Another drawing for my new series:
“Beehive,” 5 x 5 inches, pen and ink, prints available in my shop
I’m not completely sure where I’m going with this series, but I think this one would look quite nice along with the first one, “Nido.”
Is it an alphabet series? Is it a series about natural homes? We’ll all just have to wait and see—I will probably be the most surprised! The different languages will be an interesting challenge to deal with. For now, I’m just picking words that I like—they could be Italian, like “nido,” or English like “beehive.”
In doing this drawing, I realized that my associations with bees are very interesting—in my mind, there seems to be this lore around them—they seem magical and mysterious. Even though I have been stung by bees pretty badly, they don’t scare me, like for instance snakes do (and yet snakes have never done me any harm). What a strange dynamic. I think certain animals get a really bad rap because of stereotypes inherent in our culture. For instance, why do we associate bears with some soft cuddly animal when in fact it’s pretty scary to see a real one? Maybe it’s because of the teddy bear? Maybe we need more fluffy snake toys to turn our feelings around about snakes?
Anyway, I suppose your impression of something has to do with all of your past experiences—if you are allergic to bees, you would probably have a much different reaction to them than someone who keeps bees.
One more note—I learned, through looking at beehive pictures, that this particular structure is known as a bee skep and is now mainly made for ornamental purposes because of the development of easier to use structures. Historically, bee skeps were often made with straw or branches (in a video I saw, it looked a lot like basket weaving). How this structure became the main symbol of beehives is a mystery. I really wonder why—anyone have a guess?