Damselfly

Damselfly (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

A new mini. A damselfly perched on a yellow waterlily also called “spadderdock” and a lot of other names. These flowers are not as classically lovely as the white waterlilies that I also grew up with, but there’s something fascinating about these intensely yellow blooms. I also enjoyed a relatively simple colour palette for a change!

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Blossom Bee

Blossom Bee (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

This sweet bumble bee and apple blossoms painting is another mini. The spring this year has been unusually cold and damp with sightings of pollinators being few and far between. Then recently we had a warmer, sunnier day and there they were – all different sizes and types of bees in the garden. It made me feel so good that I wanted to paint a celebratory bee painting. Hope you enjoy!

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Banana Slug

Banana Slug (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

I hadn’t painted a mini in a while and for some reason a banana slug seemed like a good idea! They are a distinctive creature that we have here on the West coast and while some may just find them slimey, I think they’re rather …well, actually beautiful with their varying shades of yellow, dark spots etc. This one is nicely contrasted with some soft green mosses.

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Bramble Bumble

Bramble Bumble (4″ x 4″ oil; on raised panel)

Continuing to feel the need for a feeling of summer sunshine and warmth. This local tri-colour bumble bee is enjoying the pollen of the blackberry blossoms. Blackberries are a bit controversial here because the (now) most common variety is a non-native invasive species …but sooo delicious. The native wild ones are even better – when I can find them!

image (C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Queen Anne’s Bee

Queen Anne’s Bee (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

While I am working on some larger ongoing pieces, I thought I would continue painting some minis. Sometimes, I need to let the larger paintings sit – to dry a bit before adding more layers but also to let them percolate before I go full steam ahead and obliterate things that I may actually want to keep. I can be impulsive that way. 😉

Anyway, this mini is inspired by a meadow full of wild flowers and humming with bees that I visited while in Ontario this past summer.

image (C) 2022 Hilary Farmer

Anna’s Blooms

Anna’s Blooms (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

This sweet little Anna’s hummingbird is perched daintily among the flowers. “Which one will I sip from next?”

I am having so much fun painting hummingbirds lately. And I’m not done yet! This was actually the last painting I finished in 2021 after this it’s all new 2022 work. 🙂

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer