Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Hello Fellow Artists,

I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful blog. I have been "lurking" in the back ground for sometime. I have enjoyed reading all the wonderful contributions that all the artists have made. 

I am a botanical artist and natural science illustrator by training. I specialize in relationships between animals and the plant world, mainly butterflies and insects with their host plants. 

In the New Year I decided to "get serious" and I have created a 52/52 Painting Challenge for myself. I will be doing  52 paintings in 52 weeks and posting them to my blog. I thought I would share my first painting with you. My favorite color is PURPLE and I find it very hard to resist anything purple.
I paint in a variety of techniques and mediums and share my experience and tips on my blog. I look forward to sharing my journeys with you and am thrilled to be a part of this group of talented and passionate artists!

Happy painting!



  1. Thanks Julie. I appreciate your comment.

  2. We're delighted to have you, Mindy! Please tell us more about this gorgeous purple flower...

  3. Beautiful! I've seen your work before, and am so happy that you've joined this group, as I enjoy following it!

  4. Mindy you are a wonderful botanical artist. The painting makes me itch to draw something even though I am no where near as accomplished as you.

    Thanks for the inspiration and I look forward to reading your blog and seeing more of your work.

  5. Lovely Mindy. I'm curious about where you live. Is this plant blooming now where you are? Glad you've joined us.

  6. Welcome Mindy, very beautiful work!! I visit also your BLOG very interesting!

  7. Welcome Mindy - these daturas are stunning. I have always inquired your rich colors. Smiles, Linda

  8. Thanks everyone for your warm welcome! I live in North Central Florida, originally from New Jersey in the USA. This is a big change for me and I am enjoying the wonderful weather here. The Datura was blooming in my garden up until a few weeks ago. We finally got temps in the 20's and it killed the plant. The best thing about Datura's is the seed head. I collect the seeds and plant them as soon as there is no danger of frost. They will also spread themselves. In NJ I had a Datura that "popped" up in the spring all over my garden. The only thing to be careful is that they are ver poisonous so keep your pets away!


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