Succulents. QP

Succulent/s Plant. QP


In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plants with parts that are thickened, fleshy, and engorged, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. It is a characteristic that is not used scientifically for the definition of most families and genera of plants because it often can be used as an accurate characteristic only at the single species level. The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning 'juice', or 'sap'. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.

By definition, succulent plants are drought resistant plants in which the leaves, stem, or roots have become more than usually fleshy by the development of water-storing tissue.

Some names of succulents:

  • Burro's Tail (sedum morganianum)

  • Crown of Thorns (euphorbia milii)

  • Flaming Katy (kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

  • Aloe Vera (aloe vera)

  • Panda plant (kalanchoe tomentosa)

  • Pincushion Cactus (mammillaria crinita)

  • Roseum (sedum spurium)

  • Snake plant (sansevieria trifasciata)

My succulents.

I happened upon an interesting and affordable collection of succulents at my local grocery store in late spring. (When I was still going to stores.) It was still early days of the Quarentini Painter challenges when it was succulent/s plant. Mine were fresh, alive and perfect for a still life. As I recall, this was the second or third challenge I participated in, almost the first. I was struggling and not sure about the whole challenge thing. However, I was pleased with the outcome.

Overcome with enthusiasm for the succulents, I also did several small black and white oil paintings. I had trouble sleeping that night. I went into the studio at 2 am and painted an ink and watercolor version, as well. This was great. I had been stuck in the studio unable to finish work started before the lock down. At least I was making something and not thinking about the news and the growing pandemic. A turning point, a relief and a way forward.

Update. My succulents did not do well over the winter, dyeing off one by one. There’s two rather sickly ones left. Oh well.


Watercolor painting - photocollage of stages and set up

Small oil painting

Ink and watercolor

Succulent. oil on panel, 10” x 10”, 2020

Succulents. Ink and watercolor on paper. 24” x 18”, 2020

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