It's waiting time in The Green Bean Studio.
I'm waiting for parcels full of new goodies I've created for my shop this autumn….
I'm waiting to put the last finishing touches to my new knitting patterns before I send them to print…
I'm waiting for news on whether, after six months of waiting, I will finally be able to move into my new home soon (and tell you where it is!).
Jack is, as always, waiting for treats!
While we wait, I thought I'd share some of the best mushroom photos I've taken so far this season. September is my favourite month, and this year is no exception because it's full of fun things. First and foremost, next week is my birthday. This year I'll be spending it on the road, on my way to Yorkshire for a quiet few days of rest before Yarndale. Yes - I will be exhibiting at Yarndale! I'm so happy to return to this show, which was the last I did in 2019 before the pandemic. If you're able to attend, you'll find me there with a full stand of goodies, some lovely helpers and a face mask. I might even bring some new mushroom goodies if any of the much-anticipated parcels make an appearance before I leave.
In this week’s YouTube video, I've shared some of the process on this painting, which thanks to a suggestion on Patreon is officially entitled A Pride of Mushrooms.
This illustration was one of those ideas which just walked into my head one morning fully formed. I was hopeful that I would be able to interpret the idea of a spectrum of mushrooms with all species found in the UK, and with a bit of research I was delighted to find that I could. Sadly I haven't met all of these species face to face (yet), although I have encountered a few.
I'm still yet to have a wild encounter with my beloved Amanita muscaria, the red and white spotted toadstools who inspired my Fairy Ring designs. I'm ever hopeful that one damp morning I might stumble upon them. Until then, I’ll just keep happily painting them and knitting them.
Lovely episode, Katie. I love your creative work. The mushrooms are really beautiful and together would make a great poster. Seperately, they would lovely as a cover for a small notebook or sketchbook?
However, I am totally smitten with the little fern drawings on your moodboard. Can't wait to see wat you will do with those
Hello Katie :) I am delighted to see this newsletter! Your drawings of mushrooms are beautiful. It looks like some are illuminated from within or are phosphorescent, thanks to your paint effects and the black background. I really like ! And the photo of the thin yellow mushroom intrigues me a lot. Do you know his name?
In my region, I come across amanitas from time to time. I hope you will have the joy of discovering one, during one of your walks.
Have a nice day and I look forward to discovering your new knitting designs. Fingers crossed for your move to your new home !