Good Morning Sunshine! Shibui Anyone?

When working on a Shibui Foundation, you keep all of the above in mind. Where your highlights are, how shadows would fall due to the shapes of the events, known also as the found image or images. To have shadows we establish where the permanent light source will be. Such as the sun in a sky, it is reliably in the same position.

When creating a Shibui Found Image Art, you begin by working with the foundation. Once you establish your finds, it’s time to create the illusion of realism or abstraction.

Applying a permanent light source to a realistic shibui is important. Such as with a landscape, or object(s) within that landscape. Such is the case with still life’s. What I found in the foundation I am using in this blog is as a still life. If I had set up a still life with boots and flowers, it would have had shadows with a light source determined.

A light source was established and its position did not change. If a light source is not kept in the same place, the image will be off, not read as the illusion of realism.

Abstraction can be 2-D or 3-D. The core of the shadow is important. Shadows work as a greyscale. In other words, a shadow of an object has a range from the darkest to where it is the lightest; to the point where the shadow has an edge and ends. Objects have cast shadows.

When creating found images. These are imagined.
Keep in mind what I found, when you look at the following image. That image is the unworked foundation. Note how I outlined, what I did to create the illusions of the found image. Note how I begin to work the shadows. Think about where shadows would happen with a light source positioned at the top of the page or and then above boots in a “real” still life as opposed to this Shibui’s imagined still life (here).

No horizon line has been established in this Shibui at this point. This makes the boots sit in mid-air.

The boots look crayon-y still as they need more layers of pastel pencils.

Working leaves, making them 3-D will transform this image. How big the need to be, the placement of them falls into being intentional work. Intentional work “rounds out the image, creating the desired illusion of realism or abstraction.
The colors of the wet medium foundation may be used or become seemingly lost with the layering process of Shibui. It can remain visibly there with light layering. Note the runs and what I did with these.
Note where I am beginning the areas where the blue indigo pastel pencil is placed. These will become the darker shaded areas. I have lightly placed a shadow for the left boot on the right boot at the top. A toe for that boot, and yet there is a third boot top with no toe. The shadow falls on the boot top. It creates a shadow over the lower right boot. At its top. The sizes of the boot top of the lower right boot and the upper boot on the left work.

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, β€œTo 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


    1. Oh Thank you! I began developing it in 2011. I continually work out the techniques and processes so it can be used by others as an original art or art therapy tool. I research the creative processes, and how our minds work during the creative process. The goal to gather those to me who can help develop a bigger even world wide project. I instruct in the foundation process. This will allow others to do their own brand of Shibui Found Image Art.


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