Artwork by Joyce Brown
All A Buzz
12" x 12" ©0
This summer grasses and reeds grew all around the town due to all the water left sitting after all the rain. I have always loved the thought of spending a summer day sitting beside a pond watching the birds, bees and other creepy crawlies with my sketch book. (I canâ€™t draw but that doesnâ€™t stop me from trying and getting inspiration for art quilts.)
Then I head out to a slough (pond) and the mosquitoes bite and the ground is too soggy to sit.
The idea of having the bees buzzing around, pollinating all the living things is good for the environment. I was reading that the population of bees are decreasing and if they die out all our food supply will die as well. Then I read that bees are an introduced species to North America and many food plants donâ€™t need bees to pollinate them. This, to me, is another example of mixed messages and not being certain what to believe.
I painted the background with a watery septa paint using blue and yellow and working for the natural blending of green to appear. After cutting it up it was pieced to depict a watery landscape â€“ a slough â€“ in prairie terms. A 12 weight thread was used for the reeds and the bumble bees. I used a 100 weight thread to stitch clouds in the sky as it was quilted. There is Angelina on the slough and the bees wings are made from a shiny metal.