Shibui Found Image Art, the process of one Shibui.

This has been one of the most intricate Shibui’s I have made. The trees were runs of light watercolor. The edges are what was there. The line work is using found edges first, then adding intentional lines where the lines need to be to make something found complete. The outside of the leaves where there on the outside of the cluster, and made according what I found inside the boundaries of the pooled we medium. Watercolor in this image. I did create the center line of the leaves to work the shape. After finding most of the leaves in the cluster intentional ones were created to give the illusion of the canopy of leaves, and thos leaves coming forward, as well as being under in behind.

There are awkward areas that form, do these last, don’t solve them until they are clear to you. It will happen. Shibui are like puzzles to be answered.

I went through the arguing in my head stage not liking how I was solving the green trees. I feel into the design work of Shibui. (Those scalloped edges.) The layering of the pastels with the green leaved trees is in fact green and other colors to give shadowed areas, so there is dimension. “this image does have “bloom” from the wax in the pastels.

When giving the viewing distance this is quite striking. When create Shibui you are working very close to its surface. As with all art step back and look. Know that the Shibui will draw you in as it will your viewers. They will find the hidden things you slip in or see the intricacies as the come closer too.

A closer look.
I feel in love with the tree trunks. Something about these started me off doing this as you see it. I call doing this design work. It stems from my love of Art Deco. As a young girl I had found an old album and it had cards by Alphonse Mucha in it. Copy this and put it in your browser. I did not realize this influence until I ran across him after I began developing Shibui. Note the black lines and colors used? The line Mucha used are simple lines and the work is beautifully designed. <;
Solving this area has been harder. How to work the area of the sun, and its cloud as well as the tree that comes down meeting with the green trees. If you follow the trunk up it meets with a much thinner branch coming from the top of the page. I will solve this by creating an end come out to appear behind the thicker tree trunk coming up to meet it. This is a great example of an working the Shibui so the illusion works. You will find what I am talking about in the center of this.

The sky is requiring a lot of layering. When it comes to pastels it seems they need to set, and then they work better when you come back, the layers build. So if your working it and it does not seem you can layer more, come back to it.

The illusion is to make things go behind, come forward, and to build shadows, depth of field. These images wont show it put I began lightly to work a shadow over the grass from the base of a tree. This was a leap of faith for me. Always start light then layer darker for shadows.

Taking photos of your work as you work helps. You will see things, and have examples if you should want to discuss your image or to use it as examples if you become an instructor. Shibui is not like other forms of art. This is why I am writing an instruction manual so discussion can happen about what is brought into it. I apply things I know from other mediums at times such as creating mono prints.

I am working the smallest leaves, making them darker. Making them darker will draw a viewers eye into the image more.

I feel I may have to make some larger falling leaves, strategically placed they would help with the kind of depth I want to create.

Some of the tools for Shibui.

Jars, squirt bottles, tooth brushes, straws, anything that will squirt, old rags, paper towels, masking tape.

Fine brushes are very useful!
I save things that will block or if the wet medium follows its edge it will make a square or circle. The white straws you see are the handles from dish detergent refills. The work very well and are rugged enough for the dishwasher.
These kinds of things help, To block, scrape, blow wet medium, splatter, the plastic cutting boards work great to keep your arms off you work so it isn’t smudged.

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is 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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