The last day of My Art Festival, 6-days festival summaries!
Today is the 6th and last day of My Art Festival. Today's topic is a record of 6 days.
My Art Festival started with ordinary motives. When I couldn't participate in the Rockland Art Festival due to the registration fee of $25, I had to decide to create the festival myself. I immediately set up a schedule and selected a topic to frame the week's event.
And today is the last day of the event. First of all, I confess that it was a very informative and enjoyable time that made me make up my mind to be my art festival an annual event.
First of all, "My Art Festival" was a good opportunity to look back on the past from the beginning of my debut. In doing so, the determination, motivation, and passion for painting that I had made at the beginning of my debut were revived. I was able to find myself returning to the first love of art while organizing and uploading the materials.
Above all else, I felt like I had a tighter and more structured day when I made a schedule in advance, worked on it, and posted it. When working as a freelancer, it is difficult for me to effectively carry out my workday by day with a regular will because I am the only owner of my working space. So, I needed a lot of motivation and commitment to do something, but it was nice to manage my day more efficiently like a 9 to 5 office worker by planning this 6-day schedule.
Above all, from the point of view of a blogger, it has the advantage of creating unique content. Unique content with six single themes will be helpful for rework or something special, such as writing an artist statement. It seems like a perfect idea to look back on one's work like this and personally open a festival that fits one's career.
And it was nice to be able to take the time to try things that I couldn't try before because I did not have enough time to spare during the event. For example, I was drawing 12 animals of the zodiac calendar with an illustrator. I didn't have time to draw animations like this because I didn't have enough time to do my work, but it was nice to draw them as the theme of the event with strong struggles. This animation was also uploaded to the Red Bubble site, and I personally like it as a product.
And finally, it's beneficial when blogging. I think it would be good to hold your festival like My Art Festival when you are also in a slump while blogging or having a hard time because of running out of subjects. It was good not to worry about the material or the content for a week because I planned the schedule. And the festival itself is also suitable for an advertisement to another site such as Pinterest.
Below is a summary of the 6-day festival.
Let's open a festival where you can fully enjoy yourself according to your field? And please invite me to your My Art Festival.
Drawing Animals with Kids!
Today is the 6th day of My Art Festival. Today's topic is drawing animals with children.
Today, I drew 12 animals of the zodiac with illustrator.
First I drew a mouse. In the zodiac, the rat has the ability to predict something and foretell future events, and it is a symbol of thrift and frugality.
The basis of all animal drawings starts with a circle. Below is a simple drawing process.
It is also a good idea to fill in the colors as shown below.
Cows are animals that are recognized for abundance, wealth, auspiciousness, righteousness, and charity. Due to the nature of the cow's shape, a long oval is drawn as a basis.
Introduction of the most meaningful work among recent artworks!
Today is the 5th day of My Art Festival. Today's title is an introduction to some of the most impressive recent works.
Since 2020, I have unexpectedly been involved in many online exhibitions. With virtual art exhibitions, digital art is also mainstream in my recent works. But this year, I would like to take out the brush again and increase the proportion of acrylic work. Ideas to pop on this year are already filling my mind.
When participating in an exhibition online, there are some events when I have to vote for favorite among the works of other artists. At that time, regardless of my drawing style or preference, I gladly and happily press the like button of the vote.
But today, I have to change my situation and choose a picture to press the like button among my works, so this doesn't feel easy. Because emotions are added to the choices, and the feelings and hard work I experienced while drawing those pictures are conveyed.
If you know each effort, experience, situation, and feeling on a certain day, you will realize that voting is a tough task and difficult to decide.
Still, if I had to choose for the My Art Festival, I would like to select the "waterfalls and fish" below. I like this piece of art, so I'm also using it as the main header image for my current homepage as well.
The above illustration was created digitally. In the hope that the liveliness and activeness of the fish and waterfall will not depend on color, it is simply black and white.
Although digital, I felt as if I was experiencing the energy of a painting drawn with a brush from this painting. So, I want to start the new year energetically, so I am using it as a header image.
Salmon spawn in rivers. An alevin, baby fish of Salmon, live for almost a year after birth there before moving down to the sea. After living in the ocean for about three years, they return to the river with a strong instinct about the birthplace. So they try to return to the river in the opposite direction and swim with a fight across from waves. The journey from living in the open sea to the narrow, rough, gravel, and rocky riverbanks is arduous and fraught with dangers. So, almost when they reach the river where they were born, the salmon's body is covered with torn wounds. Salmon fights so hard, chasing back the rough currents and swimming, eventually laying eggs in the place where they were born and ending their lives.
