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Lil white mushroom

August 30th, 2006

This is my entry for the Botanical Art month long “fungus” challenge. I’m sorry to say that here in desert dry Southern California we have a hard time keeping mushrooms fresh in our fridges let alone finding any growing wild … so this painting is from a photo I took of one harvested in January or so, after a very long rainy season. I’m sorry I don’t know the name of it, but I drew it in this position hoping that maybe someone can identify it. It had a few little brown “flaps” along the white cap.

This is watercolor with a very small bit of colored pencil and gouache for the white mycelium “root” (I think it’s mycelium, not sure.) This was painted with just two colors – van dyke brown and ultramarine blue. It’s 7.5″ x 11″

7 Comments »

  1. I think the technical term is “little white mushroom.” The Latin binomial is Fungi miniblancus. :-) Seriously, I think you’d need to tell us about what size you mean when you say little…

    And yep, mycelium is right…if I remember correctly!

    Comment by Kate (Cathy) Johnson — August 30, 2006 @ 9:41 am
  2. You made a beauty out of a ‘simple little mushroom’! I never knew using two colors could create such a wonderful painting-well, I knew but you proved it!!

    Comment by TeriC — August 30, 2006 @ 12:18 pm
  3. Wish I knew more about fungi Karen but I don’t.
    I love the fact that you used two colors. Sometimes the best paintings are done with very few color choices. This is beautiful.
    Hmmm I thin I will have to try and do some research for info on the next challenge.

    Comment by Toni — August 30, 2006 @ 1:05 pm
  4. Lovely composition Karen! So simple and still full of the details of the mushroom and it’s shadow!

    Comment by Malinda — August 30, 2006 @ 5:51 pm
  5. Karen, will ya please push up my jaw that just dropped. This is stunning is its simplicity! Here I am, buying more paint and you are turning out these beauties with just two colors! I love the composition!

    Comment by Tami — August 31, 2006 @ 12:26 am
  6. One of my favorites.

    Comment by buzz — August 31, 2006 @ 2:59 pm
  7. I love the velvety textures and colors–it all says mushroom and this little guy looks like he’s dancing. I also really like the gills(?) no…that’s fish…(it’s late)–well whatever those little fluted things are called at the bottom. They look so realistic and freely done at the same time..

    Comment by Jana Bouc — August 31, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

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