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What is a Haiku?

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 Discovering Haiku Poetry Up until a few months ago, I had never heard of the term "Haiku". When I started writing more poetry and studying it online, I found the word haiku kept popping up. So what does it mean? Essentially it is a form of Japanese poem that consists of only 17 syllabi.  The syllabi are broken down into 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5.  These short poems are traditionally about nature and the seasons. However, you will find that many writers have adapted them to cover a whole host of topics. I prefer to write haikus that broadly keep the tradition of writing about nature.  What really attracts me to these little snippets of poetry, is how they force the writer to concentrate their ideas into just a few words. For me, this helps me to avoid the temptation to waffle. I have been posting my haikus on Instagram   . Some of these I may come back to at a later date and expand the ideas into longer poems. If you would like to read or post haikus on Instagram, there are many

Self-publishing my first book

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Paint & Poems a lockdown project Over the last year, I have been working on a series of local landscapes with accompanying poems. During the first lockdown of Spring 2020, I shared a few of my poems on social media with friends. I was quite surprised to receive such positive feedback on my poems and this spurred me on to do more. These poems usually come to me when I am out on my own walking. It seemed natural, therefore to combine my landscape paintings with my poems. In total, the series is 25 mixed media paintings, each titled with its what3words location.  The paintings hope to capture some of the unique beauty, atmosphere and weather of the Lake District. I am drawn to the strong lines of paths, walls, ridges and streams that guide your eye through the landscape. This is reflected in my use of charcoal for mark-making. Putting all this together in a book has been a welcome distraction over the last few months. I am delighted that it is now in its final stages and ready for pri

To blog or not to blog?....................

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  The question I am asking myself today, should I continue with this blog or not? Writing a new blog has been on my to do list for a while now. It was last Autumn when I put my last post on here, and I thought I ought to be keeping up to date. I think that there are two main reasons why I have lost motivation to blog:- Firstly, the pandemic. This has made writing difficult, my usual glass half full optimism has waned from time to time over the last year. Also the lack of physical art events to get involved with has reduced the amount of news to report on.  Secondly, Instagram . When I began this blog site, I wasn't a user of Instagram. Now as I use Instagram more and more, I find it quite a useful tool for writing news, ideas etc. instead of the traditional blog format. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will see regular updates on what's happening in my studio etc. So, where does that leave this blog site? Well, as it costs me nothing except my time, I may as well leave i

An Autumn Poem

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Although I have never studied poetry writing, it is something I like to do from time to time. This is never planned. It usually begins when I am out walking alone, a verse will pop into my mind which I then continue at home. The poem below is one I completed a couple of weeks ago, a series of observations from my frequent walks. Turning colours, lowering light, long cast shadows and early night. Glowing fronds, wet with dew, adorn the hills with sienna hue. Dappled shades, of Emerald and Gold, slowly shift from Summer's hold. Floating leaves, from the Sycamore, move shadows on the river floor. Wooded walk, turns to open fell, where ancient limestone has a tale to tell. The summit promises a nice hot drink, to clear the mind, no troubles to think. A sliver of silver across the bay, beckons in the end of day. Flames of amber in the fire dance, to say on nature we cannot enhance. © C Lawson 2020 It would be nice to know what you think, I am always open to criticism to help me improve.

Keeping motivated and assessing priorities.

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The last six months have been peculiar in so many ways, with lock-down and continued social distancing affecting all walks of life. After talking to other Artists, it would seem that many have had their inspiration and motivation impacted. Most are saying that their moods and creativity are very "up and down". The normal routes to sell work through exhibitions, galleries and art fairs have been mostly cut off. This combined with the natural worry over the virus itself, will undoubtedly affect people's creativity. As things gradually reopen, hopefully the motivation to create will return. However, should we be learning lessons for the future, reassessing priorities and looking at online opportunities? Many Artists are reluctant to sell online, preferring to continue selling through a traditional gallery. Unfortunately, this left them without any outlet for their work during lock-down. Thankfully, my online sales helped to make up for the lack of offline sales. For me, this

Poem in the pandemic.

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Sometimes I compose poems in my mind to sort things out. I thought about this poem in the early hours and although some lines are forgotten, I decided to write it down the following day. I posted it on FaceBook for my friends to read. They gave me kind feedback and seemed to like it, so I thought that I would share it with you :- Far away in China it seemed to hold no fear, although for unknown reasons, that I will never fathom, people stockpiled loo roll, they just had to have 'em. Then as Italy was struggling, to Cheltenham punters went, packed together in their thousands, did they think the virus would relent? Told to stay at home to protect the NHS, save lives and care for others, we'd do our very best. Overwhelmed with volunteers, too many to be needed, the message was loud and clear, and it was duly heeded, The people they did not complain, they decided to get stuck in, to baking, growing, teaching and zoom, with patience we would win. The skies

Lock-down Art

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So far today, we have had cloudbursts, mini hailstorms, sunshine, wind and calm. Not bad considering that it is only midday. The weather is a roller-coaster today and it very much feels as if we have been on one since the beginning of lock-down. I of course speak of my own experience and realise that we will all be experiencing this time in our own unique ways. Today, I feel exhausted, yesterday I was full of energy, today I feel fearful, yesterday I was full of optimism and so it goes on.  For the first month, I admit that I created very little work. I simply couldn't settle or make myself switch off the rolling news. However, that all changed once I turned off the news and turned on my music. As we know, once you are absorbed in your painting process, time flies by. I soon realised that I'd been painting all day and had worked through the bizarre daily bulletin.  I have always worked best when I have a deadline approaching. With cancelled exhibitions and shows, this i