Beautiful Bird – Wonderful Dreams

Last week, a girlfriend came over for our monthly painting session.  We have grown to love these times together and the creative calibration. I cherish these times with her.  Here is what I painted with her:)


A couple years ago, I wanted to start a monthly artist challenge group. The Group would consistent of artist in all ages, passions and mediums: paintings, photography, sculpting, glass, metel, etc…    The Group would gather for wine and cheese, the new challenge of the month, brainstorming, and a show, tell and critique time.  I’m one of those artist who love to absorb the creative vibe from other creative minds. It helps me to see the world differently and stretch my love of story telling and art.   Maybe this will come to pass one day:)  I can dream a dream


Bee’s are the stars today

Today, I went out to our Honeybee Hives to check on  the bees and empties my pollen traps.  We have pollen traps on two of our hive to collect and eat the pollen.  Did you know that Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be sued directly by the body. Such highly assimilable protein can contribute significantly to one’s protein needs.  Once a honeybee arrives at a flower, she settles herself in and nimbly scrapes off the powdery loose pollen from the stamen with her jaws and front legs, moistening it with a dab of the honey she brought with her from the hive. The enlarged and broadened tarsal segments of her legs have a thick trimming of bristles, called pollen combs. The bee uses these combs to brush the gold powder from her coat and legs in mid-flight. With a skillful pressing movement of her auricle, which is used as a hammer, she pushes the gathered gold into her baskets. Her pollen baskets, surrounded by a fringe of long hairs, are simply concave areas located on the outside of her tibias. When the bee’s baskets are fully loaded, the microscopic golden dust has been tamped down into a single golden grain, or granule. Gathering pollen is not as easy as it sounds, but for us the trap makes it easy. The bees enter the hive and have to go through a number of screens. By the time they have arrived within the warmth of the bee cluster it has dropped 60% of its pollen from scraping the screens. I then collect that in a drawer at the bottom of the hive.  One of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it cannot be synthesized in a laboratory

My  paintings the last few days have been the HoneyBees

a Bee going in for the necter

a Bee going in for the necter

This is a beautiful honey bee forging for nectar and pollen

This is a beautiful honey bee forging for nectar and pollen

it's she beautiful

Isn’t she beautiful?

A Beautiful Honeybee #2

A Beautiful Honeybee

Simple painting. I tried to paint this one in 15 minutes:)

Simple painting. I tried to paint this one in 15 minutes:)

She looks vicious but she's not!

She looks vicious but she’s not! Hug a Bee today