My Hive My Heart I: Bald-Faced Hornets And Nightshade in The Orchard. Watercolor on cold press paper. 8x10". September 2017. Original watercolor painting.




    A bald-faced hornet hive shaped like an anatomical heart hangs on an apple tree in an orchard where nightshade creeps up among the weeds. It's fairly common for hornets and wasps to build nests around fruit trees like this in the wild. Apples grow trapped in the paper walls and rot on the branch, to the hornets' delight I'd imagine. 

    This piece reflects on how the heart contains one's connection to the hive mind. What happens when the hive harbors poisons, And what is poisonous to whom? Even the apples carry arsenic in the seeds. What nurtures and feeds in many ways can kill in others. Inviting things can be tart and sour while sweet. Beautiful, delicate, and small things can sting something awful. We take into our bodies the beauties and terrors of our environments and the collective mind of our species, and process these in ways we can neither fathom nor trace.

    My Hive My Heart I Original Watercolor Painting


    -Watercolor on cold press paper. 

    -8 x 10 Inches.

    -Initialed on the front. Signed, dated, and titled on the back.

    -Colors may vary slightly from what you see onscreen, as all device screens are calibrated differently. 

    The colors are beautiful in person! 

    -Ships flat in a plastic sleeve between cardboard. 

    -Shipping cost includes additional shipping insurance to the piece’s value.