I want a Dog by John Agee.
Mothers have concerns during vacation. It's about what to do with the kids at home all day. Especially on the weekend, the children are very bored and the parents are exhausted.
Most parents with little children have to come up with flashy ideas all the time.
For these parents, the local library is always open. I enjoy taking my children to the library. Especially in summer, when the heat is at its peak, the library is a great place to escape the heat. And the books that are tightly packed in the surrounding bookshelf stimulate intellectual curiosity.
Among the books I read to my child today, the following books stand out. This story tells a fun conversation between a child and an adult who wants to adopt a dog from an animal shelter. Simple and cute illustrations are enough to attract attention.
A girl seeks her perfect pet at a wonderfully unusual animal shelter in this comical read-aloud by the award-winning creator of Life on Mars
The Copley County Animal Shelter has an aardvark, a lizard, a goose, a weasel, and plenty more. But do they have a puppy? The girl with her wagon is ready to adopt a dog--not an aardvark, lizard, or goose! Can the shelter manager help her to find her perfect pet?
The staff bent down to talk to the child is impressive. It's a simple drawing with thick lines, but it's nice to see that a children's book shows that the content takes precedence over the pictures.
This bizarre animal shelter comes in a setting that they don't have dogs, the favorite animal. There is no dog, but the child keeps looking for it. That's why staff keep showing other animals.
And the child repeats over and over again that she does not want it, she only wants a dog.
In the end, the desperate employee comes in with a python around his neck. But the child is not afraid and firmly says no.
Desperate employee tries to deceive the child. Put on Lizard's dog puppet custome and tell him that he is a puppy.
Oh..but the girl is very smart. She recognizes that it is a lizard.
And then he asks boldly. You don't have a dog at all, are you?
The sense of immersion in this book is as natural conversation as flowing water. Angry girl is quick to let go.
Employees want to compromise. So the girl asks what image of a dog she thinks.
I like the scenes below the most in this book. She is talking exactly about children's images of dogs.
The staff listens to everything the child has to say, and then comes with the Lucinda. But oddly enough, the kid is a completely different animal this time, but she doesn't say no.
If you look at the content below, you can see that the girl is accurately aware of the situation. But why did she accept the employee's offer and bring the seal home?
I think anyone who has raised children will understand this scene all too well. Children love to listen and empathize with what they have to say. When the staff asked the girl for an image of a dog, anything must have already been in her mind. You will learn how important empathy and communication are for your child.
It takes a lot of water and fish to raise a seal, and the seal is a very heavy and unwieldy animal, but the girl is rather satisfied.
What does it mean to let people know about me as an artist?
As an artist, marketing your work with a business mindset means that art marketing is a strategy to inform your audience about your art, to let your audience know about your work, and to invite them to related exhibitions or other events. Therefore it can mean talking openly with art lovers about your work or philosophy. Emailing your friends and acquaintances about their latest creations on Instagram or sending them an email to let them know about your upcoming group show is the first step in marketing your art.
However, marketing in theory can be a sufficiently vague and burdensome strategy for those who have to run long-distance marathons as artists. I often envision images of what I have to make a living as an artist, walking along a road laid out in one direction without a destination on a foggy morning
When someone has a sense of calling and continues to do something, people call it a brand. If you believe in what you think is right and the path you are on, you will have the strength to walk on that path well.
Painting was a hobby for me until I became a full-time painter. When I feel bored in life, when I need to relax to get away from stress, drawing was a essential hobby that was like my best friend.
However, it is a pity that when a hobby turns into a job, there is no more time to enjoy the leisure and meaningless graffiti. Instead, I have a small way out. That's just drawing the character as shown below. I take a basic shape with watercolor paint, bring it to Photoshop, and draw it in order.
As a Korean living abroad, one of the things I hear a lot or want to say a lot is kimchi. Due to the recent Korea wave, more and more people can learn about Korea, so kimchi, which cannot be separated from Korean food, always seems to be a regular customer.
I tried to make a character of kimchi in various forms.
It was made for fun without expecting any reward, but sometimes these kinds of work inspire fresh inspiration.
I am very well aware that when something is not done quickly when my heart is in a hurry, that is when I need to take a little rest. As I get impatient, I should walk slowly while enjoying the scenery around me.
Another opening, Another show by three village musical theatre company.
My daughter has a musical performance this week. This is a performance from the musical summer camp held at my daughter's school district. As a four-week program, she learned to sing and practiced for two hours every day for five days from Monday to Thursday.
Below are photos from the performance. It was difficult to get great photos from different angles because I had my seat in the left corner. However, I uploaded it as a brief introduction to the atmosphere of the performance.
The performance is the first properly held show since pandemic. Although it was a small show held in the junior high school auditorium, many people attended and enjoyed the show, including the camp children's families and friends.
Strict security is in place for these performances. Security guides are guarding the entrance for the safety of children and spectators.
It's amazing how talented children are to see how they can put on such a wonderful performance in a four-week program.
