When I was a little, I drew pictures for my friends from time to time, such as their puppies, birds, and cats. Some friends gave me fifty won (same as 50 cents as us dollar) as rewards. The amount of the price was likely to buy a small kids bread at that time.
Always I refused to get it from them because I didn't want to receive anything from my little art lovers. But someday, a girl asked me to draw her newborn puppies and gave me fifty won. With a happy smile, she told me, " You deserve to get it because you help me to realize the joy of painting. I am going to hang it in my room." After several days, her mother came to me and returned the painting and claimed to take just the money. She told me, " It is useless." The girl next to her was crying sadly. I remembered the fragment of my old memories, and I still feel bitter.
Many times pass, and then I became an artist. Frequently I find a great art lover who knows the invisable value of the artworks. In the first exhibition of New York, I found that a gentleman bought one of my artworks, and he would like to give it as a Christmas gift for his granddaughter. The price was the same as the new iPhone.
I respect the art lovers, art buyers, and art collectors who have great concern for my artworks.
Sometimes an artist needs more energy and motivation to overcome their slumps. I assumed that they help so much take a new grip on my tired hands and strengthen my weekend mind.
During the pandemic last year, Mills Pond Gallery, one of my favorite galleries, is cautiously open in person, and then it had an exhibition for encouraging each other. It had a strongly impacted windstorm while the show displayed. Many trees were falling on the street, and the gallery had the same damage. One big tree was broken and blocked the entrance of it. But even though it had hardships to see it, art lovers visited there. I got lots of inspiration from their behavior and could determine my mission for art again. I painted the picture with digital work, and it is named " The way under love". It is my expression and description of my way and deep passion. Historically, pandemics have been relatively rarely represented in the arts. But a great woman bought my picture during disaster, art lovers teach me that there is no difficulty to stop the heart of a person who love an art.
Thank you for buying my artworks since 2011.
Thank you for supporting my art.
Last week, I had severe shoulder pain, one of my occupational diseases. Sometimes, when I had chronic pain in my shoulder and couldn't lift anything, it was hard to wake up. I felt the pain and found that I need to take some rest for further creative activities.
My artistic activities can be such an enlivening work that it's worth the efforts, but it also follows physical pain and sometimes emotional struggles.
When I suffered from the pain, my daughter, Celina came to me and told me, "You go see a dentist," and I asked her, "Why should I go to a dental office instead of going to a family doctor's office."
My Celina answered me thoughtfully, " Because the dentist has lots of ice bags."
I realized that children think very creatively and with different aspects, and then I always learn about my four-year-old daughter's artistic attitude.
Here is the collection of her artworks; enjoy her fantasy world.
A Small Bird is an adaptation of the traditional Korean pottery style Goryeo Celadon on mulberry paper. Its clear, delicate blue-green glaze characterizes Goryeo Celadon pottery. Its distinctive pattern attributes itself to Sangam, a unique technique of inlaying patterns on the surface of the celadon, which was developed in the mid-12th century Goryeo.
I depicted surface crack by crumpling a piece of thin mulberry paper. Then, I made the grounding using white acrylic paint. When drawing my bird, I carefully added pressure to the paper, paying close attention to the forces between my finger and the brush. Mistakes in balancing these forces could make the painting have a cartoon-like aesthetic which I wanted to avoid. Lastly, I populated the background with dried flowers and leaves and poured resin on the surface.
Balance is the fundamental of meditation, so in essence, I paint through meditation. A Small Bird challenged me as I had to pay special attention to the forces between my fingers, the brush, and the paper. Ultimately, exploring these forces helped me express Goryeo Celadon pottery’s inlaying painting through acrylic techniques.
(Special Thanks to my son, Minseob, for helping me with editing this post).