Yin Yang“The Yin Yang of life comes in all shapes, textures, forms and elements, The human nature of balancing within those – the hard part!”
Penny L Howe, 2013*
Have a great weekend, a balanced one if you can!
Acrobatic performers present a visual balance, their bodies the essence of form and movement – muscles, tendons and sinews honed to an edge – physically obvious, yet from facial expressions, their style internal as well.
When writing creatively, I combine various elements of myself. My intent is to impart, through the use of words, specific sensations or thoughts.
If I adapt to a certain style, this becomes a part of what I wish to convey – not because of following or focusing on any preconceived methodology. I do not wish to constrict flow from my written words.
Writing a haibun is – in part – a form of discipline, a given set of criteria to be followed. But that is only a physical application of pen/pencil to paper or printed word to screen. When I impart an essence of who I am into the flow of my words (whether from imagination or experience) … that becomes my true haibun.
To become well versed in a written art form, I use differing creative tools of expression, for various situations; changing techniques but allowing a smooth flow between. With the writing of a haibun and a haiku, there is “a style within a style” and of course the balance between the two.
To acrobatic performers the “Art” is the expression and movement of their body, to move fluidly without hesitation to balance, as required, with an internal flow of their own!
And so it should be for all artistic souls (those who write, craft, paint, photograph, etc. – each a form of creative expression). The flow or movement their own.artistic flow creativity of movement a balance of style
Thanks for stopping by to read,
Form, Balance, Flow
I have spent the last several months researching and studying the history of both the haibun and the haiku.
For those of you interested in reading a very brief understanding of these two writing terms, I have added this information today into the Ligo Haibun section (tab) at the top of this blog.
From the research, I learned the narrative (prose) portion of the haibun began it’s life, hundreds of years ago, as mere jotted down notes and comments in the journals of Japanese travelers. Later to be used for the purpose of assisting with the composition of the haiku (poem) of his experiences.
Eventually these notes evolved into what became it’s own literary style of work along with the haiku and thus the haibun was created and began to evolve.
I have kept a journal for much of my life. It was recommended to me, when barely out of my teens. And it became a life style habit of mine.
I’d write my thoughts, of the previous day, first thing in the morning (on days I didn’t work) or my thoughts, of the day, that evening when I would retire.
The interesting thing is I always felt the need to summarize my thoughts at the end. And yes, it appears that I was doing my own version of a very rough form of the same methodology of how the haibun originally came into being.
It didn’t take me long to realize, that I enjoyed the haibun style of writing because I was very much at home with it. Perhaps in a less refined style, I have still been writing in a similar way, in my own journal, for years.
My advice to those (and I do encourage you to begin to keep a journal for yourself) who write, is to give a try to writing a haibun. Join the Ligo Haibun Challenge. I don’t think you’ll regret it.Proceeding on: *
(some hints)* ~ free yourself from a preconceived mindset of what you want to accomplish when you write ~ * ~ be there, in the moment ~ * ~ start with your own creative energy and think about how you feel about what you want to write ~ * ~ with the image in mind, view your interpretation of how you’d like to present it ~ *
~ write ~*
My personal view:
The haibun: A meaningful narrative – ‘the body‘ and the haiku – ‘the heart’ of the piece. It is a work of art, a song in “word expressions” relating to your emotions/feelings in the form of a short story, opinions or series of thoughts. The haiku – the essence.
“In summation, to me, writing a haibun is about extending yourself within the form/balance/flow of the haibun (writing style), which can, in turn, expand the value of your presentation.
In other words you have the ability to improve both yourself and your writing skill as well as illustrate how powerful the haibun, itself, can be – through your own written words.” Penny L Howe, 2013
Here’s an example:
The other day I noticed several long pieces of hair adhered to the wall where I take my daily shower. I was fascinated by the form they took.
I took a photo, darkened the lines so that they were clear and then I colored in some of the spots and created the abstract piece here. This would be a “sketch” if I were going to actually recreate this piece on canvas, the detail in the painting would be much cleaner and precise, but I did enjoy the fun of creating!
Original photograph (notice the lines – fascinating to me!)
During my “art education” years I was fascinated by the form and shapes of “early on” Surrealism, Abstract expressionism as well as Pablo Picasso’s periods of art known as Cubism. Although color was an expressive element – during Picasso’s periods of the abstract – he primarily relied on a simple drawing to create form and space.
Everyone’s taste in art is personal to them whether abstract or realism, art is in the eye of the beholder. Creativity however has no limits, no medium, no set style, just going with the flow and enjoying the process.
Remember, creativity is out there everywhere waiting to inspire your imagination, just look for it!
Thanks for stopping by,
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Have a great today and a better tomorrow,
Style ~ A Flow of Movement
Internationally known Bruce Lee became an iconic individual, famous for his stylized version/philosophy of Martial Arts (Jeet Kune Do), his executed flow of movement.
He believed that by “combining” the various elements of ‘martial arts’ you become the best fighter because you can adapt to any style – not following or focusing on any preconceived system of style.
Dana White UFC President called Lee the ‘father of MMA’ saying “if you looked at the way Bruce Lee trained, the way he thought, and the many things he wrote he said the perfect style is no set style – you take a little something from everything, the good things from each discipline, use what works, and let everything else go.
From early on I was fascinated by Bruce Lee, who in addition to being a Master Martial Artist was extremely intelligent and well versed in the disciplines of his art. His belief was to use different “tools” for different situations, changing techniques but allowing a smooth flow between. A style within a style.
He wrote of his stye as that of being the ‘Art of expressing your body’. He believed – a good martial artist should be like water and move fluidly without hesitation, changing with an internal flow as required!
And so it should be for all of us artistic souls (those who write, craft, paint, photograph, etc. – all form of creative expressions). Is your flow or movement your own? Create a style within a style – your own. Begin this today!
My Style … My flow
Thanks for the drop by, Hope this day is yours to embrace, take care of you my friends, Penny