Fairy Ring:
fun with mushroom drawings & photographs

Though it may seem as if I was drawing from photos, I actually was making the images in parallel and if anything, attempting to recreate the pose of the drawing in the photography (a task usually doomed to failure.) These are the last drawings I did before coming back to this sketchbook and deciding to finish it off.

graphite on flecked sketchbook paper (cropped) 14aug2018; original page approximately 5-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches

How do I know this? Well, for one thing, I took a lot of photos of this fairy ring, and there's a 15 minute gap between in the middle of the session (right before the first two photos) —that's when I would've made the drawings.

graphite on flecked sketchbook paper (cropped); original page approximately 5-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches; made on 14 aug2018.[1]

It's been three years, but I suspect what happened is that I went swimming at the local pool (it would've been opened for laps 6:30–8am), spotted this item that popped up, went home & grabbed a sketchbook because I suspected (correctly) that it would be difficult to photograph the entire ring.

Here's a shot somewhat similar to the first sketch. Cell phone, approximately 8:30a, 14aug2018

Quite often I take photographs of the thing I'm trying to draw in the (again, usually vain) hope that the photograph will capture what the drawing didn't.

and the second drawing.

Spoiler: it almost never does, though sometimes I capture other aspects of the experience, as for example the dew in the picture below.

That lovely dew...

All in all, it was a lovely time:)

[1]The splotch on the bottom is ink soaking thru from this drawing on the reverse.