September 2015 ~ The 5th Annual 30 Days of Haiga (30doh) Introduction

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Welcome to 30doh (the 30 days of September attempting at least one haiga each day—30 Days of Haiga—or as often as you are comfortable with doing).

Place your haiga post link (which is different than your blog link) in the Link Box which will be provided specifically for each day.

The first prompts (which you do not have to follow):

  • 1. [for Sept. 1]
    Northern Hemisphere: The calendar and late summer
    Southern Hemisphere: The calendar and late winter
  • 2. [for Sept. 2]
    Northern Hemisphere: Fire and the beach
    Southern Hemisphere:  Fire and a fireplace
  • 3. [for Sept. 3]
    Northern Hemisphere: Afternoon tea
    Southern Hemisphere: Skyscrapers
  • 4. [for Sept. 4]
    Northern Hemisphere: Macadamia nuts
    Southern Hemisphere: Wildlife

Haiga ~ Image with Haiku as One Work

This September (2015) 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.

You are welcome to join in as often as you are able to do so—and invite your friends; especially those who enjoy reading and/or creating haiga.

Each day I hope to post prompts for the next three days so you’ll have some lead-in time to create your haiga (beginning August 28/29, 2015—or slightly later as I’m late this year). You do not have to use these prompts to join in of course.

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

No sign-up is required.

Post your own original haiga that you create for that day on your blog (or elsewhere): the idea being to create at least one new haiga each day (or as often as possible) and post it.

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

Look at what others do by clicking on the Link Box as well. Comment in positive, appropriate ways about what you see or like in the haiga of others, 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 may or may not be able to visit work this year.

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 an illustration of the haiku and the haiku should do more than 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.

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

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