I am always amazed at the beautiful art that is produced after participants come home from a tour with me to Costa Rica. The 10 day tour is a whirlwind experience with so much amazing wildlife encounters it is difficult to know where to focus one’s attention. Part of my focus on these tours is to help artists gather information through field sketching, color notes and specific methods of photography to help the artist create works when they get back to their studios. One participant who has done a fantastic job at recreating art and the excitement of this tour is artist Jill Crouch. Jill continually amazes me with the beautiful art she creates. Here is what she has to say about her experience and some of the wonderful paintings she has produced.
In 2013, I was a retired research scientist with a love for nature and a strong desire to develop the skills necessary for capturing its beauty in a photograph, drawing and/or ultimate painting. Not knowing how, when or where to start, I immersed myself with a small group of similarly minded people into the jungles of Costa Rica. By bus we traveled with Mindy Lighthipe, a professional natural and botanical artist. The 10 days was packed with the knowledge and tools necessary for absorbing the attributes of nature in all its colorful glory. For me, this was the journey of a lifetime and an opportunity to explore any “hidden talents” I had yet to discover in myself. Each day was filled with a nature walk, a visit to an animal reserve, at least one natural wonder, and a “Master’s Class” in drawing, painting and/or photography, with continuous “how to” instructions for almost every imaginable curiosity. There were new lessons around every corner, more miracles to see and more surprises to experience.
Four years later, I still “draw” on that experience for inspiration with my extensive library of photographs, documented notes, and sketches and paintings from our trip. Today, I have grown as an artist, I continue to take classes and I am starting to feel confident as an animal portrait artist whose journey began lovingly in the jungles of Costa Rica.
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Stunning work! Brilliant & lively color, feels like you are still there in the jungle. I have taken several of Mindy’s on-line classes. Perhaps she could be motivated to do an on-line from Costa Rica for those of us who just can’t make the tour! It would be fabulous virtual journey! Hint, hint, Mindy!!!
I agree Carole! She did a beautiful portfolio from this trip. She just emailed me that she is having a her first solo exhibition. I couldn’t be prouder!!!
I just got a new phone. While I was searching the internet looking for pictures to save now that I have more memory to use. I was pleased to find this story of our trip to Costa Rica. It looks great and definitely brought back the memories for me.
I know you are getting ready to go again soon. I almost signed up. I will be thinking of you and your fellow travelers. Stay safe and have a great time!
Great to hear from you! I hope you are painting your heart out! Your work is wonderful. Cheers!