Sunflower seeds fall to the ground and bloom again
The vast land where sunflowers are blooming is a place where soldiers and civilians who died while fighting against Nazi during World War II are collectively buried. So, the flower that bloomed on the graves of Ukrainian war veterans is the sunflower. That is why the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine.
As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues for nearly five months, civilian casualties continue to rise. Not long ago, a missile from the Russian military was dropped on a shopping mall, killing innocent citizens living their daily lives. And every day we see the news of war and horror. This is a really great tragedy.
From the beginning of June, The night Heron, the watercolor painting working group, which I attend as a guest, has been carrying out the sunflower project in the hope that such wars will be banned and peace will come to Ukrainians soon. And I decided to exhibit sunflower art at the art show held every summer. Below is a picture I drew for this project.
It was the picture above that came to my mind as I closed my eyes and pondered for a moment in hope of peace and forbidding ruthless warfare. All four white doves were flying with a sunflower, the symbol of Ukraine, in their mouth.
Sunflower is an annual plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. However, if you look closely, you can see that sunflowers continue to grow where they were planted. That's because sunflower seeds fall to the ground, stay for a long time, and then grow again.
Because of this vitality and intense yellow color, I like sunflowers. This kind of life and tenacity to life is the symbol of Ukraine.
Below is the finished sunflower project result. Every Thursday, at a gathering of painters, teams of two or three people painted sunflowers in their own color and style.
Below are some sunflower paintings I drew in my spare time.
And below is digital art created with the desire for peace and to stop war.
Statement about Watercolor paintings with 1 dollar watercolor paints
Size: 10 x 8 inch / Watercolor on a paper
Title: Two guinea pigs
In February of this year we have a family of two guinea pigs, Pinky and Squash. They come to our house, we realize how much joy and happiness they are giving us. At first, I felt heavy with the sense of duty and responsibility to clean, supply water and food, check their health, and do grooming. But compared to the joy they give us, we realize that these things are very trivial. It is said that when we raise and care for an animal, endorphins are released in the human brain and we feel happy. In fact, when we look after or care for an animal that is a theoretical scientific phenomenon, we can realize that this is a fact and not a theory. And by caring for animals and plants, we learn how grateful we are for the nature around us, how we should cherish and care for it.
Of course, I know this joy and reward, but caring for something requires a lot of energy and hard work. They also experience the unpredictable. For example, in my case, while we were out, two piggies fought fiercely and wounded each other. I have recovered a lot now, and I have to separate them for a while, but after going through these things, raising animals can be a burden, like taking a test.
But they are indescribably cute and lovely. And over time, they try to trust, rely on, and connect with people. Guinea pigs are afraid of people and run away when they see people, but our piggies come out and wait for us when they see us.
How it recognizes and reacts to its owner with that cute little head is mysterious.
Size: 10 x 8 inch / Watercolor on a paper
Title: The rainbow fish
I mainly draw objects that come to mind in my imagination. That's why my kids sometimes beg me to draw things that I can't see in real life. For example, rainbow fish.
This task is difficult because invisible objects have to be drawn vividly as if they were alive. However, since it does not exist in the world, it also has the advantage of being able to draw at will. I did my best to draw a rainbow fish and show it.
And, as if catching an imaginary fish that is not real and put it on white paper, I set it to the bottom instead of in the water to deal with the contrast. Drawing imaginary creatures is really interesting. Because everything goes my way. So I like to draw imaginary objects.
GalleryNorth outdoor Art Show & Music Festival!
This year will be a year of trying new things for me. The outdoor art show is one of them.
I have no experience doing outdoor exhibitions. Mostly, indoor spaces such as exhibition halls, galleries, libraries, and cafes were the places I exhibited. But last year a friend of mine invited me to the Christmas Outdoor Market, where I saw artists selling their paintings outdoors. At that time, I think I had already come to the idea of showing and selling my paintings outdoors with them.
