Posts Tagged ‘bees’
Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Experimental bees! Acrylic ink is lightfast and dries waterproof, and these bees were the perfect test subject for a new medium.
The loose honeycomb make a gorgeous background for the painterly scribble of a busy hive of bees. They’re mostly concentrated in the corner where all the honey is, with the rest of the comb slowly floating off and away into the aether, adding a surrealist quality to the piece.
Above you can see these cheerful little bees against the soft cream paper and golden hexes. Below, these fellows are buzzing around in their own frame, just like in a proper hive.
Friday, October 5th, 2018
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
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?
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.
Friday, October 7th, 2016
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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.
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!
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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.
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.
Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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.
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