Diary and life writing
Creative writing falls outside the scope of the usual professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, which are usually identified through narrative skills, character development, the use of literary metaphors, or emphasizing various poetic and poetic traditions. (by Wikipedia)
In particular, with the importance of creative writing, we recommend that practice writing every day.
The best authors, including Stephen King, recommend that for improving creative writing, we have to write something every day. The daily writing in your life exercises will help you accomplish that and improve your talent immensely.
Life writing encompasses many genres and practices, including letters, autobiography, biographies, personal essays, memoirs, and now takes on new social media formats such as blogs and other SMS.
One of the most well-known daily writing styles is probably the diary.
A diary is a record with discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened for a day or another. A personal diary as a daily record may include a person's experiences, thoughts, and feelings, excluding comments on current events outside our direct experience.
The most famous of these diaries is probably Anne's Diary, which reveals the atrocities of the Nazis. Anne's diary is a diary left by Anne Frank, a Dutch Jewish girl who was taken to an Auschwitz concentration camp during the brutal Holocaust of Nazi Germany during World War II, in the form of a conversation with her fictional friend, Kitty. It is recognized as a cultural heritage that reminded future generations of the horrors of war.
In this way, daily records record the field of history, express one's life itself, and give many impressions and lessons to future generations.
If so, is there such a painting as a diary? A picture diary is a summary of daily life with text. Generally, we draw and write something with a journal book when we travel, paste photos or tickets to indicate the purpose and route of the trip.
In some cases, parenting picture diaries written while raising children remain national historical records and become property.
South Korea's now deceased grandmother, Jeong-Hee Park, had kept a parenting diary that documented the process of raising her five children from 1952 to 1963. The Diary was filled with handwritten letters and carefully drawn illustrations. The details of her life, such as the name of the homeroom teacher who took care of her daughter, and a list of gifts sent to her son, were written down in detail.
She made the children's clothes one by one by hand-sewn, drew the designs, and wrote them down in his Diary. Grandmother Park Jeong-hee wanted her children to be happy adults enjoying life independently.
When she wrote the parenting diary, it was during the Korean War. The Diary was written on the back of the sheet music discarded by the church due to poor living conditions, and the cover was made of quilts. However, thanks to Grandma Park Jeong-hee's tender care, the laughter of her five siblings did not stop even in the turbulent life of war.
"''Let's have fun evacuating,'' You guys say these kinds of noises every day, and Grandpa watches UN military planes play from the roof as if they are bombing. I trimmed the sweet potato shoots and made soybean paste soup, so I didn't think about it scary, and I spent the day chasing." - The book, Happy parenting diary-Bombardment and Us (p48)
Like the scene in the movie, 〈Life is Beautiful〉 is the moment, the main character, Guido, is caught by the soldiers, he looks at his son hidden in an iron box in the alley and takes a comical step. With cheerful Guido's wink, the ending scene of the father Guido, who was always bright in any reality, became a famous scene in film history due to Roberto Benigni's face full of pathos.
the scene in the movie, 〈Life is Beautiful〉
Painter Park Jeong-hee, who lived a life like a scene from a movie, kept her parenting diary, and she donated it to the National Archives of Korea.
In her diary, she recorded writing and drawing about the real life of the Japanese colonial period and the Korean War.
The trivial daily history represented the middle class's life when they lived in Seoul and Pyongyang during the Japanese colonial period and immediately after liberation, the evacuation during the Korean War, and the joys of daily life created in it.
Grandmother Park Jeong-hee honed her drawing skills, and she made her debut as an artist at the age of 67, and she held several solo exhibitions.
In the case of the United States, a person recorded and painted small daily life, such as Park Jeong-hee, grandmother of Korea. It is Grandma Moses. She made her debut as an artist at 76 and did not put her brush down until she turned 101, where she left over a thousand paintings. the grandmother, who was nearly 80 years old, continued to paint more than 40 paintings each year. This in itself is a truly remarkable record. She was born in 1860 as the eldest daughter in a poor rural village, married at 17, just like average people, and was an ordinary housewife with ten children.
