The Mycological Goddess Copelandia is the last of the otherworldly mushroom sages in my Five of Clubs series and is certainly the most ornate, playful and tawdry of the bunch. She boldly flaunts her ample assets and bats the long lashes of her three all-seeing eyes toward anyone who passes. Adorning herself in opulence with feathers and pearls, she radiates a glow of life-force so powerful that sprigs of tender foliage and flowers continuously sprout from the top of her head(s). Medium: graphite on paper, digital paint.
Panaeolus is one of the more unusual Mycological Goddesses in that she is both a fungus and a self-transforming machine elf. She dwells not in a forest, but inside a sparkling, bejeweled and almost cartoon-like higher dimension which can only be accessed by those who have the elusive key. Travelers who bravely cross her threshold are greeted enthusiastically and soon find themselves astonished over her ability to create beautiful objects out of thin air simply by singing. Her voice is melodic, full of laughter, and each note weaves a tapestry of glowing filaments into one wonder after the other. She seems to revel in her ability to astound and delight others, but if she notices the viewer becoming too spellbound by her shenanigans, she'll swiftly kick them out of her world and laugh as they fall back to Earth with a resounding thud. Medium: graphite, digital paint.
Galerina is a highly secretive Mycological Goddess who enjoys hiding in plain sight and adopting a variety of noms de plume and clever disguises to confuse and distract those who can see her. While you may never notice her existence, it can be assured she is most certainly aware of yours. One day she may take the form of a dancing snow geisha, another day she might decide to be a fire-breathing chipmunk. The moment you observe her, she'll dutifully come into form, but then she'll quickly bounce out of existence before your eyes can even register her. Medium: graphite on paper, digital paint.
Fungus of the genus Hypholoma are found clustered around tree stumps in dense temperate woodlands. Easily identifiable due to the prismatic glow radiating from its surface, the most notable feature of the Hypholoma is its method of reproduction. In early Spring, tiny spores shaped as overly enthusiastic frog-like creatures suddenly pop from the mushroom to scatter about and mingle. As night falls, the forest is turned into a candy land of rampant debauchery as a Bacchanalian party rages until the first light of morning. The next day, exhausted spores cover the forest floor, passed out cold, still with smiles plastered on their faces. The tiny tree-like crowns spouting from their heads quickly root into the earth and each spore decomposes into the fertile soil. After the next rain, the spores sprout anew in the form of fully developed fungus and the process starts all over again. Medium: graphite on paper, digital paint.
Mycena dwells in hidden realms of consciousness, but will often unveil herself by quickly sprouting up from dark forest floors after the rain. It is water mingling with Earth that allows her to pop into our dimension, but once that water dries up, she's off exploring other worlds and possibilities. During her brief visits on Earth, one might be lucky enough to spot her if they pay attention to the luminescent glow emitting from the crown of her head. Many who feel lost would be wise to allow Mycena to shine her light on the darkened path so to illuminate their way home. She's a playful little Goddess given to fits of laugher and trickery, but she'll always guide you toward the right path. Mycena is the first of five Mycological Goddesses appearing on my Five of Clubs Astrobotanica playing cards. The rest to be revealed over the next few days. Medium: graphite on paper, digital color.