Monday, 4 April 2016

Almost out of time...a bee painting and a new art studio!

Bumblebee+Dandelion Clock+Planet earth+Surreal art+Nicola McLean
'Almost out of time' - acrylic on canvas 40x50cm 


I mentioned in my last post that Artfinder are working in conjunction with Friends of the Earth to raise awareness of bees and their role in nature (which is to pollinate many of the cross-pollinated crops that human rely on for food).  

Bumblebee+Dandelion Clock+Planet earth+Surreal art+Nicola McLean

This is my finished piece. I wanted it to continue in the slightly surreal cosmos theme while hopefully conveying the importance of bees in the ecosystem of planet earth for the survival of plants and animals (which humans essentially are)and the continuation of the planet as we know it.


Bumblebee+Dandelion Clock+Planet earth+Surreal art+Nicola McLean


Although I knew what I wanted to depict, I hadn't come up with a title for the painting when S suggested 'Out of time' based on the old wive's tale of using a dandelion clock to tell the time. I loved this and added the 'Almost' because there are a few seeds left so all is not yet lost - perhaps we can wake up to the damage we're doing to our planet before it is too late (hope springs eternal anyway).

Bumblebee+Dandelion Clock+Planet earth+Surreal art+Nicola McLean


I've uploaded it to the Artfinder forum (the closing date is 10 April and it's open worldwide if anyone still wants to enter a painting or photograph)and the launch of the campaign is 19 May with some of the artwork being selected to go on exhibition at the My Chelsea Hotel in London (the identity of the celebrity choosing the paintings is still top secret!)


Bumblebee+Dandelion Clock+Planet earth+Surreal art+Nicola McLean



In other news, the wee art studio (known as Nic's art shed) that S has been building me from upcycled pallets and other reclaimed bits and bobs is finally finished and I moved in and began painting in it on 1 April (& that's no joke!) The only parts he had to actually get from new were the roof materials and the insulation and wood panels for the inside. 


Bumblebee+Dandelion Clock+Planet earth+Surreal art+Nicola McLean


I absolutely love it. Because there are so many windows (all of which were donated by a friend of S's including two skylights and even two wee round windows which were rescued from old washing machines at the local recycling centre!) even on a dull day there is loads of light.  It's even got a split door so if we get any sunny weather I can open the top half (and there's even a midgie net to put up so that they can't come in!)

All that's left to do now is stain the door - S got as far as that today when the rain came on - and do some landscaping round about it. He's planning to put a little picket fence round it with loose gravel and obviously all that spare wood will be moved for his next project!

Here are some photos:














It's so lovely to potter about out there and have all my art stuff handy without having to pack it all away to set the table!!

S also made a wee time lapse video of the art shed being built if you'd like to see it.




Thanks for popping by and I'll look forward to catching up at Paint Party Friday

24 comments:

  1. I love your new space!! It is perfect!
    The new painting is amazing,, that back ground makes the bee pop,, its absolutely stunning,,

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  2. Love your fab studio, what a wonderful place and specially built for you! The new painting is wonderful, really fantastic. Good luck! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. What a great painting place, the washing machine windows are really different.
    Your bee painting is wonderful.
    Merle..............

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  4. So thrilled for you that you finally have your dream art space-it looks awesome!! And speaking of awesome-your pollinating bee is 100% a winner!!

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  5. Oh, your studio is absolutely, totally, utterly adorable!! May you have many happy and satisfying hours of creating within. Your bee painting is right on, and so is the title!

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  6. I enjoyed this post SO much!!! Not least because your Bee is so uniquely YOU and I really think this will make the exhibition... Surely! It's so different!! I LOVE it! And you know how much I LOVE looking at other peoples art studios. It's such a gorgeous space... you must be thrilled!!! :0)

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  7. Hi Nic, first of all are you kidding me??? I am over the moon impressed with your art. This piece is even better than the dog. Unbelievable. A master.
    Also your shed!!! The best! Wish I had one. Wishing you a great day.

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  8. I love every inch of your new art space!! it's lovely! if i had a space like that, I'd never want to go home!

