I became inspired to paint these beautiful sunflowers after the War in Ukraine affected one of my friend's family. Sunflowers are a national flower of Ukraine.
Radiant, lush and full of joy - sunflowers bring summertime to mind and happiness to our loved ones. Of lazy sunny days and swaying to the sunny breeze, the ever-popular sunflowers go by the genus Helianthus, which is christened from two Greek words. Helios means the sun and anthos means flower.
Sunflowers tend to position themselves towards the sun, and if that isn’t the ultimate tanning queen move, I don’t know what is!
Here are some interesting facts about sunflowers:
- Sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine and the state flower of Kansas, USA.
- Sunflower is notable for turning to face the Sun, a behaviour known as heliotropism.
- Sunflower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together.
- Sunflower seeds have lots of calcium and 11 other important minerals.
- Some perfumes have been made out of sunflower oil.
- The largest sunflower was grown in Canada.
Sunflowers don’t just look big and beautiful, they can mean so many wonderful things! If you aren’t crazy about sunflowers now, maybe you’ll fall head-over-heels for these abundant posies after you’ve learned more about them. Read online to find out more about the different meanings of sunflowers and the best occasions to give sunflower bouquets to the people you want to share joy with!
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Follow The Sun
Acrylic on thin edge canvas, sealed and ready to hang with wire.