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A tree with yellow flowers 노란 꽃이 핀 나무

Recently, I made a crochet bag for my iPad mini that I bought last year for making drawings. I always wanted to start plein air with it, and it’s an excellent excuse for making a bag.

On a warm Saturday, I went to the park next to my place with Dingo wearing my newly made bag. I walked around the park a few times so Dingo can stretch his legs a bit. After the walk, I took a spot under a large tree facing a smaller tree with tiny yellow flowers.

I started drawing with some lines then applied colors. Drawing with a digital device with a new program is like dealing with an unfamiliar art material. I’ve been drawing Dingo with the program called, Procreate a lot, so I’m comfortable with it in that sense. However, the landscape is a whole different story. I started like I’d draw Dingo, but I felt pretty awkward on my hand. It got better, but I was very hesitant, and I didn’t like the feeling of me not knowing what I was doing. Although I like how the drawing turned out, I definitely need to practice more to be comfortable.

The sweet scent came and went with the summer breeze while I was drawing, then I realized that it was an acacia tree that I was looking at.

There is a children’s song in Korea called ‘Road of the orchard.’ The song starts like this:

Acacia flowers are burst into bloom on the road of the orchard in the outskirts of a village.
The petals of white flowers are blowing away like snowflakes.

So all this time, I thought acacia flowers are only white! The candy-like scent brought the childhood memory that my friends and I used to suck the end of the acacia flowers to eat their sweet honey. It was a lovely feeling of nostalgia.

Do you have any beautiful memories of acacia flowers?

최근 코바늘로 작은 가방을 떴다. 작년에 산 아이패드 미니로 야외에서 그림을 그리고 싶다는 것을 핑계삼아 실을 사고 디자인을 찾아 신나게 만들었다. 어느 따듯한 토요일, 새로 만든 가방을 매고 딩고와 집 옆 공원에 나갔다. 딩고와 공원을 몇바퀴 돈 후, 작은 노란색 꽃들이 만발한 나무를 마주하고 있는 큰 나무 밑에 자리를 잡고 앉았다.

라인들로 그림의 틀를 잡고 색을 입혀 나갔다. 전자기기로 그림을 그리는 것는 처음 사용하는 드로잉 재료를 대하는 것과 같다. 아이패드의 프로그램, 프로크리에이트로 딩고를 많이 그려봤기 때문에 거기에 맞는 편안함이 있었지만 풍경을 그리는것은 많이 달랐다. 딩고를 그리는 것 처럼 시작 했지만 손끝에 어색함이 있었다. 그 낯설음이 점점 좋아지긴 했어도 멈칫거리며 어쩔줄을 모르는 느낌은 좋지 못했다. 마음에 드는 그림이 완성 되었지만 망설임 없이 그릴 수 있도록 많은 연습이 필요함을 느꼈다.

그림을 그리는 동안 달달하고 향긋한 냄새가 여름바람에 실려 날라왔다 가기를 반복했다. 그 냄새를 맡으면서 내가 그리는 나무가 아카시아 나무라는것을 깨달았다. 어릴적 듣고 부르던 ‘과수원길’ 노래의 가사는 동구밖 과수원길에 하얀 아카시아 꽃잎들이 눈송이 처럼 날리는 이야기로 시작한다. 그래서 였을까, 난 지금까지 아카시아는 하안 꽃만 피는 줄 알았다. 달달한 꽃 냄새를 맡으니 어릴적 친구들과 아카시아 꽃잎 뒤에 있는 달달한 꿀을 빨아 먹으며 놀았던 기억이 났다. 아름다운 향수였다.

당신에게도 아카시아 꽃에 대한 아름다운 기억이 있나요?

I used this design to make the bag. 제가 참고한 가방 디자인 입니다.

Sleeping Dingo

Sleeping Dingo under the cushion on the couch 쇼파위 쿠션 밑에서 자는 딩고

I was stuck on my art with thoughts that were wandering around in my head like drifting clouds. I decided to read the beautiful new book on my favorite artist, David Hockney, for refreshing. I buy few types of books without hesitation, and one of them is books about Hockney. Reading his stories and thoughts always helps me think about my work and be an artist. It’s my self-prescription for myself when I have difficulties with my art.

