Art And Design Series.

This Shibui was a big surprise! In this Shibui plant life has been created out of drops of wet medium (watercolor) that has been blown via a straw. The “mechanical” fish was there! And so was the bird hidden within the fish. The eye of the fish was there____the antenna-like shape was a run of the wet medium. The lines that make the drifts of sand were there. The spatters remain as they were splattered. I outlined what I found, and well I found a fish! This fish appears to be made out of metal. Shading brought it to life by making it dimensional. At this point in time, I would take the Shibui further by working the image more and apply more layers for a fully colored image. By not doing so I can follow my developmental insights regarding Shibui, and I have examples of the processes.

Field-Event Theory

What is a field? In Phil Paratore’s book, Art And Design a field is “ A field consists of a set of characteristics which are uniform in time and space. A field is a family, a community, a commonality, and a concord. An ocean is a field. A meadow is a field. Environments in general are fields. Culture is a field; so is the printed page or a painter’s blank canvas. Fields are uniform homogeneous, integrated, continuous, consistent and constant.” A Shibui is all of these things too! “ Fields are organized on the basis” that there is harmony. “They consist of elements that are alike, that share the same characteristics and are more or less equal: no part of a field is any more important than any other part. Fields are non-hierarchical systems of organization.” This applies to the Shibui foundation. I could not put it better!

As you work a foundation and find the commonalities in it you start finding what is there. Your goal is to make the relationships work as a whole. The shape might be off, or odd but using the rules of Shibui you make the shape work. When making an animal or person for example those first containing lines (the outline of the found image) appears cartoon-like until you start creating dimension with shading. This cartoon-like shape is often like what you drew as a child. Meaning it appears in its simplest form. However, worked it takes on another quality. It comes to life! It will be a range of artistry from cartoon-like to realistic or it will be a 2 D abstraction unless created as 3 D.

Harmony is when all the visual elements work together in a Shibui, or with other artworks. These elements of harmony have some sort of logical relationship. I call this commonality, in the case of Shibui foundations. The relationships move forward in a progression that works. The foundation tells you what it needs.

Field-Event Relationships

“A field-event relationship consists of two sets of characteristics which are differentiated in time and space” (Phil’s book Art and Design.)

“An event is a differentiated element, unit, or individual: a figure, an act, or an occurrence. An event may also be described as an anti-field.” In a Shibui, the event is what is found and elaborated on, joined together by design work. It can be several units that marry as a whole or it can be large enough to be individualized. The field is the space in which everything happens, a world created from chaos. It has a sense of time and space as if it were a universe we can travel into. The events float, sit, become in this sense of space the Shibuiest and view interpret visually. The earth sits in the universe this same way, all that space around us out there!

What is in the foundation has a certain way of being. What is called a juxtaposition, there is a bond between the event and the supporting field of smaller events. This bond is where all that is within that foundation, has made its own story. What is there compliments the things it has a relationship to. With my first complete page Shibui I found a long-necked “Fragle-like” creature, much like the creatures from the TV show Fragle Rock. In the finished Shibui she is sitting on a very cute big-eyed sea monster. There are other aquatic animals that were there! So I created them. I simply found the big events, and then the smaller events around the whole 30 in. X 22 in. sheet of Rives BFK Printmaking Paper.

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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