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Birds of the West—book review

Birds of the West

An Artist’s Guide by Molly Hashimoto

This is an exquisite book! It would be a wonderful gift for either a bird lover or an artist. Author Hashimoto has illustrated this book with both watercolors and wood block prints. She discusses her techniques for both and using one of the thoughtful quotes in this book, she answers the question: which art medium is best for birds? “The impulse to paint comes neither from observation nor from the soul (which is probably blind) but from an encounter: the encounter between painter and model.” ~John Berger