Wildflower Paintings on Beehives


My artist friend Joan paints Pennsylvania Wildflowers on her beehives.  I learned there are different parts to a beehive. (see article link below)

Her bees were busy and didn’t want to be disturbed but Joan assured me she keeps an EpiPen in case I was allergic.


IMG_0811Trying to photograph the hive without agitating the bees as the hive is tucked in between lush rhododendron.

One thing for sure, the bees will know which hive belongs to them and where to return

First she sketches onto the white super



Blocking them out over the pencil sketches.


As you can see, Joan has painted lots of flowers onto things in her home, too.


View from an artist’s studio

Joan’s garden provides for the bees.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of beekeeping and the parts of the hive, here’s an article A beginner beekeeper’s guide to the parts of a beehive.   by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com


23 thoughts on “Wildflower Paintings on Beehives

  1. Gorgeous! The paintings and the garden. I would probably need the Epipen if I was that close 😬

  2. Such a wonderful spot to learn about the bees and the flower paintings she has completed. It looked like a picture perfect day.

  3. Thank you for the tender care that you devoted to this post. The poor honey bees! Let us hope and pray that they survive this plague that is decimating their ranks, for their sake and for the sake of humanity!

    • I asked her about certain colors. She said the bees go for her purples and Blues but ignore her magenta geranium, although they were all over pink coral bells. No scientific evidence I’m aware of but will check. Good question.

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