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The BeeBottom Fairy

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September 12, 2017 A successful Kerrytown BookFest. Beautiful weather. You're sad if you missed it. The Festival folk asked me to do an illustration demonstration.
For the illustration demo I brought tons of material. I had decided to do a bee inspired fairy — a "Yellow Jacket Fairy"...
my iniitial sketch is on the left & started watercolor on the right.
When walking the doggrel one morning I found this lovely (and unfortunate) Carpenter Bee on the curb.
Here's the Carpenter Bee from my collection of found insects.

Take a look at his furry jacket (and butt)!

A bit further, blocking in colors of the Yellow Jacket fairy (modeled more on a Bumble BEE & Carpenter BEE rather than a wasp), but she DOES have a yellow "jacket"..kind of a "shrug" :)

(at a future date, I'd like to do an illustration where she is actually up to something...)

Of course I was reminded of the
Bee-Bottom Fairy from my book,
"Who's Behind the Fairy Doors?". Pages 14 & 15
working on her goggles.
here is a scan of what I got done, between chattering etc..
Thinking I might be done...
... realizing my oversight, when looking at my reference.
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