About Me

Enfield, London, United Kingdom
I'm a botanical artist living in Enfield. graduated in April 2012 with credit from The Society Of Botanical Artists. All images and artwork copyright © Julie Whelan 2016 Exhibitions: Dugdale Centre Enfield Town – August 2012. Capel Manor Enfield – September 2012. Society Of Botanical Artists -highly commended for the Joyce cuming presentation award – April 2013. Botanical Art in Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin Ireland – May/June 2013. Botanical Art Expo, Claregalway Castle Ireland July/September 2013. April 2014: Society of Botanical Artists. June-November 2014: Royal Brompton and Harefield hospital Arts-Harefield hospital. November-January 2014:Royal Brompton and Harefield Arts-Royal Brompton Hospital. December 2014-February 2015:Staff and patient exhibition at the Royal Brompton Hospital- Proffessor David Rayson-Head awarded 3rd prize February 2015- Awarded associate membership at The Society of Botanical Artists. April 2015-Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition. July 2015-work accepted by the RHS February 2016-Society of Botanical Artists awarded full membership April 2016- Society of Botanical Artists-Awarded Margaret Granger Memorial Silver Bowl

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers...What's in a name?

I have been rather busy over the last few weeks, doing research for my next art submissions for the http://www.soc-botanical-artists.org/ 2013 exhibition 'The Langauage of Flowers' http://www.soc-botanical-artists.org/exhibitions_2013.php. I am aiming to become an associate member of the society and to achieve this I need to submit 5 pieces next year and 5 the following year! All ten paintings need to be accepted to be be awarded associate membership. So I have 5 paintings to complete by 18th February 2013, submission day for the exhibition. After lots of research into the meaning of 'The language of flowers' and what's in a name?! I decided to take a slightly different angle on this subject and decided to do pollination.

Biotic Pollination This is the most common mode of pollination that occurs in nature, and the biotic carriers are called pollinators. In this process, the organisms which visit the flowers for nectar, carry these pollens, which stick to their bodies, to other flowers and plants. These pollen then may or may not fertilise with the stigma of the new flower to produce seeds. There are two ways of pollination that occur due to biotic factors. The first one is, Entomophily, where insect pollination takes place through insects like bees, wasps, butterflies, moths and sometimes ants are the pollinators. The second is Zoophily, wherein the pollinators are vertebrates like birds and bats like the hummingbird and fruit bats. Pollination is the main reason for evolution of plant species, as it is nature's way of cross breeding within the plant kingdom.

There are many modes in which this unique phenomenon occurs, which is through wind, animals, insects, etc. out of which the most common are wind and insects.  I'm totally fascinated with insect pollination and this is my chosen subject for my take on 'The Language of Flowers'. So watch this space for my next master pieces! Take a look at the below pollinators that I managed to capture :)

© Julie Whelan

© Julie Whelan

© Julie Whelan