25 May 2013

If the bee disappeared ...



Niet schrikken!
Ik vond het model voor dit schilderij op een website voor organisch voedsel. En ik wou hem meteen schilderen. We horen steeds meer over bijensterfte ten gevolge van het gebruik van pesticiden, en dat is verschrikkelijk nieuws. Bijen zijn nodig voor de bestuiving van allerlei gewassen. 
Albert Einstein zei: "Als de bij van de aarde zou verdwijnen, heeft de mens nog maar vier jaar te leven."

Don't be frightened!
I found the model for this painting on a website about organic food. And I wanted to paint him immediately. We hear more and more about the decline of the bee population due to the use of pesticides, and that is terrible news. We need bees for pollination of all kinds of crops. 
Albert Einstein said: "If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live." 

Lees meer over de bijensterfte op deze Greenpeace site.
Read more about the bees on this Greenpeace site (in Dutch).

45 comments:

  1. Love your bee. Not a fan of the real life ones but, yes they are important. Saw bumble bees around our rosemary shrub today :)

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  2. Dit vind ik supermooi! Groetjes, Frieda

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  3. Thank you Ann, I love bumble bees, those fat guys! :) I believe they don't sting, but I'm not sure.

    Dankje Frieda! Ik ben niet zo'n dierenschilder, maar ik wou deze eens proberen.

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  4. Ik vind hem schitterend, maar hij is ten dode opgeschreven. ;-) Levensecht en hij/zij kijkt ook dreigend.

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  5. O, dit is een bij *oeps*, ik dacht een wesp. Bijen sla ik niet door, wespen wel.

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  6. Grazie mille Elvi!

    Ja hij kijkt een beetje dreigend, vind ik ook, Renske. Het schijnt echt heel erg te zijn met de bijen, en ze maken nog wel zulke lekkere honing!

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  7. 4 years left to live... I guess that puts the risk of a little sting into perspective. Maybe I don't hate bees after all. Yours is wonderful!

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  8. Your bee is stunning. I am planting bee friendly plants to encourage them, perhaps I should paint one of them and spread the word too

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  9. Dear Judy, here the bees do not miss it! And even the swallows, despite the weather to be in May! A beautiful watercolor with a lot of energy!

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  10. When I was younger, I was afraid of bees. As an adult, I realize how important they are and I think they're beautiful, too. Your bee is quite lovely, Judy!

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  11. Hi Judy.
    On the happy side, your bee painting is fabulous!
    On the sad side, humans are really doing a lot, perhaps too much and irreparable, damage to this glorious planet on which we live.

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  12. Excellent watercolor, Judy! This bee is painted perfectly...I'm afraid of bees, but they are very important for pollination!!

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  13. I love your little bee, you have painted him so well. I feel strongly about the bee population and took an interest in keeping bees, it is an expensive hobby in the uk but I think it is catching on. Betty

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  14. Great watercolor. I love watching the bees on the flowers in my garden. They are really important in the chain that sustains us.
    Isabel.

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  15. What a beautifully painted bee, excellently done .

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  16. Prachtig hoe je deze bij hebt weergegeven. Ik heb er zelf ook wel eens een geschilderd en was verwonderd over alle klein details die dit beestje heeft en iderdaad...van levensbelang voor ons allemaal. Wij hebben in Zuid-West Frankrijk erg veel last van de 'frolon asiatique' die in groepen de bijen opwachten buiten de korf en ze dan vermoorden en de honing opeten, horror story nietwaar?

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  17. Katherine, Polly, Rita, Lorraine, Candy, Kathryn, Hilda, Betty, Isabel and Jane: thank you! I love watching bees too on my balcony flowers, since I don't have a garden anymore. And I love honey! So it is very sad that that they are in danger.

    Hanneke, dankjewel. Inderdaad, wat een horror story!

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  18. Beautifully painted bee. We had a nest on the other side of our fence, on farm land. Lovely creatures, very useful - but stay away from swarms! :)

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  19. Great work Judy! I like your bee very much. Have a good Sunday! Ciao.

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  20. Dear Judy,
    A wonderful post and a good work!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  21. Hi Judy, just seen this article on the local news for Devon, thought you might like to have a read...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-22626686

    ...ann

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  22. Genial, la abeja!! un trabajo muy bien logrado.

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  23. Pat, Tito, Sadami, thank you!
    Piedad, muchas gracias!

    Ann: what a wonderful idea to keep bees on cityroofs! Love that!

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  24. I love the strong contrasts and the fact that he is looking straightforward. Really gets your attention. Beautiful painting, Judy. xo Jenny

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  25. Very beautiful painting. I enjoyed visiting your blog. It's full of inspirations. Thank you.

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  26. Wat maak je toch prachtig werk Judy!

    Groeten uit Sneek!
    DzjieDzjee

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  27. Judy, oh how I love that painting.!
    and yes your so right about the bees.
    I read that a while back, and it makes sense. When are we humans going to stop destroying ourselves.
    I'm still away but will be back in my sunny (and hot) Florida next weekend ... I need Light!! it keeps us happier ! ... BJ

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  28. I thought it was not possible but your watercolors are getting better and better. This is a very beautiful work, Judy! Love it! Thanks for the link about the bees

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  29. Thank goodness for bees! This guy's a cutie!

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  30. Wow Judy, prachtig geschilderd! Ik vind deze modellen meestal op de vensterbank:) Trouwens: echte mannen eten geen honing, die kauwen op bijen :):) Liefs!xxx

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  31. Definitely not frightened-- definitely impressed by this bee painting. NICE! Long live the bees!

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  32. Great work this bee Judy. Fantastic, love it.
    lovely greet
    Marja

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  33. Little different motive to paint than apples or flowers, but you did this great too!

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  34. Hi Jenny, thanks for stopping by!

    Thank you Thum, you inspire me as well!

    Dankjewel Gert Jan!

    Thank you BJ!

    Thank you Anamaria!

    Thank you Laura!

    Hoi Renate, grapjas!

    Thank you Elizabeth Rose!

    Dankjewel Marja!

    Thank you Catharina!

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  35. Not only is it a fabulous study with so much 'Bee personality', what you write is poignant too. I have read recently that the insecticide seed coating could be the main problem. I wish farmers would learn to work with nature not against it!

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  36. Hi!! lovely painting! :) Hugs

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  37. Thank you Tina, Jerry and Mari Jose!

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  38. bellissimo acquerello, e poi, hai ragione, dobbiamo anche ricordarci delle nostre amiche api, complimenti.
    Saluti

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  39. Thank you Daniele and Angela! I'm so pleased you all like the bee so much!

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  40. Mooi beestje, in het echt ook. Laatst een artikel gelezen over bijensterfte. De bioloog die dit publiceerde is kapotgemaakt door de bazen van de chemische industrie. Groetjes, Annet

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  41. So beautifully painted! I am optimistic that now that the cause of the problem is known, people will change their methods, although this will take time.

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