In 2011, I wanted to get creative, I had moved away from oil painting. So I put a sheet of Reeves BFK on the floor and started dripping, splashing, splattering, watercolor paint..then I decided to blow it with a straw… etc! I said out loud, “OK! So, What can I do with this?” Well, I found all these cartoon like characters…and I was intrigued. I just kept on creating and was not to long before I realized that anyone could have fun with what I was doing! I called it splosh work at the time. This past year I decided to read some of my favorite older authors. So I picked some books I had not read by them. One of those authors was a women named May Sarton. I ran across the word shibui in her book. It was a Japanese word. Her reference was to a vase with flowers on her mantle. I soon learned shibui pertained to a lot of things. But when I read about it hoping to define it. I came to feel it described what I found in the art I was creating! Thus, Shibui Fine Arts. In addition to this, when I had began my degree program I was headed for a Masters in Art Therapy. One of my biggest desires has been to help a lot of people! I made my connection with what I could do with this type of art form. I could help a lot of people as it would make a fantastic therapeutic tool! And it would certainly be creative. I have not run across anyone doing what I dubbed as found image art. This describes the process. My next phase was to create my project. It began with exhibiting Shibui and selling it, that goal has been accomplished. The next phase is where I am now, classes with my target groups. These groups make up people who use art therapy. They also include teens and elderly people. For example I was approached by a women about her elderly mother who had Parkinson’s. I can see people who have serious illnesses using it as a tool to become healthier. The last phase of the project is to publish an instructional book, and a coffee table book where the proceeds help those in the target groups by their Shibui Art Kits being paid for. I want the project to expand to help people all over the USA, and I am told they need it in the UK too by a publisher friend. This year I will teach the classes and focus on my target groups. Next year I want to go for a grant so I can turn my garage into a bigger studio space to teach in. I do not know a lot about how to right grants, or whom I could approach to help me with this project. Anyone have any ideas?
Published by Pejj Nunes
I have been an artist for many years now. Since 2011 I have become a Shibui Fine Arts artist. Actually, it all began as splosh works, and in 2015 I found the word shibui in a May Sarton book, this fit the type of art I was creating, and Shibui Fine Art was born. I realized that it would make a create therapeutic tool. I thought, then I could teach others how to do this, and it could help a lot of people! It already fit the bill of being creative. When I started my degree program it was to have a Masters in Art Therapy. So it was not hard to make that leap. This and I have always wanted to make an impact on the world by helping others. I have always wanted to do this through my art, my love of the world and the people in it! I also believe there is a need for good interpersonal communication. Bad communication is at the root of lots of issues. Have not figured out how to marry Shibui and good interpersonal communication yet. LOL But I believe in this! My goals have been to get Shibui seen and make sales of my work. The next phase is where I am at now, teaching Shibui. By teaching it I can learn a lot of things! I can know what others can do with it, I can have examples of wonderful Shibui! What can I do with this info? Holding classes will help me define Shibui, and classes will help me know how it can help people. The results of what people can do, and what I have learned can then be published in an instructional book which can help buy kits for people who can not afford them. These individuals are of my target groups. They are people who use art therapy, people will serious illnesses that if they used Shibui as a creative and therapeutic tool it would help them too. It would take them away from the awareness of their illness so they could heal from it. it has been proven that in meditative mind sets, people can heal and art as such a meditative tool odes just that! I have been approached by a daughter of a women with Parkinson's, and she felt it would help her mother with her symptoms. The only way to learn what Shibui can do is teach it. These are my goals at this time. In a year I plan to apply for grants that will help me with this project.