Do you love mushrooms? I love mushrooms in about anything. What about a mushroom, white cheddar cheese and turkey burger? With a mushroom, tomato, onion, and spinach salad on the side. My love of mushrooms spills over into my digital collage art. I was inspired to do a mushroom themed digital collage series. There is Mushroom World, Mushroom Beach, Mushroom Clouds, Mushroom House, Mushroom Ocean, and maybe Mushroom Pond. Not certain about that Pond yet, because the mushrooms have taken exception to the water there. I am working with them to improve their pond.
My original piece in this mushroom series is simply called “Mushroom World” and I invite you to enter into the creation of this fantasy landscape. Like traditional collage, I started building my layers. I selected the photo on the left, “cut” it out and used it for the first layer. What you see on the right is the transformed original photo. Each layer is carefully selected for its content on which I can build my theme. The next layer is called “clouds.” As you can see, this layer does not look like traditional clouds because this did not start out as a photo, but as a digital paper that I created. I was not trying to reproduce photo-realistic clouds!
The next layer is an actual photo I took of a beach sunset, “cut” it out and altered the colors. I know you are thinking, “Where are the mushrooms? She was going to tell us about Mushroom World, but there are no mushrooms.” Well, come back next week for another installment in the creation of a new fantasy world of mushrooms and….
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