Rather than an indoor exhibition entrusted to curators or gallery officials, I believe that experiencing an outdoor art show where I sit down to see and communicate with customers' reactions will give me the inspiration, direction, and energy I need to draw in the future.
I think it's well worth it to show my work directly in any form or manner. Even if I don't sell anything, I never know what will happen if I get the chance to meet someone in person and explain their vision and inspiration. I remember there was at least one episode for every 40+ exhibitions. It immediately led to the next exhibition or good opportunity.
Also, I was able to meet good people even if it didn't lead to a good opportunity to remember. An outdoor art show will be essentially the best way for me to know public awareness and future development include understanding about a real art market.
When I was young, my mother opened a boutique shop in the neighborhood. So she fixed clothes and designed new clothes for fitting her customers and made and sold them. The stop was always full of customers, and my mother's business was quite successful. I learned the real life scene by the side of such a mother. In other words, I learned firsthand how intense and difficult the behind-the-scenes look of fancy fashion design is.
we know The fact that there is always a reality in which you have to survive and run fiercely for the splendor behind things that look flashy. It is like a swan struggling with all its strength under the water to float gracefully over the lake. When my mother sketched out new outfits and swatches them on white paper, she looked so cool. But she had to buy fabric to make the clothes. The fabric is in the form of a rolled up roll, but it is not light weight for a woman to lift easily. In addition, she had to work tirelessly and busily with a sewing machine and an over-baroque machine. It was great when her customers were happy with her clothes, but my mother also had to deal with the customer's harsh reviews later on.
My mother was a competent dressmaker. However, she also struggled a lot in front of complaints from customers. Also, there were a lot of dressing rooms around her shop. She had to compete with such a shop. This was the reality.
It has been an important life lesson for me to see this gap between reality and the ideal up close in real life. Even while painting as an artist, I always keep this gap in mind.
I know how hard it is to make a living by drawing. However, if I do not face this reality and try something difficult, painting will become a hobby.
Professional artists are in the business of producing art to make an income.Amateurs may sell work and derive income from their art, but that is not the primary motivation. For them art may be a passion, a hobby or a recreational pastime, but it does not matter if their work doesn't sell. They are not in business. (by Law Insider)
Therefore, if your drawing is no longer a hobby or an amateur level, drawing should become a profession. In other words, you have to constantly develop yourself with clear relevance and expertise to your life and livelihood, and work by constantly asking yourself questions.
The first definition, that of a hobbyist, is “a person engaged in activities, in their spare time, that bring them pleasure.” The professional has a slightly more complex definition, which includes: Being Paid – A person being paid for a skilled activity.
One of the interesting things about the hobbyist definition is that it speaks about something that is done for pleasure and enjoyment; however, the definition of a professional has no mention of whether the activities are enjoyable or not. It is assumed that someone won’t like their professional activities or that their interest in the activities is unimportant. In our world, user groups gather people who enjoy what they’re doing enough, or are committed enough, to invest their after-hours time in learning more about the profession. (What’s the Difference Between a Hobbyist and a Professional? by Robert Bogue)
In other words, simple self-development or enjoyment of a certain behavior is not the motive, but because these behaviors are related to income and livelihood and help maintain one's life, there is a reason that the behavior must be performed with a more active motive. In other words, even if the behavior no longer gives you pleasure, even if the motive for the behavior is lost, the behavior is clearly a means of sustaining life and livelihood.
Once you have these fiercely realistic motives, you will no longer be indolent about the behavior that motivates you. In any case, you will develop yourself, hone your skills, watch and analyze the market, constantly jump into the market, catch trends and try to upgrade yourself. This is where professionalism comes in. The same goes for pictures. No one would want their drawings to mean only to them and that drawing means nothing but a way to pass time.
In this sense, artists constantly create exhibition opportunities, participate in open calls, and participate in art shows to present their work. In order to seize even the smallest and smallest opportunity, we are doing things that no one else does with a strong motive.
