Thursday, July 5, 2012


Queen Bee
12 x 9
When the snow finally leaves in the spring, the thing that I look forward to is the emergence of the bees.  I'm always thrilled when they come out because I know they'll make my apple blossoms become apples and the tomato plants bear fruit.  More than 60% of all the food that we eat is the result of the work of bees.

I've been wanting to paint a series about bees for quite a while but it wasn't until I met the gorgeous model for this painting that I found a direction that I liked.  Sian is expecting a baby in 12 weeks and the presence of her burgeoning belly made me think of the fertility that I associate with bees and especially their queens.  

The painting began with the bees, in both gold leaf and paint, and when they were dry, I painted the portrait around and over them.  I particularly liked using linen as a support because the paint stands up nicely on it, allowing me to create texture and unusual layering effects as I integrated the bees into the portrait.

There are more bee paintings planned and one on the easel.  I just hope that Sian doesn't deliver early.

This piece was purchased by a fellow painter: there is no greater compliment!

And for those of you who are wondering why the middle paragraph of this blog is highlighted, don't ask me.  I'm as baffled as you are.  I'm working on it...

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