“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 a circle from a rose leaf is a truly wonderful experience. I have posted about photographing the bees at work with rose leaves in this earlier blog post which tells of the activities of leafcutter bees.
Once again I have used Winsor & Newton liquid Indian ink, which I absolutely love using. The paper is Bristol board, and the ink was applied using small watercolour brushes in the technique I have been working on for a while now, in which I build up layers of washes to create the image. For this particular drawing I also used some Chinese White body colour to add detail, for example on the hairs on the bee’s legs.
Above: Detail of two stages in the drawing, and far right, detail of another drawing to show the leaves after the bees have cut them.
Exhibition dates 2013:
There will be opportunity for you to see my bee drawings at two locations in early 2013. I will post details of the exhibitions as soon as I have more information, but for now, here is some information on the places I’ll be exhibiting:
Coach House Gallery, Edgbaston, April 2013.
Louth Festival of the Bees, May 2013.
Louth Festival of the Bees will include workshops, exhibitions and lectures, and looks like it will be an informative and exciting event for all lovers of solitary bees.