abstract mushroom  paintingI have had the pleasure of knowing Cynthia Winika through several workshops at R&F Paints, in Kingston New York. Cynthia  teaches there, and has an almost unlimited knowledge of encaustic painting techniques. She also is a fine artist and created the above painting, titled “Spore Print 10”. She creates these works by painting a panel in encaustic, and then placing mushrooms on top of the paint, flat or spore side down. The mushroom eventually releases its spores, which collect in the paint, and creates these fascinating patterns and surfaces. You can learn more about her at these links….Cynthia Winika at R&F Paints and     Cynthia Winika at the Air Gallery