Thursday, September 11, 2014

Carpe Diem's "Arti-visual" Haiku #1

Credits: logo
Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I started writing haiku in the late Eighties ... I also started painting, drawing and photographing to become inspired to write haiku. While the years past by I remained to photograph, but painting and drawing I let go just of lack of time and because I would try to become a better haiku-poet.
Now ... several years later I love to bring artwork back into my haiku writing and so I created an all new feature for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.This new feature is all about art and therefor I have named it Carpe Diem's "Arti-visual" Haiku.

The goal of this new feature is as follows:

You may choose a piece of art, that can be a painting, a sculpture, a photo or something else made by for example Vincent Van Gogh, but it also can be an art-piece made by yourself. maybe you are a painter or a photographer. You may also use a piece of art which you have made especially for this feature.
Your used artwork must be the inspiration for your haiku. So for this new feature you may use for example a sculpture which you have made yourself, but there has to be a classical or non-classical haiku inspired on the art-work in your post. For this feature I will not give a prompt, you can decide for yourself which prompt or theme you will use. Feel free and share also your own art-work as I will do myself in this first episode.
This new feature will be published once in a month, so this first episode runs to October 11th at noon (CET).

Let me share my art-work for this very first episode of our "Arti-Visual" haiku feature. This first art-work I have made recently and it was inspired on the paintings by Mondriaan (a Dutch painter, who used mostly red, yellow and blue colors in sleek designed paintings). I will first give an example of his work hereafter.

Credits: Tableau by Piet Mondriaan (Dutch website)
I like this sleek style of Mondriaan and I also like his choice for only the primary colors, red, blue and yellow.

And here is my "painting" inspired on Mondriaan:

Mondriaan inspired cobweb © Chèvrefeuille
This art-work inspired me to write the following "Arti-Visual" haiku:

morning dew shimmers, 
the sun climbs into the sky -
colored cobweb

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... it's maybe not a strong haiku, but I liked composing it. And ... it was fun to share one of my new paintings ...
I hope you all like this new feature and I hope to see wonderful art-work and read wonderful "Arti-Visual" haiku created by you all my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers. Have fun!

This episode of Carpe Diem "Arti-Visual" haiku is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 11th at noon (CET).


  1. oh what a great idea, Kristjaan! and I love your art and haiku

  2. I can only echo Jen - fabulous idea, extraordinary painting. I am stunned.

  3. What a great feature Kristjaan! This will be a lot of fun -- so thank you for offering it!
    Your art is absolutely wonderful -- the bold colors of Mondrian, with the delicacy of cobwebs and haiku.

  4. Lovely haiku and very cool artwork Kristjaan! Bravo!

  5. I love your art work esp the second one and the line "sun climbs into the sky" is so fluid and happy.

  6. Very inspiring post and so as your artwork, Kristjaan.

  7. Wow ... you've comeup with yet another challenge .. this is particularly interesting .. it calls us to add more of ourselves to our ku ...Thanks Kristjaan!

  8. You really are full of wonderful ideas, Kristjaan! And your art-work...of patterns, colours and words...what can I say, I am in awe...