Today I went to the Tulip Festival, an annual event held on a farm in Manorville, Long Island.
Below is the official site.
It was a clear and windy day with no clouds. April is almost over and May is approaching, but the weather is still chilly.
The Tulip Festival is designed for children to enjoy various activities such as mini golf, bouncing, bull riding pen etc.
Tulips were not planted on the grass, but on the dry ground that was not covered with mulch. But it is a place where you can see 1 million tulips. The staff were very friendly and the children's play area was safe and a lot of fun.
After going to the festival, I tried digital work as follow as below.
Today I attended the Night Heron Artist Group meeting, a gathering on Thursday. Meeting new people, seeing the pictures of existing members, and showing my pictures is refreshing.
It was a cold and windy day. On days when the temperature drops and the wind blows, the color and appearance of the sea change. The familiar and peaceful appearance of the past shows a strange side in a completely different way to where it has gone.
Probably, there are many variables, such as the difference in light and shade created by the rippling waves, the concentration of white light reflected by the clouds in the sky, and the color change depending on the temperature of the water and sunlight.
Wouldn't it be great if I could capture these variety according to the temperature, wind, and vibe in a picture? It's not just the always brilliant and fantastic sea.
The work completed with this hope is the two tulips below.
April feels like spring has come after a long winter, but the days are still chilly and windy. At this time, we can see the tulips swarming and swaying elegantly. Beautiful flowers are holding up with thin stems that look fragile in such strong winds. Like other flowers, it does not repeat the blooming and falling of several flowers, but repeats opening and closing of petals with a single stem in a single blossom.
That is why it becomes difficult to easily purchase tulip bouquets after we plant and grow tulips in our own yard. When a single flower is cut, we have to wait another year to see the flower. This waiting time and regret seems to be very similar to our lives.
Today's meeting introduced cards and letters from the husband of an artist.
The artist's name is Sharon Way-Howard. Here is her short statement on the backside of her business card.
I am an artist.
As she said, art is not a world or a means to escape from the pain, hardship, and wounds of the world, but it is just like coming home, resting and cozy feeling, even if we have suffered a lot of pain, wounds and suffering from the world. This is our house.
She passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 30 at her home. She had successfully responded to lung cancer treatment. But she passed away at the age of 70.
Below is her official website.
The picture of a winter blanket on the main page of her official website was very familiar to me. Because in the winter of 2021, when it snowed a lot, my husband took a picture of it. It is covered with snow on and around the fragile, dry plants that seem to struggle to survive the long harsh winter. But what makes this landscape so beautiful even though it looks lonely and desperate? Perhaps our lives are like that. It seems to be a work that captures this kind of life and the scenery of nature.
The cloudy day
Today, I completed a painting with the theme of a cloudy day.
I continue to paint with one dollar watercolor paints.
As a child, I enjoyed watching the clouds pass by in the sky. Sometimes it flows quickly, sometimes it flows like a slow-winding thread. Sometimes it spreads like white paint on blue paper. The black and gray dark clouds that come suddenly from somewhere also spread nicely like a scene from an oriental painting.
As the sun goes down, the whole sky suddenly turns pink. When the sun goes down, it looks like gold splatters has been thrown all over the place. It is rare, but sometimes it turns into a purple sky.
Seeing the sky change into various shapes and colors with various movements every day, I feel that it is art itself. As a child, I believed in the existence of God through this beautiful and dynamic sky. Without God, there would be no need to make the sky so beautiful.
For painters, the clouds and the sea are common subjects. In particular, clouds, which appear in various shapes in the sky, are also the objects of any painting.
I also wanted to express clouds, so I picked up a brush. I wanted to capture the dynamic appearance of the brush. The beach on a cloudy day is turbulent and active. Partial showers from afar make me feel lonely from the beach.
I imagine this feeling in my head. And transfer the image that comes to mind with a brush.
Anyway, I draw based on the image in my head, so I can add or subtract. It is good things at will. In my paintings, I am the creator myself.
I drew many clouds in the sky. And it made it rain in the distance. I built a small island in the sea and made three seagulls fly around it. And I added another island for worries that the island would be lonely.
For me, the study on clouds is currently in progress. Just as the clouds don't show the same image every day, I hope the clouds in my paintings are like that too.
Today I would like to introduce Japanese watercolor painter Kanta Harusaki.
He works very well with light and shadows. He draft an outline with a pencil, and then use a watering can or a large brush to paint the overall picture Get wet. With the paper kept moist, he starts painting with watercolor paints, adding different colors step by step, so that the painting slowly appeared colorful changes in the hands. In the position of the gradual color of the picture, he uses multiple colors to render by splashing ink to make the picture more transparent and beautiful!
When I was a child, when I was learning watercolor painting in art class, my teacher always said this. Paint from light to dark, not white. Do not use too much water, do not put the paper upright, but lay it flat. If the brush passes several times, the paper punctures and the picture becomes cloudy. But the more I draw, the more I realize that the To-do lists of "don't do this", the more limited our creativity, so we should avoid saying that as much as possible.
The artist who made me realize that my thoughts were right is Harusaki Kanta. When he paints, he sprays water as shown below, spread the paint, drops it, and throws it on paper. It's amazing how the paper stays in place even after absorbing so much water. It looks as if the paper is showering with paint.
After showering the paper as shown below, he stands up the paper like this and shakes it several times to let the paint flow. The amazing thing is that after shaking it several times, it becomes a wonderful tree, a wonderful sea, and a mountain.
He doesn't even work to paint the leaves. Take a plastic wrap and dip it in paint. And then paint over it again.
Under his work area, there is always a pet pad that absorbs dripping paint as shown below.
After pouring the paint on the paper and doing Shake It Shake It a few times, the dreamlike and fantastic work like the one below is born. It looks so easy you will want to follow along.
He also created a tutorial channel on YouTube where you can see all of his work.
Through this process, I selected the paintings I liked from among his paintings.
While working, he looks at the photos and makes them into watercolors with a more wonderful sensibility than photos.
Looking at his work, we can feel a tribute to the warmth of light pouring out of nature. I also think that there is no limit to the world of watercolors.
Below is the official website.
Today, I drew a picture on the subject of human rights with the image of two white doves.
April seems to be the most beautiful month for tulips. Tulips planted all over the neighbor's yard stand in various colors, theme and shapes. Tulips bloomed beautifully this year in our house too. It has been a long time since I planted and raised tulips with such a strong motive. As I grow and look at tulips, it is astonishing how these delicate and beautiful flowers stand up to strong winds and rains. Even in the strong wind that the tent style green house next door was blown away, they greeted us every morning without any damage to their appearance. Tulips blooming one at a time at each root open their petals during the day and close them again when the sun goes down.
However, we are well aware that the joy of these tulips is short-lived. Next month the tulips will all be gone.
Painters are well aware that beauty is not eternal, and the beauty of nature also need a certain amount of time, and that it is one of those things that we meet again after a long wait after a long winter. That's why painters capture the beauty of nature and paint it hard.
Today, I drew a picture about human rights, leaving behind regrets about beauty that easily disappears. This is a topic of interest to my son at Boston University. I drew this to see if it would be helpful for my son's project.
Myungja Anna Koh