Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Cross-section of a Tomato Stem" (Painting)

Titled "Cross-section of a Tomato Stem". The Painting measures at 8x10 inch on canvas. The Painting took two hours and was completed on September 6, 2014. I used only three colors, Turquoise, Black, and White--if you consider White as a color.

My last four paintings have been Animated microscopic images of plant tissues and their systems. See the other three in the links: "Strawberry (Fragaria) Embryo sporophyte with two cotyledons inside seed coat", "Microscope picture of Embryo development in Seed (Painting)", and "Veins of a leaf / Fractal Geometry".
Because I'm a gardener, I tend to be fascinated by the structures of plants. The Painting below is an Animated interpretation of a cross-section of a Tomato stem. The stems acts as an organ support, storage, and distribution of food and water. The cells you see have been divided over a period of time to develop the large Tomato plant. Certain cells, have different functions and altogether different appearance as you can see in the Painting below.
 For example, Xylem and Phloem are both complex, vascular tissues that thread through the ground tissue of the plant. But Xylem conducts water and dissolved mineral ions through vessel members while Phloem conducts food (sugars) through sieve tubes.
 I don't know if you have ever grown Tomatoes, but I have grown them as tall as six feet! Imagine the veins inside the stem which carry water from the roots to their leaves and flowers.

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