Saturday, January 31, 2015

Carpe Diem #660, Impressions

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I don't have the new prompt-list ready for this month, so my apologies for that. This month I love to go further on the idea of Impressionism as I described in our last "Haiku Writing Techniques" episode "surprise". This month I will try to challenge you with all wonderful images, photos and other things e.g. music and ask you to write a haiku ... an impression ... of the scenes which I share here. (As you can see I haven't a proper logo for this month ...)

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists. Their independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s, in spite of harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France. The name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satirical review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari.
Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. The development of Impressionism in the visual arts was soon followed by analogous styles in other media that became known as impressionist music and impressionist literature.

And today I have a wonderful Impressionistic painting by Claude Monet, Haystacks (sunset), for your inspiration.
Claude Monet, Haystacks (Sunset)
I would say .... "go for it" ... try to write/compose a haiku and share your "impression" with us, be one with the painting, try to step into the shoes of the Impressionists ...

in the faint light
of the departing sun -
a sedge warbler sings

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 3rd at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, ?????, later on. PS. I hope to publish our new prompt-list this weekend


  1. Great theme to go through Feb with. Really a unique new idea. Your haiku seem effortless these days - though I know you work hard to get them just as you like them!