Bumblebee and Orange Floral Mandala Fine Art Print – Orange Tapestry with Bee II

$49.00

Bumblebee and orange floral mandala fine art print is 12″ by 12″ on acid-free, cotton rag paper. Titled Orange Tapestry with Bee, this piece started as a photo of a reflex chrysanthemum taken in one of the glasshouses at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during a Fall Flower Show. The energy is bright, direct, and energetic. The bee is on a mission and no one is getting in the way. There’s definitely Aries energy here!

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Bumblebee and orange floral mandala fine art print on acid-free matte paper using pigment inks. Print is 12" by 12" with 1" white border, exactly as shown. Prints are wrapped in tissue or packaged in a plastic sleeve, sandwiched between sheets of cardboard or backer board, and shipped flat in a stiffened bubble mailer. Free shipping is included. Tracking and insurance are included.

About the Paper. I print on Aurora Art Natural 250 paper. Aurora is made from cotton linters. These linters are considered "recovered fibers" by the EPA, so this paper is a sustainable choice in that regard. The paper has a natural, warm white tone and semi-smooth surface, so has enough tooth to hold plenty of ink while producing a sharp image.

About the Inks. I use pigment inks, which resist fading. If you frame your print using UV acylic or glass and hang it away from bright light, the chances of it fading before fifty years have elapsed is very low. Your print will stay vibrant throughout your lifetime and beyond.

About the art. Orange Tapestry with Bee is a layered piece I created as part of a series in early 2020 for an April exhibition that didn't go off as planned. The flower is a reflex chrysanthemum that I photographed in one of the glasshouses at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during a Fall Flower Show. This is a disbud mum, which was carefully groomed to produce a single large bloom on a stiff, upright stem. It's called a reflex mum due to the shape of the petals, which curve down and away from the center of the flower with a messy bit on top. I photographed the big bumblebee in my yard. I leave fallen leaves every autumn for the bumblebees. They dig their over-wintering burrows in the bare patches of soil that result. In exchange for the buffet I lay out for them in the garden, the bumblebees provide photo ops and pollinate my vegetable garden and berry patches. In this mandala, I meant the bee to look curious. She's just checking out the weird flower, wondering where the entrance might be to the nectary, if such a strange flower even has a nectary (a gland that produces a sweet treat to entice pollinators in to gather up some pollen and distribute it flower-to-flower.) Quick tip: cultivated plants with double blooms often carry no nectar or pollen because their reproductive parts are missing. That's why a native Echinacea (or coneflower) is a better choice for your garden than a fancy Echinacea with pom-pom flowers. The native plant and the bumblebee grew up together and know what's what.

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Dimensions12 × 12 × 05 in

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Linda Gribko is an avid gardener, naturalist, author, artist, and photographer living just outside Morgantown, West Virginia, on a one-acre property she calls Yellow Bird's Rest. She's been gardening since the age of three, when she was put to work plucking rocks from the family vegetable patch, and was gifted her first growlight set-up at the age of eight. Linda is best known for her wildflower photography and the digital mandala art she creates from her nature photos, but is also a mixed media artist and published author. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016 and was followed up with "The Lion's Apprentice" in June 2020. The series follows the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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