Monochrome Monday – Rainy Day – May 2, 2016

rain_sketched_small

Spring seems to flirting with us.  We have a couple of days of lovely warm weather,  just right for short sleeves and sandals and then, the temps drop and snow falls on the mountains creating an icebox effect.    What a fickle maid is spring!  This is the courtyard as seen from the loggia at the front of my house.  I used FotoSketcher to create a soft oil pastels effect for my monochrome photo.

This is how the cropped monochrome photo looked before the treatment:

rain_unsigned

Ciao, Bastet

Editing Practice … Oil Painting with an App – April 28, 2016

sailboat original

 

One warm morning a few last week I went for a morning walk along the shore in Riva del Garda.  The wind was perfect for sailing.  This is one of several photos I took of one such sailboat leaving the small boats dock.

sailboat

I cropped the photo in order to get more detail of the sailboat.  I liked how the light played on the leaves so I did a little tweaking to accentuate the colours created by the morning light off the leaves.

sailboat_oilpainted_small

 

I really thought that the photo wasn’t anything particularly exciting … so I decided to “oil paint” it.

Modern Sailboat

Here’s the last tweak I did of  the photo …   I wouldn’t call it art … but it was fun 🙂  Ciao, Bastet!

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)

Bastet’s Monday Haiga Challenge – And a Little Italian History – April 26, 2016

Hello!

 

I’m a day late with this challenge … here the weather is beautiful; the skies intensely clear, therefore the colours of the hills, mountains, fields and woods are particularly vibrant, in some cases they seem like they’ve been “apped” before I’ve even had a chance to do something with the photo editor!   So today’s challenge (based on the haiga I published yesterday on my main blog) is

vibrant spring colours

and here’s my haiga:

 

 

Finch Haiga

 

as morning dawns
enchanted light and colour
a finch calls his mate

© G.s.k. ‘16

 

Yes, today isn’t Monday, although to me it feels that way, so what happened?

Risultati immagini per Piazza LoretoPiazzale Loreto

 

Yesterday here in Italy we had a national holiday … it was Liberation Day or Resistance Day – but here it’s usually called just 25th of April.   It is the day when  Italians celebrate the end of Italian Civil War,  born upon the landing of the Allied Troops in Sicily in 1943 after the surrender of the then Prime Minister  Pietro Badoglio which officially ended  Mussolini’s Fascist regime (who’d been arrested but who escaped, joining the Nazi German forces heading for  Salò on Lake Garda signalling the occupation of Northern Italy by the Nazi-Fascists).

The date was chosen arbitrarily in 1946 … on that day (April 25 1945),  Mussolini was captured by resistance forces in the North – and shot three days later, then hung in Piazzale Loreto in Milan, where earlier 15 Partisans had been shot.  The rest of  Northern Italy capitulated after that in a domino effect.  It should be noted that the Italian Civil War was a very bloody event in Italian history which left many scars and divisions in the Italians as a Nation.  Even after 70 years there’s still an off-key eco.

April 25th officially became a permanent national holiday in 1949 – though for years  it was ignored and fell into obscurity and except for the placing of a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers by officials (or on the sight of a Nazi-Fascist retaliation etc) went by unmarked and uncelebrated.  President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi during his administration (1999-2006) did much to revived and redirect it (and June 2  or Constitution Day or The Day of the Republic)  stating that the holiday was important,  since it reminds all Italians of the constant need for renovation through the understanding of the origin of the  Italian Nation  as a Republic.

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If any of you would like to add their haiga to my challenge … please feel free to do so .. you can link directly in the comments below of add your name to the Mr. Linky app below.  In order to help other’s find you easily in the reader and Google, you might want to tag this post as well …. Bastet’s Monday Haiga Challenge.