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Today’s Postcard: Two field mushrooms
The light from the east onto the Preseli hills made everything pale and soft like a packet of Love Heart sweets without the quaint messages. Cold though it was in my ‚62 „Moggy thou“ it‘s a great drive and there is rarely much on the road at 7ish except the odd tractor and numerous red kites spinning and soaring.
The nearly dry leaves in the woods smell of fungus and frost and that’s a Proustian moment that takes me back to childhood. As youngsters we used to go mushroom picking and puffball kicking on a nearby airfield this time of year. On my daily walk through the woods I’m often tempted to pick other varieties too but I know I’ll end up on a government list of „picking plonkers“ by eating something horrendous like an Avenging Angel or a Satan’s Boletus. Or a Greggs Pasty. Here’s an innocuous composition of two (shop bought) flat mushrooms.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): Burnt Umber and Dioaxine Purple (sounds fungal) as a base for the gills, with Titanium White, Flesh Tint, Kings Blue Pale, Blu Turchese and Naples Yellow and Yellow Ochre for the rest.
Brush: Size 1 filbert; Sizes 0 and 1round (synthetic sable).
Hope you like the painting. The Emporer Claudius ate a Death Cap in 54AD according to Frankie Howerd.