Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Carpe Diem #1239 shifted flowers (unknown artist)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a wonderful month we have. All those pieces of beauty we call "modern art" and we really have seen wonderful art works. Yesterday we had the "crossed house" or what do you think of that beautiful episode we had on "sacred geometry" ... well I think all the art was gorgeous and with today's episode I hope to do that again.

This episode I have titled "shifted flowers", it's a painting by an unknown artist, at least I couldn't find the artist's name or better said "I couldn't decipher the name on the left down side".

I think this painting is gorgeous and I will try to explain why I have chosen the title "shifted flowers". In this painting you can obviously see flowers, but they are fainting away into a formless scene of colors.

And that brought an old haiku in my mind. This one I created in the "Baransu" episode of our first series of Haiku Writing Techniques:

the old pond
yesterday ... Irises bloomed
only a faint purple

© Chèvrefeuille

This haiku describes in a way the painting of today.

shifted flowers
A short episode, but to say more would be a "sin" ... this painting speaks for it self.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new "weekend-meditation" later on. For now ... have fun!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Carpe Diem #1238 Crossed House (Manuel Clavel Rojo)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

In this month of modern art inspired themes at CDHK I have today another wonderful piece of architecture, but first this: I have already started with the preparations of our upcoming month of Carpe Diem. September will be an awesome month I think and that month I have chosen to make it myself a little bit easier. How? Let me tell you. Maybe you remember our special feature Carpe Diem Imagination in which I shared images for your inspiration and sometimes I told you a little about the image. Next month I will create a whole month with Carpe Diem Imagination episodes ... so I am already gathering images to use. I think September will be an awesome month too.

Okay ... back to our episode of today. Today I have a very special piece of modern architecture. This piece of architecture you can find in Murcia Spain and it is created by Manuel Clavel Rojo architects. It's the so called "Crossed House". The crossed house has two floors, and it seems that both parts can move separately from each other ... and maybe it's really "moveable", but I couldn't find information about that. The architects choose for this "form", because than the house could catch the most of the sunlight and the wonderful views of the landscape around it.

Crossed House
Let me tell you a little bit more about this modern art architecture:

On a site in the higher part of a residential zone in the environs of Murcia is located the singular, crossed house with views to the adjacent mountains, the "Sierra de la Pila" and "Valle del Ricote". From the ambiguity, being on a site of a future densely built-up area and at the same time enjoying today’s unsurpassable views, was born the idea of the project: to orientate the lower level of the house to the garden's intimacy and grant to the user at the superior level the delight of its views considering future edification and the influence of solar radiation.

This conceptual setup is materialized by a geometrical operation, the rotation of two elements, as if it were two construction toy blocks that are stacked and handled easily. The stacked oblong volumes, of a length of 20m and a depth of about 5m, are rotated by 35 degrees so that the extremes orientate to the most favored views and generate at the same time cantilevers of about 10m length.

These cantilevers, together with the rotation between both volumes, provide the necessary sun protection of the facade and pool residence.

The expressive power of this formal configuration, very elementary in principle, is further enhanced by a subtle distinction between the two volumes: the edges are rounded according to the orientation of the main openings of each level reinforcing this way the autonomous nature of the volumes. Thus, on the ground floor rounded transversal edges frame the big opening to the southeast, upstairs such treatment is applied to the longitudinal edges framing the views of the rooms at each end of the volume. This also apparently reduces the contact surface between the two stacked volumes and reinforces the oblong nature of their geometrical form.

Crossed House at night

The contact to the ground is solved using again the same mechanism of rotation. This time a third, buried volume corresponding to the pool deck rotates with respect to the two volumes of the house to resolve the transition between garden ground and dwelling.

The surface's treatment of the concrete volumes provides a contrast between the outside with a rough finish created by a shuttering of sand blasted pine strips and an interior of smooth finishes. (Source)

An awesome building ... but can we create haiku inspired on this one, or will that be more like a senryu?

Here is my attempt:

caught in the windows
a rich landscape

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 22nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, Shifted flowers, later on. For now .... just have fun!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Carpe Diem #1237 Fractal Art (by PSSolutions)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have a nice piece of so called "fractal art" for you, but what is "fractal art"? Until last month, as I was preparing the prompt-list for this modern art month I hadn't heard of "fractal art". What is it? It sounds like a kind of "digital art", so I had to find a description of "fractal art" and I found that on Wikipedia.

