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Intimate Mushroom Portraits in Watercolor

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Intimate Mushroom Portraits in Watercolor
Nora Sherwood & Kathleen Southwick
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$185 plus $5 Materials Fee
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Workshop Overview

The translucent nature of the surface of a mushroom makes it the perfect candidate for illustrating in watercolor. Mushrooms make great subject matter for learning about the power of watercolors! The focus will be on pushing your watercolor skills to create sensitive mushroom portraits that glow. In addition, you'll gain knowledge about watercolors specifically, and color theory in general, that can be applied to your other watercolor projects.  (This workshop includes a lecture on local mushrooms by Kathleen Southwick, and a brief mushroom and other fungi identification outing.)

About the Instructor(s)

Nora Sherwood has a professional certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington and is a working artist on the Oregon coast. Her science illustration work is guided by Baba Dioum's famous quote: “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.” In addition to commissioned work for scientific journals, Nora shows work in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, and teaches workshops.

Kathleen Southwick is an avid hiker and forager who moved to the Oregon coast 6 years ago and joined the local LCMS (Lincoln county mycological society) and began attending mushroom forays. From there the joy of being outdoors and learning about the wide variety of mushroom species and the mutual beneficial relationship they have with tress and plants began.

Materials List: Students Bring


•  Pencil set for graphite studies (whatever pencils you like to use for sketching - I typically have 3 pencils on hand when I'm sketching - F, 2B and 4B is a useful set).

•  Eraser, pencil sharpener, tortillion or stump if you like using them

•  Magnifying glass 

•  Clear plastic ruler 

•  Tracing paper

•  A camera (nothing fancy - your smart phone camera is fine) - optional in case you'd like to take a photo of a mushroom in situ

•  A sketch pad for sketches and rough drafts

•  Watercolors - if you already have a set that you like, please bring it. If you don't have watercolors or your set needs some updating, these are some colors I use a lot. These are just suggestions - please don't feel obligated to buy these! (We won't use a lot of paint in the class, and I'd be happy to share a dab of mine if you'd like to try one.)

Phthalo blue

Cadmium red

Alizarin crimson

Quinadrinone gold

New gambone

Hansa yellow

Sap green

Ram umber

Burnt umber

Raw sienna

Burnt sienna

Neutral tint

(Note on watercolors - I've found it really benefits me to pay the extra for the good quality, professional paints, and I only use tube paints.)

•  Brushes - other than a 1 1/2 inch wash brush, I exclusively use round brushes, ranging in size from 4 to 00. Everybody has their favorite type of brush, and mine is the Da Vinci Cosmotop spin... I love them and a bonus is that they're vegan! Bring what you have, and buy a few new ones if yours are old and crusty...

Other watercolor materials - palette, water jars (I use two), paper towels, and anything else you need.

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Watercolor paper

• Some specimens

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