When you’re creating a flower portrait, it can be a really fun touch to include a pollinator in the composition. As well as adding visual interest to the piece, it can make your artwork extra informative and interesting from a nature perspective.
Of course, one of the most common pollinators is the Honey Bee. Worldwide, Honey Bees are responsible for 80% of pollination, and researchers believe that a single honey bee can visit up to 5,000 flowers in a day.
They live in fascinating colonies with highly organised social structures. And when they find a good food source, they perform a ‘waggle dance’ to their fellow worker bees, so the others know the direction and distance to fly so they too can find the food source.
So in this mini class, we’re going to paint a small watercolor bee to celebrate these hard working insects on whom we depend so much.
The version we’re painting here is small, so you can fit it into a bigger composition. Because it’s so little, you can paint it in a short time, and I’ll lead you through it step-by-step.
I hope this mini class has inspired you to paint a small watercolor bee and add them to some of your other compositions. In another mini class I show you how I painted the rest of the painting shown in this video.
If you’d like to paint a bigger, more detailed Honey Bee, check out this mini class where I share an overview of the process.
And if you love bees as much as I do, have a look at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. They’re a fantastic UK-based charity that carry out loads of projects and research into helping to save bumblebees. We make regular donations to them, and you can find loads of information on their website.
Please leave a comment below if you’ve enjoyed this small watercolor bee mini class. I love to hear from you!