Monday, August 11, 2014

Mushroom Sleuthing

I was on a quest. A mushroom quest. As I rambled through the woods, I had noticed a few colorful little gems peeking out from under the carpet of dried brown leaves beneath my feet, and that only made me want more.

Aquabee Super Delluxe sketchbook, 9" x 12", watercolor and Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen

I felt like I was on a treasure hunt, as my eyes darted this way and that, looking for bright pinks and yellows, as well as the camouflaged tans and greys.

Aquabee Super Delluxe sketchbook, 9" x 12", watercolor and Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen

If I hadn't been paying attention, I would have missed them...

I sketched the mushrooms directly in ink while I was there in the woods and snapped a photo of each one.

It was dusk by the time I finished, and the mosquitoes were finding me every time I paused to sketch, so, after filling two pages in my 9" x 12" sketchbook, I headed indoors.

I spent the next hour or so with a field guide to mushrooms, trying to identify the ones I had drawn. I'm not sure I was too successful - so many of them look similar to one another. 

 It sure was fun tromping around in the woods, though, just seeing what I could see.

I need to give myself permission to do this more often. To wander, to paint, to really look at the things I might normally pass by.

I need to remember that my to-do list will still be there tomorrow, but summer will be over in the blink of an eye. 

 I'm going to savor each moment.


  1. Leslie! What a stunning collection of mushrooms!!!!! You DO need to find more time so you can have "explore and sketch" days like this day!!

    And please keep doing things like this because you have a unique ability to depict the beauty we often miss. I know what I'm talking about; I'm also an artist...

  2. Delightful! Amazing! Full of charm and even humour!

  3. Wonderful sketches of these lovely mushrooms. Good advice to - I know I want to spend more time with my sketchbook while summer lasts - whew it is just going to fast! Have a great week-end.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing these! I love your painting style.


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