The Art of Haiga
I wanted to share something different with you this week.
These are haiga that I have posted on my Sketchy Poet blog.
I grew up in an artist’s home;
it was second nature for me to dabble with art
since I had watched my mother draw and paint.
When my kids and I started homeschooling,
over twelve years ago,
we chose to include regular time spent
doing drawing lessons from a book.
Being a Canadian family,
we also studied the Group of Seven (famous Canadian painters) .
I have a selection of precious renditions
that my children did of some of the most famous works.
Haiga are drawings with a haiku printed right onto the picture.
These drawings are done of items around our home.
Some of my favorite blogger friends also draw.
Now you know that I have followed you with a genuine interest in art.
An art exhibit intrigues me as much as a walk in the woods.
Artwork is both therapeutic to do and to observe.
I highly recommend watercolor pencils (that’s what these are done with).
They do not require the same skill level as regular watercolor painting.
Please, if you have any interest it giving it a try – just do it.
Our Creator Father made us in his image…
that’s why I believe we all have a desire to create beauty
in whatever way we have been gifted.
Artsy Blessings ~ Wendy ♡
68 thoughts on “The Art of Haiga”
Beautiful in their simplicity and the integration of words and image – your love for nature and creativity shines through:-) Thanks for sharing…blessings, Harula xxx
Harula, thank you for your kind words. Simplicity speaks peace to me. ♡
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Dear Wendy, Wonderful post! I love your haiga. Blessings, Ellen
Thank you, dear Ellen. I am honored more than I can explain with words. ♡
Interesting sketches and post! 🙂
Thank you; “A change is as good as a rest.”
I love your beautiful words and colored pencil drawings, Wendy!! I will be posting this Monday a new blog entry called “Healing through Creative Expression.” I would be honored to have you share on it! I also still look forward to quoting you in my class. Have a blessed weekend!
Danielle, thanks so much for the heads up on Monday’s post. I would be delighted to visit it and comment. You’ve inspired me to consider how I might serve in my own church in a way that uses creativity… ♡
Awesome post Wendy! I love your illustrated haiku. We home schooled too. What a wonderful gift for your kids.
Tim, my husband and I are so glad that we home schooled. We’re close to our kids and have passed on a love of reading to them. One of our sons can outdraw me & our daughter regularly uses online drawing lessons just for fun. (I am always impressed with your artwork that surpasses my ability by far.)
I would never say that my art surpasses yours. We all bring something different to the table and that is the great joy of art. Besides, what greater accomplishment is there than to teach your kids to surpass their parents. I think what you have done is awesome. 😀
beautiful Haiga’s, Wendy! You keep amazing me.
I am glad to have surprised you, Francina. Thank you for your kindness.
I had never heard of Haiga before. I like poetry, and even write some, but don’t know all of the various kinds and how to classify them.
I really enjoyed looking at these sketches and poems of yours.
I love flowers, and flower gardening. We have a lot in common.
My son will be 26 this March, I started homeschooling him when he was 10 years old in the spring of 1998. My daughter will be 20 in June, and I started homeschooling her in 1999. Altogether that would be about 12 or 13 years. I have wonderful memories of doing school with her at the patio table so we could observe nature.
Theresa, I learned about Haiga while blogging and from on Twitter. It appeals to me because of its simplicity and those with busy schedules or short attention spans can enjoy them easily.
I have heard of mothers who miss homeschooling when it is all over; writing, art, and other creative projects will be my cup filler when we are all done. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your examples of “haiga”. I had not seen it before. I like the effect of visual word art poetry–all combined into one! I’ve done some work with watercolor pencils–found it to be very relaxing–and rewarding! You’ve inspired me…now where are those pencils? 🙂
Laura, you’ve made my day! I love the idea that this has inspired you. I listen to the radio in my studio when I draw. For now I am sticking to simple pictures and may progress to larger ones as time permits. Have fun. ♡
Thanks, Wendy–you too!
Wendy, although I am not surprised, I did not know you were also an artist. Very nice work. Thanks for the intro to this form of using poetry! Blessings
Sue, I’m honored that you’ve called me an artist; however, when I recall some of the famous artists and their works that the kids and I have studied…perhaps I may fit in? 😉 I certainly am quirky enough. ♡
Thanks for all the beautiful things you share with us
I always appreciate your photography and your visits, Marylou.:)
I am an admirer of those blessed to draw, paint and capture the beauty and inspiration of our Master Artist…God. Although, I love to doodle, alas…freehand drawing is not my forte. (I can not draw myself out of a circle) My mother, who was a wonderful artist ( mercifully) gave me my first tracers and taught me color values and photography. I will always be grateful for her keen eye and learned skills. Thank you for the inspiration and reminder. Bless you ~Zoey
Zoey, what a lovely gift your mother gave you in those one on one lessons. Children spell love “t i m e.” ♡
Wendy, God has given you such marvelous gifts! Thank you so much for sharing them and bringing Him the glory through it! How beautiful!
