It was cloudy and rainy today. The trees swayed nonstop and the harsh wind rushed across the street. Today, in this weather, I attended the Night Heron meeting, a gathering of watercolor painters. The meeting room is all glass on three sides, so we can see the harbor front view and the sea outside at a glance.
Another watercolor fish, Bubble and playing fish
Even on a rainy and cloudy day like this, nature does not stop their life. A dazzlingly beautiful swan floats on a cold lake and enjoys a cloudy windy day. In the past, seeing a sight like this gave me motivation in life.
The reason nature and the animals living in it are not affected by the environment is probably because they focus on their own life itself. They don't have anything complicated other than the mission of survival. In a way, they are very simple, but there is a lot to learn from their lives.
Many times I have observed their lives, surviving and living as if playing a game. And their way of playing, or survival, is imprinted in my memory as it is. Today, I took out one of them and drew it. Actually, I've been working on it since yesterday.
Place the unfinished picture you drew yesterday and place the materials. Today, I filled the tumbler with coffee.
When I go into the details of a painting, I have to focus. While I'm drawing the details, I'm out into the world and there's only one piece of paper left. During this time, I need to increase my concentration as much as possible to see the correct results.
My work is finished when I finish all the details, put dots on the fish's eyes, and sign on the right. Only at this time will I be given time to look at my paintings comfortably. By this time I can enjoy my drawings. And actually I can see the results face to face.
The painting itself tells me when the painting have to be finished, meaning that it is final touch. Sometimes I try to judge the time by myself, but the painting keeps complaining of discomfort in my heart to sign. Then I can't sign. So I keep adding something to the picture. Then the mind becomes lighter and brighter. This is a sign that it is complete. I am happiest when I feel this way.
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Myungja Anna Koh