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Detailed Information on 30 Days of Haiga

Haiga ~ Haiku within Image, as One Work

This September (2017) I and a few others will again attempt to create and post at least one haiga per day for the entire month—or as often as possible. 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 viewing 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 29, 2017). 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)—to create a visual image that includes haiku within the image, as a balanced 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 is to create at least one new original 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 Art Blog. There will be a new Link Box for each day. Each Link Box will remain active for up to one month and may be added to, until that time. All Link Boxes including those from previous years may be viewed at any time.

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. For a good part of September I will be on a trip to the east coast, however I still intend to actively create and post 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 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 in the haiga community while learning about the ways we each create haiga.  Aloha—rick

The first prompt, for September 1, 2017:

2017-001-30doh [for Sept. 1]
Northern Hemisphere: remembering an animal
Southern Hemisphere:  remembering an animal

The first Link Box (for September 1, 2017) will appear on the post for that day (along with the prompts for the next three days).

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