You see there was a distinct and slightly terrifying lack of bees in my area this year. My locust trees flowered, an event that normally attracts so many bees, standing next to the trees you have to shout to be heard over the roar.
A neighbor has one of those apple trees that fruits tastier and sweeter apples than others. He claims there were lots of flowers but no bees. There is no fruit.
So my painting/drawing is calling all bees. I hope you come back. We miss you.
I was awake early one morning this summer and when I got up there was a heavy fog on the ground even though the sun was quite bright. As I walked past the flower bed I was entertained by a busy scene of bees and a male ruby throated hummingbird feeding at the bee balm patch.
Been working on this drawing for over a week. The full image is much larger, but I found a scratch brush that I can adjust the angle on the stroke so that it matches the angle I want to sketch with. Finished the hummingbird with it.
Here’s a try at showing the detail on line. I really like the base of the wing. And the cross hatched chest.