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Friday, October 25, 2019

Hooked on Bees......


..........hooked on bees here lately and can't seem to help myself... Do you ever get stuck on a subject like that?? I decided to do a whole mixed media altered book on the subject...  I'll show you that later.... lol  Above you see the header as you go down my stairs. You may remember the other two pieces .. they are done on canvas ...now the bees..... 


.........are done on an old hardcover book board... I have found them wonderful substrates to work with.. AND i feel like i'am saving something from going to the dump... The honeycomb is texture paste colored yellow and put through a stencil ... i then shaded each honeycomb with acrylic paint... very time consuming but loved how it turned out... 

My camera did not like all the glitter... can you tell..? lol Lets see now .... i painted the book board a combination of red and orange... I have this fabulous bee stamp i just love ... the brand name has disappeared but i can almost bet you it came from Hobby Lobby..  I used a dark red Archival ink to stamp some bee images on the book board before i applied texture paste...really added a lot of depth to the piece i think.. I struggle with layering... The bees i stamped on card stock and colored with colored pencil and Gamsol and applied glitter to the wings and cut them out.. I didn't even attempt to cut out the legs and antennas and i think they look just fine.. 

Hubby update.... He's had a set back since i last wrote... blood clots on his lungs... which led to a short stay in the hospital and some new meds. but he seems to be back in recovery mode.. My nerves may never be the same though... lol  I feel so bad about my inconsistent posting  that just seems to be getting worse instead of better.. I keep throwing around the idea of stopping blogging all together but it still brings me joy so we'll soldier on.. lol  I want to thank everyone who still stops by to see what i'm up to.. :) Hugs! deb 

9 comments:

kathyinozarks said...

Love your bees and thanks for the update on your husband-scary stuff I know. Hubs went through a major open heart 20 yeas ago and then got a horrible staff infection and was stuck in the hospital for 4 months-he was Not happy. this time around of course he is older so healing is longer-but he is getting better each day. Good healing vibes sent your way-hugs Kathy

My name is Erika. said...

Fabulous art. I love them all but the bees, that, is amazing! Glad to hear the hubby is improving. It sounded so scary to have clots in the lungs. I can understand how it stresses out the nerves. Glad to see you are back in blogland though. Hugs-Erika

Rita said...

I do love your bees--thanks! ;) Your wall is looking good.

Sorry to hear about the hubby having a blood clot in his lung/ My son had that happen after one of his heart surgeries and it was a painful ordeal. I hope hubby is doing well now. I hope you are both doing well.

Love and hugs!! :)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Lovely art. Kind of strange that you would be stuck on bees, but I don't know why I think so. Perhaps you should investigate the bee as a totem animal. I'm glad your husband is better and hopefully has those clots under control.
xx, Carol

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

All the painting re fabulous, Deb. I must have missed some posts because I hadn't seen any of them before. The blue one is beautiful and you know I love that quote.You outdid yourself with the bees and honeycomb. The techniques you used are just perfect! Hugs, Eileen

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm thrilled you are stuck on bees. They need all the help and attention they can get. You did a fabulous job with this mixed media beauty. I love the layering, the painting, the texture. It looks SO realistic. And using a book cover is genius, because you know how much I love recycling.

Sorry about your husband. I know you must be at your wits end at times, but it sounds like he is at least doing better. I realize I'm late visiting, but PLEASE don't stop blogging. We would miss you terribly if you did.

Divers and Sundry said...

I'm glad he had the medical care to get past this setback. Scary!

The best thing about blogging is that it's still here to come back to, even if you need time away it doesn't go anywhere. As long as it brings you joy when you do it, your schedule can be your own :)

CraftyViolet said...

Love the bees and I love the butterfly and cat one too. Awesome work.

Glad to hear that hubby is back on the mend...scary times for sure. Going through something similar with my hubby since the end of April. He's on the mend too but I watch him like a hawk...as you do yours I'm sure. I don't know about yours, but mine does not like to "complain", as he calls it, so if he's not feeling right, he tries to hide it....grrrr. Keep an eye on that man of yours but be sure to look after yourself too. Being creative helps, doesn't it!

Jean Ellen said...

Keep up with the blogging. I love your art work. You give me so many ideas. Glad hubby is doing better as well.