I began with an old photo of what looked to be a beautiful Italian lady, all dressed up, sitting in a park. I had a beehive in my backyard at the time and was smitten (and still am) will all things apiary. I wanted to show them off as they were of the subspecies Italian as well.
The wings were painted with a glaze and they appear shiny in the original piece. I was very pleased with the outcome.
The original as well as prints are available in my Etsy Shop;
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