Weekly Monochrome – April 26, 2016

Swan Lake

lonely reflections –
contemplating a swan’s feather
an empty lake

© G.s.k. ‘16

(I also wrote a couple of variations for this same image:

spring reflections
alone the swan contemplates
[the empty lake]

© G.s.k. ‘16

lonely reflections –
contemplating a swan
in an empty lake

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #962 bird feathers

And Chèvrefueille gave really a lot of examples for explanation:

Okay … back to our episode of today. Today I have another nice prompt for you to create a haiga with. Today that’s bird feathers. To inspire you a bit I will give the examples by Jane Reichhold for this prompt from her modern Saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”.

bird feathers
in the night sound
spring rain

fading the colors
of a peacock feather
an iris blooms

joined by listening
the breath of disciples
in baby birds

© Jane Reichhold

king of the farm
spreads out his gorgeous tail –
feathers on a vase

feathers on a vase
eyes looking deep into mine –
again in love

again in love –
the first day of Spring has come
listen to the breeze

© Chèvrefeuille

harukaze ni o wo hirogetaru kujaku kana

the peacock
spreading out his tail
in the Spring breeze

© Shiki (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

My New Toy …. December 26, 2014

I received a fantastic new toy for Christmas … an electronic drawing pad with stylus by Trust!

These are my first drawing experiments:

Painted Cat

Painted Cat

And here’s my drawing number one … a kitty(I feel like the pilot in the “Little Prince”!)  it was done using “Paint” … I had a few problems because the stylus was super sensitive and as soon as I touched the board with the stylus off it went … I have to learn to adjust it for this program.

This is my drawing number two … an etegami, made with “Artweaver” the program that comes with the stylus/drawing pad.  The stylus worked was better with this and it has a lovely calligraphy brush … which I have to learn how to use for smaller strokes.  I didn’t like how “Artweaver” doesn’t allow me to write my initials wherever I like and did that with “Picasa 3”:

Japanese trial_2

windy day
mother strolls with her child
in the sky starlings

G.s.k. ’14

I can’t wait until I can start experimenting with photographs!

Morning Reflections – July 7, 2104

It rained during the night … and it was a gentle rain, because it didn’t wake me up.  I only knew that it had happened when I went out on my terrace and found the floor wet!  Here are two photographs of dawn this morning.  I would have said, because I’d read the word used in a story in reference to the first light of dawn, that the day was gloaming … but just to be sure, I looked it up.  Gloaming is dusk! Darn!

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Have a great day!  Bastet

Morning Reflections – July 2014

This morning chatting with Jan about a lovely tanka (Evening Falls – Tanka) she’d been inspired to create for Bastet’s Pixelventures,  I oooed and awwed when I saw one of her photos which had been elaborated with a kaleidoscope filter.  It was created with an on-line editor:   Pixlr.com.

I just had to try it!  So I took this photo (which I’ll show you “raw” with only my signature:


so then I tried the app and this is the result:

caleidoscoped flower

What do you think?  Ciao Bastet.