Sunday, January 31, 2010
The first time, nearly a week ago, a dog came up the hill where the fungi are fruiting and where I was drawing with my dog, Chloe keeping watch. Chloe got a bit territorial but I had managed to settle both dogs down nicely when the dog's human arrived and began doing a complicated dance right over the fungi as she tried to capture the dog, who wasn't interested in being captured. Both dog and human were neatly missing the fungi, but when I asked her, calmly and quietly, to try not to step on them down her foot came, right smack on the fungi. Sigh.
The next time I thought I'd try to work on my watercolor skills, or lack thereof. It began to rain. I learned that misty rain makes a very nice texture in damp watercolors. Big blops of rain do not.
A couple of days later the rain stopped and I went back. This time I decided to stick with the tried and true and began work on a ball point pen sketch. I really shouldn't have had that large cup of cocoa before leaving. I packed up my half finished sketch and went home envious of the ease with which men can relieve themselves in nearly public places. Grrr. I brought a couple of the fungi with me to paint in more detail. The first two are monochrome and the one on the right shows the actual colors of the helvella. Today I finished the ball point pen sketch from memory.