Bumbling Bees

Bumbling Bees (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Another mini oil painting celebrating some of my favourite pollinators. I love to see and hear bumbling bees moseying from flower to flower in the garden. They are a big part of what makes the garden feel alive – not just plants growing and flowering but all the small creatures enjoying them too.

(C) 2023 Hilary Farmer


Monarch Pair

Monarch Pair (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Monarch butterflies are lovely especially when set off against a blue sky, I think. This mini oil painting started with just the Monarch on the left but I thought one looked a bit lonely so added a second …a bit of a challenge to paint one edge one like that! They were the most common butterfly around when I was a kid – sadly not so common now.

(C) 2023 Hilary Farmer

Bumblebee Meadow

Bumblebee Meadow (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

A second mini in what may be a new “meadows” series. I am enjoying getting a close up feeling but in a larger setting …and all in a 4″ x 4″ size. It is fun to work this small but I find myself also thinking about the scope for scaling up. In the meantime, I can try out compositions and colours without committing to something really big.

(C) 2023 Hilary Farmer

Mouse of Winter

“Mouse of Winter” (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

My latest mini. I do love painting these wee ones! Small creatures on small paintings are just the thing to try out new ideas and techniques. Here as well as regular oil paints, I used some R&F pigment sticks of pure oil colour. I also did some scraping and scratching to get the look I wanted.

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Tree Frog on a Tree Trunk

Tree Frog on a Tree Trunk (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

I’ve been seeing quite a few tree frogs around this year and each time I see one, I am surprised and delighted.

When you see how small the panel is this is painted on (4″x4″), you can get a feeling of how tiny the frog is …but even so, I may have painted it slightly larger than life sized. I enjoying playing with some abstraction in the background but also adding some hits of turquoise to brighten this tiny green being.

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer