Monday, July 17, 2017

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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Friday, July 14, 2017

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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Monday, July 10, 2017

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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Friday, July 7, 2017

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

$1500  Click HERE to purchase.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wildlife Painting, Bird Nature, "TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



I have been traveling to Costa Rica for over 30 years. In my travels I search out places that are off the beaten path. I am not much for conventional tourism. It would be unusual for me to be drinking a pina colada on a white sandy beach. I prefer to find places where everyday people are doing extraordinary things.

The Toucan Rescue Ranch is one of those places. It has been a place I have returned to every year. This colored pencil drawing was done to help promote The Toucan Rescue Ranch in the rehabilitation of injured and abandoned animals of Costa Rica.

 I am leading an Artistic Adventure Tour to Costa Rica for artists and photographers in 2018. We will be visiting the Toucan Rescue Ranch to support their efforts. You will be able to see owls, toucans, sloths and more up close and personal. Want to join us? Click here for more information about the tour. 50% of the sale of this painting will go to The Toucan Rescue Ranch...... You can own it today!



11"x14" Colored Pencil on Paper/Available

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Colorful Contemporary Mixed Media Illustration Art Drawing "Little Creatures by Santa Fe Contemporary Artist Melanie Birk

 14"x11" Mixed Media on Paper/Available

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Santa Fe Artists Market at the Railyard

                                                   Event Dates: 4/22/2017 - 10/28/2017

                                                      Location: Santa Fe Railyard 

                                      Address: Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street 

                               This event takes pace on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                                


Botanical Fine Art Painting, Butterfly,Nature "PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe





The Pipeline Swallowtail got it's name from being dependent upon the native plant called the Dutchman's Pipevine. This painting was done after I visited a beautiful native preserve in New Hope Pennsylvania called Bowman Hill's Wildflower Preserve. I had been familiar with the pipevine plants of the tropics but didn't realize there was a native one in the Northeast. I was fascinated by this little tiny flower as all the tropical varieties were 4 to 5 times larger. The Pipevine Swallowtail lays its eggs on the leaves and the young caterpillars group together to look like one large scary caterpillar until they are big enough to wander off on their own. The caterpillars create a chrysalis similar to their tropical cousins by leaning off of a branch and securing themselves by a thin filament. The adults appear mostly black on the topside but when the sun hits them just right they shimmer iridescent blues. On the underside they have bright orange/red spots which make them look a bit scary as they flash color as they hover over flowers while feeding.

18"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$1500  Click HERE to purchase.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Contemporary Colorful Landscape Painting "Happy House" by Santa Fe Contemporary Artist and Designer Melanie Birk

 20"x16" Acrylic on Panel/Sold

 Commissions Welcome.

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Santa Fe Artists Market at the Railyard

                                                   Event Dates: 4/22/2017 - 10/28/2017

                                                      Location: Santa Fe Railyard 

                                      Address: Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street 

                               This event takes pace on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                                


Botanical Fine Art Painting, Butterfly,Nature "POLYDAMAS BUTTERFLY & ARISTOLOCHIA GIGANTEA" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe





Art by Mindy Lighthipe,Swallowtail butterflies are in the United States as well as in Central America. The Polydamus Butterfly is in the Swallowtail family and is found in Florida as well as in Central America. It feeds on the very peculiar plant family of pipevines. The plant depicted here has a flower the size of a baseball glove, thus the latin name- gigantea. The flowers act as a trap for unsuspecting small insects which fly into the "mouth" of the flower, travel down the throat of the flower and then are trapped at the bottom of the chamber. Here they are dissolved into the plants membrane. Once the flower is dead, a huge seed pod is formed which splits open spraying the seeds to the ground. Once the seeds germinate more shoots will climb in a profusion of  intermingling vines. The female Polydamus lays her eggs on this plant and the caterpillars  eat the leaves as well as the flowers. The caterpillar pupates and uses a thin filament or support to attach itself to a stem. The chrysalis looks like a twig or a rock climber attaching himself to the side of a cliff! 

24"x20" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$2000  Click HERE to purchase.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Contemporary Colorful Mixed Media Collage Art Painting “Palms and Print” by Santa Fe Contemporary Artist and Designer Melanie Birk

                    

  8"x10" Mixed Media Collage on Panel/Available

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Santa Fe Artists Market at the Railyard

                                                   Event Dates: 4/22/2017 - 10/28/2017

                                                      Location: Santa Fe Railyard 

                                      Address: Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street 

                               This event takes pace on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                                


Wildlife Painting, Bird Nature, "Cassowary" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe





The cassowary is a flightless bird related to the ostrich and emu. It lives in the tropical forests of New Guinea. This enormous bird is able to run at great speeds and disappear into its woodland home. If cornered it has powerful legs which can cause a fatal blow to would be predators. You don't want to mess with this guy!

7"x5" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$79 Click HERE to purchase.

