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Mushroom Mania

Wow! It is a huge year for mushrooms! And so much variety! Mushrooms have been a favorite subject of mine for awhile and all of these new varieties has fed my enthusiasm for them.

Above, mushrooms in charcoal and gel pen

Above, Toad with Mushrooms and Flowers, 2018 monotype, watercolor and charcoal.

In the mixed media painting above, the toad is printed in ink from a photograph I took in Cape May, NJ. The flowers are sourced from the copyright free digital archives of the New York Public Library.

Above, mushrooms found in my yard this past autumn.

The top two mushrooms are from a pattern by Ann Wood. The mushroom on the left is thrifted brown velvet with a brown check cotton from my stash, some muslin and a piece of lace from my wedding dress (the remaining fabric, I did not cut up my dress!). The red and white polka dot mushroom was constructed from an old silk Burberry tie and a little piece of linen toile from an old wallpaper/fabric sample book. The little amiguri mushroom was crocheted during a car ride to visit friends on Shelter Island. It measures about 3" tall and took the entire car ride to make because I kept misinterpreting the directions :(

Recent mushroom paintings in watercolor, all 5" x 7"

Some newer mushroom works, using watercolor and charcoal. The red mushrooms are charcoal and pastel. I'm really liking how the black of the charcoal contrasts with the watercolor and pastel. I hope you like them too :)

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