This is Elizabeth's first botanical painting, completed last fall here at the studio. 
It made for a very fine Christmas card.

Giant Sugar Pine Cone

This coloured pencil drawing of a giant sugar pine cone was an experiment Elizabeth undertook to see what she could do with coloured pencils. 
Using oil-based pencils (Faber Castell) she blended them using a citrus-based solvent applied with a q-tip to create a smooth, water-colour-like effect.
The resulting study in darks and lights sits very elegantly on the page, opening another door for Elizabeth's queries into the world of botanical illustration.