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Lamium album

White Dead Nettle
Fine Art Print from the original watercolor paintings by Mira O’Brien, 2021.
The opening of the flower is guarded by a little door whose key is the body of the bumble bee itself. The shape of this flower is also the source of the genus name Lamium which refers to the Lamia, a half serpent half woman child eating monster from Greek mythology. Lamia means ‘gaping-mouth’, meant to describe the flowers whose nectar is enjoyed by bees and children alike. This plant has a long folklore of medicinal use for a variety of ailments and it is currently being studied for its powerful antioxidant properties which can help the body fight cancer. 

Spring Botanical Watercolor Print Series

These lusciously painted botanical watercolors depict common weeds that you might encounter growing through the sidewalk, along a train track or behind a building; making their homes even in urban environments. These specimens were all collected and drawn in Berlin during lockdown during a deep exploration of my immediate surroundings. Hidden within the banality of these plants are rich folklores, wondrous medicinal properties and culinary delicacies. These commonly overlooked subjects are often delicate in their details and upon close inspection reveal striking complexities. 

Painted in the Linnean style of botanical illustration (developed incidentally by the artist Georg Dionysius Ehret in the 18th c), the paintings show various parts of each plant. Additional the plants are paired with their pollinators.

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A3+ Fine Art Print 

Paper size 33 x 48.3 cm (13″x19″)

45 Euro

Price includes 19% VAT, does NOT include international shipping.