Coffee on the right! No blue skies in sight! But today will be a day to do some writing and reading. I received an email from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. These are in response to doing workshops. I am excited to be doing this, it will help improve my own writing. One is on reading and critiquing the work of others’ works, the other on the dialog of a story.
I am up to 14 pages in the manuscript for Shibui Found Image Art. It is gelling up. Writing the how-to manual will go a long way in selling my idea, and accomplishing my goals. My goals for Shibui are to help a lot of people through my art and my writing. Shibui can be used as an original art form and as an art therapy tool. Because I teach the foundation, others can easily create their own version. The manual gives others a way to understand the problem-solving process and have a dialog about what Shibui is.
The world we know has changed a lot because of covid. We need to help one another. All of us can reach out in some way. And when we do it will help someone else to have a better day. Many can work from home now.
Art helps, doing crafts helps to stimulate a place in the brain called the pleasure center. The longer we stay there, the more we can help ourselves feel mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually better. Because Shibui requires a focus based on imagination, it works the brain in a necessary way which is very helpful to people with disorders. I get feedback from the people I work with and am pleased to learn such things firsthand. One particular student has bipolar, and Shibui has helped her a great deal to focus. You could say she is training her brain to focus.
The completed manual is intended for those wishing to instruct in Shibui Found Image Art like I do. Shibui can be taught live on zoom.
I reach out to art therapists as well, that they can learn the foundations and Shibui techniques.
One of my instructors plans to take her brand of Shibui to cancer patients and grief centers.
I talk about Sshibui too, as I want other artists to understand their own art has value, and that being an artist is being a business person as well. Art is not a hobby. Art fills a very important role in the world and it always has!
In today’s world, there is room for political art as there always has been. But I think we need more healing arts. The whole world is hurting.
In the past, if you look at the history of art you will learn about what has motivated many artists to facilitate for the sake of others. Art gives voice to what is happening in the world, as well as being beautiful. Some art has another intent, to show the world in other ways. Even the ugliness. Regarding this, artists understand the psychologies of humanity. What it is to be human. Human emotions_____. Writers, poets do as well. How does art affect you? How does what you read affect you? Then know you can be effective through writing and art. You have something to say!
Photographers can express a lot through their works. Sculptures, printmakers___ I know as I do these too!
I encourage you to use your art to help heal the world. Best wishes! Pejj Nunes.