“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. You can view all the leafcutter bee drawings in this gallery. 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, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RT
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.
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.