Friday, December 31, 2010

Complete Plant List/ Good Nature's Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Wildflower poster sale today

Good News from Kew Botanic Gardens and an international effort by botanists to name all the plants known to us.  Flora fans celebrate!  I thought you'd enjoy a painting of one of our biggest flora on Earth!

See Good Nature for more than 500 illustrated flora and fauna painted by award winning realist artists.  Buy 1 Get 1 FREE today

See Good Nature's Giant Sequoia art for sale here


Timothy Colman, publisher

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

All Good Things Must End Sale Buy 1 Good Nature Publishing native flora poster, get 1 FREE

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

We're just past Solstice, Christmas, and welcoming the New Year here in Seattle.

My wife and I have been talking on and off about future directions in this short life together -- and have decided to close up Good Nature Publishing in 2011, and move onto other things.*

And to celebrate, we're having a Buy 1 poster get 1 FREE sale-- our best ever way to share our love of flora and fauna art Good Nature has designed and published the past 15 years.

Please share our link with friends and family. (Supplies are limited to posters in stock. I am selling licenses to the art for educational purposes.)

See Good Nature Publishing website and go to west or east depending on where the heck you are living or want to send some love.

Thanks! Get the bestselling Native Wildflowers, Evergreen tree posters: NW Native Conifers, Native Conifers of Eastern US, The Old Growth Forest poster, and our beautiful new art, too.

best fishes and wishes to you in the new year,

Timothy Colman
Good Nature Publishing

* Other things for me means more work on my writing life, getting a chance to stretch out and work in a bigger team of people involved in social justice, green education. We'll see. I have a children's story I have been working on, and a book on "Slow Water" that I want to write -- to tell the stories of all my friends building rain gardens, swales, planting cisterns and slowing water down so it seeps into the ground instead of getting flushed into the Sound.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friends of Parks Limited Time Offer Buy 10 get 10 FREE

"Inspired, beautiful art!" Val Easton, Plant Talk
"Horticultural fine art!" Sunset Magazine

Good Nature Publishing is having a volunteer appreciation sale. Decorate your park, your watershed council walls, give gifts to key people with beautiful educational art. Perfect end of year gift for green non profits.

Here is the scoop of the week: Order any 10 posters for $9.99 ea. Doesn't matter if they are $19.99 or $25-- they are all $9.99 if you order 10-- mix titles is fine.

And then you get 10 FREE wildflower posters with your order of 10 or more posters. That's $200+ FREE posters. But hurry. Supplies are limited. First come first serve.

See details @ Good Nature's Co-ho-ho Restoration Volunteer Appreciation sale

And thanks for buying green this winter. Give art that teaches and inspires restoration and renewal this holiday season. Order yours today!

Best fishes,

Timothy Colman
Good Nature
800 631 3086

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Live in the masses and sell to the classes

Dear Small Business Fairy,

Why do I hate December sales pressure?  It is such a short month.

I get up and enjoy my work-- there is enough creative stuff going on with writing and working with great artists to make me happy.

But holiday sales seem to bring out the best of times and the worst of times. 

I get no orders while big stores are shipping everything free.

And then I get a lot of orders ten days before Christmas and even one or two people who want me to overnight Good Nature's art. 

The other part of December that is odd-- it is a short month.  Most of my sales online are over by December 18th. 

Is this normal to think this way?


Holly Daize

Dear Small Business Dudess,

Perfectly normal to feel that way.  Amazon, Wal Mart and the Dollar Store have you in their sites and they are going to take you down.

But that isn't a bad thing. Why? A lesson can be learned while you are waiting for the television crews to come and find your home made free range spicy ketchup product. 

A friend of mine put it this way:  You can sell to the classes and live in the masses, or sell to the masses and live in the classes.

Good luck.  I think most small businesses have the same gut check you do.  You have great company!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teach clean water practices to kids-- Low Impact Development Buy 1 get 1 free

Sale this week-- order 100 Love Your Stream posters for teaching kids around Puget Sound 8 clean water practices, Get 100 Low Impact Living posters FREE. 

Offer good while supplies last.  Order today by email or call Good Nature Publishing @ 800 631 3086


Wednesday, October 06, 2010

October green note card sale: 500 5" x 7" note cards w envelopes FREE $.99 ea/ 1000 @ .69 cents ea

Do you want a professional custom note or greeting card for your art, for work, promotions and thank you's?

