Art & Design Series

Morning Dove In The Mountain by Pejj Nunes

Design & Shibui

In Phil Paratore’s book Art And Design, he states the following about design. “ Design is a statement of order and organization. Its goal is unity. For this reason, the symbolic value of design in humanistic philosophy is clear: It is the expression of man’s ubiquitous quest for order.”

Regarding Shibui and this train of thought. Foundations being made out of action art are what they are. When I work a Shibui foundation I feel what I seek is the creation of order or organization. I say this because my goal becomes to solve what I find. As I developed the foundations, over time my reaction was that the watercolor mediums I used had “something” and that something was a commonality. There were types of relationships happening. Some islands of watercolor tint could be grouped into “something” found. A shape. This meant there was an interaction, a common relationship in the group that allowed it to become a whole “something-event” such as a flower or bird. Other events happen in a foundation, Perhaps their commonality is that they make a mountain top and shrubbery at the bottom of the foundation.

Shibui creates its own organization as it is solved. If you add the attribute of design work, with thick to thin lines, filigree work, then that is yet another form of organization.

Phil’s train of thought continues: : A design must stand as an organized entity or idea, whether it is a painting, poem, sonata, or bridge. It must “hold together.” Even the highly charged emotional works of Van Gogh or Beethoven transcend personal chaos and disorder to achieve plastic organization.” In other words, they come together in a cohesive way that makes sense to the brain. “Organization itself comes in almost infinite number and variety of forms. Birds fly south in formation, systematic erosion of a lakeshore, faceted brushstrokes in a Cezanne still life, and the floor plan of the local library are all expressions of order and organization.”

The need to solve what we see, and make sense of it and even the act of creating art becomes storytelling uniquely. The view rediscovers the story and relies on the organization, the commonality of what he sees. His or her mind predicts, it perceives, and it translates.

Phil’s book is a marvelous book and a very interesting way to understand Art and Design. It made sense to my mind this is why I use it as a tool to explain the creation of Shibui Found Image Art.

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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