Recently, I was in the kitchen, (always something to do in there) and a bowl of tomatoes kept catching my attention. The light from the window fell across them, making patterns of lights, darks and various red hues. They looked good enough to draw and paint, as well as eat. Just managed to grab one and my iPad, before they were all gone – and paint it.
The finished drawing above; the process images below.
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My haiku and haiga.
When I filled up the bowl with tomatoes again, I wrote about them in a haiku and placed it with a quick painting I did in the “Zen Brush” app – to which I added a splash of red paint in “Art Set Pro”. The combination of a haiku with a quick drawing, which captures the essence of the haiku is called a haiga.
Like my haiku, my haiga are more contemporary English versions of these traditional Japanese forms: though I do aim to capture many of their key elements. Below are my first attempts at writing the tomato haiku, and following is the finished haiga; where I changed some words at the last minute.
My completed haiga.
I like the loose look of this drawing. The painting is a bit too tight, need to loosen up my brushstrokes..
Fruit and vegetables: tomatoes, pears, pumpkins…in endless combinations or one on its own offer so many colours and shapes to draw and paint. A favourite subject matter of many artists. Duane Keiser does this wonderfully – among other subject matter. Sigh..I’ll just keep practicing.
Tacked them up on one of the kitchen cabinets, which means I’m reasonably pleased with how they turned out. 🙂 *Trying out various matte papers to print on lately, as per the caption below.
As I jotted down: notes, ideas, did some artwork; and put together this fortnightly post, I realised I had enough art and words to share a shorter post in the interim week. So I’ll do this sometimes.
I visited some lovely blogs, during this last two weeks and thank you for visiting me here.
Have a great day!