I am going to press on a run of Good Nature 5" x 7" note cards and can help you get a great price and the best printing in America.

Use our art for free or send me your own.

  1. Offer good while there is space, so hurry!  Call today
206 622 9522 or email me @ Good Nature

Best prices start @ 500 and 1000



Thursday, September 30, 2010

New from Good Nature: San Juan Islands Wildflower, Habitat, Trails, Park Finder Map

Hot off the press! A beautiful new satellite map with trails and parks of San Juan Islands on the front, Wildflower and island habitat guide on the back.

Retails for $9.95 in metro Seattle @ Globe Books @ Pioneer Square, Metsker Maps online and @ Pike Place Market, and Wide World Maps and Books in Wallingford neighborhood Seattle, University Bookstore. Wholesale available.

Interested?  Please call me @ 206 271 3490 or email.

This is a custom map design for Learning Puzzle distributed exclusively by Good Nature Publishing in Seattle.  Pretty excited about how it turned out!

Arthur Lee Jacobson wrote the fine narrative with Learning Puzzle's  Lani Dodge.  Arthur and Lani contributed native plant photos.  I felt smarter reading their prose about the various habitats and flora in the San Juan Islands.

Scott Atkinson -- San Juan Island Native Plant expert edited and shaped species list, contributed native plant photos.

And Mike Lee @ Colvos Creek Nursery contributed fine photographs of key species.

Leslie Newman Design contributed her excellent design skills and several photos to this beautiful map and habitat guide we published.

Discounts available for native plant groups and for outreach and education.

This guide is designed for people living in the San Juan Islands or visiting for vacation, orcas and get outside.

Beautiful and educational map and habitat guide guaranteed to help you learn about key habitats and natural history on the San Juan Islands.

Printed on green papers

Friday, August 06, 2010

Grateful when a customer takes the time to write:

"I want to purchase the posters from Good Nature Publishing because Good Nature produces very high quality, educational posters. US Forest Service and other land management agency personnel have  been involved with development of the posters, including writing or editing text and commenting on the content.  I believe that the posters tell an important story and relay a strong conservation education message - a message that we, as an agency, would want to relay.  The posters can be used for teaching and some of them have lesson plans already written on the back.  My intent is to make these posters available to teachers and educators throughout the region - on the peninsula and throughout the Olympia area  - for use in their classrooms."

Donna Nemeth, Public Affairs Officer, Olympic National Forest

We take special care to create beautiful educational fine art that inspires, teaches and hopefully connects you to key species we are here to preserve and protect.

So glad when we make the connection to someone who "get's it" and shares with teachers in the region.  

Check out Good Nature's Treemendous Teachers offer after seeing our art for your National Forest, conservation district, or just for your own wall at home:  Buy 2 get any 2 Good Nature posters FREE.

Best fishes,

Timothy Colman, publisher

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Trees: Uses, Habitats, Fun Facts, BTU's chart

New from Good Nature for Eastern North America's forests

New Trees:  Uses, Habitats, Fun Facts Chart  for education, PLT, botanists, forest service, woodland owners and master naturalists.  Over 7500 ordered first week.  Limited quantities available.  Order today and save 90% off retail price.  Just $2.99 cents ea per 100.  Order 2500 for .99 cents ea.  Ask me about getting your logo FREE on your custom print run.
Call 206 622 9522 or write Good Nature an email for more information, larger, smaller quantities, or to make a similar chart for your work.


Timothy Colman, publisher
Good Nature Publishing

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Tree Cycle Seattle Arborist for your next tree work

Tree Cycle:

We love trees here in Seattle. And I love people who can help me care for them.
Kelsey Gruenwoldt and her husband Peter run Treecycle in Seattle.

Green businesses are all the buzz, but these two have really been at it for years and personify what I like to support in a small business. They can give you a free estimate, and trim trees. But if needed, you can hire them to saw a tree up, make some live edge furniture from your old friend, or chip up the tree branches for your yard.

They have thought through the full circle in being of service.



1,000 Paintings: Three Figs

Check out this
Beautiful artwork:
1,000 Paintings: Three Figs

Monday, May 31, 2010

ENN publishes story Climate Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Forests poster

ENN wrote a brief story on Good Nature's newest poster "Climate Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Forests." Grateful. Mahalo.

