Friday, July 1, 2011

What's in My Sketchbook?

Alas, mushroom!  Not only it is one of my favourite food, I love to draw them as well!

20110514 Mushroom


20110514 Mushroom 2


20110514 Mushroom CU 2
  
What is it about mushroom that I love?  Let me think …

-          the cute umbrella shape
-          the wide variety of colors (from earth tone to purplish blue!)
-          its long standing association to magic, forest, woods in folklore and fairy tales
-          easy to draw (I mean you don’t have to possess super drawing skill to draw a beautiful mushroom.)

Aside from the sketch above, here is a mushroom painting which I did last year.  It's called "We're All In This Together", ink on paper.

20100307 Mushrooms 12

And some mushrooms which I collected along the way.

20110613 Mushroom Cards

The white ceramic mushroom has significant meaning to me as it was a gift from fellow blogger Cameron at Paint Myself Pretty.  (See the related blog post here.) It has been sitting on my work table since the day it arrived.  And this little beauty always reminds me of the friendship I got from blogging.

20110613 Mushroom Cards & Cam's Mushroom

There, you see why I love these little fellas!

The sketch is also for Paint Party Friday (hosted by Eva and Kristin).  All are welcomed!  Do join in to share and support each other!

Cheers and have a fantastic weekend!

42 comments:

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Fabulous work!!! Love your mushrooms!
HAppy PPF to you!

Pointy Pix said...

These are fantastic! I love the we're all in this together one - such delicate colours. Your sketches always amaze me how you get them to look like they are jumping off the page. I also love mushrooms - especially mushroom burgers which are a great veggie alternative!! And there is something sort of magical (and I don't meant actual magic mushrooms!) about them - perhaps the connotation to fairies and pixies and all things imaginary and wondrous!

Marlene said...

Mushrooms are terrific to paint but alas I don't care to eat them. Love your work they are all really wonderfully done. I even recognized some of the types in your Were All In This Together piece.

carlarey said...

Love your mushroom paintings. All your work is amazing.

One of my earliest memories of a piece of art was the illustrations for a poem my mom used to read to me. Now you have inspired me to go look it up.

BahamaDawn said...

awesome work!! you are a master at watercolors!! love to see what you do each week! happy PPF!

laurie said...

you are the master at mushrooms for certain, beautiful,, HPPF!

Gloria said...

Your work is always so well done and these mushrooms are just awesome. They are one of my favorite foods as well and in fact I have some in the frig that I'll be cooking today. Yummo! Great job. Happy PPF and 4th of July.

The WoodWife said...

Love your shrooms!! I love to eat them and look at them!! Yours look great!!

Roban Studio said...
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Roban Studio said...

As always I LOVE your sketchbook paintings! I like mushrooms too for all the same reasons. Wonderful! Happy PPF. :-)

art2cee2 said...

I just love the peeks into your sketchbook. The mushrooms are just awesome! :-)

Netty said...

Wow....loving your mushrooms, so delicate and yet so realistic. Happy PPF, Annette x

Julie said...

Your sketches are beautiful!! So pleasing to look at. Happy PPF!

Barbara/myth maker said...

Oooh, love your mushrooms. Your sketches are always so great!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay..such a gorgeous tribute to mushrooms..they are so beautiful and magical...beautiful work!
Shine on!!
Victoria

Christine said...

love your mushroom art diplay, they are magical, mushrooms are.

NatashaMay said...

I'm actually not very fond of mushrooms but yours look really pretty. :)

Tammie said...

your mushroom art is wonderful. I never thought of drawing mushrooms as easy, so you have encouraged me.

I love mushrooms too. I feel as though I am meeting a unique creature every time i meet one.

Kristin Dudish said...

What a wonderful collection of mushrooms - I totally agree... I love their shape :)

xo
Kristin

Theresa said...

I love your mushrooms! & you have a great collection too. I am inspired to try making more in my journal.
Happy PPF! Theresa

Leone said...

I love mushrooms too, they are so magical. You sketches are excellent as usual but I especially love the one you did last year, with your whimsical imagination that I love so much.

SHERI C said...

LOVE all your mushroom formats this week. Always a JOY to visit your art. HAPPY PPF!

Elisa said...

Fantastic mushroom painting! I love to eat them! Happy PPF and weekend!

Cameron said...

Aaaawww! I'm all warm and fuzzy inside :P Thank you! I'm so very fond of you, too!!!

Loving these mushrooms! Mushroom omelettes are my absolute favorite "just for me" breakfast (my daughter and Hubby do not like them at all!)....I could eat them every day!

So what are you writing in the background of these sketches? This sounded a bit like a story to me? And I remember that pointilism piece from last year...I remember you were wondering what to do with the grass...looks like you figured it out....I think it's great!

Thanks for sharing it again :D

I'll be back in a month or so....and I'll catch up with you like a madwoman. I don't want to miss anything!

Biggest hugs!
Cam

sophielangley.com said...

Oh, Hybrid J! I love, love, love these sketches!

I love mushrooms too -- for eating and for looking at. They're so interesting.

sophielangley.com said...

Oh, Hybrid J! I love, love, love these sketches!

I love mushrooms too -- for eating and for looking at. They're so interesting.

Jehanne's doodles said...

Fantastic mushrooms!! I really fab sketches!!

Melisa said...

I love mushrooms, too. They come in so many different shapes. I think they have a whimsical quality when they pop up in little clusters in my yard and potted plants. They made a great journal page!

Mary Hysong said...

Love your 'shrooms! We don't see them much here in the desert, except under unusual circumstances. Would love to live where you can collect all the yummy kinds. I have to be happy with ones I can buy at the store; not much selection. Thanks for stopping by my place & Happy PPF!

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

Your sketchbook is so beautiful, I would buy it and look at it often for inspiration. Great composition and lovely mushrooms!

Phoenix Peacock said...

I love the sketchbook. The quality of colors is really nicely done with the composition. And your whole mushroom collection is just great!

WrightStuff said...

I'm resisting the not mushroom around here jokes... (oops!).

They cry out to be drawn and painted don't they!

I do so love your style.

KAT said...

great looking mushrooms
KAT

Julie said...

I love mushrooms too, your sketchbook is wonderful!

angelself said...

Excellent work, and such a beautiful sketch page. Very nice detail on your mushrooms, yet still soft and pretty. Kathryn

Gerri Herbst said...

Love your mushrooms...you know I adore your style. I collected mushroom pictures when I was a kid.Thanks so much for your kind words on my flower painting for PPF. take care, gerri

Anne said...

Great mushrooms!! I love them!

EVA said...

Fabulous "shrooms!! I remember that piece from last year. So fascinating to see your art evolve. I love both styles.

What a wonderful gift from Cameron and SO meaningful!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Awesome collection of mushrooms. Nice to get to know something about you too. :)

kate said...

fabulous!!! :)

Heather said...

I love mushrooms!!! They are one of my favorite things!!!! Love your sketches!!!

- T.W - said...

Hah, I love mushrooms too!
Must originally be from me liking Super Mario Bros... XD
Your shrooms are awesome!