Heidi, I have noticed how God even made some trees just because they were “pleasing to the eye.” In the Old Testament his detailed instructions of how to build and decorate the temple really confirmed to me the value God places on the arts.
Beautiful sketches, Wendy. And lovely poetry, too. I’ve never heard of ‘haiga’ before, so thank you for your examples. I must get some water colour pencils – thanks for the idea.
Irina, I am so pleased to hear that you may give this a try. There are how to books about them. I may check online for tips as well. Have fun!
Wow, I’m impressed. Nice drawings and I loved the poetry and info in between these images. Makes me want to try my hand at sketching and haiku again. Great post. Hugs, Natalie 🙂
Natalie, I’d enjoy seeing what your lovely and creative mind would write and sketch for haiku. All that you post is always a joy to see and read. ♡
Thanks, Wendy. I might come up with some fairly nice Haiku, but the sketching not so much maybe. But you have inspired me to get it a try one day soon. Blessings, Natalie 🙂
Thank you, Greg. 🙂
These are beautiful and I love the concept. I do art journaling and you’ve given me some ideas! Thanks for sharing.
Have fun with it! Thank you for your lovely comment, Veronique.
Indeed a wonderful experience to read this post. Artist of any kind I am not. My Grade 8 art is far worse than what my grandchildren do in Grades 1-3! Art was not a part of my upbringing as we barely had enough food to survive, so when I visited the McMichael Gallery (where the Group of Seven are housed) I was amazed that good art speaks even to those who know nothing about it!
How wonderful that you were able to see the Group of Seven up close and personal. May I suggest that you do participate in art? – the art of writing. Using a pen as your brush and words as your paint I think you do wonderful creative work. Thank you, always, for your kind visits.
How kind. A thousand words is still worth a picture, eh?
God has given you several bites of the creative gifts cherry. You are blessed indeed dear friend.
Thank you, dear Lyn. I often admire the musical gifts that my children have and that I most definitely do not. We truly need and bless each other. Your creative writing always blesses me.
Beautiful artwork; so peaceful and gentle.
To hear that it is peaceful and gentle is honey to my ears ~ Thank you! 🙂
Oh Wendy, these are all fabulous, so calming and peaceful. I am learning so much as I travel through this poetic world! Its all still so very new to me but I am thoroughly enjoying the journey! 😊
Love and blessings to you
I am enjoying the journey also, Christine. Blogging is an awesome way to learn of new ideas. There are quite a few artists who post small, simple, and elegant art on their blogs.♡
You’re one talented lady!! i love these, especially the little chickadee. 🙂
Thank you, Camilla. I always enjoy your bird pictures. ♡
Your artwork and words are amazing. What a blessing you are to us! Thank you for sharing this side of you!
Thank you, Skye. Visiting your poetry blog is like walking into an old romantic castle adorned for a celebration. It’s always a pleasure.
You are so very kind. Hugs!!!
Wow, brilliant art!!! Wonderful!!!
Thank you, dear Rexlin. 🙂
Beautiful, I love the paintings. I stopped painting years ago. But maybe I will give it a try, thanks for sharing 😉
Thank you. That would be wonderful if you were able to set up a little spot somewhere that you could slowly work on a painting. 🙂
You have been blessed without measure being raised in a home with artists….I can’t even imagine the impact that this would have in ones life.
Laurie, I’ve taken it for granted until I notice others paying someone to do things I would just do myself. Every family has their own style of blessings.
What a delightful collection of haiga you have blest us with. It’s a joy to see drawings and beautiful poetry combined so well.
Artsy thanks, Wendy
Thank you, dear Mary. I admire your haiku/haiga writing and feel like I still have so much to learn; learning is fun.
Lovely conceptualization. Creativity which inspires. What is that common thread that I sense going through?
Thank you, Shakti. “Hope” is the common thread that runs through this and all that I write or do. I trust in the “God of hope.” Blessings.
Love, love, love this. I so enjoyed this.
Thank you so much, Gracie. ♡
You are so talented! Love all the drawings, but the chickadee on the snowy bough is my favorite.
Thank you, Linda. I am “drawn” to bird pictures too. My Mom recently gifted me with a lovely robin painting that she had done.
An inspiration, thank you
Thank you, also. 🙂
This is just Awesome…Wendy
Thank you so much, Sriram. Blessings on your weekend.