Illustrating haiku in real time

Many people reading this will be familiar with, and perhaps a practitioner of haiga. What was different – and challenging – about a haiku workshop I gave for the Central Coast Art Society at the invitation of Ms Margaret Hardy of Multi-Arts Confederation, was that the haiku were presented and illustrated in real time in sumi-e (black ink brush painting) or conte crayon. Artist Sherry McCourt, demonstrated the very different techniques required for each. Instant reponse painting is quite demanding on the artist but Sherry coped admirably. The first workshop was great fun and it would be fascinating to explore this type of activity further.
Beverley George