Friday, February 11, 2011

Fourth Mushroom Watercolor

The fourth mushroom is very common in my backyard in November & December. I pulled up an attractive specimen & laid it gently on my drawing table.

In this 7 x 9" watercolor, I added an element I'd been seeing as I drifted off to sleep: small colored squares coming off the mycelial base of mushrooms in varying patterns.

I like the compositional effect, & wonder what it means. Perhaps the relationship of mushrooms to the building blocks of the soil? A reference to the periodic table?

The quote from Paul Stamets: Under ordinary circumstances nature self-prescribes fungi for its own healing.

How beautiful is that?