Sunflower seeds fall to the ground and bloom again
The vast land where sunflowers are blooming is a place where soldiers and civilians who died while fighting against Nazi during World War II are collectively buried. So, the flower that bloomed on the graves of Ukrainian war veterans is the sunflower. That is why the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine.
As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues for nearly five months, civilian casualties continue to rise. Not long ago, a missile from the Russian military was dropped on a shopping mall, killing innocent citizens living their daily lives. And every day we see the news of war and horror. This is a really great tragedy.
From the beginning of June, The night Heron, the watercolor painting working group, which I attend as a guest, has been carrying out the sunflower project in the hope that such wars will be banned and peace will come to Ukrainians soon. And I decided to exhibit sunflower art at the art show held every summer. Below is a picture I drew for this project.
It was the picture above that came to my mind as I closed my eyes and pondered for a moment in hope of peace and forbidding ruthless warfare. All four white doves were flying with a sunflower, the symbol of Ukraine, in their mouth.
Sunflower is an annual plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. However, if you look closely, you can see that sunflowers continue to grow where they were planted. That's because sunflower seeds fall to the ground, stay for a long time, and then grow again.
Because of this vitality and intense yellow color, I like sunflowers. This kind of life and tenacity to life is the symbol of Ukraine.
Below is the finished sunflower project result. Every Thursday, at a gathering of painters, teams of two or three people painted sunflowers in their own color and style.
Below are some sunflower paintings I drew in my spare time.
And below is digital art created with the desire for peace and to stop war.
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Myungja Anna Koh