Fantasy oil painting “Bee house”

Original fantasy oil painting “Bee house” ©YueZeng

Initial thoughts

The idea comes from Bug hotel. Although I am not a fan of bugs, I think this idea is cute and brilliant. So I made a house for bees. The house has no perfect straight-line. It looks crooked, unregulated. It is made of clay and wood pieces. The bee house only has windows, no doors. Some walls are solid, some walls are semitransparent with hexagon structure.

Every night, the building lights up. All bees come back home under the starlight. They live safe and sound in there as a big family. And of course the master bedroom is for the queen.

Digital sketch

In digital sketch I painted the window frame orange red. But in actual painting I use the dark gold oil paint. Also, I paint over the stairs. Why would bees need stairs? They can fly. 🤣

Digital sketch of fantasy oil painting “Bee house” ©YueZeng


I enjoyed this piece while painting because I didn’t have to worry about straight lines. One thing I don’t prefer for painting buildings is straight lines. Well, one of my aunts is an architect and I admire her to draw straight lines every day.

No, I prefer not to do that. 🤣

At this point I think this blue/orange yellow color palette is my favorite one. I love many many color combinations but somehow I always go back to the blue and orange yellow one. ❤

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.