Mushrooms and Goats

The 12 acre farm in South Carolina is filled with forest, mushrooms, and many loved creatures. I am enjoying the opportunity to paint these large white mushrooms because each one has a different range of color. Most of the mushrooms are white and large oyster with hints of yellow, shades of purple, brown, and blue. The vast experimentation with my color palette is very exciting. The first mushroom painting I chose to do had a cool blue and light purple mix for the gills.

Witchy Acres Series 1 | Number 1 | Karen Hilliard Art | Tiny Paintings

Number 3 in the Witchy Acres series had yellow hints of color touched by the sunlight reaching through the trees. The mushroom log resting on the tree had shades of purple, blue, brown, black, grey, and specs of yellow throughout the bark. The mushroom was blown up on the tiny painting space of a 4” x 6” piece of mixed media paper. I chose to zoom in on the mushroom to show the contrast of its softness compared to the log and tree.

Witchy Acres Series 1 Number 3 | Original Watercolor | Tiny Painting | Karen Hilliard Art

Another aspect of the farm I am really looking forward to painting are the goats. Two goats specifically on the list are Napoleon and Oreo. Napoleon is a brown and white young goat and Oreo is black and white and very assertive. I look forward to painting farm animals again and am reminded of the goat paintings from my previous series of Four Mile Farmstead. Goats are very fun to paint because their eyes are never what or where you expect them to be. 

Number 1 and Number 2 in the series of Four Mile Farmstead show a mother and kid snuggling and a single goat with wandering eyes. I love how these animals can steal my heart with their sweet and kind dispositions. They also have very different personalities. I was lucky to have met the goats on the farm at Four Mile Farmstead. I am told that the goats on Witchy Acres have unique personalities and great character as well. Thank you for reading this blog and stay tuned for the animals of Witchy Acres.

-Karen Hilliard