Sunday, 20 January 2013

Little cyclamen flower

I love cyclamen! I have been doodling bits of them on and off this week to prep for something a bit bigger.  This damn flower fell off when I moved it, so I sketched it out of guilt from for cutting it off in its prime...


Pencil sketch with a bit of white acrylic and watercolour.

 Edit to say the original plant for this is wilting and looking reproachfully at me. I think the problem might be the cold windowsill, but then they are supposed to hate being overheated (about 50F is supposedly right). I've been hunting down restorative treatments today- apparently evicting them outside nightly can help. This site has some interesting tips.

 They also like being watered underneath in the saucer, rather than directly onto the corm. They also go dormant in summer which is rather unusual, so you need to leave it alone at that point. ....Some suggest letting them dry out completely before watering, then dunk in a saucer to get a fix til they dry out again. This doesn't seem to be helping mine much though, poor thing.

I am determined to keep one of these damn things alive eventually.....ARGH.


Next art post will probably be pottery related cause I just started a new evening class! :P Hope you're all well in this freezy weather....

Write and read comments:

morefugee said...

Beautiful! I love Cyclamen as well, btu I have terrible luck with them. I think I need the "art" version in stead.

LadyLazarus said...

it's funny you should say that morefugee, because mine is just this moment conking out completely. I wonder what it is we're both doing wrong...GAH!