An Illustrated Haiku… From My “Poems from Home” Collection

Flowers in a vase

*Watercolour and black fineliner pen on paper.

This is from my handmade book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”. I’ve shared quite a few here already, with still more to come. I wrote and drew them about 15 years or so ago, during the very busy days of bringing up four lively and lovely boys – young men now.

I had a sort of a map of them on the wall in the kitchen; shaping and fine tuning the words and pics, in between cooking, doing dishes, and so many other things – and these everyday scenes mostly feature in them.

The kitchen still sometimes serves as a studio for my art and words. (Ahh… a sliver of alliteration in this last line, and a little lick of it in this line, as well)

As each poem and illustration were designed to be presented together, I think they could also be called a “haiga”.ย I wantย to get back to writing more poems…with illustrations…given time.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

My 100th Post – an Illustrated Poem,”Time” – Some Plans and Changes…

Illustrated Poem

*To illustrate this poem, I used the pencil (with my finger) in the “Art Set Pro” app, and paint and a bit of pencil, in the “Procreate” app.ย 

Well, here I am with my 100th WordPress post. Thank you to my fellow bloggers, and facebook folk, for your “follows” and “likes” – much appreciated! It’s been an enjoyable experience so far. I hope to share more of my art and words, in this online world – at least, that’s my plan at the moment. As per the title of my poem, “Time”, this is the tricky part, finding the time, losing time… it can slip by way too fast….

Some of you may have noticed, I’ve been scarce about WordPress for the past month or so. I did leave notes on my blog about this…

While away, I was busy (and busy with everyday things…) putting together some art prints and some art cards…for a community open day event. There were various types of creative work on display. I had my iPad attached to a big screen TV, so people could easily see what I was up to. Good fun, and quite a few people stopped to ask questions, and to comment – positive comments, which I don’t always get when I mention to someone I draw and paint on the iPad! It was a help that they could really see what I was doing; and I also made it just about mandatory for them to touch the screen, and have a go. Which often led to an “Oh…amazing!”, and that they didn’t think it would “feel” that way – or something along those lines…Didn’t think to take photos to share of the event! *Hope to give a workshop or two on iPad art, locally, next year.

Changes…

My pencils, and brushes are jumping for joy as I begin to do more art with my traditional media. As in a poem I wrote a while back, I said, I’d visit them again. I always intended to share both my iPad and traditional art here… but the former has often been the case. I suppose it’s that I’m not one to do things by half measures, and I’ve spent the past few years almost exclusively drawing and painting on my iPad – extensively experimenting with iPad art, and with printing it. A wonderful, rewarding time! I’ve been delighted by all of the processes, and by many of the end results.

Even though I’ll spend more time with my: watercolours, pencils, paints… on paper and canvas again, it’s not a “one” or the “other” situation. It’s the opportunity to use both art app, and traditional media – sometimes within the one artwork. I’m thankful to have such a variety of media to choose from, yet, as I’ve said in other posts, a lot can be accomplished with just pencil and paper.

Often I work fairly quickly – which is handy, and vital when the kids were little! Working on the iPad, also speeds things along…another reason I enjoy it so much. Recently, I feel the need to slow down a bit, and consider more carefully, along with what media I want to use: the themes, mood and subject matter…of my artwork (and poetry writing.) I pray about these things (all things) as without God, “nothing” for me is sufficient in itself, or possible in my life.

To help create more time for this, I plan to post here monthly… unless time allows for twice a month. Did I say about writing shorter posts, hmm, said that before, doesn’t always happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

With all the reshuffling of when and where I post, the next (hopefully) hundred WordPress posts could take a long time! I still have more illustrated haiku from my handmade book to share, and want to continue with my series of flower pics… I was glad to get my “Time”, poem illustrated to share here, though, time to illustrate the many waiting in my filing cabinet ...could be a slow process, not to worry.

If I have time, I’m also keen to learn about, “html” and “css”, what little I know, I find fascinating. I really enjoy, the whole process of putting together a blog: of rearranging widgets, and changing headers, and all the rest… especially doing it all on my iPad (not keen on computers). Even when occasionally I find this a bit challenging – it’s good fun trying to work it all out!

