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TEDx Nashville: Artist Alfonso & Kristin Llamas

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AK Llamas: Please don’t stop Touching The Artwork

Visual and Social Practice Artists A&K Llamas discuss the changing epoch of earth and art. Their series of art installations called the Anthropocene encourage community engagement and collaboration. Please don’t STOP touching the artwork.

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Hush Little Baby – It’s okay to Cry

 

Hush, 12×18″ acrylic on paper

“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.”

Sometimes we have days, weeks… even years that are exhausting and truly painful. From infancy, until the day we die… there are times that we all just need to cry. No amount of money, religion, or education can prevent the pain of heartache, sadness, or grief. We are all equally vulnerable.

One night, I was crying alone in the darkness –  a grown woman, without children of my own yet – and I caught myself running the lines of a lullaby through my mind.

“hush little baby, don’t say a word…mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird…”

That was the night I realized that any time I was stressed or shaken, I subconsciously comforted myself with a familiar lullaby my mother used to sing to me.

And in sadness and in comfort,
the Lullaby Series was born.

I painted the work above, titled “Hush.” Then, for years I have gone on to paint and exhibit pieces that are inspired by lullabies. This collection began taking on even more significance to me as I started having children of my own.

 

PS- You all know that I like to use art to communicate and give back…after all, there is no heART without Art 😉 So when you order from the Lullaby Series 15% of every sale is donated to Save the Children to help with the pain in Syria, with hope that children everywhere are able to find comfort.

“Save the Children is on the ground in Syria and in refugee communities throughout the region, providing children and their families with warm clothes, shelters, protection, clean water and emergency care.”

At various points in our lives, we all find ourselves alone in sadness. Sometimes we are struggling with a grief or fear that no one, not even ourselves can understand. My hope for myself, children and everyone on this planet with us, is that at those times… when nothing else seems to hold us through all our pain and fear, we can find comfort in solitude…even if it is just in the words of a lullaby.

Love and peace to all who are hurting,

 

View the Lullaby Series

 

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How to Get Rid of Bees without Killing Them


So how do we get rid of bees from our picnic tables without …getting rid of  bees completely?

We may not like bees buzzing around our food, but without them, we wouldn’t have food…

Bees and pollinators are disappearing AND if pollinators disappear, so does OUR food supply!

k-llamas-bee-flower-painting

Painting: Colony Collapse Disorder by K. Llamas.

Proceeds from signed prints benefit the Great Seed Bomb and raising awareness to save the bees.

STEP ONE: What Kind Of Bee Do You have?

Bumble Bee: Aggressive only when threatened, prefers to nest in loose, fluffy materials and occasionally underground.
Carpenter Bee: Oval-shaped bees burrow into surface leaving perfect three-eighths inch holes. They are solitary. They don’t usually damage structural beams but nests can multiply and destroy the surrounding surface wood.

Honey Bee: Not aggressive, and highly beneficial! Their nests are heavy and produce thousands of workers.

***Honey bees are the only species where relocation is the preferred method.

Wasps (The following resemble bees but are more aggressive)

Ground Bee: Smaller species of yellow jacket. Nests are between two inches and two feet underground. They are aggressive and easily agitated.

Hornet: Builds external paper nests that are shaped like an inverted teardrop. Aggressive.

Yellow Jacket: Black and yellow-stripes and build nests similar to hornets. Can also build nests in walls slowly chew through drywall or surface wood for materials.

Wasp: Long and thin, and legs hang when in flight. Frequently colonize attics and cars, and have a painful sting.

STEP TWO: Remove Infestations

FREE Solution…..Call a Beekeeper!

Pest control’s job is usually to control or kill the population (and remember, bees are good…if you like to eat!). A better solution is to search up a local bee keeper.

  • Bee keepers are so passionate about bees that they will usually relocate them for free.
  • An experienced beekeeper can use smoke and other methods move the whole colony out and rehome them to new nests or commercial beehives. Check out some North American apiary organizations.
  • Honey bees rarely sting, but it is still a danger, so get a pro
  • If any honeycomb is left, it could encourage another colony

 

gerber daisy sketch flower k llamas drawingDrawing by K. Llamas

STEP THREE: Prevention

After you get rid of the bees, try to deter infestations.

  • Remove any trace of the old hive
  • Remove clutter in your yard
  • Fill any tree holes that may attract them.
  • Install screens or fill in any holes in structures

If you are able to relocate bees whenever possible, that should be the first option before extermination. Colony Collapse Disorder (the dissapearance of bees) is a real concern with pollination. Causes are linked to loss of habitat, the effects of pesticides, and other man-made challenges facing bees. Bees may be a nuissance that you want to get rid of but they are just trying to find a safe place to live. Beekeepers can offer a safe harber. And remember next time you reach for the pesticides, that bees, butterflys, and other pollinators are an essential part of our food production. If we don’t protect them, we aren’t protecting ourselves.

 

honey bee sketch colony collapse disorder pollinator k llamas drawingDrawing by K. Llamas

Don’t swat…Bees are our friend. Happy Pollinating to you! Save the bees!!