Could these two bee making eyes at each other? With the flower and chocolate, honey, it must bee love!
Just like lighting for a stage production, I kept the illumination front-and-center, leaving the background dark with only a hint of dramatic shadows. The light is warm and strong, designed to make the honey tins and the varnished wood gleam.
The toys featured are Buzzy Bees by Fisher-Price. Most people remember the plain bee (on the left, atop the can), but the other one, “Queen Bee”, was manufactured as well. They have wooden bodies, paper lithographed printing, and springs for antennae. The honey tins hail from the 1930s.
This image accompanied a 2012 Southwest Art magazine article on me and my work: “Richard Hall’s trompe-l’oeil paintings beguile with wit and nostalgia”.