Sarracenia purpurea Botanical Painting

I’m so happy to share this piece! It took me 3 weeks to complete, and many many layers of watercolours. It was fascinating to learn more about this native Canadian plant: Sarracenia purpurea, or purple pitcher plant.

I learned that what we usually take as flowers, the pitchers, are actually modified leaves that fill with rain water. In this rain water, some tiny invertebrates will live and wait for others to fall in and drown. The hosting invertebrates will decompose the poor victims which will release nutrients for the plant. The plant also has very beautiful flowers which I had never seen before! In any case, it was incredible to study and paint this carnivorous plant.

I used watercolours on watercolour paper and ink for the text and borders.

Here are a few process pictures:

If you’d like to support my work as an independent artist, this painting is available as a print and as a greeting card.

Each time you buy something in my shop, you enable me to keep on painting and you receive a lovely item to embellish your daily life!

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