Away with the Fairies

There is something very attractive about Fly Agaric mushrooms to me. Perhaps it is their association with fairy-tales and magic that appeals to my inner child.

I suddenly had the urge to paint one a few days ago and so I scoured the internet for images and began sketching my own impression.

I did a single one first so that I could study its form very intensely but already my impatient mind is galloping ahead – imagining misty scenes of the tangled roots of great oaks smothered in swathes of the infamous red and white topped fungi with perhaps  a grumpy old toad sitting on one here and there!

Frog prince 2

I used Arches Hot pressed 90lb paper and painted it dry on dry except for the background which I did wet into wet to add some runs and mystery.


More coming up – watch this space.

8 thoughts on “Away with the Fairies

  1. I have a very stupid question and I apologize. Do you paint directly on the cushion, or on paper and somehow transfer/print the painting to the cushion? I did say it was a stupid question. 🙂

    1. Hi Milka – not silly at all. I scan my original watercolour with a 1200dpi scanner. Then that is printed onto the cushion by Society6 who make them in the USA. They have all the machines and technology….

      1. Well they certainly made me think of being a child and reading fairy tales! They gave me a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling inside 🙂 Both definitely very charming images.

        It would be really interesting to see the mushroom on different coloured cushions, like a pale green? I don’t know how do-able that is but I think it would look pretty 🙂

      2. Hi Claire – thanks – that helps me understand how you feel about them – and I may try and get it on a different background…watch this space ..been painting more of them today for practice – post coming up shortly…A

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