This week an excerpt from my book, Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, appears in The Writer's Workshop Review. Check out other articles: Jeff Smoot's piece about Richard Hugo's beginnings in White Center is really interesting, as is editor Nick O'Connell's appreciation of an early mentor in the newspaper business. Nick gave me invaluable assistance when I first conceived the idea of writing about the west and some of my artist heroes. He helped me over a period of 6 months with a draft of my chapter on the Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, who accompanied the German prince and scientist Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied on his journey up the Missouri River in the 1830s. I traveled to Ft. Benton, Montana to see for myself the spectacular landscapes that Bodmer sketched and painted in what is now Missouri Breaks National Monument. I did some sketching on the trip as well, and those sketches are included in the book; a couple of them are in the article that Nick excerpted.