At first, she embroidered, but as she got older, her arthritis worsened, and she could no longer use her needles, so she turned to a brush. In this way, her drawings of her diligently documenting her life as a diary are displayed in front of a small pharmacy in her village at her daughter's recommendation. It was a rustic and shabby start. But it is said that fate belongs to those who are prepared. Lewis Calder, a collector who visited the village by chance, bought all his paintings from a local pharmacy window. The following year, art planner Otto Carlier put his paintings on display in a New York pavilion, and Grandma became a star.
Her work is an innocuous documentary of rural American life and has moved many people to international fame. In 1949, President Harry Truman presented her with her 'Women's Press Club Award', and in 1960 New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller declared her 100th birthday 'Grandma Moses Day.
These two grandmothers had in common that they had a passion for life and loved, enjoyed, and thanked each moment in writing. These paintings become historical records and become a personal achievement and legacy as time goes by. You can see the excellent role of recording a historical scene in life.
Today is a precious moment in our lives. Recording these special moments in your style will be a great way to spend each day meaningfully and later, it will be a historical page.
To break out of a creative slumps.
We feel a sense of happiness and fulfillment when we create something. Creating something with your hobbies or artistic activities in your repetitive, monotonous daily life makes the day sparkling and lively. Moreover, we learn and hear a lot about the importance of creativity.
Creativity is the ability to create items that inspire and inform others, often in aesthetically pleasing ways. Therefore, literally, it is a necessary and crucial ability and talent not only in art but in all fields. Creative people constantly change their surroundings with inspiration and ideas, create trends, and bring people together to do great projects. In this way, creativity plays an important role.
In the realm of art, such creativity is fundamental to the extent that no further explanation is needed. Due to the attribute of art, you have to keep thinking about something and creating something. You can seriously damage your livelihood if you don't constantly come up with these ideas. This is why, for artists, creativity is the most incredible sense of accomplishment and joy, and at the same time, it brings you tremendous pain.
However, creativity, an essential element for artists, does not naturally spring up every day like a well. If so, how good would it be?
Studies have shown that most successful creative artists have experienced extreme pain, such as poor childhood circumstances, severe interpersonal conflicts, loss, divorce, congenital disease and poverty. Paradoxically thinking again, these human pains and anxieties made them immerse themselves in the work, face the absurdity and dark side of the world, and analyze it more deeply. we concluded that they added depth and creativity to their work in the process. So some even have a fear of healing their painful experiences, hoping to retain this creativity.
Will we "lose" our creativity if we deal with emotional health issues?
For creators, creating through their painful life may be more important than emotional healing under the psychological consultant. Instead, they want to internalize inner pain and make it a work of art, broadening their view of the world. These people who understand creativity and the pain of creation, which are most important to artists, constantly strive to create creative ideas every day and have their know-how.
Let's take the blogger as an example and the art side. Many newbie bloggers post on blogs every new year. However, while posting with great hope, they suddenly bewilder. They experience that the subjects and titles of the article that was pouring out will not come out no matter how much you squeeze it from your brain. Especially when you are in a slump and mannerism, no words come to mind as if your head is empty.
When that happens, we think like this. "It's ok, if I want to write it again, I only have to post it later. It's too cumbersome and challenging right now. In this way, we lose persistence for something.
It is not easy to consistently create something new every day. Frequently, we are stuck in creative slumps. All creators go through creative slumps.
What started as a fun, hope, and interest in the beginning will be a different story if you continue to do this work. But creative people struggle to get out of this swamp of a slump. How much effort would it have taken? Maybe that's why, in order not to go through this painful and difficult process, there are artists who omit the process and commit unscrupulous plagiarism by copying only the results. This is an action that causes more damage to the painful creative process and life.
Then, how can we overcome the sudden slump and live with enjoying the process of creation every day? For answer, I would love to write about " Five ways to stay creative" or "The best ways to stay innovative", but I can't because this varies from case to case.
