I was remined that last Christmas, I received a beautiful book of photographs of wasps from my wife.
She had forgotten that I had abandoned the idea of placing wasps in my painting 'The Wasp and The Ring' fairly early on, as being too literal. Although I'd made a study of a wasp in the Zoology Museum, this changed to Roman soldiers attacking the 'ring', instead.
This idea developed from selecting the holy family to represent the main characters in the picture.
As I used the models from our nativity scene to work from, I also purloined King Herod's soldiers as well.