerch@heraldnet.com
Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Using watercolor to capture scenes of the Northwest

Molly Hashimoto's watercolor images showing different types of eggs.

Molly Hashimoto's watercolor images showing different types of eggs.

Molly Hashimoto makes watercolor look easy. With a simple watercolor set, the kind you almost certainly used a kid, she can make a beautiful watercolor sketch in a matter of seconds.

Molly taught classes recently through Sno-Isle Libraries. I took one of her classes on using watercolor for nature journals.

It was a lot of fun. While I didn't create anything even close to art, I did really enjoy the class. And it made me desire to take more art classes. After all, the Northwest is so gorgeous, I would love to capture some of those scenes other than with my camera and my words. 

Molly was kind enough to let me take photos of a few pages of her sketchbooks. Those photos are here, along with my very beginner attempts.

If you'd like to give nature art a try yourself, Molly has two classes coming up at the North Cascades Institute: printmaking on May 23-25 and landscape watercolors on June 20-22.

The institute is also offering a class, the artful map, on June 20-22. (I'll be taking that class and I'm very excited to play around with making a map.)

See more of Molly's work and read her blog here.

Molly Hashimoto's sketchbook, showing watercolors of various nests.

Molly Hashimoto's sketchbook, showing watercolors of various nests.

Molly Hashimoto's sketchbook, showing elk in Yellowstone.

Molly Hashimoto's sketchbook, showing elk in Yellowstone.

My beginner attempt at a feather, nest and trillium. Oh, and a random purple leaf because I liked that color.

My beginner attempt at a feather, nest and trillium. Oh, and a random purple leaf because I liked that color.

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