The second piece within the Botanical Project is officially complete! I am quite excited to get started on the next instalment of the series. Before I do, I gotta talk about this one. Featuring Orange Milkweed, and two busy bee’s this one is an exploration of remembrance and reconnection.

What is the Botanical Project?

Well the project will result in five original paintings. Each painting will be featured in a brand new set of greeting cards, representing a variety of different emotions. 

The overall theme of the project is to raise awareness about the types of flowers that will attract bees to your garden. 

There will be more information about the finer details in the coming weeks. As the project grows I will update you. 

Why Milkweed?

Orange Milkweed
Remembrance

I chose milkweed for this project because the flower is a great way to attract bees to your garden. Click here for more information.

The plant attracts one of my favourite species of butterflies. The Monarch. As you may know the milkweed is the sole host plant for the Monarch butterfly which means it is the primary food source for their caterpillars. Making it almost impossible for the Monarch butterfly to survive without the Milkweed. It’s beautiful in a way.

Symbolism of Milkweed and Bumblebees

Milkweed

It primarily symbolizes Remembrance, and reconnection.

It might have something to do with the Monarch butterfly, and how they remember where patches of milkweed grow, and return to them each time they migrate. This flower is an excellent way to express that someone may have left but they have not been forgotten. It’s also a great way to say I miss you. 

The Framing

Orange Milkweed Art
“Remembrance” Featuring orange milkweed and bumblebees.

You all know I love to talk about the framing!

You guessed it! Conservation standards is the norm around here. Preserving the original for as long as possible.

The original measures 4”x6” inches. It has been double matted, and set in a modern wood frame. 

The outside measurement of the frame is 9.5”x11.5 inches.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and learn more about my work and the botanical project.

Stay Creative,

Justin Erickson


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