In order for these artists to be active, galleries and related organizations are helping artists make a living through various exhibition opportunities, art shows, and art fairs. In this sense,
The purpose of the exhibition may be to sell the art works or it may be mainly educational. A juried show has an individual or panel doing as judge of submitted artworks and selecting which are to be shown. In a dictionary sense, an art show is distinguished from such an exhibition. As nouns the difference between exhibition and show is that exhibition is an instance of exhibiting, or something exhibited while show is a play, dance, or other entertainment.
I am personally grateful to be able to participate in an art show at a local gallery. These experiences will be summarized and shared on the blog.
First, the gallery requested three sample images from among the works to be presented at the art show.
I will be submitting the 3 works below.
Below is the budget for participating in these local art shows. In my case, I chose the table.
Below are the motivations and opportunities for art shows offered by the gallery. :Based on feedback from exhibitors, we are featuring a number of changes this year, signaling our interest in building upon the long tradition of the Outdoor Art Show and Music Festival.
The process of preparing the art show, participation, and reviews will be continuously updated on the blog.
Congratulations on your acceptance for Little Black Book Exhibition at Mills Pond Gallery
Mills Pond Gallery is one of my favorite galleries as a member. I like the passion for the art , the attitude, the sincerity, and the open mind in the gallery. I took part in the open call held here and received a message that" Life is" was chosen among my works.
When I receive a message that a work has been selected, I have to organize and send related messages, and I have to frame the work and prepare for a group exhibition.
The selected work this time is a watercolor work of size 11 x 14. The title is Life is.
Below is a statement about this figure I wrote down earlier. The biggest advantage that I feel while blogging is that I can write a statement about the picture while completing the picture. The recorded data will be reused for various purposes in the future.
Once upon a time, while looking at the yard, I noticed a yellow butterfly sitting on a particularly yellow color flower. So are birds. A red bird hovers around a red flower and a yellow bird flies around a yellow flower. Perhaps this is an instinct for survival. In order not to be easily noticed by other predators, they must fly in areas similar to their own color.
This open call is supposed to open the process of sketching along with storytelling. The photo above was sent as part of my sketch work. When an inspiration comes to mind, in order not to miss the inspiration, I skip the basic work with a pencil and immediately pick up a brush and draw. There are no pencil marks because this drawing was also drawn in that way.
What happens when breeze blows?
There are many advantages to painting while interacting with other artists rather than painting alone. It broadens the field of vision I have been trapped in, and also gives me new ideas. For example, I took the pictures below to a meeting of watercolor painters and asked their opinions.
Especially, an artist gave me good advice when I showed the painting titled Two Candles below. "Anna, how about a title for the picture like this?"
"What happens when breeze blows? This title is more attractive than two candles. Buyers sometimes choose a picture based on the title."
She is right. In the past, I have had the experience of exhibiting and selling the pictures below under different titles. Before that, the title was Night Scenery, and one day a singer told me that when he saw this painting in an exhibition, the title "The Queen of the Night" came to his mind. After hearing that story, I changed the title of the painting to Queen of the Night.
And when I changed the name and exhibited, the painting was sold. It was an experience that surprised me and the gallery owner alike.
Names are so important. Depending on how it is called, the image and feeling that comes to mind will change. That's why business man or company are obsessed with naming.
It is from the late 17th century to the early 18th century that I started giving titles to paintings. This is because, as the art market was formed, a name was needed to refer to a painting in order to display it or put it in a catalog to promote it.
Titles that were created with this intention gradually changed in the direction of being made intentionally by the artist, interesting to picture lovers, or paradoxically named as untitled titles.
Personally, I like to name my paintings. When I came to America and held my first exhibition, the gallery owner's wife was very fond of painting and had a good memory. She remembered the titles of my paintings one by one and called them out like a child's name. Still, her actions like this remain a moving memory.
As the artist who gave me good advice said, I'm going to put these two pictures in one frame and change the title.
And I plan to participate in a group exhibition with the new title and see the reaction.
Myungja Anna Koh