My current focus in The Honeybee Project is to depict bees at a larger-than-life scale. I was quite unprepared for the effect of depicting an insect at many times its real size - it can look quite menacing! This is exactly counter to what I want to achieve! Yet I want to be able to paint BIG bees... so... I have a challenge to work this out!
I put my ear to my wintering bee hives today and was happy to hear the gentle buzz of bees in each of them. Bees do not “hibernate” - they form a cluster in the centre of the hive and take turns moving around to generate heat while the others rest. This way they keep the inside of the hive around 34 C all winter! On warm days soon they will start to take short flights for a wing-stretch and a bit of house-cleaning. I can’t wait to see them rising into the air above the hives again!
Continuing on the Honeybee theme... This is an 8 x 8 study which again grapples with the challenge of depicting bees in flight. I am working in acrylic - trying to mimic the effect of encaustics, which is a challenge in itself! Would love to be working in real beeswax (produced by my own bees, of course!) but that is not practical for what I am hoping to do here... So - I am calling the project "faux-caustics")...
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