Digression – Art Show Cancellations (and the attendant traffic to this site)

Scroll down and skip this mess if you’re looking for the bees! They’re right under this wall of text.

Looks like I’m getting traffic from here from some art shows that were cancelled. I appreciate that. I also appreciate that much of what I post here is not wall-worthy art. It is not intended to be. It wasn’t meant to be a portal for sales or ecommerce. The vision was more a sharing of the joy that I get from the bees – and hopefully a way to share that joy and maybe some insights bidirectionally.

And don’t get me wrong. I want to sell my shots that are art as art. I’d like to make that my primary income stream. But that wasn’t why I chose to start this site. And as neat as today’s photo is, I’d encourage no one to put a lid of a 5-gallon bucket on their wall and call it art. But it sure as heck belongs on this site because it’s neat. The bees in it are neat. And the narrative is useful and valuable.

For art, you’ll need to scroll through the shots and be discerning – there are a good number that are not only documentary, but also art. You may also go to www.emmisoure.com for more bees and other subjects (birds, flowers, etc.). Some of which is very wall-worthy.

This lockdown caught me by surprise. Just a couple of weeks before it started, we invested a not insignificant number of thousands of dollars preparing for my first art show/fair season. I was gratified to be accepted into a number of well-known shows throughout the West, but everything is being cancelled out into August. And I’m not very prepared with an online outlet to maintain/recoup. So you’ll have to wander through the stuff on both sites (here and emmisoure.com) if you’re looking for the type of prints I’d be offering at the festivals/shows.

A good place to start for legit art is on the Greeting Cards page.

There’s a link to my ordering page in the sidebar as well as on the Ordering Prints page. Might be best to get in touch (thebeeguy@bees.photo) so we can figure out what’s best for your space.

That said, please support your local small businesses. They’re hit hard, too. If not now, later. It serves no one to have them going out of business due to this event. If you’ve got money to throw around, please try to throw some of it their way. Art is always a discretionary expense. Food is not. So you will probably choose to spend food dollars long before you’ll choose to spend art dollars. All things equal, please try to keep some of those dollars small and local – if that’s something you value (like I do).

It Ain’t that Pretty at all!

I’d like to go back to Paris someday and visit the Louvre Museum

But it’s a neat shot nonetheless. In this one, a honeybee is getting a drink of water off the lid of a 5-gallon bucket in the driveway. Very cool tongue – and kind of a neat bee in the background.

But here’s more at the point: these little ones get thirsty. Put out a birdbath – especially if you live somewhere dry. Even a small dish of water near what’s blooming at the moment. Fill part of it with rocks so they have somewhere to stand while they’re drinking. Then go check it occasionally when you see the bees out. You’ll notice that they’re visiting your offering (and are grateful in their own, bee ways).

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