April 17, 2009

Haiga 198

Haiku by Matsuo Basho of Japan.
The Japanese callegraphy is by a friend of mine.
I am in the process of making haiga for all the haiku appeared in Basho's "Narrow Road of Oku". This haiga of the old pond is my trial in combining my artwork and the callegraphy. All will be done in the square format. There are 57 haiku to work with, and some are pretty difficult to visualize. This certainly will be big challenge.


John McDonald said...

this is a brilliant start kuni san

Linda Brazeau said...

beautiful - what a great idea

RBroeker said...

Deep green, even where it is light. Deep sound, even where it is life. Wonderful.

Best wishes

kuni_san said...

Thank you all for kind comments. What's new in my haiga making is the addition of traditional calligraphy. For many Japanese, who are used to seeing the traditional haiga, tend to feel comfortable seeing the calligraphy in it.
Good calligaraphy is often difficult to read, but if you look at it as an visual element, you can appreciate the balance of each shape and overall shape, thick and thin lines, curve and straight lines.

bandit said...

ah, but I like this very much...
the "reflection" of the pond in the background and the maple branch. The calligraphy makes "sense" to me, visually, though I cannot read it.
Very appealing.

Tumblewords: said...

Masterful work! The calligraphy bound by art sings.