My painting project with 1 dollar watercolor paint in these year.
This year, as a personal project, I made plans to paint with 1 dollar watercolor paint. Every day, I leave a picture of the energy I get from my daily life, and I have been posting through those pictures.
These collections will be shown at this year's local art festival. Finally, the pandemic is almost over, and I can display and sell my paintings offline.
This year's $1 watercolor project started with the message that you can paint anytime, anywhere, regardless of the material.
I personally realized something while painting, selling, and exhibiting paintings for 10 years. If I had known this realization before, I might have painted more freely and happily.
It is the fact that art, like air or water, is with us without us even realizing it, and we just need to draw out and express the image in our heads and in our minds, whatever the material may be.
I regretted that I was not able to enjoy art more freely and happily because of the limitations and many prejudices I had made on my own.
Especially as a child, I was no longer interested in art and had to give up. Even though I was full of aspirations and talents to become a painter, and I knew this talent myself.
As a child, I was selected for a national competition. It was a great honor to participate in such a contest in such a small town at that time. But I am faced with a great difficulty. That's because to go to a big competition, I had to bring good materials. I told my teacher about this problem because my family was poor and I didn't have enough money to buy good stuff. However, the teacher did not listen carefully to me and eventually called my mother and instructed her to buy good paints.
Even in difficult circumstances, my mother bought me new paints, but my teacher told me that it is not enough. And continuously she talked to me, who was practicing hard for the competition. "Painting is a luxury for you. You never went to an art academy, and can't even buy good paints, so I'd rather have another child go out instead of you". And the shocking thing is that she suggested to take my drawing idea and gave it to another child.
At that time, there was a perception that doing art is a lot of money and wealth. To have one child only draw, they had to spend more money to send their children to an art school, buy expensive materials, and find a good tutor. Even if they go to art school, they need more money, such as various materials, exhibitions, and tuition.
If we can break down these prejudices and stereotypes even a little, we can help poor children to dream of art and make their dreams come true.
Despite the negative prejudices of my teachers when I was young, I have been living a life of painting without putting down my brush until now.
And the reason I was able to do that was because I believed more in my own inner conviction, not the stupid teacher's words. It has become my pride.
And based on this realization, I started a small project. As a result of this, we expect more poor children to dream of art, find happiness in it, and create many happy artists.
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Myungja Anna Koh