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Succulent Wordplay: Coolness Factor

November 3, 2011

Cool and blue

My second Succulent Wordplay project is finished! Like the ALOE version (click here), this AGAVE piece is meant to be a decorative  accent for an outdoor space. But, unlike the ALOE piece, I didn’t want its colors to directly reference those of the succulent subject. So I purposely made them “off”, choosing an overall darker palette with some surprise undertones that would be set off by the almost metallic blues and grays of many agaves. Mostly blue, but complex and cool, I think the hues I’ve used complement the agaves, concrete pots, and metal items found in this vignette …


ALOE began as a canvas with papier maché letters adhered to it, coated roughly with an acrylic gesso undercoat for texture, with several layered coats of acrylic paint. AGAVE’s creation was the same, but with different colors … By layer, they were: red-orange, deep violet, periwinkle blue, bright pink, more blue, then black … with a final selective application of iridescent silver. I think this piece is a success and can’t wait to get started on my next, suggested by fellow garden blogger, Denise of A Growing Obsession: YUCCA!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 5:15 am

    Naturally I am drooling over AGAVE and feel confident it should be here in my garden. However since that is doubtful I will mention you’ve given me food for thought here, those agaves tipped on their sides look like just the thing to cope with our winter downpours

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 3, 2011 5:23 am

      Hey, Loree, I’ve been seeing agaves planted on an angle in commercial settings lately and liked how they looked. Glad you did, too!

  2. November 4, 2011 1:24 am

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 4, 2011 1:31 am

      Hey, Denise … I can’t wait for it all to go, now that I’ve hauled it from one end of the yard to the other … over and over again. See you soon!

  3. November 4, 2011 2:59 am

    love this! the angles make it. usually plants are all so “up and down.” way to mix it up, as usual!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      November 4, 2011 3:06 am

      Thanks, this was a fun one to set up,

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