This is a section of a larger oil pastel drawing I did a couple of years ago. I wanted to create an exotic tropical environment housed in a large glass dome. I imagine this ginormous dome would be full of all sorts of strange and wonderful bugs.
I came across this video on vimeo and thought it was a lovely way to show the process of making honey instead of using real life footage. https://vimeo.com/39248822
I went up to the highlands for the weekend and attended a one day beginners beekeeping course just south of Elgin run by the Moray Beekeepers Association (http://www.moraybeekeepers.co.uk). I learnt lots of interesting things about honey bees and hope that my notes will inspire some of my drawings.
Spring appeared in Edinburgh today, finally, so I went to sit out in the sun and took some photos of grass. I know that grass doesn’t sound like the most exciting subject, but thought the images would make good backdrops for bug drawings. Here is an old sketch of some protesting bees ontop of a photo.