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Nature’s Puzzle Fun: Sunflowers and Shapes

This sunflower is an amazing example of living geometric engineering. I know of several middle school math teachers that would giggle with delight at this mouth-watering choice of shapes and forms.

 

As you view the sunflower carefully, the discovery of cones, triangles, circles and even pentagrams suddenly show themselves in a magical and alluring way.  Nature creates a puzzle of various designs and structures all the while implementing them in a living plant.

 

The amazing thing is the shapes found inside each shape.  Notice the focus on the band of black cones, each ending with 3 dimensional shapes in a star pattern on top.  All of those star patterns connect to a cone shape that sprouts majestically from a small pentagram.  Yet, all together, they form a sweeping black band in a semi-circular pattern that divides the work and flower into each part.

 

This band separates the ever-increasing density of the sloping conical-shaped face and the flat expanding petals of the flower.  Even the colors divide into separate areas due to that black and yellow band.  Nature even allows colors to join in this dance of geometry.  The sun-kissed greens of the undeveloped seeds slope towards the more traditional sunflower yellow of the petals.  Indeed, the sunlight striking the petals actually enhances our perception of the color changing from green to black towards yellow.

 

Only nature exists in such a perfect form.  All of these shapes and colors exist for attraction.  Sure, we has humans enjoy the fragrance, sight, and complexity of the flowers but it irresistible to the insects like butterflies and bees that the plant wished to attract.  Such beauty allows a perfect winning scenario. The sunflower becomes pollinated, the insects get a meal, and we get to decorate and have a snack of sunflower seeds.  Perfect wins all around!

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They Follow the Sun!!!

The first real cold front of the season has finally rolled through the area, meaning we no longer have to suffer in 90 degree or more heat,  and I thought now would be a good time to say goodbye to summer.

During my exploration of the local sunflower field this summer,  I couldn’t help but notice that all the sunflowers were facing the same direction.  It was a curious sight and gave an impression that the entire field was “looking” at something.   After a little research at The Naked Scientists website , I had my answer.

I discovered that the sunflower tracks the sun through the sky during the day. Since the flower has no muscles, if manages to do this by growing cells in the stem on the eastern part in the morning, facing the sun, and the western part in the afternoon, following the sun.  By the end of the day the stem, once re-balanced, repeats the process in the morning.  This gives it the appearance that it follows the path of the sun. This odd behavior helps insects.  Facing the sun with those large flower heads causes the flowers and the seed area to warm up quicker than the surrounding plant.  Insects depend on this warmth to help regulate their body temperature and thus become more active.  So, they visit the flower more often.  Being more active on the flower means a greater chance of the flower being pollinated and reproducing.  It also means you get great fine art!  I love it when everyone wins.

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It’s Almost Over!!!!!

So this is the last weekend of the show.  The show “Walking Through the Zen Garden” ends on Sun. afternoon.  Ann and I both hope that you have enjoyed a glimpse into the realm of a Zen Garden and all the beautiful nature that is there.   Remember, when the show ends, we will remove most of the pictures from the website.  So, if you have a favorite that you want to buy, or cards to order, now is the time.

Our first show continues a wonderful period of growth in our new gallery.  We have about 400 Twitter fans and our Google + following is increasing steadily.  If you don’t follow us on Twitter or Goggle +, then consider getting an email subscription, RSS subscription or “liking” us on Facebook.  We even keep up a presence on Pinterest.

Of course, with endings start new beginnings and we look forward to the mountain of possibilities. The next few weeks are very busy as we explore a series of Halloween and Fall seasonal works of photographic art.   Also, stay tuned for another A&A Photographic Arts first, as we present the publishing début of the short-story Old Man Grier and the Ghost Pumpkins. 

Are you a railroad or train fan?   We hope so.  A new series will begin soon featuring works of art from a local steam-powered railroad still in operation.

Don’t’ forget, now is the time to start thinking about rotating your seasonal artwork and purchasing new ones.   Speaking of seasons, don’t forget your new greeting cards,  they are a great way to impress someone special and wish them a happy holiday.

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5 Questions To Influence Your Art Collection

The art you choose to place on your walls tells your family, friends and business associates what you are all about.  If you’ve ever been to a day spa you will see specific types of art.  Ever notice that there are no loud obnoxious “in your face” paintings or décor in a spa?  Instead, you see relaxing photographs and images that calm the mind and communicate a relaxing experience.  Owners and interior decorators choose the art displayed in these locations for that reason.  They inspire the experience that best represents the calming and soothing feeling people expect when the enter a spa.

 

How do you choose your art?  The answer to this question is actually easier than it sounds.  First, you must ask yourself some basic questions.

 

  1. What type of art do I like?
  2. What kind of art do I enjoy?
  3. How much do I want to spend?
  4. Am I looking at a particular artist?
  5. Do I want to be a collector? Or am I just looking to enhance my lifestyle?

The answers to these questions are unique for each person. If you know some of the answers it makes the art shopping experience a lot of fun.  Try it out.

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Fine Art : Gourmet Food for the Senses

 

People continue to work, eat and play surrounded by drab industrialized cookie cutter styled walls. It’s amazing how so many people allow their walls to stay boring.  The sad truth is plain walls are boring and depressing.

 

Bored and fighting depression is not what you want at home or in the work place. It will affect the way your thoughts, moods and even your health.  It’s depressing working in a place where the only flash of style or inspiration is the dead remains of a malnourished houseplant.  When people work and live in dull and non-inspiring conditions they produce dull and non-inspiring work.  People are constantly searching for new ways to increase their productivity.  How?  Fine art is your answer.

 

If art is food for the senses then fine art is gourmet food.  Whether it is sculpture, painting, or photographic in nature, art provides mental stimulation in places like meeting rooms or even classrooms.  Fine art  in your living room can show the type of tastes and styles that you love to be surrounded with and will inspire and emotionally recharge  you.  In fact, the art you display in your home or office communicates volumes to those who visit you. Fine art is the same for a room as wearing that power tie to a meeting or that black dress to the social event.    What does your art say? Are you gourmet?

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