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The Life of the Bee
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The Life of the Bee is so called because of the book pages I have collaged as a base directly onto the canvas. These are sealed and prepared with layers of sepia tinted gesso to give the leathery, aged surface that I love to create (I have used the same technique for my little Hummingbird paintings) this allows some of the text to be read but it doesn't over power the painting.
Once this process had finished and the surface dried thoroughly I then painted my white tailed bumble bee using acrylic inks. The wings have been finished with a glaze tinted with an iridescent copper ink that gives just a hint of shimmer.
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Jane Wilson