Monday, December 5, 2016

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/Available

Click HERE for more info.

Fine Art Reproductions in Multiple Sizes Are  also Available HERE
Give the Gift of ART this Holiday Season....

These whimsical, charming little art reproductions on canvas make the perfect gifts. They are from my original paintings and are brilliantly colorful! You can buy them individually or they make great groupings. I am offering them this holiday season in 2 sizes: 6" x 6" and 10" x 10". In order to receive them by December 25, 2016 make sure you order no later than December 9, 2016. Shipping is free to the continental USA.

Click HERE to view the entire collection.

Art and Photography Workshop to Costa Rica 

Join Artist Mindy Lighthipe and Photographer Nancy Richmond on an Artistic Adventure Tour to Costa Rica.

March 8 – 17, 2017 


Check out the video above to see some of the highlights from our 2016 Art & Photography workshop in Costa Rica last year.

Each year our itinerary changes a little bit. The 10 day tour is where the rainforest is our classroom. Learn field sketching, digital photography for all levels. 

Click HERE for details and Itinerary!!

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