Fractal Art:

Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Fractal art developed from the mid-1980s onwards. It is a genre of computer art and digital art which are part of new media art. The mathematical beauty of fractals lies at the intersection of generative art and computer art. They combine to produce a type of abstract art.

fractal art made with "electric sheep"
* Electric Sheep is a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers, which display them as a screensaver.

Fractal art (especially in the western world) is rarely drawn or painted by hand. It is usually created indirectly with the assistance of fractal-generating software, iterating through three phases: setting parameters of appropriate fractal software; executing the possibly lengthy calculation; and evaluating the product. In some cases, other graphics programs are used to further modify the images produced. This is called post-processing. Non-fractal imagery may also be integrated into the artwork. The Julia set and Mandelbrot sets can be considered as icons of fractal art.

It was assumed that fractal art could not have developed without computers because of the calculative capabilities they provide. Fractals are generated by applying iterative methods to solving non-linear equations or polynomial equations. Fractals are any of various extremely irregular curves or shapes for which any suitably chosen part is similar in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size. (source: wikipedia)

Modern Art has evolved during the ages and as we can see in the above image ... "computer-art" looks awesome and with the computer you can create wonderful art work.

The above "fractal art" you may use if you like to for your inspiration, but the "planned" "fractal art" was the following. (the image was found on Pixabay):

Fractal Art created by PSSolutions
I wonder if this kind of art can be explored and be done myself, because I love this kind of modern art. To create a haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired on this "fractal-art" will not be easy.

summer thunderstorm
electric waves dance around me
finally coolness

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Crossed House (Manuel Clavel Rojo), later on. For now ... have fun!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Carpe Diem #1236 Mirror by Jaume Plensa

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and I hope that you have found the inspiration to respond on our "weekend-meditation". I had a nice weekend at work and in my bed, I was on the nightshift.

This month we are exploring all kinds of modern art. We have seen architecture, paintings and sculptures and today I have another nice and beautiful piece of modern art for you. Today I love to share a sculpture created by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa titled Mirror. Let me tell you a little bit about Jaume Plensa.

Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa was born in 1955 in Barcelona, where he studied at the Llotja School of Art and Design and at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Art.
Since 1980, the year of his first exhibition in Barcelona, he has lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, England, France and the United States, as well as the Catalan capital.
Plensa regularly shows his work at galleries and museums in Europe, the United States and Asia. The landmark exhibitions in his career include one organized at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 1996, which travelled to the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö (Sweden) the following year. In Germany, several museums have staged exhibitions of his work. These include Love Sounds at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover in 1999, The Secret Heart, which was shown at three museums in the city of Augsburg in 2014 and the recent Die Innere Sight at the Max Ernst Museum, in Brühl in 2016, which exhibited an extensive selection of his work. During 2015 and 2016 the exhibition Human Landscape has travelled by several North American museums: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and Frist Center of the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa FL and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH.

Actually and until late September 2017, the MAMC-Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne Métropole, shows his latest works.
In the United States, where Plensa has worked and exhibited for nearly three decades, his works have been shown at many art galleries and museums. Amongst his most outstanding exhibitions was that organised at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
A very significant part of Plensa’s work is in the field of sculpture in the public space. Installed in cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, USA, etc., these pieces have won many prizes and citations, including the Mash Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, which the artist received in London in 2009 for his work Dream.
Jaume Plensa's work can be seen regularly at the Galerie Lelong in Paris at Galerie Lelong in New York, and the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and New York. (Source:

Jaume has made wonderful sculptures and it's for sure worth to visit his own website (as mentioned above). Here is the sculpture "mirror" to inspire you:

Mirror by Jaume Plensa
"Mirror" was created for the campus of the Rice University of Houston (Texas) in 2012.

A sculpture with the same kind of material stands in the harbor of my home-town and that sculpture we will see later this month.

