03 March 2008

Illustration Friday - leap


cotton fabric, acrylic ink, printed rice paper, transferred inkjet image, gel medium, cotton thread, linen thread and acrylic paint on 6" x 6" stretched canvas

It takes a LEAP of faith to believe that a bumblebee can fly. The ubiquitous myth states that science has proven that the bumblebee can't fly but because no one told the bee, it does anyway.

NB: A physicist, Z Jane Wang, at Cornell proved that bumblebees do in fact follow aerodynamic principles of flight. They can't glide, but I don't see how that makes much difference to the bee.

Note to self: Wait for the gel medium to dry next time before adding stitched lines with the sewing machine...

5 comments:

Tim Hunt said...

Aren't bees fascinating! I like your combination of colours and textures.

ren said...

I just heard a piece on the radio about how bumblebees fly: their wings produce a vortex of air that keeps them up. Pretty cool!
I really like your work, Jane.

Natalya said...

love bees! this bee is great too...

Samantha said...

I have never enjoyed the bumblebee more!

Busy Bee Creations said...

so wonderful!