Here is our new bee hive in the clouds of seeding wild flowers and grasses along the edge of our garden. The bees moved into the garden by way of a swarm earlier in the summer. They started building honeycomb in the hedge. It seemed such an honour to be "chosen", so more permanent accommodation has been provided.
I worked this from a couple of photos I had taken. But when it came to the bees, I was non-plussed how to paint them at this scale. So I walked my nearly-complete, wet painting, plus a palette and a brush, up the garden to see what could be done.
I can now advise that bees from-a-distance are not simply black dots. They are more elongated than dotty. You can see the glint of their wings in the sunlight. And their tiny bodies cast a little, violet shadow on their front step.