I found a nice tanka somewhere in my archives and I think this one can be written inspired on this sculpture again:

looking in the mirror
my hair turned gray and thin
deep wounds of time
however ... I smile as I see the cherry
bloom again, another year to my account

© Chèvrefeuille
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, fractal art, later on. For now ... have fun!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chèvrefeuille's Gift #6 gust of wind

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I had some spare time, so I have another episode of our special feature "Chèvrefeuille's Gift to You to Celebrate Our First Luster of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai" (or short "Chèvrefeuille's Gift"). In this special feature I challenge you with one of the several special features here at CDHK. This episode I love to challenge you to complete a haiku with only a given first line and to challenge you a little bit more I love to ask you to create a troiku with the haiku you have created. More about Troiku you can find above in the menu.

Here is the first line to use for your haiku, so this "gift" is an episode with a twist of "Carpe Diem Only The First Line".

with every gust of wind
Try to create a haiku with this first line and when you have created it create a Troiku with it.

Here is my attempt:

with every gust of wind
smoke from the water cauldron
shadows on the wall

And now to create a Troiku with it .... hm ... let's see ...

with every gust of wind
the windchime moves
breaking the night's peace

smoke from the water cauldron
swirls to the blue sky in praise
jasmine tea

shadows on the wall
created by the hands of children
telling a story

© Chèvrefeuille
I hope you did like this "Gift" and I am looking forward to your responses. Have fun. This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Saturday August 19th at noon (CET).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Carpe Diem Extra August 10th 2017 Survey

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Recently I prolonged the time for responding from 5 days into 7 days (one week), but I have no idea if that works for you, so I have created a short survey (just 1 question) about this responding time

You can find the survey here


Chèvrefeuille, your host

Carpe Diem Utabukuro, the poem-bag #1 re-introduction "a single tulip"

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday August 13th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to re-introduce to you a feature we had here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This feature is based on a haiku by Basho which he wrote when he was around 22 years of age, it's one of his earliest known haiku according to Jane Reichhold. I called that new feature "Carpe Diem Utabukuro, which means "poem bag".

Flower bud

The logo above shows you a bag with a wonderful print of a Japanese woodblock and in the logo you can read the romaji translation of the haiku on which this new feature is based. I will give that haiku here again:
hana ni akanu
nageki ya kochi no

© Basho
And this is the translation by Jane Reichhold:
flower buds
sadly spring winds cannot open
a poem bag

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
In her compilation of all Basho's haiku "Basho, the complete haiku" she gives the following description of this haiku:

1667 - spring. Because Basho has used kochi instead of the conventional ware for "my", the verse has two distinct versions. The associative technique is the idea that the flowers are not yet opened and neither is Basho's bag of poems (Utabukuro). The unopened purse of poems is like the flower bud in its potential for beauty.

The goal of this CDHK feature is not difficult, because I just ask you to share a haiku or tanka which you admire. That haiku or tanka can be one of a classical or non-classical haiku poet or one by yourself. You can choose whatever you like, but it has to be a haiku or tanka. Maybe the haiku brings you sweet (or sad) memories or you just like it. Explain why you have chosen that haiku or tanka to share here "in" CDHK's Utabukuro, poem bag and ... that's the second task for this feature write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the one you have chosen.

Single Rose
I will give you an example:

As you all know I wrote my first English haiku several years ago (2005) and that started my international fame as a haiku poet. I love to share that haiku here again, by the way this haiku is slightly different with the original haiku on advice of Jane herself:
a single flower
my companion
for one night

© Chèvrefeuille (2005)

This haiku is a haiku which is always on my mind, because of the strong emotions in it and through the emotions that it was the start of my international career as a haiku poet. And there is another deeper meaning in it, not only a Zen meaning (loneliness, emptiness), but also the sorrow of losing my only brother in 1995. My brother and I were always together, as we say here "four hands on one belly", after his death I lost my companion for life and with this haiku I tried to bring that feeling into my poetry.

I explained the first task of this feature and I think you understand what I mean. Look at the second task of this feature ... write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the haiku or tanka of your choice. I think that's also easily understand. So I will do that also in this introduction to this new Carpe Diem Utabukuro feature:

a single tulip
covered with snow
arrival of spring

© Chèvrefeuille

Tulip(s) covered with snow
It is really a joy to let go the "strict" rule of giving a theme, so enjoy this feature. Find one of your most wonderful haiku or tanka, or written by someone else, to find your muse, your inspiration and share it with us all. Have a great weekend.

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday August 13th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Mirror (Jaume Plensa), later on. Have a great weekend full of inspiration.