During weekdays I try to have a regular schedule for working on my art. So from morning to late afternoon, I’m in my small fenced area that my dog, Dingo, can’t come in. He usually sleeps near the fence or on his cushion in the same room. When I grabbed the book and sat comfortably on the couch, I could tell Dingo was happy that I was out of the forbidden zone. Then, he brought his blanket, telling me he wants to come up. When he hopped on, he pushed the cushion I had for supporting the book and lay half under it.

It’s been two and half years since Dingo became our family. I don’t know how possible, but I still find him so cute and lovely every moment I look at him. I loved the warmth of his body against my leg, and it amplified my love for him. I opened my iPad and started to draw. Thankfully he didn’t move until I started reading.

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머릿속에서 뜬구름처럼 떠다니는 잡념들로 작업에 진전이 없었다. 그 생각들을 바꾸고 싶어 얼마전 배달받은 기분 좋아지게 예쁜 호크니 책을 집어 들고 쇼파에 앉았다. 호크니에 대한 책들은 내가 아무 망설임 없이 사는 책들중 하나이다. 그에 관한, 그리고 그가 해주는 이야기는 언제나 작업과 작가로서의 삶에 대한 생각을 다시금 하게 도와준다. 호크니의 책들은 내가 작업에 어려움을 느낄때 내가 나에게 내리는 셀프 처방전과 같다.

혼자서 작업을 하는 나는 월요일부터 금요일까지 규칙적으로 작업시간을 엄수하려 노력하고 있다. 그래서 아침부터 늦은 오후까지 대부분의 시간을 작은 작업 공간에서 보내는데, 이곳에 딩고가 들어오지 못하게 낮은 팬스를 둘러놓았다. 그럴때면 딩고는 팬스옆에서 잠을 자거나 근처에 깔아둔 녀석의 쿠션위에서 휴식을 취한다. 내가 책을 들고 쇼파에 앉았을때 딩고는 내가 닿을 수 없는 곳에서 나온것에 기뻐했다. 그리고는 바로 침실에서 자기 담요를 끌고 와 쇼파에 올려달라 신호를 보냈다. 쇼파에 올라온 딩고는 내가 책을 받치기 위해 놓아둔 쿠션을 밀어 올려 그 아래에 자리를 잡고 누웠다.

딩고가 우리 식구가 된지도 이년반이나 지났다. 어떻게 이것이 가능한지는 몰라도 나는 아직도 녀석의 모든것들이 귀엽고 사랑스럽다. 내 옆에 딱 붙어누운 딩고의 온기가 내 다리에 옮겨지며 그 사랑스러움을 증폭시켰다. 나는 책 읽기를 미루고 아이패드를 열어 드로잉을 시작했다. 고맙게도 녀석은 내가 드로잉을 끝내고 책을 펼때까지 가만히 잠자는 자세를 유지해 주었다.

Art · Day Color · dog · iPad art · landscape

Sleeping Dingo Dreaming Of The Hiking (and more)

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Early fall last year, we went to Mount Lillian Loop trail of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington. The beginning of the route was a bit hard to find. Thankfully we met very nice people at the campground who showed us a map and the direction.

It was about a seven-mile trail, but it got longer because we kept going out of the path. A couple of sections of the course didn’t have enough trees to protect us from the sun. Because of these unexpected hiccups, the hike was more difficult than we imagined. In the end, we had to stop pretty often, and every time we did, Dingo lay down next to our feet.
But I loved the trail. Burnt trees from the fire back in 2012 made the forest feel eerie. Occasionally We met a bunch of colorful flowers. Intense-colored flowers on mostly dusty roads made it surreal.

When we finally finished the hiking and spotted our car, Dingo was ready to hop on. He started whining and pulling the leas so hard towards the car.

The road to the trail was narrow, and one side was next to a cliff. Many off-road vehicles were coming to the trail when we were leaving. We had to wait at a corner to be safe. It was a bit of a wait but fun to look at all the different cars.

