Stage 2. The image was stitched and then floated (blind stitched) onto a quilted base. Then the whole thing was stretched over a 12″ x 16″ artist canvas. I’m planning on inserting it into a floating frame which is on order. I hope it adds a bit more weight to the piece.
The bees were created entirely by thread painting onto a water soluble stabilizer. The wings were added after the bees were attached to the composition.
I think it might have been more effective if either the framed image was square with a rectangular background or placing the rectangular image on a square background. I’ll reserve final judgement until I see what the floating frame adds (or does not add).
I plan to continue the series. I took this photo of wisteria in May.
In addition to the flowers there are the pollinators themselves. Bees, of course but also butterflies and moths. I made this drawing of a moth in class last spring. It might be fun to revisit the moths but on a smaller scale than Luna or the Polyphemus. They are each 40″ wide.