Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bee Bucket Drawings

Bee Bucket Drawings  2015

I started keeping bees in 2007.  By now it has become an integral part of my life.  I measure the passing of the seasons through the lens of what the bees are doing, should be doing, or were doing in years past.  As an artist, I am particularly fond of the tools of the trade and a year or so ago I decided to document the contents of my bee bucket, which I bring with me when I work the hives.  

The following drawings are watercolor on paper, about 8" by 10".  

my bee bucket
sumac for the smoker

the queen with her court
corks and chopsticks
feather for brushing bees off of the frames
frame grip

hat and veil

beekeeping shirt
spacers and mouse guard

lighter and flashlight

hive tools