Storm is also the Foray Director with he MST and since he is, my knowledge of mushrooms has grown increasingly the past few years! As an artist- let me tell you there is hardly such a variety you can find in nature - like a MUSHROOM Foray!
Every shape, color, size & smell imaginable, gills, pores and brackets - found on the ground and high up on a tree - Want to paint an alien creature- FUNGI is it! This past week my favourite new find was a star shaped base of a puffball - it's got the star name in it somewhere.
The mushrooms also wanted to offer a bit of wisdom as well- some fungi fun:
-Start from the ground up! What better way to learn it all?
-Stay well rounded! Try to get along with everyone and see other opinions.
-Be a Fungi! That's a given.
-Have Good Morels. You can't go wrong when you know what way is right.
-Hang out with Friends. Socialize with like minded peeps & chill.
-Be Different! Stand out in a crowd- be unique.
-Love Mush! Keep trying, love mush & love often.
3 days of TLC was spent painting this with my son in mind, actually with many little ones in mind. I think this would be a great poster for kids rooms. Educate & amuse and even teach which are edible - The MOREL! Nom nom...
When I started this peice- I went on a Foray and was approached by someone who appreciates my art (seen on Instagram) and knows of my interest for mushrooms- and I have been invited to this years 9/20 event!! Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms - we attended this event a few years ago and it was incredibly informative - You should go! Mushrooms are being studied as medicine and more. Much like cannabis for centuries many have used mushrooms as helping experiences, some use as end of life treatments because of the peace of mind that can sometimes accompany a psychedelic mushroom experience. I was particularly interested in the discussions regarding mushrooms and "microdosing' which many are trying for depression & PTSD.
I AM no expert! It is why I like to attend such events! - I still won't be an expert - hee hee but I will have more knowledge at the end of the day then when I start.
I been told I could sell some original ART (perhaps even this piece) I've acquired quite the mushrooms portfolio' - some pieces I do sell OFF of Instagram, people send me a message and ask- and sometimes I do part with originals.
My son will be at the www.mycognosis.com/40th-annual-mycological-society-toronto-2017-cain-foray/ 40th Cain Foray in Muskoka - I know it will be an amazing time! & I will be at the mushroom event in the city with my friends Abby and Justin. Abby is also an artist and will have some of her work with mine. This piece is too big for my scanner - so I have to show you in parts - or come to the show and see it in 'realife and learn a thing or two!