Another Succulent

Today’s watercolor experiment:

I felt really bad that I didn’t take care of my fuzzy, thick-leaved plant, the subject of one of my watercolor studies a day or so ago. Whilst doing errands therefore, I picked up a grove (?), orchard (?), gaggle (?) of new succulents. (Forgive, me but I do not know the proper collective plural for a small gathering of succulent plants.)

Today’s composition features Aeonium Species, the name proclaimed on the label of the plastic pot in which the plant resided.

It is a smallish plant. I believe I have seen mature plants of this type that have grown tall and stalky. Hopefully my new one will do the same. I should give it a name. After all, Arthur, my pet avocado tree that I grew from a seed has one.

Watercolor Pen and Ink: Succulent - Aeonium

6″x4″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

I like the symmetry of the petals. It is not as tight a form as say, a sunflower, but rather suggestive of a spiral pattern. Perhaps with more growth more spirality will be revealed.

The colors presented a challenge. The purple outer leaves (are they still petals?) remain purple along their entire length. However, the inner leaves begin as yellow-green in the region closest to the hub, and turn to purple further to the periphery. This was a hard transition for me to portray.

All in all, I like this composition. The ink lines helped to provide contrast among the leaves.

7 thoughts on “Another Succulent

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one that gives my plants names (mine are all named after Greek gods and goddesses). Anyhow, this composition is really beautiful. You’re quite talented.

  2. I am tried to read on my own, but unfortunately I used translator Google too. I liked very much your text, but I don’t understand about watercolor. Congratulations!

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