Really happy that I’ll now be able to make the PV for Fifty Bees, anyone else going? I was so pleased to be selected to create a companion piece for @fifty_bees 🐝 I was allocated 66 Bee - Bombus Barbutellus Barbut's Cookoo Bee ‘Meadow’
12" x 12" box canvas Magazine collage, no paint.
I chose to concentrate on the summer habitat and so depicted a meadow with summer flowers visited - thistles, knapweeds, clover, vetches and buddleia, the main focus of the piece. The shape of the magazine collage upon the canvas has been designed to show the population density, widespread and locally frequent in southern and central England scarcer in Wales and further north where the collage dwindles. As a cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus Barbutellus does not build any nest of its own, but usurps the nests of other bumblebees, killing the queen and forcing the workers to raise its own offspring. I have left a negative space in the form of a bumblebee for this reason.
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