View Full Version : Cacti and succulent series: Cactus #1 (xpost SW Forum)

Katherine T
08-06-2007, 07:48 AM
I'm still trying to identify Cactus #1 and suspect it maybe actually be classified as a succulent. Anybody who think they know what it please shout out. :)

Cactus #1 is 8" x 8" and is coloured pencil on Arches Hot Press. I did it as part of my Georgia O'Keeffe project in June (http://akingamark.blogspot.com/search/label/Georgia%20O%27Keeffe).

The series of images of cacti and succulents that I developed were all based on taking a small part of the plant and finding an interesting value pattern and composition within its structure.


I found it very interesting that Georgie O'Keeffe actually did very little by way of images of cacti despite living in New Mexico - which I visited last year. I loved the cacti - and was quite blown away by them.

Katherine T
08-06-2007, 08:07 AM
Let me correct that - it WILL be cross-posted - when I can!

08-06-2007, 10:39 AM
I liked this series on cacti :) love the abstraction and the soft subtle colours and sculptural form :)

Ranger Dan
08-06-2007, 01:05 PM
I would guess this is a Queen Victoria Agave, Agave victoriae-reginae being the scientific name. Looking forward to the rest in the series!

Katherine T
08-06-2007, 01:17 PM
Thanks Dan - I'm missing a few more names as well. I've got the bug in cacti terms but don't yet have the knowledge. I won't swamp the forum - but if you want to take a quick peek - you can see them all together here (http://www.astelsandpencils.com/plants.html).

Some of them will be visiting California this Autumn for an exhibition in San Diego.

08-06-2007, 02:23 PM
It looks to me like hen and chicks or "sempervivum". For a pic to compare, you can go here:

Ranger Dan
08-06-2007, 05:04 PM
Nice series. Cactus #2 is Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) That makes both 1 & 2 succulents.

Katherine T
08-06-2007, 05:14 PM
Oh goody - I'm going to be able to redo all the titles of my website at this rate!

Charlie's Mum
08-06-2007, 06:04 PM
Interesting pattern - I know, it's the plant's form! - but well-rendered and beautiful colouring!
How long did it take?

Katherine T
08-06-2007, 06:12 PM
I think I did it in an evening. Might have been two - but shorter slots. I like to try and get the smaller ones done more or less in one go as they seem to work better if I do.

But I draw fast! ;)

08-07-2007, 09:12 AM
I don't know what it is - but I know I like it! Thanks Katherine for the link that led me here. :)

08-09-2007, 06:25 AM
The dark one with the reddish glowing leaves is Aeonium. It is either 'Zwartzkop' or 'arboreum' If you search Google images it should bring up more to clarify which for you

I had one selected for our Melbourne show last year - it has the most amazing yellow flower spike which I mean to paint when I get the time



Terry Wynn
08-09-2007, 01:11 PM
I really like your drawing/painting. Draws me in and wow, you are fast for that size, I think!

Looking forward to seeing more!


08-09-2007, 04:58 PM
I think it is an succulents, I had one that looked a lot like this drawing :)
I find this drawing very intriguing, if you know the plant, you will instantly know what you are looking at, but if you know nothing about the plant it is an great abstract art work.

08-10-2007, 04:28 AM
This looks like an awful lot of work Katherine! Wonderful macro with incredible detail, the touches of pink among the blues and greens are great!


Katherine T
08-10-2007, 07:58 AM
Thanks Ruth. Well spotted - isn't it weird how often a complementary colour really makes a work perk up!