One of the many blessings of webworld is the other blogs and green news services that pick it up, post and help get the word out.

And this is before any major daily newspaper has written a story.

Off and running. Read more here. (Press release written by intern Eleanor Leonard.)

Best fishes,


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cruisin' The Fossil Freeway exhibit Seattle Times

See Burke Museum this Memorial Day weekend in Seattle -- Seattle Times Review

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Creativity Coach Tatyana Mishel

My friend, writer and coach Tatyana Mishel consults with writers, small business people, teams @ MSFT and other companies.

If you know someone or you yourself want to talk with a pro about managing your creative process, getting unstuck (oh no -- really Tim-- my creative juices flow all the time! ;) please check out her website and get in touch with her. 

Tatyana is a gifted poet, and has been in my life for 8 years.  See her "testimonial" page for ways she's helped other people.

Thanks for looking at her site.  Please share her link with friends.  You can also follow her on Twitter

Creativity is the key to our future problem solving society. 



Monday, May 17, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Climate Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Forests poster field guide premiers

May 17, 2010

Climate Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Forests Premiers
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Timothy Colman, publisher
Good Nature Publishing: 206 622 9522

What Will Olympic Peninsula Forests Look Like in 100 Years? 
“Climate Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Forests” vividly portrays the ongoing effects of climate change on our beautiful native plants and animals, through the interpretation of award winning fine artist of John C. Pitcher.

May 17, 2010 – Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula  contains several distinct ecosystems and supports biodiversity of species that are found nowhere else on the planet.  Current scientific data suggests that forests in the Olympic Peninsula will experience a number of climate-related changes, including snowpack decline, increased tree establishment in meadows, threats to native species, and increased wildfire activity. 

Good Nature Publishing is proud to present the first edition poster of “Climate Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Forests.” Varying from the usual drastic-impact portrayals depicting piles of trash and helpless animals choking on cigarette butts, Pitcher relays an artist's impression of climate impacts based on best science available. 

“I wanted John Pitcher to make art showing climate impacts on Northwest forests over next 100 years:  snow pack melting, lower elevation flora and fauna chasing food and water up hill, increased invasive species and forest fires," said Good Nature Owner, Timothy Colman. “The art is not Dante's Inferno, but a reality check for people interested in learning about the way climate is affecting our fellow travelers in the plant and animal world.  From Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett and Anacortes -- all of western Washington, we see the Olympic Peninsula every day.  What a gift of light and beauty!  I think we need to look beyond the snow packed peaks, though.  The artwork is designed to be beautiful and get you wondering: What is happening to flora and fauna on the Olympic Peninsula now and in the future?"

"How do we help plants and animals adapt to the relatively fast changing climate?”  

While seemingly subtle, the ongoing climate change will inevitably raise seasonal temperatures up to one degree per decade throughout the 21st century.  Snow packs will move higher up the mountains, causing shifts in the tree line, a drastic change in the lifecycle of the Olympic Marmot (found only on the Olympic Peninsula), and increased probability of wildfires throughout the region. 
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Colman uses John Pitcher’s realistic art and a full narrative as a way to educate citizens living both on and off the Olympic Peninsula. “The poster helps people by asking each of us to consider the impacts to life in our back yard." With the use of native plants such as the Magenta Paintbrush and Subalpine Fir, viewers observe the climate changes to the Northwest region starting in Summer 2010 through the end of the century.  

Invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed, blackberry and other invasives can establish themselves now that winter snow packs melt sooner.  Lower elevation native flora and fauna are on the move, chasing food and water in higher elevations. 

Honing in on a particular landscape is one of the most effective strategies for understanding the projected effects of climate change.  This place-based approach makes the scope and anticipated effects of change manageable and transforms climate change from a remote global phenomenon to one with personal relevance and immediacy. By using the familiar landscape, Colman hopes to involve local communities. 

Good Nature Publishing is a green arts publisher in Seattle Washington, since 1996.  Retail/Wholesale is available See website for all bioregionally significant art.  

Please refer to our “Treemendous Teachers” offer for environmental educators, conservation district outreach, and master gardeners.

Poster size: 36” x 24”
Printed in the US with soy based inks on FSC certified paper 1000 # book wt paper.

Art available in paper or laminated or custom framed. 


Sunday, May 16, 2010

BP: Ideas from the rest of us to solve your spill problem

Crowdsource solutions to oil spill.  Interesting but the real deal has to cme from organizing, protests, and democratizing our energy system.


