My painting, Life is.. in local newspaper.
Yesterday, Mills Pond gallery emailed me that one of my drawings was featured in a newspaper. It's always one of the things I'm grateful for. The even small notices like these are a big message of support for me as I have to run a long-distance marathon.
Especially in my case, I am desperately running to draw. Relatively less time to draw compared to other painters, so I have to fight against time every time. All drawings should be made as small as possible as quickly as possible and the cost should be kept to a minimum, but the quality of the artwork should be great.
Above all else, I need to divide my spare time to promote and constantly create ideas to make money with my paintings. In order not to lose the opportunity for self-development and upgrade, I should participate in this artist open call and hold a group exhibition with other artists to gather information and to make a network.
But I am always grateful for this situation. Because being able to draw is a great blessing. I couldn't even imagine in the difficult days of the past that I would be given a life that I could live with while I was busy like this. In my youth, I always thought of the struggling families around me first and lived by solving their problems. It can be said that my dreams and future were almost non-existent.
But as the years passed, I was proudly independent of their problems. And I'm thinking of my dream and running to make it come true. There were times when I felt it was too late to realize it, and it was painful, but it must have been a good fertilizer for me too. Anyway, now that I'm drawing, I can be grateful for everything in the past.
I can't think of a big achievement because I have to walk little by little slowly. But, like the news paper above, I think there will be some good results if it will be revealed one by one. And above all else, I found my life through painting, so I think this is the biggest achievement in itself.
Just as the yellow butterfly flies with zig-zags shape desperately to survive, to escape from predators, and sits on a flower of the same color as it, vigilantly sucking nectar, so did I in life. In fact, as you know, life itself is for survival. But even from a far, this would be a very beautiful sight.
I also draw beautiful pictures every day. But these paintings have to be sold to make a living. So I try every day with efforts. It will be like a butterfly that flies to and fro in search of honey every day. I hope that these processes of my life will become beautiful works of art when viewed from a distance.
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Myungja Anna Koh