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The moment I saw this artist's work on the web I was absolutely floored. Fantastic artwork about nature in addition to more mundane subjects. The use of colors is such that the overall feeling is one of joyful whimsy, and the lines are very vibrant.
Although not as elaborate as some of his other works, Paul Mirocha's depiction of an Atta mexicana forager and her two little hitchhikers is beautiful in a simple, unassuming way. I can tell you that I gasped when first seeing it. Although the anatomical details of the ants are surprisingly accurate, it is not this which engenders a strong emotional response from people. By embedding into the details his own emotional reaction to the leafcutters at Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona, the author uplifts the work beyond any mere photograph.
I strongly recommend viewing Paul Mirocha's work at paulmirocha.com
This fine painting of leaf-cutting ants was done by MURAYAMA Hashime for an article devoted entirely to ants in the National Geographic magazine dated August 1934, pp. 171-192. The awkward looking stance of the ants probably signifies that the artist was working from dead specimens when he made this artwork.
Artist Mary Helsaple is a realistic and narrative painter whose goal is to tell a story that connects people to nature. Her collections of images and visual relationships are statements about who we are as a society, and how connected or disconnected we are with the natural world. She says about this richly colored painting:
Fine Art Giclee prints, signed and numbered by the artist are available, on 100% Watercolor paper 28" X 32" for $400 unframed, and can be purchased directly from the artist at Mary (at) helsaple.com. Visit her website at helsaple.com
This scan contributed by Marc "Teleutotje" Van der Stappen shows an absolutely beautiful print of leafcutters from a LIEBIG trading card dating from before WWII. The LIEBIG Meat Extract Company was founded in 1868 and produced more than 2000 trading card sets until 1975. Many of the cards are rare and very sought-after by collectors worldwide. The cards depicted various scenes: Flora & Fauna, history, science, inventions and visions of life around 1900.
The back of the card contains the following (translated from the French):
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