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”. I want to get back to writing more poems…with illustrations…given time.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

“Creativity” – an Illustrated Poem

An illustrated poem

I wrote this poem, many years ago…..

When I first got an iPad (a few years back), I put this poem with part of a painting I did in the “Art Set Pro” app. I only recently rediscovered it. The other day I decided to draw a yellow line, in the gap between the heading, and the first line, using the “artist” crayon from the “Procreate” app. The gap was a design element which I didn’t like. I think this is an improvement.

Not sure now, in which app I typed up the text (there’s been few I’ve tried for a similiar purpose)  – I think it was in “Phonto” – which is so handy, and easy to use.

Thank you for visiting.

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. 

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. 🙂

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. 🙂
P.S I’ll send a catch up post through soonish…

Some of My Sketches, Paintings, Linocut Prints – from Home.

Mother an baby painting
The artwork above is a favourite page from my hand made “Mother as Writer” book, which sold well locally (lots of mothers could relate to the content) and I hope to self publish it again – one day. This pic is also on my “About” page, with also a few more from the book. I painted it with watercolours, over a photocopied pencil drawing. Apart from a colour cover, I ended up keeping the rest as simple linework – mainly due to time constraints! Hmm, the face is a little too pink…

These works are on view in various places at home. I did most of them during the busy years, of bringing up a family. Some sketches live on a special part of a wall, in a room where I have a desk and filing cabinet, among other things… There are a few illustrations from my small hand made books – which are formed from some of my longish poems. Some I’ve managed (amid a household of boisterous boys) to complete and sell locally – quite a few years back now. Some pics were used on cards that I made. I still enjoy making cards. The two paintings are large works for me, over A3 size, and hang in the back loungeroom. Happy memories of when we lived on our (Aussie) bush block. We still own these few hundred acres, (sold some) but as our family grew, we moved into our little local town – ah, electricity again! *Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all. 

My blog is as much about sharing, and hopefully encouraging others in their creative pursuits, (and visa versa) as it is about me keeping an online record – a sort of journal. Which, in one way or another I’ve done so, over the years – on paper, or scraps of paper – sometimes on the back of the kid’s school newsletters, and envelopes! *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all. 

When the day comes to turn my blog into a (paper) book (not a purchasable one, though maybe some of it may polish up for that!) I do want these snippets included. Who knows, my blog book may turn into an odd kind of family heirloom, and I don’t want these important parts of it left out. This outing should also quiet the rumblings from the filing cabinet, which you can read about in my poem called, “Rough Draft Rumblings”, which is towards the bottom of this recent post. *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all.

I’ll share these types of snippets again; and I still have more of my illustrated poems – haiku, I wish to place here. I also share my art and at least a few words, on my Facebook Page.  I put a feed from it, on the “front door” of my blog/website. Thankful to Jesus Christ, for my life, for everything. *Please excuse any fuzziness, in the pics that is 🙂 not used to having to scan in so many artworks. I most often use the “Scanner Pro” app, on the iPad; and sometimes the iPad camera.  Good on you, to those who do it all the time, a time consuming process!  I mostly share my iPad art here, (which in itself, takes enough time to do) and it’s relatively easy to scoot it over to my blog.  Anyway, it’s back to the drawing board, iPad screen, or whatever…..when the kids were younger, it would more likely have been, back to the washing machine!

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

A P.S Note… I’ll be back here late October (with my 100th post!). 🙂 Busy with various art projects… Meanwhile you are welcome to visit me at my facebook artist page, where I’ll continue to share some art updates.