Saturday, March 28, 2020

Wildlife Art,Reptile, Nature, Fine Art Watercolor Painting "Senor Iguana" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe




This iguana painting is not a painting of just any iguana, but my rescued iguana, named Father Mulcahy! Father M came to live with me after he got too big for his aquarium. He was over 4 feet long and loved to be part of the family. I had a house full of rescue cats and he fit right in. He loved to chase the cats throughout the house and bask in the sun on top of the cat condo. He was a sweet and intelligent animal that responded to human touch and loved to watch television.... his favorite show was M*A*S*H! When he passed away I was heartbroken and painted his portrait to show how gentle and beautiful he was. The painting was included in Splash 15 by North Light Books. The original painting is available as well as canvas prints

11"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$550.00

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wildlife Art, Nature, Frog Painting, "MASKED TREE FROG" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



Smilisca phaeota is a fairly large tree frog of the NeoTropics. It is active at night during the wet season. You can often hear the males calling to the females during the mating season. The frog is sometime referred to as the Camouflage Frog as it has the ability to change from green to brown. It can be found in shallow temporary pools of water. Females lay their eggs in puddles of water which accumulate, covering the top of the water with a film of up to 2,000 eggs. Tadpoles develop quickly in the temporary pools and puddles.

8"x10" Watercolor on Paper-Available

$250

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Illustrative Wildlife Fine Art, Sea Life,Mixed Media Art “SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB” The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



The Sally Lightfoot Crab is an amazing array of dazzling color! I saw these crabs while visiting the Galapagos Islands. At different stages of their lifecycle, they molt their outer shells and emerge with a different color combination. As juveniles they are a darker indigo blue and as they age they become more brilliant and multicolored. I painted this on Fabriano Artistico Soft Press 300lb watercolor paper. I first used watercolor to establish the basic colors. The rocks were done with a granulating watercolor called hematite. I finished the painting using colored pencil and pastels for do the details on top of the watercolor.


11"x14" Mixed Medium on Paper-Available

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Bird, Painting, Green Jay, Nature, Wildlife, Figure, Fine Art Watercolor Painting "SPEAKING TO THE GODS" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



The Green Jay is part of the Corvidae species of birds and is related to crows and ravens. It is found in the Neo Tropics and northward into the southern parts of Texas. in the USA. They are inquisitive and like to "talk". In this painting I wanted to play with the brilliant color of the bird against the natural stone structure of a Mayan bas relief. The warrior is found as a relief on the side of a Mayan temple with his hand extended. It seemed like the perfect "perch" for the Green Jay to land and have a nice chat.

11"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$1500

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

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


This little hummer was just itching to be painted! I did this painting while leading an art tour to Costa Rica. The flower it is sitting on is a type of heliconia. The tropics have the most bizarre and beautiful shapes and colors in both flora and fauna.

11"x14" Colored Pencil on Paper/Available

$250.00

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Wildlife Art, Nature "HYBRID MACAW" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



14"x11" Pencil on Watercolor/Available

$250

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Illustrative Wildlife Fine Art ,Watercolor Painting, Colored Pencil,Tropical Bird “Toucan in Papaya Tree” The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe






This original painting of a Toucan in a Papaya Tree is a painting I demonstrated in my new book, The Art of Botanical and Bird Illustration .
I used colored pencil and watercolor pencil to do this painting on Fabriano Artistico Hot Press 300lb watercolor paper. For the painting I used my sketches and photographs of a Rainbow Keeled Toucan and purchased a papaya tree that I planted and grew in my yard. Lucky for me I live in Florida and a local nursery had a good sized papaya tree I could do live drawings from. This is one of my favorite paintings and I throughly enjoyed every minute of composing it and painting.

24"x20" Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Paper-Available

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Botanical Fine Art Painting,Watercolor Painting, "PAPHIOPEDILUM IN DARK PURPLE" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe

Another one of my favorite Lady Slipper Orchids. The dark purple color almost looks black. The variegated leaves have a wonderful texture and pattern. This is an original watercolor on 300lb watercolor paper.

18"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$1200

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Botanical Fine Art Painting, "HUMMINGBIRD MOTH & SIBERIAN IRISES" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe





The tiny little hummingbird moth hovers over flowers and zooms around the garden just like a real hummingbird only tinier! This fellow zoomed in and out of these Siberian Irises in my garden and I just had to paint it!


18"x14" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$1200

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

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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Thursday, February 27, 2020

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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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Gourd, Original Painting, Watercolor, Nature "TURKS CAP" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe

The Turk's Cap is an unusual gourd. It has lots of warts and color variations.

10"x10" Watercolor on Paper/Available

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Wildlife Art Insect, Nature, Butterfly "PEACOCK BUTTERFLY" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe


The Peacock Butterfly is common in Europe and is easily identified by the large eyespots on the hind wings. The eyespots are designed to startle or confuse would be predators into thinking it is a much larger animal. If the predator does take a bite, it is usually directed towards the eyespot. The delicate wings may tear or get damaged during the attack but it allows the butterfly to break free and flee for its life.

Moths and butterflies belong to the classification of Insects called Lepidoptera. Lepidoptera is a latin word which means "scaled wing". When magnified under a microscope the scales of the wing structure are easy to see. For this series of paintings I did the background by looking under a microscope and drew the individual wing pattern and structure in pencil while placing the colorful butterfly on the surface in watercolor. The original has been sold but is available in 3 sizes of fine art reproduction canvas prints. Please look through the rest of the gallery to see other images from the series. They make a great sets for your home decor.


6"x6" Mixed Media/sold

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Nature Fine Art Painting, Insect "ZEBRA SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe



The Zebra Swallowtail, Eurytides marcellus has triangular wings with long tails. It has distinctive black and white markings on its wings and some small red and blue markings on both bottom corners of the wings. There are two seasonal forms. Spring forms have more white and have small black tails with white tips. Summer forms have more black and have longer tails with more white in them. This butterfly uses the PawPaw trees as its host plant.

6"x6" Watercolor on Paper/Available

$175

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Nature,Wildlife , Illustrative Fine Art Painting, "CYCLOMMATUS ELAPHUS" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe

Cyclommatus elaphus is the Latin name for this male stag beetle. The very large impressive mandibles look like they could some serious damage. They actually are fairly harmless unless you happen to be another male stag beetle looking to hone in on its territory!

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10"x7"  Watercolor on Paper/Available


$250


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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Nature,Wildlife, Illustrative Fine Art Painting, "ROUND TORTOISE BEETLE" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe

This unique colorful beetle is done on coquille board. The surface of the paper has raised bumps and it easily creates a stippled appearance. It was fun to work on the paper and create the variations of iridescent colors as it shimmers across the page. 


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8"x8"  Colored Pencil on Paper/Available


$200


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Nature,Wildlife, Illustrative Fine Art Painting, "FIERY SEARCHER BEETLE" The Art of Nature, Fine Art by Mindy Lighthipe


There is nothing that captures my eye than a scampering iridescent beetle across the forest floor. This is one of the largest ground beetles in the USA that is iridescent...It is called the Fiery Searcher AKA....Caterpillar Hunter! As it's name implies it feasts on caterpillars. This painting combines, colored pencil and watercolor pencils. It is part of my online class- Experimenting with Colored Pencils. 
 
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11"x8" Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Paper/Available


$300


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