Digitalis Purpurea, the Foxglove Fairy

Painting in gouache by Nancy Farmer, 15.2 x 22.4 inches, 2013

The Foxglove is a highly poisonous and extremely important medicinal plant. Amongst the toxins that can be extracted from all parts of it are Digitoxin and Digoxin, immensely valuable in the treatment of heart complaints as they slow down the rate of the heart beat while at the same time making each beat stronger. But very careful dosage is required. This is why the Foxglove fairy is armed with an old-fashioned stethoscope and a watch. Her important notebook and pen and pencil are tucked into her garter, naturally, because fairies do not have pockets.

If you’d like to read more, I posted a lengthy piece on my blog, which will also explain why she is wearing yellow-tinted glasses:
https://nancyfarmer.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/foxgloves-naughtie-humours-and-xanthopsia/

And work-in-progress pictures of this painting can bee seen here:
https://nancyfarmer.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/a-poison-flower-fairy-digitalis-purpurea-the-foxglove/
and here:
https://nancyfarmer.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/trust-me-im-an-artist-the-foxglove-fairy-pat-2/

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