When you can't think of anything, no matter how much you squeeze, it's good to make your know-how by yourself to overcome the situation well in a case where you need to make something.
In my case, when a slump comes suddenly, I let those complicated thoughts flow through my head. First I go for a walk or start cleaning up my surroundings. I feel better once my body is refreshed with fresh air and energy and sit in a clean room. At this time, I am drinking my favorite coffee and looking out the window without thinking. Then go to the studio and sit down on a chair. At this time, I do not intend to do anything but do the most basic of the work I have ever done. The idea for this basic concept came from my husband.
He is currently teaching business administration at Stony Brook University and was in a slump during his first Ph.D. If he had been knocked down in a recession, then he wouldn't have been able to become a professor. It is said that his husband then opened a math book that high school students read during a slump period. And he went back to the most basics. He said he had found it interesting to reread the basic text. In such fun, he was able to rethink and frame what mathematics is and what science is. It's a good idea to go back and start over when something gets stuck, and you can't move forward. After hearing the story, I also applied the tip to my work. Surprisingly, it was beneficial.
First, draw the most basic picture. It is about putting a shadow in a cube, adding light and shade to a circle with cast shadow, repetitive and straightforward line drawing, and scribbling with dots, lines, and faces. These are the things I learned in art class when I was in middle and high school.
As I go back to the basics and practice, I feel a sudden opening in the blocked feeling. Because at some point, the feeling that I drew with a pencil for the first time comes back to life.
That clear and innocent feeling when I first drew a picture, the joy I could fully enjoy, the countless hopes I drew, the convictions about my talent….All of a sudden, I remember. Then I slowly come out of the slump.
Creating something new occurs a explainless pain. The fun part is I searched for this creative pain, and I accidentally found "Creative Pain Tattoo Studio". It was not strange, even though the wrong content was found. Because the pain of tattoos and the pain of creation seemed similar. Creative activity is accompanied by pain that stabs the entire body to that extent.
However, many artists and creators have run with their strength even amid such suffering. It doesn't matter what motifs pulled them or what life goals pushed their backs. Finally, they overcome the slump and mannerisms like Goliath that they encounter in the process of creation and eventually leaves the work. If you come to know it, I think the work itself is just a byproduct of perseverance.
Blogging is also a part of creativity. You have to write anew every day and think about the subject matter. Then, it may get clogged and no longer be used at some point. In that case, how about writing something that says about your feeling such a slump is written? Or how about going back to the direction you wrote it in the first place?
Always, I hope that we can all rather enjoy the pain of creation and survive within it.
crumpled paper effect
We feel happy when we put on new clothes, write or draw on new paper, and walk on a brand new carpet that we buy without any blemishes. Straight clothes without any wrinkles make the wearer feel full of satisfaction. Your self-esteem will rise automatically, and you will be happy. The same goes for buying a new notebook and writing on the first page. Writing or drawing on the first page becomes tense and exciting when you buy something new. On a new piece of paper, we automatically write carefully and carefully.
Everything new makes us happy and gives a great hope for the beginning. New home, new car, new office, new handbags...
It is not wrinkled, has no stains, and does not wear out. In pursuit of this perfection, we wander around as if hunting. When we see perfect and beautiful people on Instagram, we hit the Like button even though we have nothing to do with them. And we go back to find another idea persons.
Especially, with the development of various social media such as Instagram and SNS, it is now easy to find these perfect beautiful people. Another star who will surpass the cool influencer we saw yesterday pours out every day. Now, the standard for beauty and perfection is raised by itself over the level, and we feel kind of boring about being average people. People have come to realize how valuable it is to be perfectly beautiful. A wonderful person easily earns money, achieves fame, and wins the attention and love of people without much effort.
Seeing this phenomenon, someone tries to imitate them as mentors or idols. They want to buy things like them, get plastic surgery to look beautiful and imitate their actions, footsteps, and life. And if they don't reach that standard, they say you're a loser, incomplete, ruined, and failed. They underestimate them with the idea that they will only get sympathy and help.
