Posts Tagged ‘bees’

A Bumble of Bees

Friday, October 5th, 2018

A Bumble of Bees by Amy Crook, 17 bees with iridescent wings bumble around a background of abstract hydrangeas

A Bumble of Bees, 12″x6″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

BEES!

There’s even a cute little bumblebee butt diving into one of these elegantly abstract hydrangeas, iridescent wings folded atop its tubby body.

These delightful busybodies are bumbling around a profusion of flowers, dipping their toes and faces alike into the blue blossoms. From their black stripes and fat yellow bodies to the shimmering white wings, these little gals exude the warmth of summer just in time for it to fade away.

A Bumble of Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

A Bumble of Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the fat bees’ wings shimmer in the sunshine. Below, they’ve bumbled into a temporary hive frame, just waiting to find their forever field and make a home there.

A Bumble of Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

A Bumble of Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES

Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Bees 4

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

a loose brush painting of a bee on a background of honey-gold splotches, watercolor by Amy Crook

Bees 4, 6″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

This fat, fuzzy bumblebee is just waiting to bring some sparkly spring into your life!

She’s chilling in this honey-gold world, dusted with glittering pollen and waiting to go out and gather for her queen and hive. She’s covered in fluff that’s perfect for getting the most pollen possible, so make sure to provide plenty of flowers known to help feed the bees.

What season gets you abuzz with joy?

Bees 4, detail, by Amy Crook

Bees 4, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the background brightened up by sunshine and the sparkling bronzite mineral paint. Below, the bee is in a little frame, waiting to find the perfect flower to make its home.

Bees 4, framed art by Amy Crook

Bees 4, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Bees 3

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Bees 3 by Amy Crook

Bees 3, 6″x6″ pencil, brush & ink, watercolor, and Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper

MORE BEES!

It’s been almost a year since the first bees buzzed over during Inktober.

This trio of bees are painted in a beautiful gold-infused grey ink, and paired with a paint made of real bronzite mineral that has its own subtle sparkle. The deep honey-gold evokes an unfiltered local honey, full of flavor and goodness.

Bees 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Bees 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a detail of the uppermost bee, with the gold in the linework catching the sunlight along its body. Below, the bees are buzzing around their frame like they’re at home in a hive box.

Bees 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Bees 3, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Bees 2

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Bees 2, ink art by Amy Crook

Bees 2, 7″x5″ pen & ink and ink wash on paper

More bees!

The rich amber ink is the same, but there’s smaller honeycomb and smaller bees. More and busier bees, buzzing about making honey or whatever it is that bees do when they’re not out getting pollen.

Bees 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Bees 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lovely texture of brush strokes, art paper, and ink wash all together in rich, honeyed detail. Below, the bees are in a frame, just as honeycomb should be!

Bees 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Bees 2, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Whimsical and Strange
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Bees

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Bees by Amy Crook

Bees by Amy Crook

Hexagons the beautiful amber of good honey and brush-painted bees make a gorgeous composition in this ink art.

Bees are awesome, and these beauties are a delightfully illustrative example of their type. This richly colored art would add a wonderful warmth to any room.

Bees, 6″x6″ pen & ink and ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper.

Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

Bees, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a close-up of the lower right bee, just buzzing their way through life. Below, the bees are in a temporary frame, just waiting to move into their permanent hive.

Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

Bees, framed art by Amy Crook

BEEEEEEEEEEEES

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Sunset Bees

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Sunset Bees, tiny watercolor by Amy Crook

Sunset Bees by Amy Crook

Somehow, when I don’t know what to paint, bees keep coming to mind! I suppose they do figure in two things I love quite a bit, Winnie-the-Pooh and Sherlock Holmes. Who can forget “In Which We are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin”? And Holmes’ desire to retire to Sussex and keep bees is equally famous, though in the modern day I keep wanting to see him take up urban beekeeping instead and have box-hives on the roof.

This painting was a bit of an experiment with using watercolor ground to prime over the gesso on the canvas, and then using watercolors for the painting. The color tended to sink into the grooves and dry pale, which gives the sky a dreamy feeling of a sunset seen obliquely through the branches, and the bees flitting overhead.

Sunset Bees, 2.75″x2.75″ oil paint on canvas with 5″ wooden easel.

Below you can see the painting tucked into a bookshelf with my Pooh and Piglet bank, though in this case it looks a bit like Pooh is protecting Piglet from a horror of bees. Hah.

Sunset Bees with easel, by Amy Crook

Sunset Bees with easel, by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Whimsical and Strange
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13 Pink Roses

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

13 Pink Roses by Amy Crook

13 Pink Roses by Amy Crook

The 13th rose is barely on the canvas, sneaking my lucky number onto this rosebush. Branches lean out over a white fence, and bees buzz lazily around the flowers. The bright blue summer sky has a pale summer sun shining down, and the whole image is painted in oils on a small four-by-five-inch canvas board.

The edges of this canvas board are finished, the image wrapping around to the sides to add a some extra dimension. The easel is included, so this painting can be displayed as is on a bookshelf, desk, windowsill, or anywhere you want a little lazy summer sunshine.

13 Pink Roses, 4″x5″ oil painting on canvas board with 5″ tall wooden easel.

13 Pink Roses by Amy Crook

13 Pink Roses by Amy Crook

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