"Bees Were Humming" Giclée Print
Image Size: 8" x 11"
Print Size: 9" x 12" (Image with 1/2" Border)
by Samantha Long
Bee with Flowers with Joseph Smith Praying Giclée Print
This giclée is printed on Somerset Velvet archival artist paper, a lightly textured warm white 100% cotton paper, with Canon Lucia pigment inks. It is guaranteed not to fade for at least 100 years. The print is sold unframed with a 1/2" white border for framing ease.
I thought it would be interesting to do a First Vision scene where Joseph Smith was not the center of attention. In the hymn by George Manwaring, he describes bees humming and birds singing. I seized upon the idea of a bee collecting nectar from a flower. In a way, this humble insect’s mission is a lot like that of Joseph Smith’s. The bee comes to a specific place seeking nourishment and leaves, perhaps unaware that he is now also on a greater pollen quest that inevitably spreads from flower to flower.
Though they may not have taken center stage Isn’t funny that during one of the greatest events in history, the woodland creatures seem unaware and unaffected? They just carry on with their purpose, sweetly singing and buzzing away. It’s always been curious to me how in the same day one person can be having the best moment of their life, while another person finds that day perfectly ordinary. Nevertheless, the mundane does not make one’s day any less important.