Wildlife and Sporting Artist
In the past few years I have started to explore the use of mushrooms not only as subject of art, but also as a medium for artwork. Many of the tougher polypores can be ground into pulp which makes a surprisingly nice paper. I am still experimenting with different species and am finding the variety of texture and color to be exciting.
The very appropriately named Artist Conk (Ganoderma applanatum) provides the artist with both "canvas" and "ink." The smooth white pore surface of the Artist Conk bruises a rich, brown color when scratched with any hard object. In the examples on this page I used a sewing needle to make the drawings directly on the mushrooms. Once dry the drawing is permanent and the pore surface will no longer bruise. I will sometimes use my fingers on the pore surface instead of a needle to achieve a more shaded look rather than a hard line (see trout detail.)
Most recently I have found the deep ocher pore surface of the Cracked Cap Polypore (Phellinus rimosus) to be a nice background for some original acrylic paintings. These can be done in the winter when the Artist Conks are dormant.
Chipmunk drawing on Artist Conk
Hand made mushroom papers
Mushroom paper detail
Raccoon drawing on Artist Conk
Spotted Newt drawing on Artist Conk
Frog drawing on Artist Conk
Frog drawing detail
Meadow drawing on Artist Conk
Meadow drawing detail
Trout drawing on Artist Conk
Trout drawing detail
Toad drawing on Artist Conk
Mountain Stream drawing on Artist Conk
Squirrel drawing on Artist Conk
Monarch Butterfly drawing on Artist Conk
Chipmunk (acrylic) on Cracked Cap Polypore
Whitetail Buck (acrylic) on Cracked Cap Polypore
Song Sparrow (acrylic) on Cracked Cap Polypore
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© Allan Sutley 2015