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Lunaria annua

Fine Art Print from the original watercolor paintings by Mira O’Brien, 2021.
The seedpods of this plant are associated both with the moon and with money. A member of the Brassicaceae (or cabbage) family, it is pictured here with the cabbage white butterfly Pieris rapae. I located this specimen growing in the shade along a fence and didn’t notice the lemon snail (Cepaea nemoralis) until I got back to the studio, so here she is pictured with her companion plant. 

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.