Before you know it, it’s already weekend again. So on this fabulous Friday I wanted to share some of the things that have inspired me in my work lately or that I feel can be inspiring for a great weekend.

But, before I do that, I want to share with you Illustrated Tanka #3. It’s called “Some Days” and it’s really an art journal page. It was one of those days where I felt completely obstinate for no reason. One of those days…I bet you know the feeling.

English translation of this Tanka:

Some Days

I have a problem
with my own authority
even. I don’t like
having anyone tell me
what to do. Not even me.

Tanka #3 was a reversed Tanka. First I drew the illustration and then I noticed how the lines were revealing my foul mood, making a wonderful theme for a Tanka. It’s miraculous how we give away so much of ourselves in a few simple and abstract lines. Adding the words made my story of that day feel so complete. It is this golden combination of text and image that I love so much and feels incredibly rewarding.

Weekend Inspiration

I thought it would be nice to share some of the things with you that inspire me or that I see passing by on facebook that I’d like to share. To spend a lost moment in the weekend, perhaps?

“Song of Solomon” by Kate Bush from the album The Red Shoes. In this song she sings:

“Write me your poetry in motion,
write it just for me
and sign it with a kiss”

I know in the song it means something else, but illustrating poetry to me is exactly THAT…poetry in motion…capturing the mood of the poem by the movement of my fingers, hand, wrist and arm. So often when I set out to make an illustrated Tanka these words sing through my mind…

Some lovely illustrated poems by Joanna Tilsley.

Stop Motion version of That Time of Year by William Shakespeare.

The children’s poem story The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi (not very good quality, but amusing nonetheless).

A little peek into the illustrated version of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself by Allen Crawford.

A really nice series of illustrated poetry by Venkatagiri Rao.

Have a nice weekend!