Partnership for Puget Sound posters: Why don't I like them?

Partnership for Puget Sound has tons of bucks -- at least relative to many grassroots green groups I have worked with in my life. They have a great mission - to clean up Puget Sound. They have good people on staff. They have us-- people who live around the Sound -- the Salish Sea-- that want to see it clean and green forever.

So why do they have so much crap for poster art? Here is PSP's poster campaign Is this funny and I don't get it? On the practical side, is it even effective?

I just do not understand.

The graphics are cheap. The message is so blunt it is off putting. And everyone who picks up after their dog is already nodding "Yes-- I do pick up after my pup." So what am I missing here?

Thanks for looking and for ideas to make me a more liberal understanding person.

best fishes,


Mount St. Helens Blow 30th Anniversary: New Habitat Everywhere

Seattle Times writer Lynda Mapes is one of my favorite reporters. You can read why if you have a chance to read this fine story about what scientists have found out about LIFE ON EARTH since the volcano blew up over 200 square miles of forest- clearing everything down to a bald mass of ash. See Mt. St. Helens story and let me know how many new amphibians names you learned.

One of my favorite artists painted a portrait of Mt. St. Helens a few years ago that is free for you to download here at USFS PNW Research Station

And if you have interest in a wonderful tv show on Mt. St. Helens, check out PBS' show -- beautiful work that teaches us indirectly about life on Earth and our place on it-- humbling.
Amazing grace.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New poetry anthology in the works

I am making a new illustrated poetry anthology book.

We're using another blog to post poems selected for the first draft.

Feel free to browse, and post your own or your favorites from other writers in the comments section.



Friday, May 07, 2010

So you want to get your book published?

How To Publish Your Book

I get called every week from writers seeking advice on publishing their book.

This is understandable, since I made a mistake of calling what is basically an art design business "Good Nature Publishing" and get listed by Yellow Pages, Google, etc...under the generic title "publishers."

So motivated self directed writers interested in getting published do what seems reasonable. They start calling publishers in their area and asking "How do I get my book published?'

I offer you a few ideas here to save you time and unnecessary phone calls to random publishers.

1. Please consider what kind of book you are writing. What is the subject matter?

2. Who publishes this kind of book? If you have your opus written, who publishes books like yours?

3. Where do you find out who publishes your kind of book? Generally-- the answer my friend is in your public library and bookstore. Go to your favorite robust bookstore and find the section that closest fits your genre. Fiction, self-help, history, sports, biography, non fiction-- you know the area you would find yourself on the shelves after that glorious day you are published. Go there.

4. Take notes of publishers names of books that are already published in your niche. Don't wasete your time cold calling anybody with publishing in their title.

5. Contact the publishers you have researched by mail, and follow up by phone. This route will probably take you from Seattle and other small press towns to New York, Los Angeles etc...

6. Consider how serious you are to get this book published.

a. Get an agent whose job it is to read, giggle test your writing and pitch the book to publishers the agent has already developed relationships with in NYC and other publishing hubs.

b. Consider self publishing online yourself and being your own distributor. You need a good editor ad a graphic designer to shape up your text.

c. Keep writing and editing while you are working to find your publisher.

7. Have fun on your search!

While I have limited interest in publishing books, if you get to the place where you are self publishing and need help with editing and preparing a book for press online, we can help you.

But if you want to get published, please review points 1-5 here. And best of luck on your journey.

Writing, editing and publishing are worthwhile adventures in self discovery, and can lead you to friendships, a fullfilled life, and wealth beyond measure: the satisfaction of seeing your thoughts organized into book form.

By taking the first steps toward getting published, researching who publishes your kind of writing, you can save yourself a lot of stumbling around in the dark and random calls to friendly art publishers.

Good luck!

Timothy Colman, poster sherpa
Good Nature Publishing

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Good Nature Publishing's "Climate Impacts on Olympic Peninsula Forests" poster field guide Premiers Earth Day 2010

New art from award winning artist John C. Pitcher premiers Earth Day 2010 <Climate Impacts Olympic Peninsula Forests>

What will Northwest Forests look like in 100 years?

What plants and animals are on the move because of climate impacts?

How fast are glaciers changing?

What about invasives?

Can you tell local vs. regional climate impacts?

