Tag Archives: ink and brush

Leafcutter bee feeding on borage flower

Jan 28, 2013 | Posted by in work | 0

“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 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 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”, 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 …

Rose leaves in ink

May 1, 2012 | Posted by in method, work | 0

Last summer I picked and kept some of the rose leaves, including some which the leaf-cutter bees had used to make their nests. Over winter I’ve been drawing some of these dried leaves and learning about their structure, as well as working out a new technique of drawing in ink. The drawings have mainly been practices for me, as I begin to putRead more …