I am readying my exhibition plans for upcoming shows in early March, namely the Galanthus Gala and the Lehigh Valley Flower Show. While designing my table and plant displays, I am not only conscious of the flowers themselves, but also against what background they will be displayed.
In the photo above, I chose one of my copper panels on which I paint as the background. The one on left is primed and toned a French clay green, allowing for a silhouette against the lighter background yet emphasizing the light flower color. The one on right is the reverse side of the bare copper panel, allowing for the reflection of the light flower, emphasizing a feeling of the wiry plant stems.
The coiled stems on the pollinated cyclamen flowers which have shed their petals, wind themselves down to the base of the plant readying the seeds, when mature, to be released and carried off by ants who enjoy their sugary coating, while depositing them in a new location.
Either one of these are quite nice and the lighting at the location will dictate which will be decided on location.