So is paper. If the blemish-free, crisp, glossy paper is wrinkled, it is generally thought that it should go into the trash. The crumpled paper does not give a positive image. A lone writer writes, and if he doesn't like what he writes, he crumples it up and throws it under the table. No one will write with great care on crumpled paper. If you see crumpled paper while cleaning, it is natural to put it in the trash. That's why awards and other significant certifications are placed in a frame to keep them from wrinkling like this and watch them. The crump paper means an unfortunate.
But likewise, we do know. Nobody can live life in perfect condition without a single crumple. Life isn't always like a new A4 paper. Sometimes by myself, others, or the environment, it is often torn, stained, or burned to the extent that it cannot return to its original shape.
Everyone knows that nothing is perfect in the world. Brand new items I bought today become old-fashioned items as time goes by. No one can maintain perfection over time. Finding this fact makes us feel depressed. So perhaps it is the strong reason that people are looking for surrogate satisfaction they can't own or experience.
There are also such verses in the Bible.
God created all things and made them beautiful in their seasons, and he has put in man a longing for eternity. (Ecclesiastes 3:10)
I do a lot of meditating on this perfection, especially while painting. And while painting, I discover the beauty of insecure and imperfect things. And I feel more humble and happy.
When drawing, it is challenging to draw perfectly as I intended. How much moisture the brush will have, how thick the paint will be, the temperature of the day, my mood, and the condition of the paper are every variable. Especially in the case of watercolor, that variable becomes unpredictable. The wet on wet technique in watercolor means putting something wet or wet on top of something damp or not yet dry. It can be said that it is a technique to paint on wet paper and spread it naturally. At this time, no one calculates and predicts the wet condition in the picture below like a computer in advance and spreads it. By chance, I captures the beauty of spreading and paints a picture. If it doesn't smear as intended, redraw it.
But it doesn't matter how the wet brush points spread. After what I thought was wrong and bad, it became part of a beautiful piece of work. The imperfectly drawn parts are blended into the picture to form a single harmony. For Starbucks' early logo, did you know that the logo was asymmetrical? The woman in the logo is a siren, the main character of the legend. She drew the Siren face symmetrically in her early days. But oddly enough, people were terrified to see her symmetrical, perfect siren face. So she raised one side short, making it asymmetrical. Then she changed into a friendly and comfortable image.
So are the pictures. Surprisingly, if you look at the works of the masters, you can see that they are asymmetrically twisted, and the front and back do not match at all, but strangely, they are stood out.
I experience countless trials and errors while drawing. I also learn that such imperfections accidentally bring beauty and teach me what is art. This way, I will be freed from the many compulsion to be perfect. Every variable in our life is unpredictable and impossible to design perfectly, but in the end, you know it's going to come together and make a great piece of work.
When I was going through a difficult time, a woman with a beautiful heart told me before. "Anna, you'd think because you do only painting dark colors ruined the painting, but when you look at the drawings later or from a long distance, you will find that the dark colors were only a part of your painting, and without that part, there would be no own works. And someday, furthermore, you'll know that dark colors are art in themselves."
Sometimes I crumpled the paper and draw pictures on it. Then the brush won't run smoothly over it. But it conveys a deep taste in itself. So I call this aspect of self-proclaimed life can be explained by the crumpled paper effect.
In this era of pursuit of perfection, an object that is evaluated as imperfect and worthless has an effect that leads to true and eternal perfection through its deep insight and meditation
I recently read a blog post that explains this crumpled paper effect well. In her essay writing post, she wrote:
We can use our thoughts to shut out the ways other people and society tell us we aren't good enough. Or that we can't. Or shouldn't.
Her genuinely touching remarks are helpful the persons who suffered from self-abuse with the depression about the imperfection.
The new paper may all have the same shape, but just as the crumpled paper has different forms,
It would be nice to acknowledge that it is an art and a work of art in itself and work happily every day.
