Working on this project has been a chance to indulge my passions for drawing and natural history. I have taken my sketchbook all over Wiltshire, in all weathers and recorded what I saw. From the first spring flowers, bravely pushing out of the cold soil, to the warmer, lush flourishing of spring. Then it was a question of selecting for the final piece. This work shows the camouflaged snail shell where this bee chooses to lay her eggs in Spring.
I worked in wood engraving as this traditional craft reflects the character of gentlemanly scientific endeavour that this project embodies.
Companion to Lydia’s
97bee - seen in the last picture.
Wood engraving, plate
size 5cm x 7cm
Framed size : 31cm x
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