When we got home, all of us took a nice long nap. After my husband and I woke up, Dingo followed us but decided to sleep more on his bed. I was looking at him, wondering if he was dreaming about the hike—so many smells to sniff for him from the trees, flowers, dirt, and small animals. I enjoy taking Dingo to mountains or flatland trails. I can see him being extra happy in those environments. I’m not sure when, but I’m already looking forward to our next hiking.

Dingo walking on a narrow path surrounded by pink flowers, 2020
Acrylic and pencil on clay board 8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)

After a couple of days from the hike, I made this small painting of Dingo walking on a narrow path surrounded by pink flowers. This scene was the most memorable area for me from the trail.

I also made Day Color paintings about the hike. I fear height, so I couldn’t go close to the cliff to take a good picture or video at the peak. But I took a nice picture of my husband. Drawing and painting only from the memories have a charm that making art from a photograph doesn’t have.

I hope everyone has a beautiful week!

digital art · dog · iPad art · Sleeping Dingo

Sleeping Dingo on the couch while I’m reading

Whenever I decide to read for a while, I like to make myself comfortable on the couch. When it’s a bit chilly, I put cushions all around and cover myself with a blanket. When I about to start reading, Dingo brings his colorful dotted blanket to me. He wants to join me on the couch. I put his blanket between my legs so I can still stretch out. When I tap on his spot, Dingo jumps on and circle around a few times before lying down. After a while, I start hearing his snoring. I slowly put my book down and grab my iPad very quietly and start drawing him. I sketch him first just in case he changes his position, which he does a lot. After done sketching and adding colors, I carefully put my iPad down and open my book again. Even though reading is a very private activity, his company just makes it better.

Art · Visual essay

Sleeping with a book 책과 자는 잠

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Sometimes, I can’t watch or listen to anything.  My head gets fuzzy and sounds from outside become unbearable.  When that happens, reading is the only activity I can enjoy.  During this time, I read a bit obsessively.  I usually don’t even bother to read when I’m tired.  But if I really like the book, I keep reading and I fight with my sleepy eyes.

One Sunday afternoon, after I came back from the dog park, I’ve been busy here and there doing some housework.  I finally sat on the couch to read.  After a while, I felt my body melting, and soon fell asleep.  I woke up to the sound of my dog, barking at me letting me know it’s his dinner time.  I remember that I was trying hard to lift my heavy eyelids.  They must have given up on me.  In the evening, I found a picture of me on my phone.  My husband saw me sleeping, with my face covered by my book, and he took a photo.  I finished the book later that day and I liked it very much.

가끔 아무것도 보고 싶지도 듣고 싶지도 않을 때가 있다.  머리가 멍해져 외부에서 들어오는 자극들이 견디기 힘들 때엔 책이 나의 유일한 즐거움이다.  이런 날들엔  책들에 사로잡히게 된다.  보통날들엔 몸이 피곤하면 읽는것을 포기하지만, 책이 재미있다면 졸린 눈과 사투를 벌이며 계속 읽는다.

어느 일요일 오후, 개공원에서 돌아온 후, 집안 곳곳 집안일을 보고 마침내 쇼파에 앉아 책을 들었다.  책에 빠져들고 얼마 후, 몸이 녹는 듯한 느낌을 받았고 결국 잠들어 버렸다.  우리 개가 짖는 소리에 눈을 떴다.  녀석의 저녁식사 시간이었다.  내가 기억하는 것이라고는 무거운 두 눈꺼풀을 들어 올리려 안간힘을 쓰던 것뿐이었다.   내 눈꺼풀들이 무거운 잠에 지고 말았나 보다.  늦은 저녁에 핸드폰에 저장되어있던 사진을 발견했다.  남편이 책을 얼굴에 덮고 잠든 나를 발견하고 찍은 사진 이었다.  나는 이날 밤 책을 다 읽었다.

Art · Visual essay

Panting Dog 가쁜 숨을 쉬는 개

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It was a hot afternoon. My husband and I took our dog to the dog park. Like most dogs, he is extremely excited about going to the park. We usually let him play with other dogs, but if there are not any, we fetch. He is a Rat Terrier mix, and is obsessed with chasing a rat (in his reality, a ball). We settled under a tree. After fetching for about 15 minutes straight, he finally laid down near our feet. He was trying to calm his breathing down.

