Bee Hive, Part 2

I got another commission to paint another bee hive for friends. The first bee hive depicted their lovely view from the Santa Cruz Mountains. This one would feature Magnolia blossoms, as this is the preferred food source for these particular bees.

The hive box arrived, all plain wood. Here I primed the sides & gave the front a coat of artist's grade gesso...

The finished box, all varnished & ready for it's new occupants. I'll post pics of that too when I get the opportunity!