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February 17, 2011

Late winter is asserting itself this week and it’s cold and rainy again … the sort of weather that doesn’t lend itself to getting-on-the-train-and-slogging-t0-and-from-work good feelings (although I loooove my job!) but instead makes me want to stay in and watch TV all day. Well, not gonna happen … but, I can watch YouTube videos on my iPhone while on the train. So, using the keyword ‘succulents’ I came across this diverse group of vids with a succulent edge. If it’s blustery out, like here, and you’re able to stay in, pull your Snuggie tight and enjoy … just know that I’m really jealous!

This first video features Debra Lee Baldwin, of RR’s favorite book and all-time most popular post (click here), putting together a simple succulent container garden. Produced by Timber Press, publishers of ‘Succulent Container Gardens’, it’s a concise look at the process. I saw Debra the last time she visited the HOME section at The Times but was too star-struck to say hi; she seems really nice here, so next time …

A video slideshow of container gardens and vertical installations of our fave plants, by Planted Art, is full of inspirational imagery. What I enjoy about the work of PA’s Michael Brunt and Patrick Marston here is that it’s a bit looser — wild-and-woolier — than other examples of similar work out there. Less uptight and more intuitive, these pieces have a succulents-at-play look to them.

With soft jazz tinkling in the background, YouTube artist knottyboy, takes us through the steps involved in painting a surreal saguaro woman mask. Titled ‘Tranquila’, or ‘Calm’ in Spanish, it would make a nice piece of garden sculpture. I like this artist’s style and can see myself doing something similar at some point. In my spare time.

This next video made me a bit insane, as it has to do with origami. I’m both attracted to (all those precise, tiny folds!) and repelled (all those precise, tiny folds!) by the paper-folding craft … there’s an insidious math-y element to origami, too, that just rubs me the wrong way. Anyway, this project isn’t as obsessive as some, but I still couldn’t wait for it to be over. But, maybe you’ll like it.

Lastly, I share with you an enigmatic short art film titled ‘Succulents’ … I’m not entirely sure why the filmmakers bestowed this title, as the film seems to deal with a longing for escape, relationship dissatisfaction and possibly messy daddy-daughter long-range trucking experiences. Or, at least that’s what I got out of the piece, that clocks in at a merciful 5 minutes. There are succulents dressing the set, but are they really symbolic of … something? I got nuthin’ …

It’s supposed to rain intermittently the rest of the week, and into the weekend … I wonder what keyword to explore next …?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. AlgaRythums permalink
    October 6, 2011 3:31 pm

    The origami thingy… uh,… NO! WHY???! when the real thing is so available. Maybe if you lived in Russia. The short movie… Very Strange. Maybe succulents were her only solace. But the Planted Art… VERY NICE!!! I will watch that one again. Yeah, Debra is cute, I like her style.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 6, 2011 3:38 pm

      I know, that origami thing drove me insane as well… but it was fun digging these vids up …

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