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Elizabeth Smith
Art journaler, artist, nature lover, teacher
Art journaler, artist, nature lover, teacher

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Recent adventure!

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Sketching in the Food Forest
My nature journal entry after my visit. The class Tuesday I had the opportunity to be with a group of Professor Mary Voytek’s Environmental Art students as we scattered throughout the Food Forest at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Sketching pl...

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Along the Borrow Pits
Click on image to view larger. Our Fakahatchee annual outing led to the creation of this
plein air watercolor in my journal/sketchbook – a view of one of the roads
along the Borrow Pits with Fakahatchee Preserve State Park just south of
Alligator Alley near...

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“The enemy of art is the
absence of limitations.” ~ Orson Welles Forced to retreat I have had an eye infection for the last few weeks that has
been healing quite slowly, sometimes seeming stubborn and sullen and
uncooperative.   O, the lessons I am

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A Floridian in Montana ~ I am found and lost again
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the
same time."     ~  Thomas Merton Upper Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park I recently traveled to
Montana through the generosity of a new friend, and had the opportunity to

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A fondness for ferns
  Only spread a
fern-frond over a man's head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and
beauty and peace come in.  ~ John Muir With
this quote comes a vision of resting in a grotto on mossy rocks, arching ferns
casting a delicate tracery of shadows bel...

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Weaver's Station revisited
Our sketching group met during the first part of January to draw and paint a part of Florida that is a part of Florida history.  Across from the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk in Fakahatchee Stra...

Sketching with friends ~ Freedom Park
Ink and watercolor pencil sketches from the boardwalk. Even though it's July, I wanted to catch up and share a sketching trip to Freedom Park in July with friends. The springtime blooms faded, summer flowers were filling up the nooks of bright green foliage...

Ding Darling inspires us!
We had a special visitor to my class, Watercolor Pencil
Introduction: Botany through Art, at the NaplesBotanical Garden .   He brought
treasures that we might experience once in our lives: the original sketchbooks
of Jay “Ding” Darling, up close and persona...

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Catching up…
Time has been slipping by so quickly – which is what happens
when you are busy!   In Florida, our busy
season reflects an increase in population when our winter visitors flood the
city and beaches.   So I’ve been busy on
several other fronts, which leaves m...
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