I feel an intense energy in that salmon's life journey. Going back needs a lot of challenges and energy. It means a complete change of the pattern of life that has flowed naturally and easily without any hurdle. Why would salmon have to do that?
Because of this miraculous habit of salmon, many scientists continued to study with profound wonder and eventually discovered that it had something to do with the Earth's magnetic field.
This regression instinct of salmon raises many questions and brings lots of curiosity because its task is unusual and different. So, for many years, people have been doing research, writing poetry, singing, and observing the return instincts of salmon.
On the other hand, salmon's instinct also leaves questions for those who want to live comfortably in reality without any challenges.
It is the same in society. Some groups adjust well to the system, adapting to reality and being complacent and obedient. But some people keep asking questions as always. The outsider continues to question, explore, and detour taking away from the easy path if they adapt well and move forward with yes. These are people who think differently about things.
But research shows that people who think differently are more accomplished and satisfied because they believe creatively and forwardly. The closest example is the company slogan of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, "Think Different". At the time, Apple's competitor, IBM, had decided to "Think" as the slogan. That's what IBM founder Thomas Watson emphasized to his employees. Watson believed that thinking is the most important value to turn information into knowledge. However, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, Apple's advertising changed as follows.
Of course, personally, I do not want to state that only the criteria for building wealth and fame are everything and indicators of success in life with a success-oriented mindset. I just want to say that the habit of thinking differently means making things progressive and creative.
In particular, for artists who have to go through a lot of trial and error by constantly asking themselves what art is, to think differently is not only the virtue with encouragement and motivation. Thinking differently is essential for artists. In fact, the genre of art itself is probably the path they took because they wanted to think differently. It is a path that we take a detour, wanting to think differently, see the world from a different perspective, explore the meaning of life more deeply, and try.
I believe this artist's journey is very similar to the salmon's return process and involved energy. This is true even if we look at the works and lives of masters. Most of them give up on the easy path only for pursuing fine art. Like Gauguin or Rousseau, they left a stable job. Escape Paris, a marketplace with guaranteed success like Millet, and moved to the countryside. Cézanne abandoned all of his chances for earning money and went into the mountains to find the essence of art. Van Gogh passed away in solitude and only saw that his work doesn't sell well. Monnet was his success is in front of his eyes, but he let himself isolate himself in his home for a long time, to discover the pure beauty of nature.
In general, their life would be the lifestyle they would like to correct and need counseling if they had a life coach.
What the heck drove them to wild as salmon? But which fact and energy made them come alive, like salmon bouncing up the riverbank?
But this answer is already up and running in our minds.
I wanted to draw such a spirit. And whenever there is a temptation to go easily without effort, I want to take it out and see. So, this picture is constructive when I am tired of something under the gloomy slump.
You feel the energy as if jumping while listening to the superb sound of a waterfall.
The reality is difficult and not easy, there are many blocks and interruptions but lets our weak knees raise and run.
And that energy will be recorded like a painting in every corner of our lives.
The fourth day of My Art Festival!
Introduction to the most memorable exhibition.
Today is the 4th day of My Art Festival. Today's topic is the most impressive exhibition of my ten years.
What is an exhibition? An exhibition is an action and effect that reveals something for others to see, hear, and appreciate. The word comes from the Latin expositio, expositiōnis.
For artists, an exhibition is an opportunity to open the paintings they have been drawing for a long time to the public, and it is a valuable place to help their works come out and be constantly exposed to the world. Artists regularly held or attend exhibitions to make their careers and introduce their works. And when these records accumulate over time, It become a personal art history and sometimes become a kind of life documentary that tells the artist's own life like a diary. For the artist himself, it is a career that shows his professionalism in artistic activities, and it is also a stepping stone for other attempts or challenges. Through this, artist will meet collectors, curators, art lover, colleagues, and mentors, allowing artists to work with these connections without being isolated actively.
There are many different routes for artists to create or participate in these exhibitions such as gallery open calls, Jurid Competition exhibition, interview with a curator, regular gallery events, exhibitions through art shows and art fairs, local festivals, etc.
And the format of the exhibition is also diverse. Outdoor art shows, regular exhibitions, group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, online exhibitions, hybrid exhibitions, exhibitions through outreach programs linked with companies or companies, etc., you can compose your exhibition considering the type of exhibition.
