Sketching with Shiki

sketching from life — eggplants are harder to do than pumpkins                                           Masaoka Shiki shapely drops of glossy purple among rotund orange globes                   Kim M. Russell, 19th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #112 Transformation: sketching from life (Shiki’s Shasei technique) In this weekend’s […]

One Starry Night

one starry night to make that one painting – the rustling leaves                          Chėvrefeuille (2014) silent comets fall to earth illuminating willows leaves and branches blaze bright and silver with starlight under the moon’s eye only trunks lie in shadow holding up the studded sky an owl screeches breaking the starstruck silence sharp talons ready its […]

Ancient Roads

beneath the tarmac ancient footprints left behind forever frozen Kim M. Russell, 6th October 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #105 Turn Back Time For the first weekend meditation of October 2019, when we are celebrating Carpe Diem’s 7th anniversary, we have a new feature: ‘Turn Back Time’; we’re revisiting challenges we’ve had […]

Photoshopping Buson’s Camellia

blushing bud unfurls in the glass polisher’s hand a camellia Kim M. Russell, 29th September 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #104 Photo-shopping Haiku “Camellia” (Yosa Buson) In this new weekend meditation, we have an episode of ‘Photo-shopping Haiku’ and a haiku by Buson (1716-1784): tama-suri-no zayu ni hiraku tsubaki kana Unfolding at […]