I’m captivated by the idea that during summer time, there can be between 30,000-50,000 honey bees in a colony. What an amazingly complex and well-organized community.

Representing these vast numbers without being too literal is proving to be a daunting task, but I have come up with a few tentative ideas.

Here’s the start of the first one. The queen bee here is based upon two ancient bee goddesses from Knossos, and her swarming workers are 6-petaled black flower-like shapes. The drawings are done in bees’ wax and pigment, using a drawing stylus borrowed from the traditional Ukrainian egg-painting technique. 200 little flower-like-bees, and only 29,800 more to go!

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