Have a good summer from Taiwan!
I received postcards from students visiting Taiwan during vacation. This is a picture of fireworks with a beautiful Taiwanese city in the background. I have never been to Taiwan, but I had many Taiwanese friends around me, from living in Germany to living in the US.
The German gallery director I first debuted with also studied in Taiwan for two years, and I heard many interesting stories from him as well. Taiwan in my memory is a country I really want to visit. And the Taiwanese people I met were also sincere, passionate, smart, and proud of their country. When I received this postcard, I put Taiwan on my future travel list to visit someday. I want to visit with my children.
And most of all, I was very moved by the fact that the students I teach did not forget me and sent me beautiful cards while on vacation. Once, when I was in Germany, some parents asked me to teach their children drawing. I had no choice but to refuse the request because I was preparing and planning to go to the United States at the time. In fact, I don't think I was ready at that time when I thought about it myself. And I'm sincerely sorry that I had to decline for that reason.
In the past, there was a sense of mission that a painter had to work hard in a studio. And I thought I was a good painter only when I was completely immersed in drawing, and honestly, I couldn't think of educating anyone because I didn't even have enough time to draw. But now I don't have as much time as I used to, but I'm constantly tutoring students. If you really teach like this, sometimes you will have very little time to draw.
However, I am drawing more actively than before. Because students give me passion, motivation and energy. And through education, I am constantly trying to upgrade myself. By doing this, I am becoming a great painter and a great art educator. And to that end, I strive today. After several days of exhaustion, my body ached and it was very difficult to get out of bed in the morning. However, the beautiful postcards and hearts of the students raise me up again today.
Thank you very much. I hope to see you again after a wonderful vacation and enjoy painting again.
Myungja Anna Koh