Thursday, July 31, 2008


Originally uploaded by linfrye
As I walked from the main campus to the Arboretum, I spotted these velvety, luscious-looking mushrooms ...

They were so pretty and looked so edible -- BUT, I remembered taking a walk with a mycologist years ago. This was a botany professor who really KNEW his mushrooms. During our walk, he pointed out various fungi -- everything from aminita (highly toxic) to puff balls -- but when he said that he, knowing all he did about the wee things -- would never eat any from the wild-- well, I was convinced to leave these pretties in the field and eat only those I purchase from the market! LOL

Still, I brought these pretties home to sketch -- they're a little funky in their placement since I propped them against a wall to get a different view of each of them ... but I still love their velvety feel and rich earthy hues.


Teri C said...

Isn't it funny that mushrooms can be so pretty and interesting. You did a wonderful job on these Lin.

Teresa said...

Love both the Monticello grapes and the mushrooms. A couple of summers ago some wild mushrooms popped up in my front yard - under a tree. They were so pretty I photographed them with the intention of painting them. That painting has yet to materialize...but you did get your mushrooms painted.... Good For You!

Anonymous said...

Great job. I can almost feel the texture of the mushrooms. I think of them more as suede LOL!!