National Rubber Ducky Day!
The rubber duck doll is the most friendly item for children's bath time. Children float a rubber ducky toy on the bathtub water and play with it.
"You make bath time lots of fun. Rubber ducky, I'm awfully fond of you!" sang Sesame Street's Ernie during bath time.
In fact, in the 1940s, sculptor Peter Ganine created the first floating duck-shaped toy and patented it, and sold more than 50 million copies. (Wikipedia) Sesame Street makes it become a world-famous toy.
The plump, bright yellow rubber duck also has a cute and friendly image that makes viewers smile. This rubber duck toy's day is January 13.
The National Day website below has a well-organized timeline based on the origins of this day.
Take a bath!
There's a reason the duck, which is nothing more than a rubber doll, has become an iconic National Day. This goes back to a marine accident.
In 1992, 22 years ago, a cargo ship a route from Hong Kong to the United States met a storm in the North Pacific Ocean and nearly sank. At this time, a container full of rubber duck toys fell into the sea. As a result of this accident, 28,000 rubber duck toys in the container were leaked, creating a toy island on the sea. Over the next 15 years, ducks and others have faced many difficulties. Floating alone in the open sea, passing through the point where the Titanic sank, some have been imprisoned for years near the frozen Arctic.
However, this accident had unexpected consequences. Thousands of rubber duck toys scattered in the sea have been moving along the currents for over 20 years, helping oceanographers to study algae. Rubber Duck toys started off the coast of northern Australia, went through Alaska, Canada, the United States, and then reached the coast of Europe, including England, Spain, and Italy. Those who found it were delighted to see how cute it was. Their story of traveling around the world was also talked about as an exciting story. It was given the meaning of "Happiness will follow if you have a rubber duck." As the giant rubber duck was made, it became a 'symbol of love and peace.
Dutch installation artist Florentine Hoffman started the 'Rubber Duck Project' after creating a large rubber duck sculpture measuring 16.5m, 19.2m long, 16.5m high, and weighed 1t. Starting in 2007, he has toured more than 20 times in 16 countries around the world.
Since college, Hoffman has preferred to work in public rather than private studios. He said, “He wanted to do art with the public.”
This large rubber duck project ended its long tour in Korea. At that time, there was an accident in Korea where a passenger ship named Sewolho sank. On April 16, 2014, around 8:50 am, the ferry Sewol capsized and sank in the sea near Jodo-myeon, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea. On April 18, 2014, the Sewol Ferry completely sank, killing 304 people, including five unidentified bodies. In particular, it was an accident that caused even greater sorrow and regret as most of the dead were high school students who took on the ferry for a graduation trip.
Through his website and Facebook account, Hoffman, the creator of Rubber Duck, said, "'Rubber Duck' has no borders or borders and has no political intentions. I hope that the Korean people who have fallen into disappointment due to accidents and accidents will have an opportunity of 'healing' to share joy and hope and heal their wounds."
The large rubber duck doll that appeared when they were in despair due to pain and hopelessness delivered a message of hope to Koreans. The artist's message, "I want to make you smile," seems to have been conveyed well.
These adorable rubber ducks were also used in the protests for the pro-democracy movement. In Thailand, in anti-government protests, citizens used rubber duck boats to block police water cannon attacks and used it as a sign of resistance and deterrence.
The rubber duck, which has been children's bathing friend for a long time, is now a symbol of hope and good luck, and has been designated as a national anniversary with this symbolism. With this in mind, I think it would be good to put a cute rubber duck toys on the Bathtub.
Home is where the art is.
COVID-19, which took the world as an unexpected sudden storm in 2020, is still hovering around us in various mutations and forms of regulation. Our patience begins to run out of limited gages after years of tension and the bondage of control and freedom. Sometimes this type of life of wearing a mask, washing hands thoroughly with disinfectant, getting vaccinated, isolating, and maintaining distance between people is accepted as a form of the new normal, and gradually you start to adapt.