Personally, I mainly participated in online exhibitions in 2020 due to Covid-19. And since most of them are online, I realize the nostalgia and importance of offline exhibitions while being comfortable.
When I see white empty walls, I feel good. In general, people get scared when they see a white canvas. What should I fill in here? So did I.
However, if you continue to draw and receive comfort from painting, there will come a moment when the white wall and the white canvas are no longer a pain.
Instead, if you look at space or canvas without anything, you will find pictures filled here, and you will be happy as ideas arise like me.
At this stage when I could enjoy with paintings, while walking down the street, when I saw the empty white space in the store, I used to think of it as a space to hang the paintings.
This offline space allows me to feel the ideas and pleasures that need to be filled. It's fun to look at the physical space and place the artwork, sometimes nailing it, and after hanging the picture, it's fun to see how well the artwork is laid out from a distance. Of course, when I came to New York, the curators took the place of hanging and arranging the pictures, so I didn't have many opportunities to have that kind of fun, but it's still gratifying to talk about pictures with the curators and put them together.
That is why I feel a stronger sense of happiness not only at the moment of the exhibition, but also in the process of preparing for the exhibition. Memories of walking through the gallery while talking about paintings with a sculptor friend during the first exhibition, memories of making exhibition posters and designing postcards together, my husband was nailing nails to hang paintings on the wall, and playing and helping out for my exhibition. The exhibition is like a festival place where people can enjoy themselves together.
And if I do an exhibition, I surely get the fruits of that exhibition. Some exhibitions allow me to meet good mentors, and some exhibitions make good connections to open other exhibitions. Sometimes a painting sells well, and sometimes not a single painting sells. However, even if it was an exhibition where not a single piece of work was sold, there must be some unseen fruit. I will meet good people and sometimes lead to a promising career.
So I learned a good lesson that no exhibition could be neglected.
I have held or attended 40 exhibitions over the past ten years. On average, four exhibitions were prepared and held every year. It's a small-scaled statistic compared to prolific and famous painters, but personally, it's a number I'm very proud of, given that I did my best when I couldn't afford it.
How could an artist who had no time, money, or diploma in art like me have done to open 40 exhibitions for free? The answer is clear as always. It is because angels who help are always there. If I can't meet such people hadn't had such opportunities, it would have been difficult for them to continue to work for ten years.
Looking back in this sense, the most impressive exhibition I have held so far was the solo exhibition I held before I came to the United States, that is before I left Germany.
The event is organized by Artists networks, the Künstlernetzwerke-SW, the Karlsruhe . I have exhibited support from this organization for exhibition space and performance costs. I thought this exhibition was a better opportunity because it was able to organize paintings and assorted art related events. When I announced this plan, my artists' friends actively supported me. Among them were a singer, a pianist, and a Korean language school principal. He played, sang, and read poetry to me for my exhibition. Since the exhibition's theme was Korea, all performances were based on Korean sentiments.
Through that exhibition, I discovered that the exhibition is not a space to hang up and look at paintings physically but to share and experience invisible pleasures and artistic depths. When painting, music, and literature come together, you can experience art and the depth and joy of art in a more three-dimensional way.
And you come to realize that painting, music, and literature all have one root, one origin.
I hope that the power of consolation of art will do an excellent job when everyone feels tired from Corona and feels stuffy with unfamiliar restrictions and regulations.
Introducing my favorite piece of work I've sold.
Today is the 3rd day of My Art Festival. Today's topic is my personal favorite story among the paintings sold during my ten years of work.
Actually, all the paintings I've drawn until now are precious and meaningful. There is an apparent reason why the picture was drawn, and it has its own story and concepts.
Since 2021, I've been blogging about the process and story of them. In that sense, the blog is a useful virtual space where I work or present the results of my work, and I think it is a valuable stage to talk about the story of the painting that I have not been able to talk about that. Above all, the stories about the paintings that have been accumulated are very adjuvant when making a portfolio and planning the next work.
Like a blog, life experiences are accumulated in this way, and the piles make another challenge to jump up. My first challenge started in 2006. For the first time in my life, I left Korea with my own will. In a nutshell, it is the starting point of independence. And in 2006, I left Korea, and I have been living abroad for 15 years.
In the meantime, my sense of values was changed and got many opportunities to broaden my perspectives surroundings. I could learn how to build tight-knit friendships and face to solve problems with strong confidence. Those the internal product is the result of patience against the loneliness and poverties when I've been experienced in a foreign country.
As a peak at the fruits of endurance, I had gotten a good chance to change my direction.