Good Nature's beautiful educational painting by John C. Pitcher is designed to answer questions about climate impacts on our changing habitat here in the Olympic Peninsula Forests.

This artwork and narrative on the back explores the dynamic forces at work in our forests because of climate change.

For more information, please call
Tim Colman
, publisher Good Nature Publishing 800 631 3086

Friday, April 02, 2010

Lower Wolf Trail Wildflowers in bloom already!

Washington Trails Association Trail Report click to enlarge the photos.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Portland Sewers Right as Rain -- USA Today

USA Today story on Portland Oregon rain water policies saving clean water and big bucks.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rain Garden poster special offer

Good Nature's Rain Garden

Special conservation district and stormwater outreach and education offer:

$14.99/$25 ea laminated
Buy 2 get 2 FREE
Order 30+ for $5 ea
$2.99 ea per 100 --save 80%
$2.50 ea for 500+

Over 14,000 sold.  Get yours today to promote clean water practices

Order yours by calling 800 631 3086 or write Tim@ Good Nature Publishing

Rain Garden poster teaches better than anything what to plant where in a rain garden. Beautiful art painted by John C. Pitcher.

See the new Love Your Stream for K-5th grade, and Low Impact Living posters, too.

best fishes,


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Rain Garden Native Plant Species List

Starter Kit for Chesapeak Bay Rain Garden Poster.

Every good poster must start with a horticultural dream scene. What better way to seed dreams of beautiful plants living in rain garden Eden than these species?

Here is a list from Chesapeake Ecology Center to start us off.

Common Name Scientific Name Basic Growing Requirements Average Size


Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Sun to shade; wet to moist soil 2-5’
Royal Fern Osmunda regalis Sun to shade; wet to moist soil 1.5-6’

Grasses and sedges
Broomsedge Andropogon virginicus Sun; wet to dry soil 1-3’
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum Sun; wet to dry soil 3-6’
Tussock Sedge Carex stricta Sun; wet to moist soil 1-3.5’
Virginia Wild Rye Elymus virginicus Sun to shade; moist to dry soil 1.5-5’

Herbaceous flowering perennials

Beebalm Monarda didyma Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 2-5’
Blue Flag Iris Iris versicolor Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 3’
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 2-4’
Foxglove Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis Sun to partial shade; moist to dry soil 2-5’
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium fistulosum Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 1.5-10’
Mistflower Conoclinium colestinum Sun to shade; wet to moist soil 1.3-5’
Narrow-Leaved Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Sun to partial shade; moist to dry soil 1.5-2.5’
New York Ironweed Vernonia noveboracensis Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 3.5-8’
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 4-6’
Swamp Sunflower Helianthus angustifolius Sun; wet to moist soil 1.5-5.5’
Turtlehead Chelone glabra Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 1.5-6.5’


American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana Sun to partial shade; moist to dry soil 6’
Black Chokeberry Photinia melanocarpa Sun to partial shade; wet to dry soil 3-6’
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis Sun to shade; wet to moist soil 6-12’
Elderberry Sambucus nigra Sun to shade; wet to dry soil 6-12’
Highbush Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum Sun to partial shade; wet to dry soil 6-12’
Inkberry Ilex glabra Sun to shade; moist to dry soil 6-10’
Northern Bayberry Morella pensylvanica Sun to partial shade; wet to dry soil 5-10’
Oak Leaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia Sun to partial shade; moist soil 4-6’
Red Chokeberry Photinia pyrifolia Sun to partial shade; wet to dry soil 1.5-13’
Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 6-12’
Spicebush Lindera benzoin Partial shade to shade; wet to moist soil 6.5-16’
Southern Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum Sun to shade; wet to dry soil 10-15’
Sweet Pepperbush Clethra alnifolia Partial shade to shade; wet to moist soil 6-12’
Virginia Sweetspire Itea virginica Sun to shade; wet to moist soil 6-10’
Wax Myrtle, Southern bayberry Morella cerifera Sun to partial shade; wet to dry soil 6-15’
Winterberry Ilex verticillata Sun to shade; wet to moist soil 6-12’

American Holly Ilex opaca Sun to shade; moist soil 15-50’
Red Maple Acer rubrum Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 40-100’
River Birch Betula nigra Sun to partial shade; wet to moist soil 50-75’
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana Sun to shade; wet to moist soil 12-30’

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Rain Garden poster -- 90 days

Work has begun on a cool new Chesapeake Bay Rain Garden poster.