After the performance, I put the flowers my daughter's friend gave her in a vase and took a picture.
Gorilla by Anthony Browne!
Anthony Browne's children's book, Gorilla, is a fantastic picture fairy tale with surreal content in hyper-realistic pictures. Hannah is a gorilla lover, and her hobbies are drawing gorillas, reading gorilla books, and watching gorilla videos. But She has never seen a real gorilla. Because her dad is so busy with work that he doesn't have time to go to the zoo with her. Maybe, Hannah has no mother, so she has to play alone in her room constantly.
Instead, Dad presents Hannah with a gorilla doll. That night, the doll turns into a real gorilla and takes Hannah to the zoo.
The picture below is similar to my daily life as a child. A father who usually plays well and loves his children, opens a large newspaper like this in the morning and reads it with a blunt expression. These days, we prefer to read the news on iPad or mobile phone rather than the newspaper.
When I look at the picture below, I sometimes reflect on whether I have ever been so absorbed in my work that I have made my daughter lonely. However, the end result is that she always stand up like this and start painting together.
Anthony Browne's Gorilla has made him a world-class artist and writer. When you look at the gorilla, you can see the details of each fur and the realistic gorilla's mean but lovely expression, so you can see why the gorilla is his trademark.
And humor is always hidden in this author's books. When the gorilla takes Hannah to the zoo, it reminds me of the King Kong movie chimpanzees taking Jane from the trees.
The expressions of the gorillas in the zoo are different from each other. That expression is described in various shapes such as curiosity, sadness, boredom, longing, etc.
And at first glance, it looks like a mischievous gorilla, but the expression of a sad looking gorilla trapped in a zoo is in his eyes. He wants to play with Hannah, but it seems to represent the life of his father and his expression, who have to work for a living.
So Hannah and the gorilla go to the zoo, watch a movie, eat out dinner, and then go home. The picture below overlaps twice because the gorilla was wearing his father's clothes. In other words, we can find out that his father had symbolized him as a gorilla.
Anthony Brown was born on September 11, 1946 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Influenced by his father, who was very interested in art, he started drawing at a young age, and in 1963, he entered Leeds College of Art and studied art. After graduating from school, he worked as a medical illustrator for drawing the human body and surgical scenes, honing his miniaturization techniques using watercolors, which are characteristic of his paintings.
After working as a card designer for 15 years, he was encouraged by friends and co-workers to paint for children's picture books. This is the first book of his drawings, published by Hamilton Press in 1976. For <Gorilla> published in 1983 and <The Zoo> published in 1992, she won the Kate Greenaway Award, the prestigious British picture book award, twice.
He made his debut as a picture book writer when he reached the stage of maturity as an illustrator, but it is said that he was concerned about the subject matter and the level of children's eyes. The world of his work changes based on <Gorilla> published in 1983, and he tried to make a picture book that people living in the same age can relate to rather than at the level of children.
“The reason I am particularly attached to gorillas is because their eyes resemble human eyes. In fact, before I started painting, I couldn't even tell the difference between a gorilla and a monkey. Drawings help you to observe objects closely. Of course, there are personal reasons as well. Gorilla reminds me of my father. My father, who died when I was 17, was a gentle but scary man who loved sports and had a strong body."
Another reason he was obsessed with gorillas and chimpanzees is that he was very impressed with the movie King Kong, which he saw as a child. The iconic character, Willy, is a shabby chimpanzee who is dwarf, timid, and doesn't seem to be very good at it. Anthony Brown, through Willy, shows how valuable it is to live a life of self-satisfaction without regard to the prejudices and neglect of the world, although a little lacking. A character that appears as often as a chimpanzee in his work is a gorilla.
Anthony Brown says that the reason he does his work is that he loves people. His early works were rather heavy and socially critical and skeptical, but his recent works allow you to see and feel the world and people in a warm and comfortable way. Anthony Brown once said, 'Through picture books, I hope that all children can be happy by pointing out the feelings of alienation and conflict with adults through picture books.' Through picture books, he expresses the very basic wish that true happiness resides in all families and that children can grow up brightly.
The author's warm heart for people, especially children, and her strong heart to live in the world with a bright mind by sublimating the difficult memories of losing her father as a child into a gorilla seems to be evident in the book, Gorilla.
Reading a book called Gorilla, it seems that the father is always busy or tired and does not have time to play with his daughter. This is probably a realistic view of our daily life. However, he does not forget his daughter's birthday and places her favorite gorilla in front of the door. The next day, after Hannah had a wonderful dream, she was confident enough to not have to go to the zoo to see the gorillas anymore. One day, her father suggests that she go to the zoo. If you look closely, you can see a banana in his father's pocket. You can see that the gorilla who took Hannah to the zoo last night and to the movie theater with her because of hard work was actually the father.
As I read this book, I thought a lot about my father who passed away. Even though my father was always busy and tired, I know well that his love for me has never changed and tired. I hope this book will allow you to discover the love and sincerity of a father, and to talk about how people live and how to love.
Myungja Anna Koh