Good Morning Sunshine! Inspiration.

Inspiration comes from Shibui! The writer kicks in!

This Shibui is likely to end up in a children’s book project! I have had one class during my degree program about how to write and publish children’s books. I discovered The Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. A worthwhile support system for writers and illustrators.

Shibui happens as it happens, and what is found, found. Once I have the initial character the next step is to figure out his or her under structure and draw it. The next to step is to draw more of this same being in different positions, then a book project can begin. The character and story come to life!

Several of these characters came to life and now are in a story book project of mine. The following images are who I found.
This is Ruby Luna, she is a Hippogriff. Can you find her in the first image? She has change a bit looks more like a butterfly moth.
She is here just above Miss Fancy the Rhino/Elephant like character.
Miss Tillie is also in that first image. Can you find her? She enjoys her clothes, helps all the other characters in the story and is very much in charge! Her smallness does not matter! See below.
Drawing Miss Tillie changed her by defining her.
Not finished but can you imagine? I love what I do. If I spread the concept of Shibui into the world those people who use it? Might just do this too!

Best wishes! Pejj

Pejj Nunes 9/24/2021

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj

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      1. I have a post scheduled for early next week. I didn’t specifically mention “kawaii” but that’s what it was based on. I’ll probably do a separate post that tells more about Japanese kawaii after I’ve read more.

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      2. When I find them the characters just come to life. It is not hard to move into writing the story and imagine what might happen in a world with these guys in it. And when they all start being friends or solving problems its off to the races! I am a kid again in a world of my creating. Someday the project will all come together. I can see that it will be more than one book, a series with stories about each of them, with all the rest being a part of the story. Miss Tillie is a lovely little beetle who everyone comes to for help. She brews herbs and always has medicines and band-aids. When fragility happens she is there directing things, and Miss Fancy and Ruby Luna are right by her side! LOL

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  1. OK, you got my curiosity up. I googled Shibui and this is it says at the top of Wikipedia:

    Shibui (渋い) (adjective), shibumi (渋み) (noun), or shibusa (渋さ) (noun) are Japanese words that refer to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. Like other Japanese aesthetics terms, such as iki and wabi-sabi, shibui can apply to a wide variety of subjects, not just art or fashion.

    Well…. I’m not sure I get it or how it refers to the images you’ve drawn but I like some of this. Always appreciate learning something new.

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    1. I began creating my art in 2011, shortly after I was reading a book by May Sarton, In it she describes a vase on her fireplace as having shibui. It turns out from research that a room, can be shibui, our clothes can be Shibui, et. What I read fit t he explanation of what I was doing. One meaning is “cool”. I have forgotten what other connections I felt existed, although I recall color as being a part of it. Shibui is simple, and yet it isn’t due to its problem solving nature. It begins with action art which turns into found image art where the problem solving is.

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