For holiday cards this year I decided to highlight a local bird and a local mushroom. Juncos have been taking full advantage of the feeders on my deck this winter and I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get good reference photos of them. My cat has spent that same time standing rigid with excitement at the window. He does not get to go outside, so the birds are safe. The mushrooms are Amanita muscaria. Found around here in the woods and even in town, their spotted red caps are striking but highly toxic. According to Wikipedia the mushrooms have been mixed up with Christmas in popular culture, although their popularity as magic toadstools in various media is more widespread.
The piece is about 4.5 by 6.5 inches and worked in watercolor, colored pencil and gouache on watercolor paper.