I have been smitten by rain gardens-- I didn't know much about them a couple years ago. Making a rain garden poster for a team of ten agencies in Oregon and Washington changed all that.

This seemed like a novelty project and funny way to keep rain water clean. But then I learned about the many benefits to us when we let rain water perk into the soil instead of down the street into a gutter, storm drain and out to sea.

Once you look at our settlement's natural history-- you see what used to be here in Seattle (or any urban area) in terms of forests and wetlands cut and paved over, meadows turned to driveways and streets, one begins to see rain gardens as evolutionary and necessary steps for restoration.

Rain gardens bring together our desire for all that is good in a garden. By that I mean the healing nature of sticking your hands in the ground, moving soil, making amends to yourself for spending so much time in front of a screen and so little with nature.

And rain gardens are the interconnective tissue our cities need to grow right now. We can't afford to keep driving and letting cars dominate the landscape. The hidden costs are coming to the surface, just as the true costs of all the water pollution is, too.

We need rain gardens the same way we need parks-- to attract our better selves, to grow biodiversity, to find ourselves in cities going wild.

And as we turn our yards into rain gardens we give rain a chance to slow, seep and soak into the ground, restoring groundwater.

There are days when the big rain storms come blowing up from the south and I am certain the rain is searching for the big trees that used to live here.

But how long will the big rains keep coming back if they cannot find their friends the trees? This is not just a poetic desire. Look at the history of empires that cut their forests down, and what happened after they were cut-- turned to desert.

I believe rain gardens, along with swales, permeable pavement, rain barrels for certain areas, cisterns for most people, gray water capture and other ways to create low impact living are crucial to greening our cities.

I see a world where my rain garden acts as a little park in my yard. And I want to live in a city full of soft gravel and earth paths that connect me to walking, to transit, to parks and hedgerows growing where two and four land streets once dominated our landscapes.

I can see the wildlife corridors that we have built by accident-- the Burke Gillman train tracks that led loggers from the mountain to the mill are now now bike paths, coyote paths,too. We need more of these paths all over.

And I see the need for these paths all over cities. We need to rewild the human settlements, to bring nature back to our everyday world, and not just a novelty on a webcam.

Rain gardens are a start toward that world restored. I see hedgerows growing up 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle, with salmon streams beginning at the Olympic Sculpture Park and running through to Seattle Center, into downtown. I see more trails like the Burke growing out of streets abandoned for a greater good.

How about you? What is your vision for your home?

After learning so much from the Rain Garden and Low Impact Living poster, Love Your Stream artwork for the west coast, I decided we could help change the world on the east coast, too.

Art changes lives, gives people time to take in the changes we need to make, helps visualize the world transformed. And art = the 1000 words. It gets through to those of us who are visual learners. Chesapeake Bay is full of people working to fend off development pressures, to protect streams,rivers, estuaries. So I hope to find some kindred spirits to co sponsor the Chesapeake Bay Rain Garden poster in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

Best fishes,
Timothy Colman, publisher
Good Nature Publishing
800 631 3086

Friday, February 26, 2010

Brainstorming about new poster design projects

Five Projects I want to get off the ground in 2010

There seems to be a missing piece in the climate impacts narratives we illustrate.

No people integrated into the scenes.

I am daydreaming about a streams of scenes painted by the same artist to show off.

What would they show? I think the posters should make an effort to make the invisible visible. Gender, poverty and climate -- more specifically how women are impacted by climate crisis while they are living in poverty around the world.

How about a scene from the asian pacific, another from a Chinese desert, an Alaskan ocean shore eroding, and a butterfly on a Sierra mountain it has never been seen on before.

The challenge is to illustrate the art and tie it together with a good writer to make the piece sing.

Print a series of posters long narrow pieces — maybe 18 x 36 for 10,000 copies.

Project two: Hire artists to tell stories on climate impacts.

Could range from movies to Ray Troll, hire artists to work out their responses to climates.

Project three: Interpret the Seattle Sound Transit light rail trip. Create a template field guide to Sound Transit Light rail from downtown Seattle in the tunnel to the airport. Focus on the natural history, flora and fauna of the area. Brief, scenic, artistically interesting, fold out field guide to be used in transit and tied to website with more information.

Project four: Climate Impacts on Yosemite: Use the research in front of us to tell the story of moving plants and animals across the park over the past 100 years and into the next 100 years.

