Amanita mauscaria – Toadstools
This is a subject matter that attracts many artists and seems to bring out the child in most of us. In the autumn these fungi are a common feature of the old gardens around my district and erupt through mossy lawns with the first heavy dews or rains. Painting these are a real pleasure and fun to use washes to attain the sinuous orangey red of the Amanita’s top. I particularly enjoy the white spots that rise above the cap and the challenge of the gills. I felt it was important to capture these fungi in various stages as it changes its shape so remarkably.
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