Jumping Mouse with Lobaria (watercolour (5 x 6 in.) Sold
The "mammals crew" brought some rotting wood, moss, and lichens for me to paint with the Jumping Mouse, and I chose the Lung Lichen, Lobaria pulmonata, which is often found on the forest floor, having fallen from the trees. The lichen curls as it dries, and after I had it all drawn and ready to paint, its aspect had changed so much that I couldn't find my way around the landscape of the lichen! So I abandoned my plan and drew only two or three centimetres of lichen at a time before painting it, and playing the composition "by ear" as it were. I spent nearly as much time painting the lichen as I did painting the mouse!
This watercolour will be in the collection of the New Brunswick Museum.