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Molly Hashimoto
Seattle, Washington
Interests: painting, hiking and gardening
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Today I am writing about the workshops I'm teaching this coming year, beginning in May. To register, just click on the links for each. North Cascades Institute Watercolor Wildlife, May 1-3 Printmaking at the Burke Museum, May 29-30 Watercolor Landscape,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Molly Hashimoto
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Block print by Beverly Scruton We had a great time in the printmaking workshop I taught at Daniel Smith on Sunday. I was pleased that it filled and had a waiting list, so we decided to offer another session for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
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Today I'm sharing a petition sponsored by Seattle Audubon to preserve shorebird habitat at Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill. Habitat for shorebirds like sandpipers and dowitchers has declined drastically over recent years, and now the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
Simona, have you ever read the intro to If On a Winter's Night A Traveler? It's about picking out the book you are going to read next. It is the best thing I've ever read about reading and choosing books. I love it! Oh would I ever love to hop on a plane to see Carnevale!
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Yesterday I just happened to open up my copy of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities to a random page, and found myself on the page where Marco Polo and Kublai Khan are discussing Venice. Polo says "Every time I describe a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
Simona, your fountain pen, notes and latte are a perfect trio, so well-composed. Who needs color with coffee, pen and paper?
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Simona, I didn't know you'd been to New Zealand. You really are a world traveler!
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Today I am sharing a poem by my sister Jane Graham George, who now lives on the Kapiti coast in New Zealand. Her publisher, Red Dragonfly Press of Minnesota, just featured the poem on its blog. The poem is from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
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Sketch by Molly Hashimoto I'm writing today about the upcoming workshop I'll be teaching at the Environmental Learning Center at the North Cascades Institute on Diablo Lake, just off Highway 20; it's the first of 3 workshops I'm offering there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
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Last week in the Skagit Valley we saw several groups of white swans which we judged to be families, with 2 white adults and several more buffy/gray young. I loved their white feathers against the green and brown of wetlands... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
Thanks, Alex! I am glad you've enjoyed seeing some of the same things...it's a great place to visit in the winter! Someone there said they saw a harrier, too, but we didn't see it. I liked the vocalizations of the owls...kind of doggy sounding!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2015 on Owls in Winter at Molly Hashimoto
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I was up in the Skagit Valley earlier this week visiting a friend who shared some of her favorite bird watching locales with me. We walked beside rivers and sloughs and fallow farm fields and I was thrilled to see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
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I just received my copies of the newly released book from Pomegranate: The Young Naturalist's Sketchbook. I'm excited to see it, as I spent several months last spring finishing up the prints and writing the short text that accompanies each... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
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I'm really looking forward to the printmaking workshop that I'm offering on February 15th at the Seattle Daniel Smith store. Printmaking is one of the most fun art endeavors I've ever undertaken--I was hooked after I pulled my first print!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
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I've been finishing up several of the sketches I began back in October in Venice and Padua. I got a good start on this one, as we sat at Nico's Bar on the Zattere in Venice (in the Dorsoduro neighborhood),... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Molly Hashimoto
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On Christmas morning we walked down to Magnuson Park, where the sun was shining on the wintry landscape and on the many birds in the park including this chickadee. In the silence of the biggest holiday of the year, we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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Warbler in Winter I'll be exhibiting several bird and animal prints at the Shoreline Arts Council's Gallery at Lake Forest Park Town Center from January 6 to February 21, 2015. I've created several new prints recently and many of them... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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Paper Art by Marilyn McGuire Every holiday I gather with a small group of artist friends to celebrate by exchanging homemade cookies, and this year was made even more special because one of the group, Marilyn McGuire, made us festive... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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I keep looking at the photos I took in Padua's Orto Botanico, and I'm so delighted by the wonderful collections of plants that we saw there. Even though the garden is at latitude 45 degrees north (not that far south... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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We visited the Orto Botanico in Padua on a beautiful, if very warm, day in early October, and strolling through the garden was a refreshing experience...ancient trees, hickories, beeches and non-native species provided shade. I think the Garden was one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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I'm adding another walnut ink sketch, this one by Trileigh Tucker, who studied with me at the Frye Art Museum a few weeks ago. Check out her blog Natural Presence Arts with its wonderful photos and beautiful writing about the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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Perhaps my favorite day of the Venice trip was our vaporetto (a public water taxi) excursion to Burano and Torcello. We had visited these islands on our first trip a few years ago and I loved being out on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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Since my return from Italy, I've been reading a dense and rich book about Venice by Garry Wills: Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire. He writes about Venice through the window of its art and architecture. The book brilliantly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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Giotto's frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel are remarkable for the quality of three-dimensionality of his figures and for the deeply human emotions portrayed. No earlier painter had achieved that and his work amazed his contemporaries. One has to look far... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto
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Visiting Padua was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. We stayed there for a few days before the Venice watercolor workshop that I taught. I'd always dreamed of seeing Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel frescoes--and after viewing them, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Molly Hashimoto