• Elizabeth Reich

Happy Birthday!

New watercolor art series has begun! It will explore the birth flower for each month of the year. I am two in for 2022 and learning I appreciate flowers because of their distinct and unique shapes and the color they bring to our surroundings.

January Birth Month Flower

January's Birth Month flower botanical name Galanthus nivalis has something to do with Galantamine, treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. This is an alkaloid derived from the bulbs and flowers from the Galanthus and Amaryllidaceae (Narcissus) plant family.

The flower is commonly known as Snowdrop, the genus name is derived from the Greek words gala (milk) and anthos (flower).

Snowdrop's symbolism:

  • optimism

  • hope

  • celebration

  • innocence

While many legends are about this flower celebrating the arrival of spring or some story of hope, the Victorians had their own symbolism - sadly that of death, seeing these flowers as bad luck. My research has four hopeful legends, so I am going with these, and have called my artwork: Jubilee, because many of us celebrate at winter's end.

February Birth Month Flower

February's Birth Month flower is the violet, with over 500 species worldwide, and a family name of Violaceae. The violet I decided to focus on has the botanical name Viola papilionacea commonly known as the Wild Violet. These flowers are sometimes viewed as a persistent weed, described as a perennial that tends towards weediness with heart shaped leaves.

I can attest to their persistence. I have them popping up in my lawn, rock paths, and along with the garden flowers. I find them pretty, so I leave them. Since my home is amongst a canopy of trees I have called my artwork: Wood Violet

I also enjoy that I will see new green shoots in mid-winter and little twinkles of purple color in mid to late February, depending on how cold of a winter our area ends up with. Their color arrives right at the time I need some, and the violets tend to persist into the early summer months.

Purple violets symbolism:

  • truth and loyalty

  • their name is derived from the Latin viola

  • which means violet flower or violet color

During the Victorian era giving a bouquet of these flowers was a reminder of loyalty, thoughtfulness and dependability, as well as everlasting love. Gift violets to someone you wish to let know you will always be there for them.

Where Are These Birth Flowers Artworks Available?

Currently the watercolor artworks of Jubilee and Wood Violet are available at my Etsy shop, as digital downloads:

  • Printable Wall Art - print at home or through a printer service

  • DIY Print at Home Birthday Card

click the above button to head to my Etsy shop, and thank you for checking out my artwork.

Happy Birthday to those born in January or February.

Your Painterly Artist,


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