The first image shows the foundation being mapped out, just simple line work. I outlined the edges to determine where the intentional work would begin.
The design work is apparent in the treetops. Many layers later they work well at viewing distance. For a Shibui the viewing distance is closer than 10 feet, a Shibui will naturally beckon the view in closer. The closer the viewer comes the more little surprises he or she will find, often hidden things in the image.
The “bark” of the tree has not been stylized yet in the first image. I love the way this designing process worked for this foundation.
The idea, or Shibui “rule” is to allow the underneath lay show through unless it is not required for the end result; the illusion of realism or abstraction.
The sun is totally intentional, there was no round orb. Creating it fit well with what was happening in that area, I saw rays of sun in the clouds as a possibility.
In a later version, you will find owls, the shade of the trees in the foreground, and smaller leaves in among the larger ones.
There was an awkward branch or tree section coming down from the upper left, this did not find itself until the image was almost done.
The leaves are created within the confines of the space available to me, one the tree trunks were found.
I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ 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.”
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