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  9. Beautiful piece. Love the way the bee pops out of the sky! Also, your work space is ideal! I couldn't have imagined anything like this for myself, but if I had anything close to what you have, I'd be inspired 24/7. Enjoy your space and keep making the world a better place through your creativity and talent! Your artwork is amazing, m'friend!

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  10. Gorgeous painting. The bee is fascinating.
    I envy your studio.
    Happy PPF 🌸

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  11. I love your painting...what a great cause too. As for your studio..well it's fabulous!!!!

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  12. Your painting is just GORGEOUS and the art shed simple unique and made so clever!
    The film is super!! I am impressed!

    Happy weekend!

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  13. Love your new studio. You both did some magic on that one. :) And your bee painting is fabulous! Love the idea!

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  14. Your painting is lovely and point at some serious issues, love the combination. The art shed looks great and I'm sure you'll spend a lot of artful time in there. Congrats!

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  15. Nicole I am so happy for you. What a great job your husband has done!! I love it. You'll work masterpieces in there and even a space to sit outside with tea. Enjoy!!!! Love your latest work and wish you luck. I hope it gets chosen. Aye!!!! I can't get over the video and your little studio. It makes me want to go into my studio of which I've sort of been avoiding. Great day today. Great post.

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  16. Gorgeous painting!!! And a magical place to make your lovely art!

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  17. Nic, that is the most amazing studio I have ever seen and to think that it was built just for you! You are super blessed to have someone care for you with that energy! I love the large rectangular window for light, but those little round washing machine windows are adorable. And of course, your beautiful tribute to saving the earth's resources looks perfect in there. I know it will be appreciated by all who get to see your painting.

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  18. Wahuu! It's an amazing, detailed and perfect job, of course ork in this beautiful area has to be a blessing.
    Saludos desde España

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  19. Fab art and loving your art shed too

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  20. I have goosebumps from this amazing post after watching the art studio build..WOW I am sharing that with Beardo and Cupcake who will LOVE it...both love up-cycled and recycled anything and everything!! I LOVE IT!! Also your bee is a WINNER....A BIG winner! Today cupcake posted this as she got free seeds for wildflowers "Millions of bees are disappearing. To help create a bee friendly habitat, Honey Nut Cheerios had a goal of distributing 35 million wildflower seeds - one for every Canadian. Our goal has been achieved, but there is still more work to be done!"

    So excited about your painting and art shed...wow what a week. I love that hubby made that video...so smart!! A great influence on others! You both ROCK!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. I'm new here and i am so impressed. Your bee artwork is incredible (Salvador Dali comes to mind) and such an important issue. And your art shed!! omg... I could live there. :) Beautiful. So inspiring. I absolutely love the view outside too. Surrounded with nature. Love it. I'll be back! Glad I found you here. xx

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  22. Oh boy have you got a special one there Nic,
    I've seen your studio on Facebook and your video already and can't tell you how impressed I am. I've shown it to my hubby (hint hint) and my daughter and they are amazed too. I think it's so special and personal... designed to meet all of your needs, even down to the donations and up-cycling!
    It's perfect... as is your artwork. I love this bee painting and also the fact that it's highlighting the awareness and plight of the bee. I was delighted to see two bumble bees in my garden during last week... so will continue to plant bee friendly flowers to so my personal little bit to help.
    Enjoy your studio... I'm sure you are both going to be very happy together and tell hubby he's special!
    Happy PPF to you

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  23. Fabulous artwork! Great concept and execution. Good luck with the competition!

    And your studio! Wow, fantastic. I've just had mine renovated so I know exactly how excited you must be ('cause I'm still over the moon with mine :D). I hope you make your own little creative home in there and produce art after art. Congratulations!

    Oh, and happy belated PPF! I couldn't quite make it on time this week :D

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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  24. What a wonderful, cosy place to create art! You must be so happy with it. And gorgeous bee painting! Yes, they are so important and we're treating them so badly, not realising all the things they do for us. There used to be lots of bees, along with birds, in the old apple tree outside my window, but unfortunately, that's history now, and another loss for wildlife.

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