This image above is an un-worked Shibui Foundation. The medium watercolor. Primarily Yellow with a bit of white gauche in it, there are some peachy tones from left over light red or pink watercolor. And there are some small spatters of blue; runs were created by shaking the page on its side. This foundation was blotted.
What do you find in this Shibui foundation? When I study a foundation to find what is there, I look for commonality. This means I look for relationships between marks.
What I call marks___ “Marks” are the splatters, drips, drops. runs; they are made from bleeding into water on the surface of the paper. They are the “bigger areas events” and sometime “smaller cousin events” of yellow watercolor in this particular image, and the peachy light tint.
Even the runs are a part of what I dubbed as being marks. It is easier for the sake of having a dialog to dub these events as marks than to describe list form what they are just to talk about them. I have yet to find a better solution to this language problem.
Commonality withing a foundation means relationships are be found. There is something about these “marks” that become a puzzle for the mind. They have a connection. The brain want to complete what it sees! Ever look at a cloud and think, “That looks like a _______! Think about that a sec. What you saw was not completely there but you could imagine most of it right? Shibui works like that. This means you need to do some intentional things at times to make something complete. It will need to be shibui-like to work well. Sometimes intentional work is done to round out something to give it realism or sometimes abstraction.
I found birds in this foundation. Birds that are taking off in flight. Wings are up and mouths are open to bird chatter. Perhaps the story is that something has startled them. They are kinda crazy, cute and they look like the drawings I might have done as a child. (AKA Simple line drawing.)
I use a black 005 micron pen to define who each shape will be, a personality comes out as I work the edges of the events; the yellow/peach marks. After the simple line drawing part of establishing edges. I then begin to work the Shibui image with pastel pencils to enhance. If I keep in mind the placement of color, the color is like a road map leading the viewer around the whole image. Sometimes what is found is cartoon-y, very much like what I drew as a child. Free and easy. With beautiful results.
To create Shibui I have to let go of controlling what I do. It’s not a tight liner drawing nor photographic.
Within a Shibui what is found becomes the event and the rest of the smaller marks are a part of the field. This is where the story of Shibui starts. It starts according to what each island of wet medium or the event is. Note the light pinkish background. Does it draw you into the piece? Just a little to go beyond? Does the darker tint ground these events just a bit. Thee pink, the ground can be enhanced with pastels to darken them.
The artist gives in to allow the foundation to tell it’s story. Every Shibui is unique to the imagination of its creator. Shibui Found Image Art is meant to become a movement to help the people in the world to heal through art. It can become a revenue stream for anyone using it. There are so many ways it can be developed. I love seeing what others do.
There are things I have learned about Shibui, and these things I teach. for example there is no pre-drawn under structure! With Shibui you are suddenly there and are jumped into creativity. You can learn as you go or apply what you know! Like other forms of art its also about the illusion of realism and abstraction.
What influences me to create Shibui was my love for printmaking, a love for Art Deco, a love for surrealism, watercolor, action art, and abstraction.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
I am deeply curious about the creative process and what the minds role is in that process. The mind is a fascinating thing!
My Desire Is To Find Other Developers/ Shibuiest.
If I find enough interest by individuals, artist, art therapist, facilities who use art therapy, those in the field of neuroscience, who have an interest in the brain and how it works during the creative process. It is my hope to put together the Shibui Found Image Art Project. Where Shibui can be developed and the information collected can be used to finesse and learn how art therapy can keep individuals in their pleasure centers longer. If people can stay in a better frame of mind they can heal mentally, physically, spiritually and physically. Shibui works because it is like a puzzle to be solved. It is a lot like looking at the clouds and finding something in them, or a stain____ The mind seeks to complete what it sees. If we ask the right questions we get answers. Right now our world needs things to help heal it. If the mind doesn’t go there, it reroutes itself to think on other things. Shibui gives the mind a way to focus.
AN INVITE: I run a control group on Facebook called Shibui Found Image Art Live. The purpose of the group is to learn what others can do with Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui is shared by other Shibuiest in the group. The group is part of developing Shibui to see where it can take us. The group consists of artist, observers, and those who wish to use Shibui as original art or as an art therapy tool. Facilities who use art therapy are welcome too so they can develop a sense of what Shibui can do for their clients. Shibui can also be taught by an instructor who wishes to instruct in it for other purposes. Once an individual has gone through a brief foundation course, they will be given a certification showing they have completed the foundation course.
Certification Classes are announced on website or via the blog. (The detail of cost of a course is included in details about the workshop or lab at the time the course runs.) These will be taught live using zoom. The course runs for 8 weeks. The student purchases the materials. Many of the individuals in the control group are international so it would be difficult to send materials as well as costly. The course will have its own Facebook page where announcements, conversations threads have their place, contact will be set meetings. For example a meeting one day a week at a set time. Lab times will be set at other times. During labs Shibui Found Image Art will be discussed, and shared. Ideas, topics of interest and what people plan to do with their Shibui can be shared. Topics like how it is working for them as an instructor or Shibuiest. What kind of success are they having with clients?
Let me know if you are interested. In the mean time check out the group to see what others are doing.
You will see what has happened prior and can explore it. But, the group will have a new focus, as the plan is for it to evolve and become better. More information will be available to those coming into the group. And in the future lab meetings will be available in a second group, allowing the alumni of this group to continue sharing as they have. Having a new focus will move Shibui Found Image into the SFIA Project of the future.
More concise information, presentations will be available for 2022 to 2023.
In the future there are plans for publishing the instruction manual. The content similar to that found in presentations.
September 25, 2021