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Nature Challenge : Watercolour Bee Illustration

Wildlife Nature Blog : Follow a Bee 

Watercolour Bee and Wildflower Illustration

Botanical art and drawing British wildlife from the garden and local countryside. 

The garden attracts a variety of bees - often Honey Bees - but this was a particularly big, furry Bumblebee - a Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) - a perfect choice for some quick sketching, a few photographs and a couple watercolour painting compositions.

The bee was drawn in pencil using previous reference sketches and photographs and the bluebell was a life study from the garden. 

Bee and flower watercolour painting : wildlife drawing classes London Surrey, Kent, Susses
British Wildlife Illustrations : Bee and Bluebell Watercolour Painting
The bees enjoy the Sedum, as well as the native Kent Bluebells that grow around the garden - which is not far from the local ancient woods where a carpet of bluebells appears, as if by magic, each year.

This bee was buzzing around for quite a while, carrying a large amount of pollen that it had gathered. How much bees have done on Earth, quietly carrying out their work without fuss!

The image of this beautiful creature was so real and familiar yet full of mystery! 


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