Tag Archives: Drawings of bees

Winterbourne Exhibition

Apr 6, 2013 | Posted by in work | 0
"Leafcutter Bee in Flight" in situ

The exhibition of my Leafcutter Bee Drawings is now up at the Coach House Gallery, Winterbourne House and Garden, Edgbaston, B15 2RT. The exhibition runs until 29th April, so plenty of time to catch it if you are in the area. There is a special event, “Bugs, Bees, Plants and Trees” in the garden at Winterbourne on Saturday 20th AprilRead more …

Article in The Times

Mar 20, 2013 | Posted by in work | 2
"Leafcutter Bee in Flight" 2012

Just a little update to mention that a small piece appeared in last Sunday’s Times Newspaper (16th March) with details of my upcoming exhibition at Winterbourne House and Garden (5th-23rd April). Further information on the exhibition can be found in this earlier blog post. Images of drawings which will be appearing in the exhibition are now online here: Leafcutter BeesRead more …

Leafcutter bee feeding on borage flower

Jan 28, 2013 | Posted by in work | 0
Leafcutter Bee Feeding on Borage Flower

“Feeding on Borage Flower”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 6″ x 9″ Here is a detail of another of my series of Leafcutter Bees in brush and ink. This is one of a Leafcutter feeding on borage flowers last summer. At the moment the bees are over-wintering in the bee-house in the shed, but soon they willRead more …

Cutting a leaf circle

Nov 6, 2012 | Posted by in work | 4
Leafcutter Bee Cutting Leaf from Rose Bush

“Leafcutter Bee Cutting Leaf Circle from Rose Branch”, 2012 Ink and brush with some body colour, on Bristol Board, approx. 7″ x 4.5″ Here’s another in my series of ink drawings based on Leafcutter Bees. This one shows a bee on a branch of rose leaves which are one of their favourite plants for harvesting nest material. Watching a bee cut aRead more …

Leafcutter bee in flight

Sep 11, 2012 | Posted by in garden, method, work | 9
"Leafcutter Bee in Flight" 2012

“Leafcutter Bee in Flight”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 4.5″ x 7″ A solitary Leafcutter bee returned to lay in the bee houses this year. Due to the rain and cold weather she has completed less than one tube of cells this summer, on which the hope of leafcutters next year now rests. I will over-winter them in the tool shedRead more …

Leafcutter bee emerging, in brush and ink

Aug 15, 2012 | Posted by in garden, method, work | 0
"Leafcutter Bee Emerging in Late Spring"

“Leafcutter Bee Emerging”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 6″x 5″ After almost a year lived in perfect darkness inside a leaf cell, a leafcutter bee emerges into the light. First its antennae, then its eyes experiencing the world for the first time. In its jaws are the dried leaves of the cell from which the bee has just brokenRead more …

Latest bee drawings

Aug 4, 2011 | Posted by in method, work | 2
detail of purple foxglove

Once again there seems to be a huge amount to report both on the drawings, and the activities of the bees in the garden. For those waiting for an update on the leaf-cutter bees, there is a post coming soon, with many photographs! There are also a few pen and ink drawings of leaf-cutter bees below. For those looking forRead more …

Bees in pen and ink: Dip pens

May 9, 2011 | Posted by in work | 6
Quick sketches of bee in pen and ink

  Above, left: Some quick sketches of a newly-emerged leafcutter. Above, centre and right: close-up views of a larger study of a leafcutter bee, showing the variety of lines used. Above: Gillott nib looking slightly worn – I just hope that when I start using the next one it gives me the same results, or I’m going to be veryRead more …