Monday, June 13, 2016


This is going to be a new series for me.  Finding (and bringing home) the honeycomb from a nature walk last month, I've thought about bees.  How they are floundering with colony collapse and what that might mean to us humans for our food sources in the future.  We need bees, we need all pollinators.  So...thinking about that and using what I have, I am going to be doing a few paintings on the theme of honeybees, honeycombs, and numbers.

I began with the honeycomb itself - one that was abandoned in a fallen tree. 

Then took a lot of reference photos. 

I created a stamp of my own (top right of the photo) and used 2 small stencils I bought in the past (who knew then how these would be used?).

I put down the Quinacridone Gold using the stencils and my own stamp, covering the paper with the drawing of the heart-shaped honeycomb and the honeycomb patterns and numbers.

Then it was time to think about the bees and where to place them.  So I drew three on a piece of tracing paper, intending to trace them onto the honeycomb in a pleasing composition.  However, the bees would not trace over the honeycomb (because of the paint already there?).  

So I just redrew them onto the honeycomb, using the traced paper bees to help in placement.  

Drew and painted the bees on.  Darkened around the honeycomb and reiterated some of the numbers there outside and darkened some of the comb inside around the bees. 


This one is called
Running Out of Time

And when you get a good series in mind, it's easy to go on to the next one - which I have begun.


Deborah Nolan said...

Rhonda this is super friend and what a great idea for a series. Will be looking forward to seeing the next one. Take care and have a delightful day.

debwardart said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Can't wait to see more of the series - what a wonderful idea!

E.M. Corsa said...

Oh Rhonda, this is one of my all time favorites. I love this.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

very nice :D and the title fits it so well

RH Carpenter said...

I am so glad you like it, Debbie, Deb, Elizabeth and Jennifer Rose :) Another one in the works will be coming soon...

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
You're on a roll! First Place, and now this! I love both the idea and your execution. Relevant and beautiful...Doesn't get much better.
Keep at it!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

The subtlety in the textures and shapes are lovely. I look forward to seeing where this theme will take you... so many possibilities.

Sonia said...

A delightful and very successful outcome. Will keep an eye on the continuing series.

laura said...

Serendipity! I love this, Rhonda. A beautiful painting, so rich and appealing. And such a great idea. Enjoyed reading about the process, and look forward to more paintings!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Gary :)

Thanks, Lisa, Sonia and Laura. More coming soon!