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New Smyrna – drawing in the dunes

I wanted to visit my friend, Samuel Ruder, in New Smyrna Beach.

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He is a great artist, and taught me a lot about how to make a living as an artist.

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We visited a 1 1/2 mile boardwalk where you can walk through a natural dune area.

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A lot of these natural areas are being destroyed to make room for resorts.

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One reason the dunes are so important, they are a natural habitat for the sea turtle.  Samuel’s watercolor painting (above) illustrates the importance of the dunes.  Visit his site here to see more of his work:  http://samuelruder.com/cart/
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We visited the dunes 2 separate times

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Each visit, we took our art supplies and made work inspired by the dunes.

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We were rewarded for our hard work by a gorgeous sunset!

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of course, the dunes are beside a beach which is another separate place for inspiration…maybe next time.

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