Whenever I read related articles or community posts, I find that people now complain about newly changed life patterns and styles of life after two years and enter three years. Due to restrictions and distance between people, only essential meetings and human relationships are left, so we experience a detox of social life. In the meantime, looking back on the past, we reflect on the fact that there were a lot of unnecessary meetings and social relationships. In a nutshell, we are leaving only minimal relationships and important gatherings, becoming a social minimalist, and organizing things one by one. Then, calmly stay at home, read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, and drink coffee. Exercise, work, education, and meetings all take place at home.
The concept of the house is no longer a physical and architectural space but a shelter and healing space responsible for health and safety and rests the weary mind. For this reason, the value of homes and private rooms is increasing worldwide as we spend at home all day long, the purpose and definition of the house change.
People who stay all day in these homes are increasing their demands for decorating their homes and changing the wall and spaces to fit their lifestyle. Now, painting is not just for interior decoration, but also it transforms into a medium that comforts people's hearts and delivers healing energy with various colors and themes in the space where most people are staying.
In the past, there was a strong perception that painting was an adjunct to a form of culture enjoyed, purchased, and engaged only by a special class or people involved. Even when I was doing an exhibition, I sometimes found that visitors were getting a little nervous as they entered the gallery. Sometimes they ask, "Do I have to pay? When I see a painting, do I have to buy it by all means?" Every time I was asked such a question, I was depressed.
I hope that all humanity can comfortably appreciate and rejoice in painting without any stress, be healed, comforted, and strengthened through art, understand the lives and values of others, and get an identity. Even though paintings have not even a virus, it's a pity how long paintings should be confined to museums or art galleries and should be quarantined in a word.
The process of painting is like a mechanism of healing the inside. The painting was completed by drawing human wishes, hopes, feelings, philosophies. Because painting and life are inseparable from each other, people use the colors, codes, and perspectives that come out of the paintings to give them the effect of indirectly experiencing the world of another. Therefore, in the era of Corona, painting can be a valuable tool for self-healing with psychological colors that will calm and strengthen the consciousness and the unconscious for my family and me.
Actually, among the posts I read with interest recently, there was an article about a group of painters working on a project under the theme of necumix for personal space of the Bible concept. ("The theme is "Four Cubits," relating to the biblical concept of personal space.")
Rami Ogeri, founder and chief curator of the Jerusalem Biennale, acknowledges that the opening of its fifth Biennale has faced unique challenges, including budget and travel constraints. Nevertheless, he has gathered around 300 artists, mainly from Israel, but from the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, and Argentina.
The theme is "four cubits," related to the biblical concept of personal space. "This year's Jerusalem Biennale is very different from previous biennials, where we gathered in museums, galleries, and other public places to share art experiences," said Ozeri. "This year, we ask the question whether art is part of our private realm. Do you have meaningful artwork on your living room, bedroom, or kitchen walls? So how do we go one step further and share this art with family, friends, or strangers?".
Ozeri shares that his children have a monthly rotating exhibition of their artwork in his own home.
In my case, I also share a workspace with my child, who likes to paste his drawings here and there like me. Looking at her pure and fancy paintings, I feel like I am healed by itself.
He concludes by introducing the works of the painters.
In that spirit, if the corona lockdowns left you climbing the walls, now is a good time to refresh them with a painting. Even when life is not picture-perfect, it can incorporate a thing of beauty. As the Post's Barry Davis put it, "Home is where the art is."
I agree with his opinion. Home is where art is. It is a space where you can touch and experience art up close and approach the world of pure action that art gives you without any restrictions. If you can heal your body and mind tired from Corona by hanging a picture that fits your code in this space, you will somewhat mature yourself and look into the future together in a healed state through inner healing.
And we will have to keep pace with the changes in the post-corona era by checking the positive points of the social atmosphere that has changed in the post-corona period and making use of the good points. In that sense, the house will become an essential window and universal channel through which art and human beings become one.
Myungja Anna Koh
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