Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas Rainbow

Colourful Hygrocybes, the jewels of autumn meadows.These are commonly called the waxcaps, a grassland species in the UK. Some are getting rarer due to loss of meadows and intensive farming practises ,like over-use of fertiliser.
 Still they can be found in garden lawns, commons or graveyards. If the ground is undisturbed, you may find the rarer species like the pink (H. calptriformis- like a dancing ballerina) or the crimson waxcap (H.punicea),these are the top 2 in the left hand corner of the painting. There is even a green one called the parrot waxcap, a white one called the snowy waxcap and one that turns black, the blackening waxcap (bottom left).
I recently went back to the site where I found the rare pink waxcaps and found that it has had houses built on it which was sad for me.
 This is a rework of earlier paintings and sketches and will be the last fungi one I do for a while.
 and so for now have a Merry Christmas everyone
 -Nadolig llawen -


  1. What a delightful painting Claire - perfectly composed and such a pretty palette. Merry Christmas :)

  2. Happy New Year Claire and an exciting one for you as you are going to have your exhibition.
    The wax cap painting is lovely, love all the different colours. Best wishes for lots of super work in 2013.

  3. Thank you dear Hedera and Milly, hope 2013 brings you happiness and inspiration xxxx

  4. Oh I missed this one...What a delight :)x