Solstice Bee

Art in Rural Communities: Halsey 2016 Project


How can it be Solstice already? Time is just zooming by so quickly. Today I worked on two squares: continuation of the radish with bee and the Cross Bros grainery. The honey bee has taken up most of my day. I worked from photos taken over the past year of bees in flowers and resting on our back deck. The below cut is pretty small, 3″ x 4″. I needed to work it out at this size to be able to achieve something smaller. The wings still need some work, but maybe in a larger format. It’s amazing how fuzzy bees are! Even the little honeybees are covered in small hairs. Quite a challenge for cutting!


Next Saturday I’ve been asked to fill in as an exhibiting artist during the Cozy Rose Garden Sale. I was an alternate in 2015, filling in for someone else who couldn’t attend. Last year the weather was horrible, reaching into the mid to upper 90’s with higher than average humidity. I’m probably nuts for even contemplating doing this show since I don’t have much inventory, but who knows, maybe I’ll actually sell a lamp this year! Ha! Right now the Rural Arts project takes precedence.  I’ve set up a schedule of creating 4 designs per week to make the July 7th deadline. That’s well over and above what I’ve currently been doing, which has been squat. Ok, I have been playing with wool, so it’s not totally been squat. The sunshine is beautiful today and I’m working in the cold studio. Tonight we’ll get out for a good dog walk and soak in the longest day of the year.

Happy Solstice to you all!

Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

2 thoughts on “Solstice Bee

  1. Happy solstice, we of course have just had the shortest day here and I will be glad to see the days get longer again, getting up and driving to work in the dark is bleak and it has been so cold and wet!! The bee looks great Gale as does the project so far. Karen

    1. I’ve been thinking of you and your opposite shift in season. Spring is around the corner for you! I’m enjoying the new designs and hope to get on track again this week!

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