The Yosemite project could be a template for a series of posters focused on Climate Impacts on National parks.

Project five: disease, gender, poverty climate impacts. Africa, South America, Asia, Indonesia. Paint the story of what is happening to people and animals in countries at the front of the climate crisis.

Just getting started on which posters to seek co sponsors for in 2010.

Stay tuned.


Friday, February 05, 2010

Michael Pollan's links to good food sources

Michael Pollan has a great post on his page for links that take you to resources online

Check it out!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Climate Impacts on NW Forests: John C. Pitcher- A genius artist at work

My friend and fine artist John C Pitcher has an incredible talent for making a concept like Climate Impacts on NW Forests so beautiful, one forgets the subject matter.

Here are four images (going back in time) to see the this artist at work.

I thought you might be interested in seeing the progression of art as John starts to get into, then immerses himself in his work.

A second scene showing climate impacts a hundred years from now is in the works. Climate impacts illustrated in the second scene will include fire scarred mountains, invasives, and species from lower elevation moving up the mountain chasing water and food.

We will have art ready for poster publication end of February 2010.

best fishes,


Earth Portal: Temperate Rainforests written by Howard Silverman, Ecotrust

EarthPortal � Archive � EIF 142-Temperate Rain Forests

Get great art on the coastal temperate rainforest plants and animals from Good Nature Publishing

rain garden art designed to teach, inspire and change the world of low impact development:

rain garden poster field guide

Kill these words: Low Impact Development. You can say these words and actually feel the right side of your brain going to sleep the way your computer screen does.

I think you kill these words with art. Hire an artist to translate the 10,000 word BORING manual that no one opens for a single picture that helps translate and connect people to your passion for clean rain water.

John C. Pitcher's fine art illustrating a rain garden scene and over 20 natives that you can grow in Northwest gardens is perfect for teaching people. First, it is designed to stay on walls. We designed the art so it can hang on a nursery wall, in a discovery center, in a master gardener shed and teach anytime someone looks at it.

But my larger point is that low impact development is a phrase that kills off passion. Art goes to the heart of the problem. It says: here. This way. This is our future growing ecosystems that are porous, restoring green native plants and animal communities where pavement and storm drains have taken away perfectly good rain water.

Smarter design goes to a purpose. We want rain gardens to be ubiquitous-- and art to hang on 100,000 school room walls. Do you know what happened that surprised me? I have talked with co sponsors who helped design this artwork, and I have heard several people laugh about friends of theirs who have framed John C. Pitcher's art (see image above.) to hang in their bedroom.

How beautiful, intimate, and what a compliment.

Art that moves low impact development to low impact living.

best fishes,


key words: storm water, native plants rain garden, rainwise, pervious pavement, interpretive poster, low impact development

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Learn About Native Wildflowers-- save 80% off through January 31 2010

Native Wildflowers poster-- save 80% for limited time-- until January 31st.

Award winning artist John C. Pitcher painted this custom designed poster field guide to 28 natives found from the Mississippi east.

Thousands sold to native plant societies in Ohio native plant, Vermont native plant society, New Hampshire native plant society, Maine Native Plant society, Virginia master naturalist, North Carolina Forestry, Project Learning tree, and conservation district plant sales.

Special offer saves you over $1000 off for quantity of 100 now through January 31st, 2010. Just $2.99 ea per 100, and shipping FREE.

Retail $14.99
30+ $6.00 ea
50 + $3.99 ea
100+ are $2.99 -- save 80%

Go to website Good Nature Publishing and order 100 wildflower posters, then enter special discount code at bottom of page: XDU100119224722

Press "Recalculate" and voila! Your discount appears.

Feel free to call to order smaller quantities.

800-631 3086.

Hurry-- offer good while supplies last.

Satisfaction guaranteed. Perfect outreach and educational artwork. Great volunteer appreciation for native plant restoration, rain gardens, and for sale at plant sales, nature center gift stores, interpretive centers, and trade shows for green groups and nurseries.

Native Wildflowers Species list

(Natives of United States and Canada)

Our species list range map extends across the country -- with twelve species found across the US, and the rest common from the Carolinas west to Chicago and north into Canada.

We picked out Spring, Summer and Fall wildflowers. Art tested on humans. Printed on recycled, process chlorine free papers in USA.

