I’ve been working on this relatively small painting in between jobs for over a month now! I’ll probably tweak it a bit more yet, but I couldn’t wait to share it now that it’s finally coming close to what I envisioned. This mushroom, like its climber, is entirely imaginary, but it was inspired by various real species. If you are a fan of fungi in its many fanciful forms, be sure to check out this fascinating blog: When we die, we become one with the earth. Beautiful photos of some amazing shrooms!
The background engraving was scanned from The Practical Standard Dictionary, 1943; the borders were from an old map.
The not-so-secret message in the annulus refers to a series of books by Eleanor Cameron that I loved as a child. Working on this really made me want to reread those books!
p.s. This one’s dedicated to my friend Heather, an avid mushroom-hunter, & my father, a soon-to-be truffle farmer!
Edit: Prints of this painting (along with the original) are now available in my Etsy shop!
Tattoos make everyone look more powerful, don’t you think?
This isn’t a new piece, but as I hadn’t posted it on this site, I thought I’d remedy that. If you’re a fan of Noah Scalin’s Skull-A-Day (& you should be!) you might have seen it there a while back too.
p.s. Gearing up for some new toys coming soon! :-)
These lovely smiling people are the brilliant creators behind Cartozia Tales, holding their copies of Issue #1!* You can meet all of them & hear their voices in the Cartozia Kickstarter Video, & learn more about the comic on the Cartozia Website.
*Yes, I did the cover! You can see a close-up detail here.
Photos compiled by Jen Vaughn.