You wouldn't expect the word mushrooms to come out in exciting Austin, Texas. Well known as a center of music, it also has some nice scenery too. Barton Springs is one of those scenic spots. I set up on a sloping bank of grass facing the reddish, gnarled cliff on the other side. Done in ink and watercolor, it pleased me. I know this has nothing to do with mushrooms but I entered the painting in a Laguna Gloria Art Museum and School contest.

The painting made a hit and I won oil painting lessons at the school. My only experience with oils was painting Monterrey Coast, now I had a chance to learn more. Challenged to create a realistic painting from a photograph, this painting is the result.

I liked Mushrooms so much that I never sold that painting. It hangs in my living room for my wife and me to enjoy.
These mushrooms are the only painting from that class that I have left.

Written by Edmund Fratus . . . Copyright 9/26/2017