I watched this How to Paint a Bumblebee video by Paul Clark. My intentions were to wait for a craft store to open so I could get masking fluid . . . . so in the meantime I lightly sketched my bee shape - Which BTW looked NOTHING like the finished painting!!!
I decided to do a light bg wash and mixed yellow, brown and a touch of gray with lots of water and painted around my bee. Next I figured to add in daisy-like flower but WHAT IS HAPPENING - my color is weeping and seeping and bleeding everywhere . . .
I should probably add here that I tend to be a VERY controlled painter - partly because I am OCD and partly because the Humidity tends to be about 6% - 10% here most days. I check my weather app - today it is 52% !!! Oh well . . .
I head to the yellow stripes which of course immediately bloom outside the sketch lines - but my mind blanks out the "higher humidity syndrome" and I pick up black for the alternate stripes - OMG - these 2 colors are dancing a tango and it is a fight to the death of frantic color lifting to keep some semblance of yellow stripes on my bee. Once I sort of had stripes again, I used a toothpick to pull out the tiny hairs for the fluffy, fuzzy look. I dried my piece then dried some more when the legs did their own thing too. Finished with a bit of detail on the wings keeping it super simple because by now I am scared of humidity - lol - and I never did get the masking fluid . . . .
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 GMT Views: 393
Registered: July 9, 2008 Location: Stars Fell on Alabama Posts: 66653
Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 11:36 AM
Wow! What a beautiful bee and flower. I thought at first you went with a stamp. Fabulous job on both. The toothpick was such a super idea. The detail on the wings looks great, too.
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Registered: October 19, 2007 Location: Packer Country, WI Posts: 64371
Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 11:57 AM
One word describes this painting--PERFECTION!!!!!! Just took a break from working in my flower gardens, and there was this bumble bee on a pink lupine. It looks like yours. Love your deets and how you share your process. The toothpick is a great idea, need to remember that tip. This needs to be framed. Your work is amazing and you should be so proud. Again so glad you played along this week. Now when seeing a bumble bee will think of this one. TFS
Registered: February 5, 2007 Location: St. Louis, MO Posts: 83092
Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 1:34 PM
Sorry my bee scared you....I thought he was pretty friendly....you don't bother them, they don't bother you. You did an amazing job of giving your large bee lots of "pile"(think that's the term the artist used) Very realistic flower.
Registered: March 8, 2005 Location: Halfway between Dallas and Houston Posts: 22507
Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 6:06 PM
Wow! Awesome! Fabulous! Your Bee, well your bee is wonderful! The toothpick idea is great. I was trying to make mine look a little fuzzy but I forgot to watch the video before I started painting. So now I'll watch it and learn. Your painting is so perfect on the flower and the bee and that I found was a hard combination to achieve.
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