Throughout the spring and summer months I often take photos of the quiet bee industry that is going on in my garden (although not so quiet when you get up close!). It’s an opportunity to spend some time slowing down, noticing life’s moments and appreciating the beauty around me. This original expressive charcoal and pastel drawing created in February 2020 is one of a series of charcoal drawings that are derived from and inspired by my furry insect visitors. With this Artwork I wanted to highlight the beauty of the humble bumble bee and celebrate the fact that my garden is full of them in the summer months despite their ongoing plight and risks to their species. I’ve used a variety of marks and smudges as I explore using charcoal here, an eraser also becomes a drawing tool allowing me to shape, highlight and smudge the drawing as I intend it and I’ve added splashes of colour in this one using pastels. All these different marks and smudges remain visible on the drawings revealing the energy, emotion and processes in the making of it. I hope these studies will inspire you to slow down and connect with the extraordinary beauty in an ordinary bee :) Drawings are approx 23.5mm x 23.5mm on 150g cartridge paper and will be sent in a cardboard large letter box with a certificate of authenticity making it suitable as a gift.
Bumblebee #04 - Charcoal and Pastel Bee drawing