This is my latest haiku--marveling over nature's resilience.
I've been experimenting with my art and haiku! Art and haiku seem to naturally complement each other. I posted this as an affirmation...that I will continue to make art and write haiku (even if I am an amateur!)
This picture was first made from a textured paper I had painted with crinkly plastic wrap. It started out as a 5x7 textured piece. Then I cut out a leaf shape (the negative, in other words) from contrasting paper and placed it over the painted paper. With my camera, I uploaded it into PhotoShop, and from there....after a few other Photoshop tricks, I ended up with this. Lately, I have become a little obsessed with creating haiku poems. Over the years, I have taught haiku to students, but never really created it just for myself. Now, I can't stop writing them!
Over the many years I have been teaching children, there are so many insights and experiences that they have brought me....incidental "gifts" (some tangible, some ephemeral and so fleeting I barely notice at all until much later), that I don't fully realize until I take time to reflect. Sometimes, the children themselves were the gifts...like when I needed a hug or a smile, or a little voice that asks if they can help me.
I hate to admit that I have complained over the years, especially when school days were just so stressful. But I can't really put into words the lessons I have learned from children... more shades of love than I ever knew existed, the myriad ways kids learn, and just plain getting along and appreciating each other despite our differences. Teaching has opened my eyes and made me aware of things that I would not otherwise experience. I am not sure any other career or job could enrich me as much as teaching children has, and continues to do so. I believe that teaching really has made me a better human being.