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Creating a Nature Journal



Earlier this sprintg, we featured Wildlife Artist Jim Anderson as he began the first-ever artist-in-residence program at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge to help celebrate their upcoming 75th anniversary.

He spent eight weeks on Sanibel Island drawing in his travel/wildlife journal, and teaching others how to do so, as well.  In addition, he created several plein art paintings and worked on projects with local children, including an 8-by-8-foot egret mural at the Quality of Life Center in Fort Myers.

Jim just completed his residency and is excited that the refuge will hold an exhibition of his artist-in-residence work in February, 2020.

In the meantime, we thought you’d enjoy this delightful article in Florida Weekly by Nancy Stetson that explains Jim’s mixed media process and suggestions on how to start your own nature journal.

As he says, it’s really about simple storytelling.  “The drawings are always self-reflective. This was the experience, how I felt at the moment.”

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