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 will be moving (along with me!) to a new house and garden. Hopefully they will hatch out in the Spring and enjoy some of the flowers I will be planting for them in the new garden. Somewhat sadly, the move will mean I will also be leaving behind my “shed” studio, but I will be setting up a new studio overlooking the garden, and will bring you photos of the new place as soon as I can.

It has been four years since I had this studio built and began drawing again, and it seems fitting that the last thing I’m doing in my “shed” before I move is framing up drawings for my first exhibition! The exhibition will feature all of my recent Leafcutter Bee drawings, and will take place at:

Coach House Gallery, Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RT

How to find the venue: Location and directions.

Dates of the exhibition are: 5th – 29th April 2013. See below for opening times.

Winterbourne House and Garden is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house and garden in Edgbaston, Birmingham. While the house and gardens are very much worth a visit, the exhibition is in the Coach House Gallery which is free, and open during the usual opening hours of the house. During April these are: 10am – 5.30pm (weekdays) and 11am – 5.30pm (weekends). Please check Winterbourne’s website for any changes in these opening times: Opening times and admission details.

There is a special event at the venue on Saturday 20th of April: “Bugs, Bees, Plants and Trees“, which may be of interest!

Above: Brochure for Winterbourne, and some shots of preparations for the exhibition.

Images of many of the drawings to be featured in the exhibition can be found on This Page

Also, don’t forget that some of my Leafcutter Bee drawings will be at the Louth Festival of the Bees, which takes place in May. I will give more details of this in a future blog post, once I’m in my new home. There is a PDF of the festival leaflet here.

As I’m at something of an ending and a new beginning, I would also like to thank you for reading my blog this far and following my progress, especially all of you who have commented along the way. Thank you so much for your support, and perhaps I will see some of you at Winterbourne or Louth.

P.S. I may not have access to Internet for a week or two, so any comments may take a while to appear!

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