Welcome to my Blog. My adventure in 21st century. - Melanie Hickerson

Monday, June 30, 2014


BUMBLEBEE ESCAPES is only 7" x 5" and BEE IN BASTROP is 8" x 4" so the little ones sold which is Wonderful! Wonderful!

Melanie Hickerson by the big Bee painting.
Kathi Herrin, Chalda Maloff, Ray Tumy, Debbie Buie, Denise Fulton, Connie Miller and Herb Long are the rest of the HYDE PARK COLLECTIVE at Link & Pin Art Space run by Debra Watkins. It was a great Opening. The Closing is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Saturday, June 28, 2014



I have used bee stings or bee venom therapy to successfully treat my arthritis.

The American Apitherapy Association lists articles and research on many applications of bee products for treatments of various conditions and diseases, usually autoimmune diseases and multiple sclerosis. Evidence of apitherapy goes back thousands of years to ancient Greece, China and Egypt, at least.

 The domestic honey bee has a bond and history with humanity. The metaphors associated with this insect speak to the needs for the future for this landscape.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. While such disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, and were known by various names (disappearing disease, spring dwindle, May disease, autumn collapse, and fall dwindle disease), the syndrome was renamed colony collapse disorder in late 2006 in conjunction with a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America. European beekeepers observed similar phenomena while the Northern Island Assembly received reports of a decline greater than 50%.
Colony collapse is significant economically because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by European honey bees.  Shortages of bees in the US have increased the cost to farmers renting them for pollination services by up to 20%.

Friday, June 27, 2014


In 1977 the vendor of Balinese batiks shared his spot at Piazza Novona (Rome) with me. I sold miniature paintings. He said “you spend too much time on these.” He’s right. One of my favorite definitions of “art” is “done well”. I still spend too much time on these. BEES at Link & Pin Gallery, opening reception, Saturday, June 28….done well.

The bee has a bond and a history with humanity. Metaphors associated with this insect speak to the needs for the future of this planet. I feed bees on my back porch.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


I think leaving space in a painting is difficult. I want to paint it ALL like a kid with candy. Mine! Mine! Mine! After seeing MIDLAND DREAM exhibited I thought the cubist girl just got in the way of some thoughts one might have looking at the wide open spaces. So I painted her out.


Now isn't that nice with all that space? The sky really does do that sometimes for anyone who has not resided on high plains, in the desert. Not often, but does.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I've finished the portrait of Bailey (on the left) and Tootsie for old friend, Betty. Bailey has passed away so this was difficult. I met Tootsie, did some sketches but never sketched Bailey. Please, People! If you want a portrait of your pet, please, please get it done before the animal has gone to its reward!! Less time, better result!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I'm exhibiting 6 paintings on the the subject of Bees, honey bees or decorative? Come see the show with me and My Friends!