September 2013: The 3rd Annual 30 Days of Haiga—and Day Moon ~ #005 August 2013

©13 Day Moon 2 sml 6x



the distance

between sunlight and moon

the slow summer sky


Slightly Altered Digital Photograph 

September 2013: The 3rd Annual 30 Days of Haiga

Haiga ~ Image with Haiku as One Work

This September of 2013 I will again attempt to create and post at least one haiga per day for the entire month. I may or may not achieve this goal, however the fun is in trying.  

Please join in as often as you are able to do so—and invite your friends; especially those who enjoy and create haiga.

Each day I will post prompts for the next three days (so you’ll have some lead-in time to think). You do not have to use the prompts to join in of course.

Doodle, draw, paint or photograph on paper, canvas, in the sand or with digital technology—and play (or in any other way you wish to create) to create a visual image that includes haiku within the image as one work. 

No sign-up is required. 

Post your own original haiga that you create for that day on your blog: the idea being to create at least one new haiga each day and post it.  

Click and add your post link (which is different than your blog link) to the Mr Linky button for that day on the 19 Planets blog. There will be a new link box for each day. 

In the comments for that day let me know you have added your haiga post link to the Mr Linky button and I will try to visit your blog to see your haiga (this may take a few days).

Take a look at what others do and comment—about what you see or like in their haiga, or what the work makes you think about in your own experience, or a memory the work brings up for you. You can of course even story if it comes to you via the haiga. 

I suspect we each have our own ideas about haiga. Currently this is how I see haiga:

Both the image and the haiku of haiga should be able to stand alone, independent of each other, each remaining a solid work. Together as haiga, along with a visual balance, they should each offer something new or different to the other—a greater understanding or an alternative perspective possibly. In haiga the image should be more than a simple illustration of the haiku and the haiku should do more than simply describe the visual that is apparent in the image. There should however be a connection between the two that is enhanced by their relationship together in the work. This is the ideal I attempt in my haiga. Sometimes I succeed in these things. Sometimes I do not. For me, it is way fun to try.

The bottom line is of course to have fun creating haiga and to learn about the ways others create too.  Aloha—Rick

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