Monday, December 14, 2009
This is a little exercise I did while and after cooking some cremini mushrooms. I started with an ink version, followed by a graphite and a watercolor rendering of the same mushroom, each from a different view.
Being curious, I immediately looked up Agaricus bisporus. This edible mushroom is sold in three stages of growth. So, we can buy young and mildly favoured "white mushrooms" or "button mushrooms". As it grows, its flesh darkens, and its flavour gets richer, it's called cremini, baby portobello, Roman, Italian. Finally, in maturity, when the cap starts to open slightly, it's known as portobello.