My first sweep of your jawline
a shade around your nose
caught on your eyes
what is happening
I sketched until dawn
this face remembering
then why were my lips
shaking and trembling
I peered deeper still
you looked back at me
what had I done
set my love free?
To settle on a face
the one in my dreams
Oh what a fool
to believe in such schemes
I continued to draw
each night until dawn
I’d lost all control
what had gone wrong?
Hearing a sound
before the sun rose
a knock on the door
could it be?
I don’t know
There someone stood
something circling his face
the man in my drawing
no turning back
I’ll have a mental break
When I originally wrote this I was starting to draw portraits. They are difficult. I added a little more Jekyl Hyde rather than a romantic tone.
Art: Pablo Picasso
it just takes one line
followed by another
color then some more added
and a smile or two
give me a long neck
or a furry mane
four long legs or short
will have to do
teach me to draw
show me to paint
clay in my fingers
don’t want to wait
look at the sky
God’s daily design
something fluffy and blue
that catches our eye
When you think of art you might say “I can’t draw?” Why?
It’s more a block in between your mind and your hands then you realize.
Children create more easily because they haven’t acquired the “hang up” of success. They just “do.” You are never too old to learn how to draw, paint, sculpt and there is no grade at the end either. So try a creation done by you. You may find that you enjoyed it and want to try another.
All the years I “did” art I was afraid to try portraits. While my artist mother can still teach me I am trying to learn a little about portraiture and practice!
I hope you’ll try something you’ve never tried before.
I tried to draw a rose today
but noise and life got in the way
my pencil finally took control
what it drew I hardly know
“it’s good I guess” I tell the pad
I sniff the scent of rubber band
I tried to draw a rose today
crumpled paper, thrown away
inhale, no bottle can hold
Flowers can cheer a frown into a smile. Poets United knows this well and so the prompt this week is Flowers!!!
I imagine an elephant’s journey on paper
the sun sets on pre-safari day
sharing dirt road with a magnificent beast
look at his ears for a sign
it’s hard not to smile
as John retells the story
there’s an elephant chasing me
what do I do”?”
interested in food
dry land crunches beneath feet
no race today
Thanks to my friend John Pipes who so willingly shares his photography. He also tells a fine story – Im sure you’d agree.
This photo is at the entrance to Murchison Falls National Park
Art: “Elephants” Moondust Designs ©2016
Sands quickly dispense
dead trees reaching for the sun
sign of the times
Haiku can say so much – enjoy Haiku Horizons and this week’s prompt “Sign”
some just see ivory
great strides to let them be free
content to walk in line
joining the herd
sun rises over our resolve
protect the young
It is sad to think that man is the elephant’s primary predator. Because of a love for ivory trinkets and slow rates of reproduction, elephants are at risk for extinction.
Today at Poet’s United the prompt is citizenship.
What is our role as a citizen in these times?
visit the wildlife conservation blog for more info.
“Elephant Silhouette” (Pen drawing layered over photo)
copyright Moondust Designs 2016
You’ll love these a to zers too:
colors in a line
beauty tilts her head toward light
sun guides my hands
The prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is carpe diem. I have never spent much time with portraiture. The human form takes alot of study but I am getting to the point in life that there is no time like the future. This photo is of my drawing – I have a long way to go before ‘ll be ready to paint a face on canvas.
art for the eyes
The WordPress Daily Post Photography Challenge this week is Depth
Photography to enjoy:
Empire of Lights
This That and the Other Thing (Janet)
Jim Holroyd 365
“Of all languages, Japanese is by far the richest in onomatopoeic elements, especially of the simpler variety, in which the sound of the word is directly an imitation of the thing.
I had never heard of onomatopoeia until I discovered haiku in the late eighties, but I learned through the years that haiku are made, written, composed for saying aloud twice (or more times). Haiku are written down but the essence of haiku is this onomatopoeia. How we say a thing is of more importance, of more significance, than what we say, the conscious meaning; for through the tones of the voice, the words chosen, their combination, the sounds echoing and reechoing one another, their concords suspended and reestablished, their discords sustained and resolved, through all this there is a music as free and yet as law-abiding as is that of the flute, the oboe and the violin.
Japanese is a language of sounds as we can see in the three-lined form of haiku with its 5-7-5 sound-units (or onji). Japanese people are part of nature, they are one with the sounds of nature and therefor haiku became what it is … the poetry of nature …”
hi wa hi kure yo yo wa yo ake yo to naku kaeru
“day, ah, darken day!
night, ah, dawn away!”
chant the frogs
We may summarize the function of onomatopoeia in the following way:
1.) The direct representation of the sounds of the outside world by the sounds of the voice;
2.) The representation of movement, or physical sensations other than that of sound;
3.) The representation of soul states. This is always indirect, unconscious, spontaneous. Great poetry depends chiefly for its effect upon this factor. It cannot be imitated or artificially produced;
open the gate
she bubbles to life
The haiku writing lesson is courtesy of Kristjaan Panneman at Chevrefeuilles Carpe Diem.
I am currently drawing the above gate.
hand in active pursuit
eye joins in
The shadow a hidden story to tell
hidden in his pocket or beneath a well
is he portraying a man with a walking stick
or is behind the curtains, you can pick
peaking from beneath dancing shoes
whose ballerina never knew
the secret lies in the trees
chill conveyed on winter’s breeze
The WordPress Daily Post Photography Challenge is “Shadow”