September 15, 2012

Haiga 891 - Matsuo Basho haiku from Nozarashi Kiko

Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork myself.

The 10th haiku from "Nozarashi Kiko".
In his journal, Basho wrote: "There’s a stream in the lower end of Saigyo ̄ Valley. As I gazed at women washing potatoes..."

In the haiga, I tried to enhance the feminine quality, first by depicting the fingers with smooth curves, second by placing them next to a sweet potato with rugged lines and texture. I am sure Saigyo would have liked the graceful hands of the women washing potatoes.

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