I've been wanting to paint a new succulent plant artwork for a while now. I'd painted a really interesting "Mexican Snowball" succulent plant in macro style some years ago in a beautiful shade of blue and white. The original sold and unfortunately I later could not find the high definition digital file of the painting, so am unable to offer it for sale as a poster or print ! So this is my attempt to rectify the situation. This succulent is slightly different to the Mexican Snowball. It incorporates more greenish tones.
The first step was to draw the shapes of the plant. I usually like to start the painting at the most detailed part of the plant - usually in the middle - and work outwards. The fleshy leaves (not sure of the correct name in succulents..) have used colour combinations, mostly in layering effects , of Art Spectrum lemon yellow, sap green, oxide of chromium, Pthalo Green, Tasman Blue and a Windsor and Newton brand turquoise. In certain sections for highlights I've also used Art Spectrum Flinders Red Violet and Payne's Grey for shadows. Spectrum red was used on the tips of the leaves.
The original painting is 29 x 42cm (A3 size) on Arches Medium 300gsm paper. It is for sale at this present time - price is listed under "Original works for sale". It is also available as a high quality print by clicking on the photo below right.
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.