Mushroom Field

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Mushroom Field

9″ x 6″ Mixed Media on Yes!

I painted these little mushrooms on Yes! Primed Cotton.  I remember Yes! being more absorbent, but I have had this pad for quite a while and it was not accepting my watercolor very well.   Since I was unable to get the affect I wanted, I outlined it in Sharpie and then splashed some acrylic on it.  It ended up being fun to do.  This is the first of three paintings I did from this same reference.

Okay, now I want to show you what it looked like on Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma on Saturday evening.  The weather was perfect and I believe we had record crowds for the Memorial Day weekend.  This is just one little part of the lake, but there was a Cross Canadian Ragweed concert about to start at the outdoor amphitheater next to the marina.    These folks saved between $25 and $75 a head.    I took this picture from our boat (as we were heading in to the dock, to put it away and go home).   We just aren’t tough enough to hang with the twenty-something crowd.    🙂

About Friedrich Nietzsche

Controversial German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is best known for his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Born in 1844 near Leipzig, he renounced Prussian citizenship in 1869, remaining stateless the rest of his life. In his work, he argued against the concept of an omnipotent deity, believing in a “will to power,” a drive toward creativity that could explain everything from natural phenomena to human behavior. He suffered from insanity, possibly syphilis-induced, for his last ten years. He died in 1900.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 20:13:47

    OMG! It looks like the 7th Ave. Express during rush hour out there! I, too, would not have been able to last with the 20 year olds.

    Love the mushrooms and I like what you did with the sharpie.


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 03, 2010 @ 07:40:13

      Thanks, Carol! It still amazes me that a lake in Oklahoma draws this kind of excitement. When I lived in California, I didn’t know there was even water in Oklahoma. I thought it was all tumble weeds. he he 🙂


  2. lesliepaints
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 00:07:36

    First of all, I have never heard of YES paper. I love it that you did not give up and I like the result. You hold true to that bright color you use and you never fail on drawing me in.
    Secondly, How in the world did you two weave your way in and out of all those boats and find the dock? I surely would have drifted into someone.


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