Watercolour on Paper: a Haiku – Haiga, from My “Poems from Home” Collection

Saucepan haiku

There’s a lot of chattering of pots and pans, every time I go to my saucepan drawers. Sometimes it’s like all out war!

I grab for a saucepan lid, and it’s slid way up the back…I reach to get it and I’m – attacked by a metal grater, snapped at by saucepan handles and held back by the corner of another lid, jammed in by the drawer beneath it – like a joint effort, to not let me in! By stealth and determination – most of the time I win. 🙂

Often they make, the trek to the back recesses, to find just the right saucepan and lid, quite easy. One day I plan to get more of these. Please! No more kneeling on the floor, trying to reach into a far corner of a low cupboard – I want to save my knees.

There’s hardly been a dull moment in my kitchen. Just as well; as this is where, as a mum (or “mom”) of four boys (now young men) I’ve spent many, many hours..and in the laundry.

I still make well worn paths around my kitchen and to the washing machine…and what a blessing it is, to have the privilege of a home and family.

Hope you enjoy my haiku and haiga and my post which, especially with the splash and play of “rhyme” and “personification”, seems to have almost turned into a poem!

Have a great day!

Garlic Bulbs – Fineliner Pen Drawing, Scanned into My iPad – Then Added Paint…

Garlic bulb drawing
I began this drawing on paper, after scanning it into my iPad, I took it into “Art Set Pro” and finished it in there. I like the faint colours that crept in on the lower part of the scan. I think this drawing will print up nicely.

The other day, my husband brought in some garlic from the garden. Their tendrils and the bulbous shapes looked so attractive.  I thought…I must draw them! It was a favourite subject matter of mine years ago. This is the completed drawing above, with drawings of the various processes further along.

Garlic bulbs ink pen drawing
I used a fineliner pen on simple A4 copier paper.

So I went searching around for an ink pen; my husband handed me one, and it happened to be a favourite of mine. A simple “Artline” pen that you can get in most supermarkets. It’s been a while since I’ve used a fineliner pen – except for one in an art app.

So I did a quick fineliner pen drawing. I didn’t do a pencil sketch underneath, just raced about quickly with the pen. Then I used the “Scanner Pro” app, to scan it into my iPad. Then took it into the “Art Set Pro” app,  for some paint washes.

Thinking of it now, as this particular pen is watersoluble, I could have added some water to the lines to get a lovely inky wash. Hmm, has been a while since I drew with one (over a year), forgot about that! It was fun to use again. So much media these days to choose from; spoilt for choices!

I wrote a poem, quite a few months ago, called “Ode to My Pencils…” about a jar of brushes, pens and pencils. I said in the poem, I would see them again! I imagine, if they wonder which one next, will be taken for a spin.

I saw a beautiful ink pen and watercolour drawing recently, by a fellow artist blogger. I think it was part of the inspiration for me, to choose a pen for this drawing. You can see that particular drawing and more of her lovely artwork on her blog, Create Art Everyday (the link takes you straight to her post with the inkpen drawing). Her sunny attitude to her art and to life, is revealed in her delightful blog posts. Always a joy to read and view!

The Drawing at Various Stages

*There’s more information on the captions underneath each drawing. I draw and paint on my iPad with my finger, rather than a stylus.

Garlic bulb drawing 2
I used black paint thinned down in “Art Set Pro”. Here, you can see the edges of the scanned in drawing.
Garlic bulb drawing 3
When I used the white paint, I made it thicker; sort of like a gouache effect. Enlarged it to do some details. Smudged it a tiny bit in places. Love the look of the “Art Set Pro” layout.
Garlic bulb drawing 4
Enlarged further to make it easier for finer details. I really like this tangle of lines and the composition. I may play around with this idea, when I take it to “Photos” – enlarge, crop it and use it as a finished drawing.

Perhaps, next time you go to chop up some garlic, or other vegetables – look very closely at them; and you may see something good enough to draw as well as eat.

Happy creating, whether it’s a meal or a drawing. 🙂

Watercolour of Pegs – a Haiku – Haiga: the Beauty of Everyday Things

Watercolour of pegs
This is from my handmade book called “Poems from Home: a collection of Illustrated Haiku”. A collection I wrote and drew, a few years ago.

I often find the look of everyday things: pegs, dishes on the kitchen sink, a pile of washing – their colours and shapes; are very appealing. As a mum of four boys (young men now) that’s just as well, as over the years , I’ve seen a lot of these things – everyday!

Whatever the subject matter, it’s the way you compose the visual information and present it in your picture space, that makes it interesting and attractive. And sometimes a swish of words – a title, a haiku; can add the final polish.

In a photo by Ompong, in a recent post on his blog Photo ni Ompong (the link takes you to this particular post) he has also focused on pegs, as well as clothes hangers, for the subject matter. He manages to make them look quite lovely.

Ompong often creates amazing photo compositions from what he sees in his everyday life. As well as, beautiful well composed photos of the natural world, especially sunsets. He shows great skill in the way he crops and arranges the visual elements of his photos; and I love how he uses post titles to cleverly compliment them. These usually have a touch of humour, which is also often evident in his posts.

Since I started blogging a few months ago, I’ve come across many amazing artists and writers. I intend to share links, sometimes, in my posts –  to their lovely blogs. There are also lots of blog links on my sidebar, with some more I need to add on there soon.

Perhaps, next time you spy a pile of washing or a stack of dishes, you may well see a touch of beauty, that asks to star, in your next drawing, painting or poem. 🙂