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Drawing the Beauty of Nature

Welcome to Drawing the Beauty of Nature with Mindy Lighthipe. The online art classes are designed for artists interested in learning the tradition of accurate drawing and painting found in botanical and natural science art. Each class is carefully developed by Mindy and are progressive to build skills and techniques gradually in the comfort of your own home. The classes average 8 to 12 consecutive weeks, ranging in price from $129 to $179.




The Wonderful World of Watercolor-

In this 12 week class, learn to de-mystify watercolor. This course is designed for anyone who wants to feel at ease with color mixing, making mistakes and learning to fix them, experimenting with different approaches and applications of watercolor. Each week a series of lessons are presented with videos and handouts, templates and assignments to get you painting with control and clarity. The next class is starting: June 14, 2017

Click HERE for details or to REGISTER.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Botanical Fine Art Painting "RED PEONIES, ANTS AND A RED ADMIRAL" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




I love Peonies! Years ago I planted about a dozen or so of them in the fall in my garden. When spring came the following year I couldn't wait for the flowers to bloom. To my dismay I saw all the beautiful flower buds covered in ants. Drat! I thought they were going to eat the flowers and I would end up with just stems. I did some research to find out what kind of insecticide I should spray on the plants only to find that the flowers would not bloom without the ants! Really? Yes, really! The flower buds are covered in a sticky sugar which attracts the ants to the flower. The ants collect and "clean" off the sticky substance allowing the flower to bloom in all its' glory.  How cool is that! This is how this painting was born. The Ants go Marching!!!!

24"x20" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$2000  Click HERE to purchase.

View Mindy's available Fine Art Reproductions HERE





Drawing the Beauty of Nature

Welcome to Drawing the Beauty of Nature with Mindy Lighthipe. The online art classes are designed for artists interested in learning the tradition of accurate drawing and painting found in botanical and natural science art. Each class is carefully developed by Mindy and are progressive to build skills and techniques gradually in the comfort of your own home. The classes average 8 to 12 consecutive weeks, ranging in price from $129 to $179.




The Wonderful World of Watercolor-

In this 12 week class, learn to de-mystify watercolor. This course is designed for anyone who wants to feel at ease with color mixing, making mistakes and learning to fix them, experimenting with different approaches and applications of watercolor. Each week a series of lessons are presented with videos and handouts, templates and assignments to get you painting with control and clarity. The next class is starting: June 14, 2017

Click HERE for details or to REGISTER.

Abstract,Contemporary Art,Cactus "Cool Cactus" by Santa Fe Contemporary Artist and Designer Melanie Birk



  8"x8" Acrylic on Canvas

  $150.00

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  Visit http://melaniebirk.com to view more of my colorful paintings.

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You're Invited!!




Santa Fe Artists Market at the Railyard

                                                   Event Dates: 4/22/2017 - 10/28/2017

                                                      Location: Santa Fe Railyard 

                                      Address: Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street 

                               This event takes pace on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                                


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wildlife Painting, Bird Nature, "African Eagle" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




This is an Eagle from Africa known as the Bateleur Eagle. The bright orange red face and orange beak are a sight to behold against the dark black feathers. The word "Bateleur" means "Street performer" in French. This amazing eagle has a 250 mile hunting radius and can cover its territory in a day. 

7"x5" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$79 Click HERE to purchase.

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Colorful Original Contemporary Art "Sea Garden III” by Santa Fe Artist and Designer Melanie Birk


  18"x24"x1.5" Mixed Media on Canvas

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Santa Fe Artists Market at the Railyard

                                                   Event Dates: 4/22/2017 - 10/28/2017

                                                      Location: Santa Fe Railyard 

                                      Address: Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street 

                               This event takes pace on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                                    View Melanie's Work at https://melaniebirkart.com


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wildlife Painting, Bird Nature, "Aracari" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



The Aracari is a member of the Toucan Family. It is a smaller bird and is found in Central and South America. They love to eat palm nuts! I had the wonderful experience of watching this bird "pop" these palm nuts into its mouth as if it were popcorn!

14"x11" Colored Pencil on Paper/Available

$250.00 Click HERE to purchase.

Fine Art Reproductions in Multiple Sizes Are Available HERE



Study with Mindy Lighthipe in Costa Rica in 2018!!










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Colorful Original Contemporary Art "Sea Garden" by Santa Fe Artist and Designer Melanie Birk


  15"x10" Drawing on Paper

  Available for purchase or License

   Click HERE for more info.

 http://melaniebirk.com

 Visit bluethistlearts.com to view my line of CLOTHING and ACCESSORIES.


Save The Date



Santa Fe Artists Market at the Railyard

                                                   Event Dates: 4/22/2017 - 10/28/2017

                                                      Location: Santa Fe Railyard 

                                      Address: Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street 

                               This event takes pace on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                                    View Melanie's Work at https://melaniebirkart.com


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wildlife Painting, Bird Nature, "Green Ibis" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



14"x11" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$250.00 Click HERE to purchase.

Fine Art Reproductions in Multiple Sizes Are Available HERE




Study with Mindy Lighthipe in Costa Rica in 2018!!










                                                Click HERE for details!!