Saturday, April 14, 2018

Insect, Nature Art, “GOLIATH BEETLE” The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




This piece is done on double frosted mylar with colored pencil. The backgrounds are created with decorative papers.

10"x8" Colored Pencil Paper/Available

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Caterpillar, Nature, Illustrative Art, Insects, Wildlife "LUNA MOTH CATERPILLAR" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



I really enjoy raising moths and butterflies from caterpillars. This Luna Moth Caterpillar was one I raised from an egg. The Luna Moth is part of the Saturniid or Giant Silk Moth family and is native to the USA. One of their host plants is Liquid amber or the SweetGum tree. As caterpillars they are voracious eaters. As adults they come out of their cocoons and do not have a mouth. Their sole purpose as an adult is to find a mate and reproduce. The adults only live 7-14 days.
This listing is for the original painting and is unframed.


8.5"x11" Mixed Media on Paper

$125

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Caterpillar, Nature, Illustrative Art, Insects, Wildlife "HICKORY HORNED DEVIL" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



This listing is for the original watercolor and gouache painting. The Hickory Horned Devil is the caterpillar for the Royal Walnut Moth. The crazy spikes that come out of the body ward off potential predators. They are one of the largest caterpillars I have ever raised. They can reach up 8 inches long!!! Yikes!

8"x11" Mixed Media on Paper

$125

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, Wildlife, Nature, Insect ”BIRIBA FRUIT WITH HAIRSTREAK BUTTERFLY" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



This is the fruit of Biriba Tree. It  is a tropical fruit that I discovered while leading an artist tour to Costa Rica. Read about my 2018 Costa Rica tour and how to join in at the bottom of this post.


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14"x10" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, "GREEN CHICKS AND HENS" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



Hens and chicks are a favorite in my garden. I love they way they group and readily multiply as they spill over rocks and create a wonderful ground cover. Here I played with variation in mixing greens. It was interesting to see how many shades of green were in such a small section. I magnified the drawing to give it impact and stand out. Such small things are often overlooked.


16"x12" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, "STRIPED PAJAMAS" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe


This orchid is a Paphiopedilum, often called the Venus slipper. It is a genus of the Lady slipper orchid and has the most unusual waxy flowers. Many orchids are found high in the tree canopy but the Paphiopedilum is a terrestrial orchid is found on the forest floor. This orchid is the Paph.rothschildianum


20"x10" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Children's Art Illustration, Frog Painting "POISON DART FROG" by Nancee Jean Busse Artist, Fruita Children's Discovery Center


This is the second of two pieces I completed for Fruita Children's Discovery Center.  

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Botanical Fine Art Painting, Butterfly,Nature "PURPLE VANDA" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




I love purple and I love orchids! I moved to Florida in 2011 after living in New Jersey for 50 years. The climate in Florida is semi-tropical and orchids literally grow in, on and around trees! They are super fun to paint, ranging in all sizes, bizarre shapes and fantastic colors. In this painting I decided to show how this Vanda orchid grows off a tree branch. The branch was done in graphite so as not to distract from the beautiful flower. I couldn't resist putting in a butterfly just for even more fun! 



30"x24" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wildlife Art, Nature , Frog "TROPICAL LEAF FROG" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe






Cruziohyla calcarifer is an uncommon treefrog, sparsely found throughout low and mid elevation forest from Honduras through north western Ecuador. It lives in humid forest, and breeds in water filled tree-hollows or stumps. Encounters with this frog in the rainforest are uncommon, and only a few groups exist in captivity, primarily within the confines of zoos and institutions within the US and Europe. At first glance they look like the Red-eyed Tree Frog, but they are larger and have pale lavender-grey eyes with a yellow rim. They spread their webbed feet when jumping making it possible to glide for distances.

7"x10" Watercolor/Sold

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Wildlife Art, Nature , Frog "RED EYED TREE FROG" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




Commonly known as the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Agalychnis callidryas is sometimes also called the Gaudy Leaf Frog because of its crazy color combination.

7"x10" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Wildlife Art, Bird, Nature "AFRICAN CRANE" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



This painting is of an African Crane I met at a zoo in Costa Rica! The bird and I engaged in a dance while I was photographing him. He strutted around the enclosure and made great overtures of showing me just how magnificent he was. 


7"x5" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, Butterfly,Nature "PASSIONVINE & ZEBRA SWALLOWTAIL" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




Heliconius charitonius is common to Central and South America but also resides in southern Florida. It begins mating right after it emerges from its chrysalis. The female lays five to fifteen eggs on the leaves of passion flower vines. The caterpillar (depicted twice the size) has a white body with long black spines and a yellow/green head. It can go from egg to butterfly in a little over three weeks and continues this life cycle year round.The Passion flower depicted here is Passiflora incarnata, a species common to the southern USA. The Passion flower is named for the Passion of Christ on the cross. In the 15th century, Spanish Christian missionaries discovered it and adopted its unique structures as symbols of the Crucifixion. The 72 radial filaments (depicted 10 times actual size) represent the Crown of Thorns; the ten petals, the ten apostles; the top three stigmata, the three nails; and the lower five anthers, the five wounds.

18"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, ,Nature "MAGNOLIAS IN THE WIND" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




This original watercolor painting is done on Fabriano 300 lb Soft Press Paper. I have always loved magnolias. They are very short lived. They are the first "burst" of color in the spring. It seems like they bloom quickly and the petals can be seen dancing through the air.


14"x18" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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