Haiku & Monotypes

The top 2000 party has been reviewed, my blog has been cleaned and the last Chronicles pages from 2012 has been showed… I arrived in the present and am ready to pick up the routine again!

You know what that means at the end of the week, don’t you?
Haiku My Heart Friday!

Here’s the latest haiku that I found in my book case

Ik herinner mij

De hond met de blauwe tong

De laatste eenhoorn

I commemorate

The dog that had a blue tongue

The last unicorn

I did a bit of a ‘free translation’ to make the syllables fit in English.
The first two book titles are much simpler then my translation…
“I remember” and “The dog with the blue tongue” are more accurate but
I like to get the syllables right… I’m a hairsplitter ;)

For more Friday haiku my heart, visit Rebecca
and other poets today at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Just before Christmas, I made a gelatin plate so I could use it to create mono types for the top 2000 party. I created mono types not only for the music-inspired art (btw, all my top 2000 pages can be viewed here) but made some ‘free art’ as well. (Oh, and the gelatin plate is still holding up in the fridge – I think I will play with it some more this weekend before it falls apart.)

Anyway, here are some of the mono types I made. (I put them together in the picture, you can view them all separate in my gallery)

“Word Woman”

“Top of the World”

After weeks of grey skies and rain, the sun is shining today (but temperatures dropped radically! From 10 Celsius/50 Fahrenheit to freezing!) I better take advantage of the good light to spend the rest of the day creating. My head is overflowing with new ideas, so I hope the weather/light will be like this all weekend… it’s so much nicer to create in good daylight then in the grey with poor (yellow) lamplight…

I hope the weekend brings you clear sight as well.
Look around and enjoy what surrounds you.
See you next week, dear ones.


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  1. says

    You certainly stay busy dear Marit. I have to remember to go to the bookshelves and grab a few titles. I will do this for next week, I promise.
    I, too, split hairs. I would make it fit somehow, some way. Like minds.


  2. says

    {{ love love

    coming here
    to see
    your books
    your words
    your art

    all so inspiring !!

    i would like to think
    the dog with the blue tongue
    the last unicorn
    might have
    a Grand Adventure together … }}

  3. says

    Love the haiku ~ very creative with the blue dog and unicorn ~

    Wonderful monotype ~

    A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

  4. says

    I would love to spend some time with a dog with a blue tongue and the last unicorn and you !
    Fun as always.
    I need some messy, no thinking, paint play ! Your pages make me drool and my finger tips itch. Tomorrow will be a perfect day for it here, rain or shine ! A lazy Saturday to play ! I hope you have a great and lightfilled weekend, Beautiful !

  5. says

    Happy New Year my dear Marit! Just ordered my THIRD issue of Featuring the other day! I can not wait, but in the meantime, I am commemorating or celebrating that I am indeed walking with a blue tongued dog and a unicorn at my side… The Last Unicorn is one of my favorite books of all time. There is a quote from there, a long one, that I will include here, because I think you will love it, if you don’t already know of it…

    My lady,” he said, “I am a hero. It is a trade, no more, like weaving or brewing, and like them it has its own tricks and knacks and small arts. There are ways of perceiving witches, and knowing of poison streams; there are certain weak spots that all dragons tend to have, and certain riddles that hooded strangers tend to set you. But the true secret in being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. The swineherd cannot already be wed to the princess when he embarks on his adventures, nor can the boy knock on the witch’s door when she is already away on vacation. The wicked uncle cannot be found out and foiled before he does something wicked. Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.” Peter S. Beagle- The Last Unicorn

  6. says

    Lovely post! Art and poetry! You are so busy and so creative! In researching haiku, I have come across multiple references that recommend that poets writing in English can and should use 3-5-3 instead of 5-7-5. I guess it is controversial but , for me, the only rule I follow as far as syllable count is……. 17 or less! Instead I try to stay with the spirit of haiku……. with varying degrees of success!!!

  7. says

    ah so enjoy seeing your monoprint play dear Marit!!!
    You know I have been reboiling my homemade gelatin plate about every 4 weeks or so and it is good as new and seems to get stronger as time goes on (I guess with each reheating it condenses a little bit)
    Our local altered arts group is planning on playing again with gelatin monoprinting this weekend
    hugs to you dear one

  8. says

    Dear Marit,

    You are more than welcome to use the line “lost in questions of longing” in a journal page. If you think of it when you do it, I’d love to see the results.


  9. says

    love your haiku! And those art journal pages are gorgeous! Loving those colors very much! I have missed something I quess, never heard of gelatin plates ;)
    Looked it up and I love it!! Awesome technique!!

  10. says

    Hoi Marit:) ik heb featuring magazine al bijna een week in huis en ik heb je nog helemaal niet laten weten dat ik het een prachtig blad vind! Mooi papier, mooie foto’s en interessante artikelen! Heel professioneel! Ook erg leuk om mijn werk er tussen te zien staan natuurlijk;)

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