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Bumblebee


Bumblebee
watercolor on Fabriano Artistico cold press
18 x 12.5 cm

This is a larger than life bee painted from a photograph I took last summer. They visit my lavender pots regularly. It has become unusual to see this type of bee because it is, sadly, in decline.




I mixed the black body using Viridian Green, Alizarin Crimson Red and French Ultramarine Blue. I  prefer to not use black from a tube. I like this method because it enables the creation of more interesting shifts of color. 




(my work in progress)


Comments

  1. A very beautiful watercolor, Celia!
    A hug :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sonia! A big hug to you as well!

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  2. Very
    pretty watercolor CeliaI

    I watched a documentary recently about the decline of bumblebees, I agree it is sad!

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    1. I am happy you agree, Debi. Thank you for your kind comment!

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  3. Beautiful painting. I love the colors you've chosen.
    There are bumblebees that stop by the very few flowers on my patio. I don't know if they are territorial or not to share space.

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    1. Thank you Maywyn, I think the male is but I honestly can't tell who is who.

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  4. So sweet and I really love the bold colors, very striking !

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  5. Beautiful! I love the colours! And what an interesting way to mix the black, must try that!

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    1. I look forward to it, your paintings always have the most beautiful colors. Thanks for the visit Judy!

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  6. Love seeing your choice for the black mix. It does have some nice shading in it. The bee looks great and those colors in the flowers and background are lovely!

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  7. this is a major WOW piece. I love it.

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    1. What an amazing compliment, thank you so much Julie! I am glad you are back!!

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  8. Dear Celia just love your bumble bee. Your mixture of colors for the darks is especially excellent. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are enjoying lovely weather. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving me such a nice comment! The weather is the best right now, not too hot and the pollen is finally gone. A big hug to you Debbie!

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  9. Wonderful watercolor Celia! Beautiful vibrant colors..!!! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Hilda, I really appreciate your feedback!

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