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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

“BUZZ” the BOOK .. (well, slender Vol 1 of Buzz!)

** this preview makes it look like a hardback .. it is not!

I have, eventually, got round to publishing “Buzz” Vol 1. It is a slender paperback, really in the style of an exhibition catalogue. It is approx 6.75 inches square,  40 pages and features 15 of the lovely British Bees.

This was my first online book and yes,  I am very pleased with it. I have plans for “Buzz” Vol 2 which will contain the rest of the bees and a few extras that I have yet to paint, or I may just collect the whole lot together into one single 80 page book… and yes it is available to buy on Blurb.

The bees featured are:
The Buff Tailed Bumble Bee,  Bombus terrestris
The Red-tailed Bumble Bee, Bombus lapidarius 
The Common Carder Bee, Bombus pascuorum 
The Great Yellow Bumble Bee, Bombus distinguendus
The Shrill Carder Bee, Bombus sylvarum 
The Early Bumble Bee, Bombus pratorum
The Red Orchard Bee, Osmia rufa
The Hairy Footed Flower Bee, ( female) Anthophora plumipes
The Leafcutter Bee,  Megachile sp
The Grey Mining Bee, Andrena cineraria
The Tawny Mining Bee, Andrena fulva 
The Slender Mining Bee, Lasioglossum calceatum
The Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae 
The Snail Shell  Bee, Osmia spinulosa

and three Seasonal Flower note spreads..

It has been an interesting (and very time consuming) project but…oh dear,  I do feel I have just slipped another volume into the huge sloshing sea of self-published stuff.
However it is wonderful to be able to make a little (or large) book of your own work without groveling to the bank manager for a huge loan! It’s a wonderful way of collecting stuff together.. and A Little Book of “Leaf of the Day” is also on its way!!  I bet you can’t wait! :)      


John said...

Looks great, Val! Can't wait for my copy to arrive! :-)

Naomi said...

Valerie - this looks fantastic! I'll be picking one up - and am looking forward to volume 2. Congratulations!


Sree said...

Congrats Val!:)

Threadspider said...

This was a fabulous start to my morning. It's on my Christmas list.

Roasted Garlicious said...

ohh i think what i've seen of your book is delightful!! good luck!!!!
i must say i adore your paintings.. so much talent!!!

greenman said...

You're right!!
I can't wait!!

When, where can I get it?

sharp green pencil said...

You are all very very kind!
You can buy the book direct from Blurb. It is cheaper that way. It's a very slim volume and it is a paperback!! (I just want you to know what you are getting!!) I really wanted to get some and sign them for people but the logistics are a nighmare because we are moving to the UK.. maybe with Vol 2or the bigger book.. so much to do so little time!

greenman said...

Just order 2 books.
One for me and the other to offer!!

Esther Montgomery said...

You got it done before your move and that must be satisfying.

I'm wanting to show off my one and only (any good) photo of a bee which I put on a post at


Drawings last longer than photos so you will be there in history but, in the meantime, I'm pleased with myself!

Hope the move goes well and that you find yourselves happy and contentedly occupied in England.


Ellen Rathbone said...

Oooo - you know I will just HAVE to have a copy!

NoelBadges said...


your work's very beautiful, fun to look at, & a most important subject to consider!


Shady Gardener said...

I hope you'll continue your website... Your book is delightful. It was so much fun watching your bees being created. :-)

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I am so delighted about this! Congratulations to you on your book. Now I just have to wait for some clients to pay me, and then I'll be adding this to my collection of work by you. My prints make me smile every time I look at them.

Teuvo Vehkalahti said...

Very nice "buzz" book an intresting blog, I like.
Pleace lookin fotoblog Teuvo images
and pleace your comment

Thank you

Teuvo Vehkalahti


Carol said...

Congratulations! Important and lovely book. I loved the process. ;>)

Carol said...

Valerie, Congratulations! You are remarkably disciplined to create your own book ... making your own deadlines. Brava! Your work is stunning. Best of luck! Carol

Anonymous said...

Val. I received my little "Buzz" book today. What a gorgeous little book - it's beautiful. Everyone should have one - it's full of useful little gems of information about our unnoticed little solitary bees! I can't wait for volume II. Jan xx

greenman said...

My BUZZ Book arrived today!!!
As you said, it's a small book. But great things come in small packages.
It's lovelly to see all the bees I met months ago in this blog!
The book is great!
I'll be waiting for the volume 2.

sharp green pencil said...

You are such lovely people, all of you!
Thank you for all your support. Thank you for being interested and concerned about the bees.
Thank you for buying the little book.
Thank you for your contributions to the blog.
I DO SO appreciate the time and trouble you take to read and comment.
I am very fortunate to have such readers.