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.

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