Monday, February 14, 2011

Bee Industrious by Kirk Witmer

Oil on Masonite - 8"x10" (20x25cm)
I got really lucky one day last summer as I was practicing with my telephoto lens. All set up on the tripod and just as I was about to push the shutter button a bee flew by yelling "HEY!!! I wanna be in the picture too!" and jumped onto this Mexican sunflower. What more could a guy ask for!
I had fun with the background on this as I tried to capture the blurring you get with a shallow depth of field from using a longer lens.
I like for my paintings to tell a story so I normally don't paint flowers because I can never figure out what story they might bring to mind. But this was on my inspiration board and I thought I'd move it up to a priority to get it in for this months "Flowers" challenge on "Some Texas Artists Like to Paint". Hope the ladies over there like this flower I painted for them! :)

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  1. I'm sure the ladies will love it, I know that I do! Lucky you to have the bee hop into your line of sight at the last minute. Great entry!

  2. Very nice, I love when stuff like that happens.

  3. Love this, Kirk! The bee really adds to your flower painting. What a nice thing to happen. :-)

  4. Painting is great (blurred bkgrd great move) but I love the TITLE!! Sometimes I am at a loss for a title...AND, regarding your flower messages, let the title give a hint and send the viewer off on their own story...Like, Like, Like (FB language).