Monday, 9 July 2012

"Calling the Bees" a Finished Painting


My most recently finished artwork is "Calling the Bees". 
It is pen and acrylic paint on wood.

Bees are so important. They are little instigators of fertilisation and integral to the dance of plant life. I understand that they are dying all over the planet from the varroa mite. Fortunately this mite has not reached our continent of Australia. 

I don't want our bees to die. 

There is a story from my childhood that when my brother was three years old he used to pet the bumble bees in our garden. I love that image. Perhaps another painting...

17 comments:

huntla1 said...

I love the look on your little girls face. So Sweet.

Deb's Artful Journey said...

I absolutely LOVE this painting! (I also love that your post is dated 7/9 as its still 7/8 in San Francisco!)

Lucy Chen said...

I was just reading about how bees were being tortured and bullied and enslaved for honey.
Lovely painting.

susan christensen said...

Good work, Zom. This painting is quite powerful and has a wonderful ambiguity. Size? -sus

Zom said...

Thanks Huntla. The model is my step-granddaughter. She has great expressions.

Deb, it is always tomorrow in Australia. :)

Lucy, I didn't know that. I do know that they can be very stressed by their living conditions and some people believe that is why they are susceptible to the mite.

Thanks Sus. I love ambiguity! It is 40cm by 35cm, which is about 16" x 14".

Mary said...

Wonderful painting! You so caught the child's face with no fear, no adult baggage, just fascination with the bees.

Caterina Giglio said...

oh this is wonderful ... I am also a friend of bees, used to catch them and hold them as a child and have never been stung... people do not realize their importance...I love the expression... well done

Zom said...

Thanks Mary.

Caterina, I like that story. :)

Carol Gibson said...

Beautiful painting. I love how the child is fully engaged with those bees.

Mary said...

Each day at lunch when I check to see if you've posted anything new, I break into a huge smile when I see the Bee Child's face. Thank you for this gift. Mary

The Backporch Artessa said...

Love this! Very gentle! I am not fond of bees being in the house, but don't mind if they are in THEIR home- the whole outdoors. I live on a farm and do everything we can to HELP the bees. We wouldn't eat without them! Literally!

Zom said...
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Zom said...

Aw Mary, that is so sweet to think of you checking. I haven't got it in me to post everyday like you do.

Artessa, we have a bee hive in our fig trees on the land. I guess I wouldn't know what to do to help them. What do you do?

Chantay said...

Zom, I just found your blog. I think your art work is great. You have a unique style. I look forward to reading more and wish you great success. - Chantay, Virginia, USA

Zom said...

Thank you Chantay, that is very kind.

Natasha said...

Zom, this literally made me gasp. It is magical and simple and wow. I love bees, always have. I used to be obsessive about them with a head of scientific facts mingled with their obvious beauty.

This work is glorious, lovely model as well. :).

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

We have bee research happening here in Ohio at Dawes Arboretum...I am praying for the bees! Beautiful painting with a darling little girl! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez stewart