Spring Art “Honey Bees 9”
Spring! No serious winter weather in awhile, Daylight Savings Time is here, garden catalogs come in the mail, neighbors talk of planting indoor seeds, thermonuclear war hasn’t happened, and I have some new images to present. Life is good.
Last season, I took photos of my honeybees from time to time. Here are some of the results of those sessions. I used my Nikon OR my iPhone– admit I have not been consistent in this. Then, in Photoshop, I have experimented with ways to lift these images out of the ‘journalistic’ realm into the more experimental, and lo-and-behold, this is what I’ve found. If you look closely you will see signs of the fluid motion of the bees, accentuated. Then, too, I have added a touch of paint-brush which shows up in the very light areas toward the perimeter of the image. Nine images to date are in my Photograph Gallery. I invite you to check them out, most especially if you are, like me, a honey-bee lover. Here is “Honey Bees 9.” Don’t be bashful, blow up the image and take a look.
Below is the image depicted above, nice and large. Note, the fluidity of the bees is evident in a visually arresting manner. Sizes in this first series of honey bee images vary. I expect over time these images will become more uniform in size and standardized. But here it is, below. I am most pleased to present this prototype image here at the very outset of Spring, 2022.
Question for you: Have you ever purchased a graphic print? An art print? Maybe right now, here in very early Spring – instead of just another commercial gadget, you might consider a different kind of gift, an art print. Lift someone’s spirits! Giving art, giving prints can be a joyful experience…even in a dismal time such as now. When I give a print, it most assuredly is a joyful experience– in these trying times, think about giving an art print this Easter season.
Prints are all produced using high-quality materials– pigments, papers and framing materials. I invite you to visit often, as the new year moves into latter February. Buy a print every now and again, one that moves you. As the Pandemic seems now to wind down, what better way to celebrate than…with an early spring art print…a lighthouse print, perhaps, or a poster with a patriotic theme, not a bad gift choice for a friend or relative.
Two unusual and decidedly helpful features on my art site: The first– WALL Preview, a capability that visualizes your art selection in your specifications as seen in different settings; living room, bedroom, sitting room, conference room, these sorts of things, as referenced, above. Secondly, the Live Augmented Reality feature that allows you to see your chosen art work on YOUR wall…in your setting. Pretty exciting stuff, an under-appreciated feature.
“Business Advice” for day: Linked In, among others, values such advice, so I take pains to offer a thought or two with each post on the subject. This week, with the introduction of these new honey-bee images, I offer the following: Bees live for two goals; to survive, and prosper. That’s it in a nutshell. Given the current situation here at home but in so many places in the world, isn’t it a good idea, doesn’t it make a certain kind of sense that we might look to this miraculous animals and how they live together from the point of view that we can learn a lesson or two. When you see a honey bee, she is in the last third of her life. She has completed many chores, tasks and jobs that life in the hive requires. Then, she is accorded an opportunity to forage. If you’ve never seen a honey bee take off from the hive in the morning sun against a green back drop of trees and blue sky above, the bee, herself, lit up by the rays of sunlight as she arcs her way up and out of sight, i urge you to undertake a moment to witness this sort of wonderful event. She ‘has it going on,’ in the best sense of the word. And at the end of her days, the typical honey-bee will leave less than a third of a teaspoon of honey as her legacy to the hive. She lives only for 6 or 7 weeks in summer. So those last two weeks are committed to the forage, the gathering of pollen and nectar, her life mission, in its last and perhaps most important phase. I find it an extremely moving, a stirring proposition, personally. Let us find ways to meld our personal and professional lives in such a manner that our own human hive might benefit by the little legacy we attempt to leave behind when our own days are done– as honey bees commit themselves to doing day and night, all year long.
With Easter and Holy Week in mind, now, you may find some prints of a more religious nature in order. I would invite to to take a look. And while you are at it, please peruse my new Exhibit page, purposed to show off to best advantage how some of my original images appear when matted, framed and hung on the wall! More to come, I promise.
In my Americana Poster Gallery you may find other visual selections that resonate with your Spring state of being, please take a look. You may find my new NFT art of interest, seen here on Rarible. I will be offering new NFTs of original art as this year unfolds. Find a mixed-bag on Soundcloud. Build your print collection this year. This is viewable on Linktr.ee.
A special thanks for your interest and support of my work.