Light is the chaser away of darkness.
Light is the chaser away of darkness. Shade is the obstruction of light.
By Leonardo da Vinci's notebook.
Light, in its essence, is not merely the absence of darkness but the active force that dispels it. In both literal and metaphorical senses, light serves as the chaser away of darkness, illuminating the path forward and revealing what was once obscured.
Physically, light is the antidote to darkness. Wherever light penetrates, darkness retreats. This fundamental principle of physics underscores the importance of light in our understanding of the universe. From the gentle glow of a candle to the radiant brilliance of the sun, light banishes shadows and brings clarity to our surroundings. Without light, the world would be shrouded in perpetual obscurity, devoid of form and definition.
Metaphorically, light symbolizes knowledge, enlightenment, and understanding. Just as light reveals the physical world, it also illuminates the realms of thought and consciousness. When faced with ignorance, prejudice, or confusion, it is through the light of education, empathy, and introspection that we dispel the darkness of misunderstanding and misconception. Like a beacon in the night, enlightenment guides us towards truth and fosters unity amidst diversity.
Moreover, light serves as a beacon of hope in the darkest of times. In moments of despair and adversity, it is the flicker of optimism, the warmth of human kindness, that pierces through the gloom and offers solace to weary souls. Even the smallest acts of compassion and courage can ignite a flame of hope that transcends the shadows of despair, inspiring others to persevere and strive for a brighter tomorrow.
I once painted a small picture with $1 watercolor paint with this wish in mind. And I was happy to be able to check the temperature and atmosphere created by the watercolor paint during the time this painting was completed. This feeling of happiness was conveyed and it became the most popular picture among my Pinterest pins.
And I think that I want to continue drawing light that overcomes darkness like this candle.
Preparation for the Surrounded by Water.
Preparation for the Surrounded by Water.
This is an open call exhibition at Mills pond Gallery. I decided to draw the sea for this exhibition. And to get ideas, I selected photos that fit this exhibition among the photos I took.
From ponds, streams, bays to the ocean, Long Island's waters have long offered endless possibilities for artists to find their muse. We invite artists to submit work that will spark memories and curiosity about our beautiful Long Island waters, and inspire gallery visitors to learn about our relationship with water, which shapes nearly every aspect of our lives, and how we must all work to protect it. Inspires you to reflect!
This exhibition does not seem to require that it be just as beautiful as a landscape painting. Behind the elegance, this is a message about nature that we must work hard to protect and protect. I decided to participate in this open call because, more than anything, I could give this message.
Member Artist Showcase, Jan 27 - Feb 24 in Mills Pond Gallery
Today, my husband and I went to see the member artist showcase exhibition hosted by Mills Pond Gallery. I am a Smithtown Art Council member and regularly participate in showcases at Mills Pond Gallery.
This year, as a result of all my efforts, my work, "The Dream Garden", was selected as the winner. When I arrived at the gallery, I was greeted by a curator and director, Ms. Alison. “You will be surprised at your work". And I found out that my work had been selected as a winner. I was unable to attend the last reception due to personal reasons. Aside from my apologies, I would like to thank curator Alison for always showing me kindness and support.
She is the person who has given me constant encouragement and support since I first became a member of this gallery and have been active ever since. I know very well how much she loves art. So I am always proud to be a member of this gallery.
My painting hangs quietly in the corner of a small room leading to a passageway. This painting, created using the balloon smashing technique using acrylic and gold foil medium, gives a dreamlike feeling, as if beautiful morning glory is blooming in a dream.
When you look at the picture closely, you can see a sign called Winner under the label of my picture. Every year, four artists are selected by judges for the Member Showcase. The awarded artists can join a special exhibition next year. I could hang 5-6 paintings in this exhibition. I am well aware that the theme of this exhibition is already in my mind. Perhaps this year will be a year in which I jump even further as an artist. I know this very well myself.
When I first started drawing, painting was an adventure and curiosity that gave me great excitement. I was so excited in front of beautiful nature, like a child building a sand castle in front of big waves at the beach. However, after a long time, I became calmer and became more intense as it became connected to make a living. And I suffered from a slump that no one knew about. It seems like I've been frustrated, despairing, resentful, and disappointed for many years. Then, suddenly, I found myself unable to enjoy the painting itself because I was analyzing and worrying a lot before painting, rather than feeling excited like first love. And more than anything, I was intimidated by the attention and awareness of those around me that painting was not a priority as art but rather a second life. At this time, I began a journey back to the distant past. That was the beginning of our history. This is probably the tip of the fingers of Homo sapiens sapiens, who had to draw while fighting fear and the threat of survival every day in a deep cave where there was no light.
I felt a deep primal, spontaneous, infantile and sensuous energy from them and their paintings. And I discovered that art is not a visible form or a visible situation, but a process of finding the energy that makes it visible. During this journey, I will encounter for the first time the desperation, hope, and agony of humankind's art. And then, as an artist, I will be able to further confirm the value of art and discover my mission.
This work will always be an experimental observation that will allow me to one day fulfill my wish to paint my dreams perfectly.
Below is a capture of some of the works I personally like among the works shown in this showcase.
Myungja Anna Koh