A little head’s up

Hi guys. Here’s a sticky post, before you venture through my succulent blog. This winter has been a bit tough on me (thanks, short days and constantly cloudy, rainy weather) and I’ve been needing a bit of a break for a while now. I’ll still post here once in a while if something cool happens here, just not as often as I normally do. I promise, I’ll be back with new energy once spring sets in and my plants start growing again.

Happy growing!

Croton seedlings, 5 months old

I think both of the croton seedlings got all of their genes from the mother plant (Codiaeum variegatum). They have been getting a tiny bit more sun lately and the leaves on one of the seedlings is gradually shifting colors from green to bright yellow.
They’re not actively growing right now but they should pick up the pace when we get closer to spring. Right now I’m watering every time the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.

New Year’s resolution

It’s a little late, but I have finally found my New Year’s resolution for 2020 and hopefully the rest of my life. I need to get out more, and the perfect start is to make use of the huge forest just outside my door. I suffer from SAD every year from August until April, living in the cold, dark and wet Denmark where the sun only shines a few days every winter. Today was a sunny day and I’m glad I managed to leave my home and drag my feet through 10 cm of mud for 2 hours, because feeling tired from a walk is much different than feeling tired from staying in and watching TV all day.

Lithops seedlings, 4 years + 4 months

We’re at the end of 2019 and things are going great here in my apartment. The Lithops seedlings are getting pretty big, although the green one seems to have stalled. They’re not getting any more water until spring, even if they look like they need it. The old leaf sets should contain all the water they need for the next 3 months until it’s safe to water again.

I hope you will all have a great 2020! Next year I’m starting at a new job and probably won’t be posting here as often, at least for the first couple of months. I do have a couple of exciting things I want to show you in the new year 🌵

Portal 2, acrylic painting

This painting was a Christmas gift for my brother. He’s a bit of a gamer and I wanted to give him something personal for a change. He introduced me to the Portal series and I instantly fell in love with GLaDOS and the general atmosphere in the game. This is probably the game I’ve played the most on PC. I’m actually kind of proud of this one.

I’ve been painting with acrylics for a year now, and I only just learned to correctly estimate how intense the colors will be when the paint dries on the canvas. Acrylic paint (at least the brands I’ve been using) shift color and turn out way too intense when they dry out, which has been pretty frustrating. The real world doesn’t look like a Photoshop image with the saturation set to max.

Acrylic paint, 40×30 cm canvas.

Painting of the west coast in Denmark

I painted this picture as a Christmas present for my mom.
We’ve walked on this beach a lot. It’s usually very windy on the west coast, but on this particular day it wasn’t. As we walked near the water, we noticed the sky going dark very quickly and a bright crack was splitting the clouds, lighting up the water. We just stood and watched the clouds in awe for a few moments until it started raining.

Acrylic paint, 40×30 cm canvas.