One year on and those agonising waits for letters in the post continue! My latest wait was for the news about whether my artwork had been accepted for the http://www.soc-botanical-artists.org/exhibitions_2013.php The wait was over and I received my letter and was thrilled that 3 of pieces were accepted and are going to be exhibited along side some very talented botanical artists. So you can imagine how excited I'm feeling right now!! Click on the link and you can see all details about the exhibition and what events the society have planned over the two weeks of the exhibition. Not only do you get to view some fabulous artworks you can watch demonstrations from botanical artists...Some of them being, watercolour, graphite, watercolour pencils and many more techniques. So pop along and join in the fun!
Now your probably wondering which of my pieces are going to be exhibited? The title of the exhibition is, 'The Language of Flowers' I decided to focus on pollination for my paintings and here is a brief explanation of why I chose this subject and what connection it has with, 'The Language of Flowers'.
Pollination is the secret language of flowers…
The primary purpose of a flower is reproduction since the flowers are the reproductive organs of a plant, they mediate the joining of the sperm, contained within pollen, to the ovules — contained in the ovary. Pollination is the movement of pollen from the anthers to the stigma. The joining of the sperm to the ovules is called fertilisation. Normally pollen is moved from one plant to another, but many plants are able to self pollinate. The fertilised ovules produce seeds that are the next generation. Sexual reproduction produces genetically unique offspring, allowing for adaptation. Flowers have a specific design which encourages the transfer of pollen from one plant to another of the same species. Many plants are dependent upon external factors for pollination, including: wind and animals, and especially insects. Even larger animals such as birds, bats, and pygmy possums can be employed. This form of pollination is called Entomophilous: flowers attract and use insects, bats, birds or other animals to transfer pollen from one flower to the next. Often they are specialised in shape and have an arrangement of the stamens that ensures that pollen grains are transferred to the bodies of the pollinator when it lands in search of its attractant (such as nectar, pollen, or a mate). In pursuing this attractant from many flowers of the same species, the pollinator transfers pollen to the stigmas—arranged with equally pointed precision—of all of the flowers it visits. Many flowers rely on simple proximity between flower parts to ensure pollination.
The general assumption is that the function of flowers, from the start, was to involve animals in the reproduction process. Pollen can be scattered without bright colours and obvious shapes, which would therefore be a liability, using the plant's resources, unless they provide some other benefit. One proposed reason for the sudden, fully developed appearance of flowers is that they evolved in an isolated setting like an island, or chain of islands, where the plants bearing them were able to develop a highly specialised relationship with a specific animal. This symbiotic relationship, with an animal transferring pollen from one plant to another much the way bees do today, could have eventually resulted in both the plants and their partners developing a high degree of specialisation.
I'm now thinking about what I can paint for next years exhibition! Watch this space :)