I have almost finished this commission.. and I really do like this one. It’s been a real pleasure to paint this Bombus hortorum, the Garden Bumble Bee. I am very fond of these bees and loved watching them clamber around Dad’s honeysuckle in the summer.
I have said before how fascinating it is to watch how they move, how they alight on the flowers, how they unfurl their extra long tongues and how they hold onto the sides of flowers with their feet.
I had been undecided about including that long tongue, but it is such a characteristic of this bee and after all she is approaching some delicious nectar filled flowers and this is very much how you would see her!!
This is quite a big painting.. well big for me.. Its about 14×15 inches. I just got rather carried away with the honeysuckle and I forgot to take more step by step photos…but, never mind, maybe next time.
For framing I would crop in, something more like this:
I tend to like off centre things and to have some nice white space. I work so hard to keep that space clean that I think I need to celebrate it :).