Last Rays

Today I had a few extra minutes to dabble with Rick Daddario’s prompt: “one last”.  I am trying to teach myself some new things, so today I did two versions of this haiga.  Both are of the same photo that I took on a trail one day.  One I kept as a photo and created as I so often do, but the other I turned the photo into a pencil drawing through photostudio hd app.  I would love to know your thoughts about the one you prefer, if you desire.

I hope you enjoy:


12 thoughts on “Last Rays

  1. Hi Kris!
    I enjoy the original photo you created most. It is there, I feel the rays of sunshine being absorbed into my being and fall into bliss.
    Blessings to you as you bless so many.

  2. I think I like the second one best. The scene is the same, but the heat and color are filled by imagination. The path also looks like it might already have leaves on it, giving an impression that the art follows after the writing in the story line. Lovely both. 🙂

    • Thanks Francina, I have been reading lately about how photos are not used effectively in haiga, and how the photo needs to be the “fourth line”, I am continuing to try to work with that…also have been playing with different design programs/apps…I enjoy what I am doing…sometimes I don’t even want to call it a haiga and call it poetry, so that I don’t defy the traditional and respected art of japanese poetry, and stay with combining photos and poetry, because I like to do both equally…all is fun

      • That is the point indeed, respect for the art of Japanese poetry Kris. I too like to combine a poem with a photo when possible, but as you might have noticed I put a little more distance between the two by using a certain photo in the heading of the poem page when I find one fitting.If not than I just let the seasons photo rotated by itself in the heading of the posts. I’m not always sure about a haiku I write and a Haiga is for me just still a step too far I think. You, on the other hand are well on your way ! Ciao, Francina

      • As with Rick, Francina, I so appreciate the continued dialogue. It helps me so much to learn. It all is so much fun to create, and I say dabble.

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