38 paintings painted with 1 dollar watercolors on YouTube!
Today, I uploaded the images of 38 paintings painted with watercolor paints for $1 as a YouTube video file.
After two months of steady work, 38 large and small paintings were left behind. I collected these images and uploaded them to my YouTube channel.
I think this project will be the most memorable and rewarding work for me this year.
Because it is a project that I started with an easy mind without hope of any profit.
I remember doing things like this without asking for anything in award or money. The most memorable and comparable to this project is when I was in elementary school. I remember it as 5th grade in elementary school. I suggested to the teacher to make a corner at the back of the classroom for the poor children. At that time, there were many children, who can't afford to buy their school materials.
The teacher rated the proposal the best. And she supported me to do it. I formed a team and worked on a project. So, I put paints, erasers, brushes, pencils, and notebooks in the back of the classroom so that children can take comfortably with little money. At first it was started for poor children, but later many children liked it. Because sometimes there were many children who miss to bring their supplies.
It has been a long time since this project, but the teacher said that this child will one day do a big job and do something that will be useful to many people. Unfortunately, I heard that story after I turned 40, but I find the teacher's words of encouragement at that time very helpful.
Then, as the years passed, I forgot the teacher's words of support and encouragement. Then, as I went through the pandemic and looked at myself a bit more, I started thinking about what I really wanted to do. Returning to the frustration I had when I was 12, I was concerned that many children would still be unable to realize their dreams in the midst of difficulties large and small.
If you look around, many children are still living in abundance. But I know. On one side of the globe, there are children who still can't go to school because they don't have materials.
In India, I have a friend who runs a study room that helps poor slum children go to school. I've heard from her that many children want to go to school but give up on school because they don't have materials such as admission fees and pencils and paper. At that time, I saved the money I had and helped a girl get into school. But what if my business was going well and I could help more children?
I am also a poor artist who lives hard and fiercely for a living. I always want to help someone, but my priorities are pushed back. So, I decided to use half of the profits from this painting to help poor children draw with paint.
A friend of mine who is helping children in India sent me a picture of the children's room. In the picture, it wasn't a clean room with painted walls and a laminated floor, but rather a moldy basement room with a furnace still burning with wood. There are children who can't go to school and can't even dream of living in a room like ordinary children. But the girl's face was very bright and angelic. Can this kid dream of becoming an artist in the future?
Can I confidently say to these children that there is hope, keep drawing?
With this question, my project started. I don't know the possibility, but I plan to draw hard.
Myungja Anna Koh
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