Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together


Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together


Quiet Spring Dream

I would like to devises a weekly art challenge, or as I like to think of them, a humble encouragements. We’ll call it a challenge as that’s language that many of us are used to, since they are everywhere these days. But think of it as an invitation if that feels less arduous and wearing! This is for everyone!

Making us Stronger together

These challenges are aimed at making it easier to connect with other artists and kindred spirits.

The added bonus is that it’s designed to build your ‘story’ as an artist. It’ll help you clarify aspects of your own process, what works and what doesn’t, and hopefully make it easier to talk about your work and motivations. People love to know more about the person behind the art – this will give them a glimpse behind the curtain and help us connect with each other as humans and creative beings.

I will give you a description of the Challenge. You get to create with any medium of art and its techniques. (Photography, watercolor, oils, pencil, metal, written word…)
As artist post their work, we can gently and constructively comment what we think. Remember, not all people like harsh critiques and may not participate again. On the other hand, you will not improve if you don’t listen to some creative direction and encouragements. These weekly challenges are to get us back in the roll of creating, expressing and relaxing in the moment.

Who would like to do this?

pass it on and let see how many people we can encourage to play along.

First Challenge : FINDING A WHISPER!


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