Below The Line: Imprinting and Incorporating

Mushroom Stain or Imprint on CardboardA little more progress on my personal art project: Below The Line, which is essentially about making the invisible, visible. Inspiration often comes from non-artistic sources and the image here is from one of the recyclable cardboard containers that my Riverford organic veggies arrive in each week, courtesy of Liz and Caroline (the organic sisters!) normally Liz. This one contained  my order of Portobello mushrooms and as you see, the mushrooms’ natural die has stained/imprinted the cardboard. I’ve been recycling these lovely prints into seed boxes or composting them. I’ll keep them now as each time, the print is different. I’ll be eating a lot more Portobello mushrooms from now on. And exploring veggie staining.

Pebble Whitstable Beach Black Flint Circle EmbeddedI’d just finished Photoshopping this image when my eyes fell on the heap of pebbles I brought back from Whitstable, mentioned in yesterday’s Walking Whitstable blog. And this pebble jumped out at me. See how similar the pattern created by the incorporated black flint (probably), to the mushroom print on cardboard?

And look what happens when you invert the image (one of Photoshop’s filter options). These somewhat ghostly images remind me of x-rays and cyanotypes, two other techniques for revealing the invisible.

Mushroom Stain or Imprint on Cardboard InvertedHere are more ways of rendering visible  the invisible, to add to my repertoire.

It’s time to try to assemble some meaningful artworks from my research and discoveries.

Pebble Whitstable Beach Black Flint Circle Incorporated Inversed

Everything is art.

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5 Responses to Below The Line: Imprinting and Incorporating

  1. I forgot that I already viewed this site. I often find similar patterns in nature. There’s a certain rhythm to it.


  2. petrujviljoen says:

    … and thoughtful. I wondered about the ”… making meaningful images …” Aren’t they already? In their own right. Inspiring further images is fantastic though?


    • annisik51 says:

      If I get your drift: well, yes, they have the meanings we give them. Whether they have an ‘absolute’ meaning is arguable and argued about. (Kant?) I ain’t going down that road! At the moment, I’m looking at ways in which I can illustrate the invisible, or more precisely, how to illustrate that which does not exist in time and space, but which may direct what does. Why I don’t just paint vases of nice flowers, I don’t know! Well, I do know. And I like vases of nice flowers too! And paintings of vases of nice flowers aren’t always just that. I am thinking of Redon, for instance. And Van Gogh. And 17th century Dutch paintings and …. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to read. Ann


  3. N Filbert says:

    hooray for this project


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