Monochrome Monday – (Haiga and Tanka) – April 11, 2016

Dream Haiga


moonlight dreaming
as crickets sing for lovers
hidden gazebo
on this balmy spring morning
creating illusions

© G.s.k. ‘16

Yesterday I went for a walk with the city of Arco … one of our stop overs was at the Arch-Duke of Austria’s historical botanical garden (for which I did a Sunday walk in 2013).  This morning one of the photos reminded me of moonlight …  so  with a little magic of imagination and an app … my haiga was done.  My next post will be this week’s Monday Haiga Event … hope to see your there!

Carpe Diem #950 dreams – this month Carpe Diem Haiku Kai will be prompting for a daily haiga for those who enjoy this type of work, a great opportunity!

NaPoWriMo: Day 11

One Month of Haiga – Haiga 26 – February 26, 2016


We’ve all seen it … the moon peeping through the clouds or boldly looking on the world during the day.  It’s popular belief that the moon is never seen when the sun is up, so we all make up lovely poems and fantasy stories about the this romantic impossibility.

One of my favourite films (with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer) is “Ladyhawke“.  Here a cruel and somewhat corrupt Bishop of Aquila (his name means eagle and is also the name of a city in Italy) desires Lady Isabeau d’Anjou for his own but  realizing that she’s in love with the Captain of the Guards Navarre uses dark magic to transform them into a hawk (she during the day) and a wolf (he during the night)  so that even though always together, they are eternally apart … unless there is “a day without a night and a night without a day” or when the moon and the sun shine in the sky together.  Not even taking into consideration that actually the moon and sun do show up from time to time together,  the writer tells us that what will save them from their fate is appearing before the Bishop during a total eclipse.   Sigh … isn’t that so romantic!

However in our everyday life, no such magic exists and we don’t need a total eclipse for the moon and sun to be out together … so there she was in January peeping over Mount Baldo in Malcesine and I captured her in a few photographs  (though in my haiku I’m treating it as a late February moon 😉 ).  Today’s theme then is:

a daytime moon

And here is my haiga:

Haiga 26


afternoon visit
peeping behind veils
late winter moon

© G.s.k. ‘16

To participate with your completed haiga just tag your post Bastet’s One Month of Haiga and link directly to this post, then link your haiga post in the Mr. Linky app:

Have a great day, ciao!  Bastet


Why Do We See the Moon in Daylight?

A Month of Haiga – February 9, 2016

Hello Everyone!

Turns out that February is (and will be) a much more complicated month than I’d expected,  so I’m more or less reduced (blog-wise) to just publishing the haiga a day and the haiku for NaHaiWriMo and little more.  Fortunately my life tends to return to its normal slow pace, the stress dissipates like so much mist and I can enjoy my writing and photography as the relaxing constants of my life.   In the meanwhile, I’ve chosen as today’s theme:


Now, I think everyone has caught on to the fact that I’m not giving you a word prompt – though sunset for example could have been used as a word prompt.  My theme idea is just for orientation … so no season word or whatever just an idea that can be worked on.

Yesterday my son was up from Padua for the day and we went for a walk and then lunched, though the weather was uncertain, at Riva del Garda.  These grey skies create a wonderland of reflections on the lake and in the Rocca’s moat that just can’t be seen on a bright sunny day.  The life under the water can be seen adding texture to a photo in the most delightful way.  The photograph I used for today’s haiga are reflection of the Rocca in the moat that I rotated 180° so the Rocca can be better seen.  The algae in the water and the ripple of the water itself made me think of ghosts – rather banal association I guess 😉 :

Haiga 9

If you’d like to participate, but are inspired by something different – that’s fine by me – once you’ve completed your haiga just tag your post Bastet’s One Month of Haiga and link directly to this post, then link your haiga post in the Mr. Linky app hidden in my flowers below so others can easily find you:


Have a great day!  Bastet

The Rocca, a medieval fortress with quadrangular bastions, placed on the lake, bounded by a canal with drawbridge. It was the fortress of the noble family Scaligeri (1124), who became the Lords of Verona. It was rebuilt several times and it was used by the Austrians as barracks in the 18th century. It is frequently the seat of cultural activities, especially during the summer months.  It is now the home of the “Museo Civico”.

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!

One Four Challenge – Wk 4 – December 22, 2014

This is the fourth entry to the One Four Challenge and I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with the photograph.  Last week many people decided to try to render their photo into a drawing or painting, and I thought that might be a good idea so I downloaded the program that so many were talking about:  FotoSketcher … both in the portable form as well in the installation form … gave it a whirl.

First of all I cropped the photograph and then I tried the various filters .. I did like the pencil sketch pretty much, but I wanted a painting … so I saved it then ran the saved copy through the app again … this was the result:


art trial_2r_small

I then saved this … went to Pixlr and PicMonkey to do the finishing touches … a little antiquing  and then a picture frame and of course the signing of the photograph.  This is the last effort:

Wk 4

Wk 4

at the gallery
impressions of decadence
an old boat

© G.s.k. ‘14


This post is linked to One Four Challenge – At Captivate Me

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