A Chorus Line


All together now,

Sing your heart out, chirp, and whirl…

We’re on Broadway now!


I had some fun earlier with a color palette that I put together and a dancer that I converted into a shape in Photoshop (I’m learning a few new things in a summer class in case you couldn’t tell). If you’re into color, there is a great site that generates color palettes for you in a fun and simple way, and it’s called Coolors. And it is the coolest.

Here’s the palette that I created for the image above:

It was not my intention to create a background that looked EXACTLY like the palette (i.e. a bunch of rectangles), but once it was imported into Photoshop I thought it looked cool—so I duplicated it by using rectangles and fill. The effects process changed the shades ever so slightly, but they’re close enough.

Anyway, I don’t usually get into my processes, but I thought I would share that tidbit of information along with my Haiku, just for those who are interested. I’d love to do a series (here we go again) where I share some of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned in my classes thus far. What fun is learning if you can’t share it with someone? Right?! We’ll see. If anyone is interested, let me know.

That’s about all for now.


One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.

Vincent van Gogh

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Chirp & Sing

Like Dust, a Haiku

He took one last drag,
A piece of his heart, missing.
Gone, like crypto dust.

My son got into crypto awhile back and I’ve been very curious about it. I’ve asked him a lot of questions, and the more he explains things to me, the more I don’t understand. Ha! So, I’ve been looking into it more in my spare time, and I’ve seen the mention of “crypto dust” quite a few times lately. That being said, it was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Drag & Dust.

My artwork is a bit strange. I thought that a man dragging on a cigarette was actually a good metaphor for heartbreak. Kind of like a prisoner’s “last request.” I hope that’s not too gloomy. I hate gloomy. Maybe it’s not a girl that broke his heart… maybe he’s sad because he lost all of his money in the crypto market. I don’t know.

I was going to add smoke, or white dust, but I ended up liking the simplicity of it. Anyway, it felt good to do something spontaneous… so there you have it.

That’s about all for now. Thanks for reading!

—Janet

Over the Sea

Colors flow like rain,

Birds take flight as wild winds blow,

Perfect summer storm.


Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Bird & Blow

Seaside Haiku


Sandy toes, bare feet,

Hearts full of wonder and dreams,

Find your rest in me.


In keeping with my thoughts on “balance,” I thought it would be good to get away from the A to Z series and do something different. The old photograph is from a day at the beach with some of my dear friends, and I’ve given it a dash of double exposure and a dreamy glow. I thought it was perfect for this seaside haiku because when your feet are in the sand… your worries seem to melt away.

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Bare & Full

Solace

When arms open wide,

To welcome in the broken,

Solace is embraced.


Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Open & Solace

Lucid Dreams

IN MY LUCID DREAMS,

IN A WORLD THAT HAS GONE MAD,

HOPE IS FLUTTERING.


I had one last image that I wanted to try before I take a break from illustrator. I’ll resume after Christmas with some new ideas. Hopefully.

I got interested in this stained glass window look because I made a piece for my best friend, who is also a hairdresser. The image I made for her is of Rapunzel, and her braided hair is flowing down from the balcony wrapped in flowers—and two butterflies are fluttering near her shoulder.

My friend’s sister died over ten years ago—when she was about to turn 40—and now whenever my friend sees butterflies she’s reminded of her. Hopefully this poster will make her salon feel magical. I just sent it off to the printer today, so fingers crossed it’s done before Christmas.

I would share it, but it’s a really large poster and I’m afraid the lines would be lost by the time the shrunken image reached a cellphone screen. Some things only work in person. I think tonight’s image works great for the Ronovan’s Haiku challenge. As soon as I saw the word MAD I knew where to go with it.

That’s about all for now. Have a wonderful day or evening everyone…


Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Mad & Sane