Pulled these up from my backyard and rinsed the roots so I could see them clearly. I love drawing roots and hairy stems.
I wish I owned this cactus plant, but unfortunately I do not. This drawing was done from a picture I found.
The first is my favorite, painted with blue and white gouache. The second is a watercolor painting of the same bunch of flowers. The third is also blue gouache, I think. I like the contrast between the massive bulb and the skinny little roots.
With all the rain we’ve been getting I’ve been discovering fungi everywhere I look. Before my recent fascination with mushrooms, I’d never even noticed that they’re all around me. Now that I’m on the lookout, wow. My own backyard, a walk into town, outside a friends house or on a neighbor’s front lawn - they’re everywhere.
In a completely natural environment, like the arboretum here in town, the variety seems endless. Here’s what I found on a short walk…
Lichens are everywhere, if you look for them…
One of the things I love about them is that they blend in, don’t call attention to themselves. They grow slowly, extending outward from the middle. The most common, or at least the ones I most often see, are light shades of green, some of my favorite colors. I painted one (of many) which grow on an old teak chair in my backyard.
While hunting for these mushrooms, I took note of their color so that I could try to identify them once I got home. Since spore prints are sometimes important for accurate identification (I think especially for gilled mushrooms) I picked some that I found. For some reason unknown to me, however, my attempts to make spore prints from the caps were for the most part unsuccessful.