June 20, 2010

Happy Haiga Day!

Not so happy today...

Watching the news reports from the Gulf, is painful. So what do we do? The simple answer is to donate to some worthy cause that is addressing the problems resulting from the oil. The more difficult answer is to think about how we all share responsibility.

So, start simply. Visit Ripple, a blog started by illustrator Kelly Light. Kelly has enlisted the aid of illustrators from around the world. They have donated one or more small pieces of art. If you, in turn, donate money to one of two organizations, then you get to own one of the works of art! Wow!

Seeing all the Gulf disaster inspired work, inspired me, too. My haiga is an admission of our guilt. Now all we have to do is repent and break some of our oil dependent habits.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Please click on the LOC link to look at the original Japanese print. It is lovely. I have taken the lovely fish and surrounded and masked it with the murk of an underwater oil leak. No longer lovely.


  1. Since I write about our grandmothers' worst environmental catastrophe, I appreciate your continuing to call attention to the one that is burdening our generation. Another suggestion of what we can do is to encourage measures to fight the Citizens United ruling, which will give major corporations the ability to give unlimited money to candidates who will do as they say.

  2. I'm with you, Shelley. Keep fighting the good fight.

  3. __I will continue to say: "When the people turn and walk away, their leaders will follow."
    __We need more... to turn. _m

  4. This is really powerful. You are doing a great work here.