If you have waded through this wordy post, when “time” to do so could be difficult, thank you – and hope some of what I share, is a help in your own creative journey!

Till next time, all the best with whatever is happening in your life and art. ๐Ÿ™‚
P.S I’ll send a catch up post through soonish…

An Illustrated Haiku – and a Link

Illustrated Haiku

Watercolour on paper – from my home made book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”.

Beautiful patterns are everywhere…

I was going to post this today as is..then, I saw Paul Longo’s postย with his wonderful drawings (and his previous post to this one) which further reminded me, that beauty can be found in simple things.

A Watercolour/Art app Mix, Process Pics, and a Poem

Mother and baby painting
This is the finished artwork, after using my iPad to scan in the drawing, and then painting on it with “Art Set Pro” media.

This began as a quick black watercolour pencil sketch; about 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm) in size. A favourite subject matter of mine – a mother and baby. I whooshed some water over it and then with my iPad, scanned it in, using the “Scanner Pro” app. I like the look of the original, but thought I’d add some colour in an art app. It printed up well. I used (as I usually do) the lovely epson heavy weight paper. The print has a soft, muted look, which I like, though this is partly acheived, by my not so great scan! – getting better at it though. I find a photo isn’t as effective as the scanner.

A little further along is a poem I had fun writing recently, titled “Rough Draft Rumblings”. Yet to be illustrated; so there may be more rumblings. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all.

I’m trying different ways to present my prints. With this one, after cutting around the printed picture, and leaving a white edge, I tried laying it on an A4 size green/ grey paper – the black paper, looked a bit harsh. Quite, like the look of it. Think, I’ll get some different coloured card, and do more of this. May eventually place it into an A4 frame.

Presentation, has never been my highpoint…like to just get on with the next pic. However, if I want to continue to display some locally, (I’ve exhibited and sold some of my art, occasionally, over the years) I’ll have to look into it more. Of course, an effective frame, can add to a piece…will just experiment with ways which look good, don’t take too much time, and don’t cost too much!

Lately, I’ve enjoyed adding oil pastel, and so on… and acrylic mediums to some of my iPad artworks after printing them. Sometimes, it’s fun to, scan an artwork in, as with this one; and then draw and paint on it (I use my finger, rather than a stylus) within an art app. Sometimes, I just like to print something I’ve drawn or painted on my iPad, and leave as is. Spoilt for choices; and thankful.

Rough Draft Rumblings

There was a tale told,
that our scribblings, our penned,
but unpolished lines,
would be taken out to shine.
Placed upon a new page;
prettied up with pictures;
and presented upon an iPad stage.
Sense and syllables carefully checked –
our sounds, spruced up, tweaked –
our vowels carefully paced.
And the placement of a pause,
in just the right place.
But still we wait.

Those pesky pint sized poems,
haiku I think she calls them – they’ve made it out.
Suppose, they speak lots, even shout,
within a small space.

Well, I’m a poem too, and I’m tired; I’ve waited
and waited – I want to be illustrated.
I may be longer in syllable count,
but I deserve, a wash of line and colour;
to be tizzied and typed up in a pretty font –
that’s what I want!
I still have lines, where a full stop
should restrain me;
where penline arrows point –
in all directions, and make me feel
rather threatened; and where
I pivot precariously in places,
at the end of a parade of ellipses…
I need to be fixed.

But, I hear tell, before our ink fades,
we may have our say.
The rumour is, there’s a flurry of movement
in the filing cabinet;
a ruffling of manilla folders.

We are the older ones,
but it seems she’s not forgotten us.

We may have begun as scribbles,
written quickly between the folding of washing,
and wiping baby dribbles…
But she’s still fond of us.
Though we may not all make it
to the online world…it could be,
the day is coming,
where at the least, our
lines will be made legible.

For those of us, who don’t make the cut –
at least on paper, it’s enough,
we’ve helped her along the writing path;
and we still live on in our maker’s heart.

Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