Painting - the tobacco plant fairy

Finished painting: Nicotiana, the fairy of the Tobacco Plant

Another finished painting! This is the second of my poison flower fairies paintings. I really had to have this one in the collection – not a plant that one probably thinks of if asked to name a poisonous plant, but the plant that has killed more people than all other poison plants ever: the Tobacco Plant. This is one of many of the ornamental varieties which, of course, is why I had it in the garden. I also planted what I thought was a more attractive plant that had a delicate spray of short, pink flowers, but I chose to…

Monkshood: Aconitum Napellus

Sketches for the Poison Flower Fairies

I had an idea some months ago that a series on The poison Flower Fairies would be rather entertaining. Following on from my Flower Fairies go to Seed, a series which has so far amounted to a mere three paintings (all of which I have now sold), I am once again short on fairies… In fact, the idea for this series came to me following a pot plant-related trip to casualty… but more on that when I come to Euphorbias, in the meantime I thought I would start with a real nasty. This is Monkshood, or Aconitum Napellus: It’s a…