Camille Doucet

When I was 3 years old I broke my right arm. On the next day I picked up a crayon with my left hand and continued scribbling on the kitchen walls just as before. I am left handed since then, however I have moved my drawing area to an horizontal surface for the love of watercolor. The subjects that make my cells move into the joyful creative mode are from nature; birds, plants, trees, landscapes. Commissions have made me branch out in new directions, for example drawing people of different nations for the Family Empowerment department of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, or backyart environments for a book by the Audubon society.

In 2002 I went to a week-long conference of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) in Virginia and came back juiced up, excited and marveling at the generous bunch of nature and art lovers I met there. I came back home wondering how I could be part of such a nurturing and prolific group here. A few months later I found such a group of nature artists assembled at the home of late and beloved botanical artist and teacher Bente King. Right there and then I gathered phone numbers of those similarly interested. The following January we started officially meeting as a local chapter of the guild. We have been painting our love and concerns for the environment since. Last year we hosted the yearly GNSI conference here in Ithaca. Today we are working on an exhibit of “common declining birds of the US” using the Laboratory of Ornithology’s bird specimens resources. I meet weekly with other artists to paint and network. Laurel Hecht, Shirley Hogg and others are my steadfast companions in this adventure of active art-making.

Teaching is another of my creative endeavors. I see every student as a peer looking to progress in the acquisition of artistic skills, in the refinement of perception and in deepening the satisfaction of creating. I enjoy varying the classes by interspersing technique skills like color theory and botanical illustration with relaxed sketching in poetic environments like the greenhouses of Cornell in the deep of the winter and landscape painting in the botanical garden and local parks.

When I met Steve Sierigk (and later his wonderful wife Anne) many years ago I was inspired by his focused desire to help educate people about the environment and the high ethics of his business towards artists, employees, products and the environment. It is my honor to be counted in the wonderful pool of artists that grace the catalogues, cards and notebooks that Acorn Design produces. Long live Acorn Designs and our beautiful planet.

Products by Camille Doucet

The following products include artwork and/or writing by Camille Doucet. Most products are a collaboration of the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed to Acorn Designs over the years.

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Red-tailed Hawk Notecard

Red-tailed Hawk Journal

$18.00$19.00

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Red-tailed hawks are one of the most far-ranging and recognizable birds in all of the U.S. and Canada. Belonging to a group called buteos, or soaring hawks, their broad, rounded wings and fan-shaped tails take full advantage of rising warm air currents. Look for them circling overhead on clear, still days,…

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Red-tailed Hawk Notecard

Red-tailed Hawk Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Red-tailed hawks are one of the most far-ranging and recognizable birds in all of the U.S. and Canada. Belonging to a group called buteos, or soaring hawks, their broad, rounded wings and fan-shaped tails take full advantage of rising warm air currents. Look for them circling overhead on clear, still days,…

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Red-tailed Hawk Small Journal

$14.00$15.00

The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the most far-ranging and recognizable birds in all of the US and Canada. They belong to a group called buteos, or soaring hawks, who have broad rounded wings and fan-shaped tails to take full advantage of rising warm air currents. Look for them circling overhead on clear, still days,…

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Stone Wall Notecard

Stone Wall Journal

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Stone Wall An old stone wall deep in the forest – it tells a story about the short lives of people and the eternity of Nature. People came long ago and cut the forest down and made fields and pastures in its place. They cleared all the larger stones from the fields and made walls…

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Stone Wall Notecard

Stone Wall Notecard

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 Stone Wall An old stone wall deep in the forest – it tells a story about the short lives of people and the eternity of Nature. People came long ago and cut the forest down and made fields and pastures in its place. They cleared all the larger stones from the fields and made walls…

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Strawberry Plant Small Journal

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"The simple majesty of an ordinary backyard strawberry plant becomes obvious when seen up-close. The hairy stem catching the light, the graceful curves of the leaves, and the necklace of dewy pearls strung together on its dented edges are all accented by the sharp and warm sunshine. While inspecting our garden early one spring morning,…

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White Oak Notecard

White Oak Journal

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White Oak (Quercus alba) Traditionally, the oak tree symbolizes wisdom, strength and courage. In Celtic myth, the oak is the guardian that stands between worlds; the oak was believed to be the gate from our world to the world of Faerie. For the ancient Druids, oak leaves offered the power to heal and renew strength.…

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White Oak Notecard

White Oak Notecard

$3.00$12.00

White Oak (Quercus alba) Traditionally, the oak tree symbolizes wisdom, strength and courage. In Celtic myth, the oak is the guardian that stands between worlds; the oak was believed to be the gate from our world to the world of Faerie. For the ancient Druids, oak leaves offered the power to heal and renew strength.…

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