As a result, I made my debut as a painter, and I am making a living by painting and selling my works. In the meantime,
When I draw something, I often update them on Artflakes. A total of 235 points have been raised so far. Some of them cannot be classified as artworks. Digital images created as illustrations or as simple tutorials should be subtracted. If I do that, I estimate I drew about 200 pieces. If I calculate it again, it means that I have been drawing steadily at 20 points per year. But these records are very scarce. In the case of an American artist named Grandma Moses, whom I introduced earlier in my post, she made her debut at 76, and she painted 40 paintings each year. Comparing that there was such energy at the age, I am ashamed to dare publish statistics to the public. But it's just my blog, so I'll report it comfortably.
Among them, I sold 60 paintings. So 30% of the drawings (including acrylic and digital) were filled out. Almost 100% of the paintings are sold while painting, which is insignificant compared to painters. However, I am personally proud of myself when I think of the results I made by splitting up time and squeezing out resources in my environment.
Compared to the artists, who sold their works almost 100% even while painting, which is insignificant as a statistics. However, compared to my situation myself, I am personally proud of the work-out when I think of the results I made by splitting up time and squeezing out resources in my environment.
Wouldn't it be great if someone gave a lot of support and interest to artists who do their best? I think about it as others. I set up an easel next to the kitchen early and painted it. It was not easy to fulfill my dream while doing housework in an unfamiliar land, taking care of a child, and supporting my husband, who came to study abroad. I had had an excellent opportunity to make my debut and get an atelier at a low price, but I missed out on an offer because I didn't have enough good affordance. At that time, the best efficient thing, which I can make my works do was draw while cooking.
Even now, my resource hasn't changed much there. I still have the priority to do housework first. After that, I draw pictures in-between times. Still, my studio is close to the kitchen for saving my time.
But even though I'm working on such a tight schedule, I'm not that desperate or depressed. I know mentors, I admire such as the German painter Hundertwasser, who explained that artists do not need a studio and that all-natural environments are studios. Considering his life, paintings, and philosophy, my small studio nicely arranged in the house feels like a kind of luxury.
Above all things, my art lovers love my paintings and are the owner of them. Thanks to them, I can keep walking.
For Introducing my favorite sold painting, I was looking for past records.
Of all the paintings that have been sold, my favorite painting is "The sunflowers for wishes". (The title was changed from that to sunflowers)
Actually, this painting was made by someone's order. I wished her
happiness, always bright light, and full of joy and laughter. So the title is "The sunflowers for wishes". But for some reason, she canceled to purchase the painting. I respect individual opinions. There must have been a good reason for that. And when that happens, I don't be disappointed because I know that person is not the owner.
The painting has since been exhibited in several exhibitions to find its owner. Come back from the trips, it hung up on my studio wall. Because strangely, it gave me good energy and brightness like an energy booster. Looking at this picture gives me power and makes my heart happy. So, in other things, I was worried that someone would like to buy it.
Then it met a nice owner. Looking back, it seems to be the fate and blessing of this painting.
I hope that my paintings will reside together in the same way that people find their color and direction in life's countless life processes with bitterness and sweetness. And I want to continue drawing pictures that share good energy and comfort and deliver happiness while living together like that.
And among the works sold, I will introduce another anecdote that touched me the most. That's the story of a piece called "In my Dream." This is a picture I drew for my first exhibition. It was about my dream story with acrylic on a long canvas. A Korean visitor who saw it recalled the famous Korean poem "Mom, sister, let's live by the river" by Yoon, Dong-Ju.
Mama mine and sister sweet,
Come live with me by the river.
In the garden, a glow of golden sands in glitter
And hums of reeds outside rear-gate.
O, Mama mine and sister sweet,
Come live with me by the river.
This painting did not sell at that time but was sold at another exhibition.
The customer is a gentleman who had been a professor for a long time and then retired to become a full-time painter. He bought the painting and invited my family and me to his house to show us how the sold painting goes well. Sometimes I see a lot of sincerity and deep passion in art from German painters. The energy they offer me is becoming another mentor.
Thanks again for his love and passion for art.
Most of the interesting things, I could see the paintings that he drew in his spare time while teaching students. If there is a chance, I would like to introduce them here. At that time, I realized that there are many hidden masters in the world. And I was able to keep my humility in front of the painting.
I learn a lot while drawing, but I know a lot through my relationships while selling like this. These lessons may be why I can walk steadily on this path, not just for success and fame.
Myungja Anna Koh