Posts Tagged ‘mushroom painting’
I love Russulas. There’s something so solid about them, something so sure. I love the colors of their caps, in all shades of warms and cools, atop a stout stem. There’s a certain lack of ambivalence about them that makes them so assuredly Russulas when you find them in the forest duff. Just don’t ask me to tell them apart by species. And as I learned last night at a New York Mycological Society talk by Noah Siegel, co-president of the Monadnock Mushroomers Unlimited in New Hampshire, some mushrooms (I forget which) we never considered as Russula, are indeed, thanks to DNA sequencing. According to the talk and recent science news in the media, DNA sequencing is rearranging relations of all kinds of taxa, resulting in renaming and rethinking of where things are on the evolutionary tree. Much confusion and head-scratching among the scientific community results. So maybe this post should be called, Not So Sure the Russula.
Regardless, Russulas are a fun way to indulge and experiment with rich colors when painting. And I will still be excited to find them in the urban forest.
Ha ha well wouldn’t you know it, I was completely wrong about my last post. I learned this after talking to Gary Lincoff yesterday about mushrooms that are emerging right now. He says it’s too early for Cortinarius to be coming up and that the cobwebby veils appear in other mushrooms as well. And given the timing and description of the mushroom, he thinks it’s more likely an Agrocybe or Psathyrella instead. So back to some investigating of this spring mushroom! I was gonna delete my last post because of the error but hey, such are the blunders and boo-boos of mushroom identification by a beginner. Hence the oft-heard warning, especially with mushrooms, never to eat anything you think is edible from the wild unless you’re absolutely certain of what it is.
So back to the drawing board, literally. These are some things I’m working on right now:
Excited for spring, for sure! And tonight, some (store bought) mushrooms for dinner.