Summer Bee by Mark Sheeky

G265A Summer Bee
Oil on canvas panel
Jul 2011, Size 243x295 mm

Detail from Summer Bee by Mark Sheeky

About this painting
Painted for a summer exhibition at local arts shop, The Cubby Hole. I had to think of an idea that met the subjects of "Flora and Fauna" and "Summer" that could be planned and painted in one evening.

A white background was essential and he originally contemplated a watercolour to mimic a botanical illustration. However, after imagining this process in fine detail, I was not happy with the watery result and so decided to paint this in oils using mars black, titanium white, manganese purple and sap green (with a hint of bawdy and unnecessary dioxazine violet).

Summer Bee
Private collection.