Birdfoot Violet Viola pedata Ap-Jn D-F
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Mr-My W-Wo/S
Buckbean Menyanthes trifoliata Jn-Se P
Bunchberry Cornus canadensis My-Jy M-Wo
Cardinal- Flower Lobelia cardinalis Jy-Se W-S
Closed Gentian Gentian andrewsii Au-Oc W-Me
Downy Rattlesnake Plantain Goodyera pubescens Jy-Au Wo
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis Jn-Se D-F
Fireweed Epilobium augustifolium Jy-Se B-R
Jack -In-The-Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum Ap-Jn W-Wo
Large Blue Flag Iris versicolor My-Jy W-Ma
Large-flowered Trillium Trillium grandiflorum Ap-My Wo
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae Au-Oc R-Me
Pale Corydalis Corydalis sempervirens My-Au D-Wo
Purple Trillium Trillium erectum Ap-Jn Wo
Round-leaved Sundew Drosera rotundifolia Jn-Au Bogs
Shinleaf Pyrola elliptica Jn-Au Wo
Small Yellow Lady's Slipper Cypripedium parviflorum My-Jn W-Wo/Bogs
Spotted Joe-Pye Weed Eupatorium maculatum Jy-Se W-Me
Squirrel Corn Dicentra canadensis Ap-My Wo
Trailing Arbutus Epigaea repens Mr-My Wo
Trout-Lily Erythronium americanum Mr-My W-Wo
Turk's Cap Lily Lilium superbum Jy-Au W-Me
Twinflower Linnaea borealis Jn-Au Wo-M
Virginia Cowslip Mertensia virginica Mr-My Wo/S
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Jy-Se D-R/Wo
Wild Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Ap-Jy D-Wo
Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum Ap-Jn Wo

Habitat codes
W = wet or moist
D = dry
F = fields
P = ponds/quiet waters
M = mountains
Me = meadows
S = stream banks
Wo = woodlands
B = burned areas
R = roadsides
Ma = marshlands

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Special Love Your Stream poster 80% discount through February 28, 2010

Dear Friend,

"Beautiful & educational. Our teachers love Good Nature's fine art!" -- Audubon

"Horticultural fine art!"-- Sunset Magazine

Hi from Good Nature

LIDS FOR KIDS! Do you want to teach people stormwater pollution prevention practices? I have eight clean water tips for kids K-5th grade illustrated by award winning artist Sherry Neidigh. She makes great art for Good Nature, National Wildlife Federation and children's books.

We have a great new LOVE YOUR STREAM poster to help with your K-5th
grade outreach and education.

See front page of Good Nature's website and click on Love Your Stream .

Order 100+ for teachers and get a FREE b&w coloring page to hand out
to teachers. FREE SHIPPING with your order this week, too. (Save $25)

The Free B&W reduced size Love Your Stream poster is designed to work
for you. Kids color it in class (teachers love this quiet time
activity) , take it home and teach their proud parents who
see the art every day on the fridge door. Then the parents get the
same message about clean water you are teaching kids in school.

Want to change the world with art that makes a difference?

Here's a coupon saving you over $1000 today on quantities of 100 or more
Love Your Stream posters this week. FREE SHIPPING when you order 100
or more today.

Save 80% this week online or call me at 206 622 9522.

Hurry! Limited number of posters sold at this discount in February-- regular
retailing @ $14.99 ea

I guarantee your teachers will be love the art painted by award
winning children's illustrator Sherry Neidigh, and your kids will
learn all about reducing non point pollution.

best fishes,


PS: Please share with friends. Check out our great Pacific Salmon,
NW Wildflowers,
conifers, deciduous tree, hummingbird garden and garden herbs posters, too.

Stormwater, Low Impact Development,

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sightline Institute asks: How much petro spills into Puget Sound?

Read and weep: From Sightline here in Seattle

Help Haiti

Help Haiti

Climate Impacts on NW Forests art preview

John C. Pitcher is painting two masterpiece scenes for upcoming Climate Impacts of NW Forests to show citizens what the world will look like in 100 years.

Want to make some art like this for climate impacts in your region? Let me know

Monday, January 11, 2010


SIMON JOHNSON speaks for me here in a review of Paul Volker's need to step up and lead our country again. Wake up Obama. you have been hijacked by bankers. Break up the big banks, and tax the bloodsuckers like we did in 1913.