September 12, 2012

Haiga 888 - Matsuo Basho haiku from Nozarashi Kiko

Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork by myself.

Basho was traveling on a horse. On the way, Basho noticed a white flower, blooming as if it was the only flower in the world. Basho stared and admired the flower, and then suddenly it was gone. Basho's horse snatched the flower and ate it. Though the flower was no longer in sight, the vision remained more vividly in his mind.

In the haiga, the flower is depicted by just outlines while the buds are in photograph, looking real. By placing these side by side, I try to enhance the fact that the flower is no longer there.

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