Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Even more haiku and haiga

Mt. Lefroy
Watercolour and Photoshop™
©2016 Charlene Brown

You might think, because I’ve used this particular verse before, that my haiku-generating computer has limited content to work with.  Not at all – so far I have input over 200 lines, with literally thousands of possible three-line combinations, and I find more material just about every time I read a newspaper or magazine or online article on environmental or economic aspects of clean energy technology development.

The thing is, I may compile samples of this clean energy haiku into a book, and I will only be using Canadian landscapes for the haiga illustrations. This particular haiga is a computer-stylized version of a painting I wrote about two years ago

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

More ‘found’ haiku and computer-stylized haiga

Whistler Village
Watercolour and Photoshop™
©2016 Chalrene Brown

This is a continuation of a series I began a year ago, consisting of computer-generated haiku poems and haiga illustrations. 
The poems  (actually haiku-like non-sequiturs) have three lines, containing:
     . a clean energy-related concept (5 syllables)        
     . a tangentially related environmental or economic concept (7)
     . a transformation (5)
The haiga illustrations are computer-stylized versions of some of my Canadian landscape paintings.
I’ve set up a new PinterestBoard about Clean Energy Haiku. The pin descriptions aren’t filled in yet, but if you have a minute, check out this board anyway – I`ve added some clean energy haiku from THE ENTIRE IPCC REPORT IN 19 ILLUSTRATED HAIKU, by Anna Fahey, ©2013 Sightline Institute, Seattle; used with permission. Unlike my ‘found’ non-sequiturs, these are actual haiku verses!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Virtual Paintout still in Norway

The Bridge at Tromso
Watercolour and Photoshop™
Charlene Brown

Tromso is quite close to Bleiksv, one of the other locations I painted in Norway.  They’re only about 100 km apart, but between five and six hours driving time, depending on the ferry... not unlike getting from here in Victoria to Vancouver on the British Columbia mainland. Tromso is considered to be the northermost city (population over 50,000) in the world.

This Streetview of Tromso includes the Arctic Cathedral, which can be seen just to the right of the bridge.  It is called a cathedral just because it looks like it should be one, but is in reality a parish church. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Virtual Paintout in Norway

Ringebu stave church, Oppland
Watercolour and crayon
Charlene Brown
Bleiksv, Nordland
Watercolour and crayon
Charlene Brown

The Virtual Paintoutis in Norway this month.  I’m putting both into one blogpost because I think they go together and could be considered a pair of paintings of Norway, even though the first one is in the mountains just north of Oslo, and the second is much further north (24 hours driving time, according to Google maps!) on the seacoast. 

I painted another location in Norway, but that picture is totally different from this ‘set’ and I’ll post it separately.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer Camp VI

Easter Island
Watercolour and ink + Photoshop™
@2016 Charlene Brown

During Week 6 of the Creative Content Camp we talked about writing series of blog posts or having regular (say, monthly) features, and then leveraging series and features by presenting them on more than one platform.
I have been writing series of blog posts for some time, and in Week 1 used these series to define Categories I then used in Week 5 to organize my Editorial Calendar. As I mentioned in my July 6 post, one of my Categories is ‘Real and imaginary travel painting adventures’ and most of my imaginary adventures will be the paintings I do for the VirtualPaintout.   Other locations I have painted without having been there include some I did for an ‘alphabet of art’ I wrote for the Khaleej Times children’s magazine when I lived in Dubai.  Some of these, such as Easter Island, will find their way into a new monthly feature, Bucket List.  I’m starting a new Pinterest Board for this feature as well. Several of my Virtual Paintout paintings – of places I haven’t been to but would like to see – will also appear on my Bucket List.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Camp V

clean energy haiku
Virginia Falls, Nahanni National Park, NWT
Watercolour and Photoshop™
©2016 Charlene Brown

The Creative Content Camp Challenge V, to put together an Editorial Calendar, would have sounded like quite an undertaking before I started this on-line art blogging course, but has turned out to be surprisingly straightforward. Mine is simply going to be an annotated version of the Challenge II list of image ideas for the next six months, indicating which Challenge I category (or categories) each post fits into, expanded to include columns for other social media (in my case, just Pinterest and Facebook) and hyperlinks to other posts.


Virginia Falls is a computer-stylized haiga illustration of another 'found’ haiku about clean energy.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Re-living the Dream with better lighting

Opabin Plateau
Watercolour and crayon
©2016 Charlene Brown

When my daughters and I climbed to the Opabin Plateau in 2009, I sketched the surrounding mountains and plotted the locations on an interactive Google map of the area, These sketches reflected the weather that day (a little) more accurately than today’s painting.

I’ve put this painting, which has sunlight and shadows I found in other photos of the Opabin plateau, on my Pinterest board, Living the Dream, together with a photo of me starting the sketch. In that photo there is mysteriously little sunlight and shadow... (It had just stopped raining and everything, including my hair, is soaking wet.) I haven't actually explained that on the Pinterest board – which contains location paintings and photos of the artists painting (or at least starting) them on location – but I thought I would mention it here on my blog.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I need more Pinterest Followers!


West of Mount Washington
Watercolour and crayon
©2016 Charlene Brown

If you read my post last week about Creative Content Camp, the on-line art blogging course I’m taking, you’ll know I have a started a new Pinterest board called ‘Living the Dream’ about plein air painting.  I only have 2 followers – some people have hundreds!  I sure would appreciate it if you’d click here and then click the ‘Follow’ button which should show up in the upper right of my Pinterest board. I’m hoping to get up to at least 3 followers by the end of today.
This is the view of Strathcona Provincial Park from above the Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Mountains that can seen include the iconic Comox Glacier on the far left and Mount Albert Edward, named after Queen Victoria’s eldest son, the Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VII.  Mount Washington itself, unlike just about every other ‘Washington’ in North America, was not named after George Washington, but after Rear Admiral John Washington, official Hydrographer, British Royal Navy, while charting the west coast of the Colony of British Columbia, before it became part of  Canada.