Monday, June 18, 2018

Nature Fine Art Painting, Insect "QUESTION MARK BUTTERFLY" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe


6"x6" Watercolor on Paper/Available


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Nature Fine Art Painting, Insect "Atlas Moth" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




The Atlas Moth,  Attacus atlas is considered to be the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area. Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 10-12 inches. Females are appreciably larger and heavier. The triangular marking on each wing is transparent.




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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, Nature,Butterfly "LOBSTER CLAW HELICONIA WITH MOSAIC BUTTERFLY" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



The heliconia in this painting is referred to as a "Lobster Claw" because of it shape, size and color. The butterfly in the painting is commonly know as the Mosaic Butterfly. The latin name is Colubra dirce. I have encountered both of these species on my many trips to Central America. I really enjoyed putting them together as I like the brilliant color of the flower with the muted, earth tones of the highly patterned underside of the butterfly.

12"x9" Watercolor on Paper

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, Nature,Butterfly "ROCK ORCHIDS" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe






This orchid is part of the Dendrobium family. They can grow on trees or on the ground. They have a pseudobulb which stores water. As the flower grows on a new pseudobulb the plant keeps adding to the cluster and spills over rocks and crevices.

14"x18" Watercolor on Paper

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, Nature, Insect "COMET MOTHTAILS" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




The Comet Moth or Madagascan Moon Moth, Argema mittrei  is a very large moth that is native to Madagascar, which is the 4th largest Islandin the world. It is the biggest silkworm in the world. Although endangered in the wild due to habitat loss, the Comet Moth is being successfully bred in captivity. It can be seen at many free flying butterfly houses.



6"x6" Watercolor on Paper/Available


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, Nature, Insect "JULIA BUTTERFLY AND PASSIFLORA MANICATA" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



The Julia Butterfly or Julia Heliconian, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. It is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Its caterpillars feeds on leaves of passion vines, depicted here is the Passiflora manicata or Red Passion Flower Vine.


18"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, Nature, Insect "IO MOTH" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe

                         
 






The Io Moth, Automeris io, is sexually dimorphic, males having bright yellow forewings, body, and legs, while females have reddish brown forewings, body, and legs. The males also have much bigger plumose (feathery) antennae than the females. Both have one big black to bluisheyespot with some white in the center, on each hindwing, a defense mechanism meant to frighten off potential predators. The caterpillars turn bright green and have many spines that cause a lot of pain if touched. The spines have a poison that is released with the slightest touch. The Io Moth is depicted here on the Eastern Redbud, Forest Pansy, Cercis canadensis.

18"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, "BODACIOUS CATTELAYA" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




This gorgeous orchid is called a Cattlelaya.
 The painting makes a great splash in any room it graces!
This listing is for the original watercolor, unframed. It is signed by the artist. 

30"x24 Watercolor on Paper/Available

$2000

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, "SHERBET CATTLEYA" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe





20"x16" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$750

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Native American Art,Western Landscape, Teepee Painting "THE STORYTELLER" by Colorado Artist Nancee Jean Busse, Painter of the American West



In this painting there are 2 storytellers: the me-the-artist and the child in the glowing teepee. Both of us are spinning yarns. The child brings the sandhill cranes to life with the enthusiasm of her tall tale. I'm telling a tall tale about the power and magic of imagination and the spoken word. I had a story I wanted to tell with this painting. I remember how I loved stories as a child, listening to them and telling them. BIG stories with fantastic elements and plenty of fabrication! In The Storyteller, the power of a young child's spoken words bring the sandhill cranes to life. They exist first on the teepee as a graphic element and then burst into the starry night sky, real and full of life!


30"x40" Acrylic on Canvas/sold

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Botanical Fine Art Painting, "BIRDS OF PARADISE" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




The Bird of Paradise is one of the beloved flowers of the tropics. It is well known in the Floral Trade Industry for its unusual appearance and long lasting blooms.

This listing is for the original watercolor, unframed. It is signed by the artist. Shipping is free in the continental USA.




18"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Contemporary Western Art ,Equine Painting "SITTING BULL'S DANCING HORSE" by Colorado Landscape Artist Nancee Jean Busse

Fourth in my Native American Folklore series

This tale is true.

