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New Watercolor Painting By Eric Buechel

My latest watercolor painting I've titled "The Inspection of The Colony".

Apiculture is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or "bee yard".

Depictions of humans collecting honey from wild bees date to 15,000 years ago. Beekeeping in pottery vessels began about 9,000 years ago in North Africa. Domestication is shown in Egyptian art from around 4,500 years ago. Simple hives and smoke were used and honey was stored in jars, some of which were found in the tombs of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun. It wasn't until the 18th century that European understanding of the colonies and biology of bees allowed the construction of the moveable comb hive so that honey could be harvested without destroying the entire colony. - Wiki

The Inspection of The Colony By Eric Buechel, Sheet Size: 22" x 30" , on 300lb/640gsm Arches Bright White Watercolor Paper

"To make a prairie it takes a clover

and one bee, One clover, and a bee,

And revery. The revery alone will do,

If bees are few".

- Emily Dickinson

Detail of smoker & super and yes Kathy and I are beekeepers.

I do appreciate transparent watercolor paintings, but I prefer opaque watercolor paintings because with these works nothing is by chance. It's either right or wrong and I want to put the colors in place and not let the flow of the water do it for me.

Detail: Note the cast iron park chair behind Kathy & the bright red hive tool near the smoker.

Detail of Kathy Inspecting The Deep Bee-Hive Frame.

My Mother and Law Kim Sommers Watching From a Distance.

The majority of this watercolor is just that-watercolor; however I'm not a purest and I don't hesitate using gouache along with the watercolor in order to achieve the results I'm looking for.

National Geographic Documentary PBS Natural Beekeeping Discovery Channel - Video

Silence of the Bees (Nature Documentary, Full Length) - Video

Honey Bees Back Yard Beekeeping Made Simple - Video

North American Beekeeping Federation - Link

The American Apitherapy Society - Link

Apiary Inspectors of America - Link

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture - Link

State Apiarist and Apiculturist - Link

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Apiary Registration Form - Link

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