Mommy vs Kid, painting contest!
Today, I drew a still life after a long time. The idea for this still life painting came from my daughter, who is now 6 years old. She offered me a vase drawing contest.
Originally, I drew the very first picture (on the left) below. We looked at the small vase on the table and drew together. In my drawing, my daughter drew brown lines on the floor. And then she said. "You forgot the table!".
Below is a drawing my daughter's painting. She improvised a fast-paced drawing and a nice autograph on the right.
I'll also upload a picture of sunflowers I drew in the past. My daughter, who shares the studio, is learning to paint over my shoulder.
Children's drawings are pure, improvised and creative. I love drawings of children like that.
If your child is obsessed with drawing or likes to doodle, encourage them and don't scold them. In fact, in the UK, a 12-year-old boy who scribbled on his dad's Nike sneakers and was scolded by his teacher for being engrossed in graffiti even during class was officially hired as a Nike designer this time.
I sometimes get requests from mothers raising children to see what their children's drawings look like. Of course, all the pictures they sent me were amazing and wonderful works. I do not dare to rate children's drawings because I believe that children are the teachers of painters.
But there is always something to hear. That's what there're going to do only by drawing a picture. Ironically, the main characters in the picture sent were all students with excellent grades in school. On the path of study and painting, they continued to ponder. It was like seeing myself as a child.
I hope I can tell confidently these mothers that if they can draw, they can do what they love and live a wonderful life.
But the reality is just the opposite. The 12-year-old boy who became a Nike designer above is really lucky to be in the top 1 percent. Most artists have a hard time making a living. It's definitely not because they don't have the talent, lack the skills, or don't put in the effort.
Ever since I was a child, whenever I wanted to pursue painting as a career, I heard this story." If you are rich and have a lot of money at home, you can paint."
Even if one's work is not sold, it is official that the work must not be thoroughly related to a living in order to be able to exhibit while carrying a business card as an artist. If we want to draw, we need to be able to maintain our title even if the painting does not sell because we have a lot of money.
Or maybe the Goddess of Fortune is nearby and has to hold our hand and pull us away. We never know at what point the public will love our work and our lives. Obviously, it seems easiest to draw hard and hope the Goddess of Fortune pays attention to our work. Since this is often the case, it is not possible to say that the road for painting only has good prospects.
Perhaps these worries will continue while drawing. But just because you can't see the road and it looks tough won't make you put down your brush.
It's the same with me. Once I get through the road, I hope I can say that there is a way here. And whoever followed this path before that, I love to draw.
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Myungja Anna Koh