“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 shed to ensure cool, dry conditions, and hope for better weather at hatching time next spring.
On the positive side, this bee has been feeding in the garden, and I have taken many photos of her on the poppies and cornflowers. I will be drawing from these over the coming weeks, and posting the results here.
The drawing above of the Leafcutter in Flight is approximately 4.5″ x 7″, on Fabriano paper using Winsor and Newton Liquid Indian Ink applied with small watercolour brushes. A description of my method of work can be seen in this earlier post on a Leafcutter bee emerging from its nest at the beginning of the season. More of my leafcutter bee drawings can be seen in this gallery of drawings of leafcutter bees. And I go into more detail about the drawing techniques on this page on the lives of leafcutter bees.
You can read an interview with me in Bee Mentor which looks at my interest in leafcutter bees, but also covers my drawing techniques and practice, and my photography.