Common carder-bee / Bourdon des champs

Schoch, Michael

Bumblebees are beautiful and astonishing creatures. They pollinate many plants, whose fruits, we, the humans, live on.

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The painting sets the focus on pollinating bee-species. Through their popularity bees make up for perfect ambassadors for all the insects. They are incredibly versatile and adapted within their ecological niche, the plants they visit and the structures they use to raise their offspring.

Sipping nectar from a flower is arguably one of the most important tasks in the life of a bumblebee. The sugary sap is like kerosene for the little flying animal.

I tried to capture the moment of such a plant-visit and how it must feel for the animal to renew flying-power.

With chalk on pastel card i could work quickly with strong lines to depict short timespan of the colourful encounter between insect and flower.

The french name „Bourdon des champs“ is an hommage to a short but sweet encounter with a young artist on a train. She taught me the wonderful soft word „bourdon“, which fits perfectly for such a soft animal. Thank you Juliette!

Technique: Pastel Chalk
Surface: Pastel Card
Year: 2020
Country of Origin: Germany
Signed: No
Topic: Animals
Style: Environmental Art
Time Period: 21th Century
Image Size: 31,7 x 23,8 cm
Frame Width: 42 x 32 cm

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