Thursday, January 11, 2007

"The Pollinator"

I took a photo of this single minded little honeybee in the gardens at El Alisal, home of early newsman and dedicated cultural photographer Charles Lummis. It's a hand built river rock building nestled in the Arroyo Seco area south of Pasadena, CA. I took a lot of different photos inside and out, but was charmed that I caught this one tiny bee in flight so clearly. It's a 4"x4" oil on hardwood panel, and the image continues around the edges so no frame is needed. This piece is much more vibrant and rich than the photo shows, I may need to fuss with my digital camera. settings and reshoot it. It looks like a jewel on the wall. I probably need to come up with a nicer name for her. Suggestions are welcome! This icon of sweetness will be for sale later when she is dry.


Amanda said...

OH, I just love this! I bet it is astounding in person. You did a fabulous job with the wings...and is that a bit of pollen on its legs?

Just beautiful. Keep up the good work!


TK said...

Thanks so much for the nice comment! Yes, bees carry pollen back to the hive on their hind legs, if they get a lot it makes visible lumps. It's also how the flowers get pollinated, by this area brushing against the flower's center. I believe bees have special "storage" bristles there. Hers was actually that reddish pink color, more often it is golden or orange.