In the 1880s Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. He traveled all over the country and saw many things, but wearied of the white man’s ways. He went back to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to be with his Hunkpapa people. Before he left the Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill gifted him with his favorite show horse which could do many tricks..........Read more HERE


 36"x24" Acrylic on Yupo

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Illustrative Botanical Art,Butterfly, "AFRICAN BUTTERFLY" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



8"x10" Colored Pencil on Frosted Mylar Paper/Available

$50.00

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Contemporary, Whimsical Wildlife, Bison Art Painting "How The Bison Got His Hump" by Nancee Jean Busse, Painter of the American West

Western Wildlife,Contemporary Bison painting

I’m currently completing a series of 6 paintings based on Native American legends. This painting is based on the legend: How the Bison Got His Hump. Here’s my retelling: In the beginning days, the bison didn’t have a hump. He was fast and sleek and ran across the prairie having so much fun that he cared for nothing else. He didn’t notice (or didn’t care about) any small creature that got in his way. He trampled the birds and their fragile nests, he trampled the field mice, and the squirrels, and the foxes, and the rabbits. He crushed the flowers and the tender leaves that fed the prairie creatures. All of the creatures begged him to stay away, but Bison didn’t listen to them. He was having too much fun! The birds and other small animals cried so loud that Great Mother heard them. She ran ahead of Bison and said, “You should be ashamed of yourself!” She hit him on the back with a stick, and Bison hunched up his shoulders and lowered his big head, to ward off another blow. But Great Mother didn’t hit him again. She said, “From now on you will always have a hump on your back and you will always carry your head low because of your shame.” So this is why Bison has a hump, and why sometimes you see a happy bird or two on the back of a bison. 

 36"x24" Acrylic on Yupo//Available

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

"THE LEGEND OF AURORA BOREALIS", Native American Art,Wildlife Bear Painting by Nancee Jean Busse, Painter of the American West




This is part of a series of 6 paintings based on Native American legends.

This painting is based on the legend: How the Aurora Borealis Came to Be.

Here’s my retelling:

 After the great flood, the planet tipped on its axis, plunging the North into long periods of darkness. In the North there lived a group of people who had been spared from the flood. But when they could no longer see the sun or feel its warmth, they became sad and afraid; cold and hungry.

 The Great Mother felt compassion for the People and told them to gather their belongings and walk south, where the sun would shine and provide bounty and warmth. But because there was no light and little food, many of the people perished on the dark, cold journey south.

 In a stroke of genius the Great Mother covered the top of the world with mountains and hills made of ice crystals. The ice crystals captured the sun’s rays and reflected them into the black sky and so illuminated the nomads’ path. They could then journey south under the shifting, humming rainbow of light and became the forerunners of many of the great tribes of North America.

 But the white bear stayed in the Great North. He stayed because he loved the beauty of the inky darkness, the music of whale song and sea birds, and the deep comfort of solitude.

36"x24"Acrylic on Yupo

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Illustrative Botanical Art,Food Art,Vegetable “Swiss Chard” The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe

14"x11" Watercolor on PaperAvailable

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Native American Art,Whimsical Wildlife Coyote Painting "Coyote Spills The Stars" by Painter of the American West Nancee Jean Busse




Thus is part of a series of 6 paintings based on Native American legends. This painting is based on the legend: Coyote Spills the Stars. Here’s my retelling: 

 In the days of the earth’s beginning, when all creatures came up from the underworld, the Great Mother planned a sacred gathering. In preparation, she filled a jar with a countless number of stars. She selected a human being to carry the jar and place the stars neatly and carefully into the sky.

 Coyote was fascinated with the jar and couldn’t keep away. The Great Mother, knowing how full of mischief he was, admonished, “Stay away from that jar!”

 Coyote being Coyote, he waited until everyone was distracted with the festivities and crept closer and closer. He lifted the lid, just a bit, to take a little peek. When he looked inside, he was so astonished at the twirling, spinning, magical orbs of light that he accidentally knocked the jar over. 

 At first nothing happened and all of the stars stayed inside the jar. Coyote was so relieved! As he hurried to get the lid back onto the jar, it began to pulse, and then hum, and then glow! He was still hurrying, hurrying, when a few stars escaped from the jar and floated gently heavenward. Then the stars began to tumble out, faster and faster, until they were flying out of the jar by the millions, all shooting into the sky!

 All of the creatures at the gathering were astonished. The Great Mother was astonished. They watched as the stars shot crazily into the sky in a disordered, chaotic dance! 

 And this is the reason the stars shimmer and glow with no order or pattern; some here, some there. And why Coyote still lifts his face toward the sky each night and howls with laughter.



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Illustrative Botanical Art,Butterfly, "MOSIAC BUTTERFLY ON HELICONIA" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



I enjoy traveling to the tropics and Costa Rica has been a favorite destination for over 25 years. I am fascinated by the odd shaped flowers and dazzling colors. In this painting I decided to paint the Lobster Claw Heliconia with the Mosaic Butterfly resting on it. I really liked the neutral butterfly with the flaming red orange colors of the flower.


12"x10" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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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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