It was a pretty quiet day. Since it was a weekday, not many people brought their dogs. The shade under the tree protected us from the sun. The summer breeze brushed the heat off us. Dragonflies came and went, and birds flew low, chasing bugs. We sat there quietly, waiting for our dog, ready for another round of fetch. His hard panting was suddenly amplified in my ears. And the beat of his breath made my heart beat stronger. He seemed happy… and I was happy too.

더운 어느 오후, 남편과 개를 데리고 개 공원에 갔다. 많은 개들이 그렇듯 우리 개 또한 공원에 가는 것을 무척이나 좋아한다. 공원에 개들이 많이 있다면 우리는 녀석이 다른 개들과 어울리도록 해 주지만, 그렇지 않다면 녀석이 좋아하는 공놀이를 같이 한다. 우리 개는 농장에서 쥐를 쫓는 일을 하는 랫 테리어 믹스이다. 녀석의 현실에서는 쥐 대신 공을 집착에 가깝도록 쫓는다. 우리는 나무 밑에 자리를 잡았다. 약 십오분 정도의 쉼 없는 공놀이 후, 숨이 주둥이까지 차오른 녀석이 우리 발 밑에 자리를 잡고 엎드렸다.

잔잔한 날이었다. 주 중이어서 개를 데리고 나온 이들이 별로 없었다. 나무는 태양으로부터 우리를 지켜 주었고 간간히 불어오는 여름바람이 몸의 열을 쓸어내어 주었다. 잠자리들이 날아왔다 갔다를 반복했고, 새들은 낮게 날으며 벌레를 쫓았다. 우리는 녀석이 다시 공놀이 준비가 될 때까지 조용히 앉아 기다렸다. 갑자기 녀석의 가쁜 숨 소리가 귀에 크게 들어왔다. 숨 헐떡이는 박자가 내 심장 박동 또한 강하게 해 주었다. 입을 크게 벌리고 숨을 빠르게 뱉어내는 녀석이 행복해 보였고, 녀석을 바라보는 나도 행복했다.

Art · Visual essay

Goodbye Winter

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We had snow for over a month this year.  I love the snow.  When I saw the snow piling up, I was so excited.  But when it didn’t stop for a month, we started having some inconveniences.  Many days my husband couldn’t even go to work.  The sidewalk was covered with heavy de-icer burning my dog’s paws.  We couldn’t open the patio door.  Almost every single person I met agreed it was enough with the snow.

Now, all the snow melted away.  Everywhere I see green instead of white.  Ironically I already miss the snow.  I loved watching the snow fall quietly from the patio door that I couldn’t open.  I miss the crispy footsteps of me and my dog.  I liked to stand still and enjoy the silence at the park while walking my dog.  I enjoyed watching him take a nap in front of the fireplace.  My husband was all about the big icicles.  I was happy to warm the house up before he coming home so he could relax right away.

But for now, it’s time to let the winter go and welcoming the spring.
So, goodbye winter.

Art · Visual essay

Sunrise (Morning Moon)

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I’ve mentioned before that I love to see the sun and moon at odd times. One of the times that I enjoy very often is the morning moon. Every time I see it, I imagine that I woke up early enough to catch it before it goes home after long nights work. The street lights that are waiting to be turned off any minute are lingering in the night. The moon and street lights in the morning make me feel like standing in the moment between the night and morning.

Art · Visual essay

Sunset

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I used to be a night owl when I was younger.  Sometimes I went to sleep at sunrise.  I thought that was my nature and I liked the quietness of the night. After I got married, my husband decided to go to work really early so he can come back early.  So we agreed to try to wake up at 4a.m.  It took us about a couple of weeks to get used to the time but it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.  My working schedule is from sunrise to sunset.  A few days ago, after I finished working, I was about to close the blinds. I saw a beautiful sunset and birds on a bare tree through the window.  This fiery sunset always makes me relaxed.  It’s time for slowing down and closing for the day.

Art · Visual essay

Pine tree

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My dog’s newest nature toys are pinecones.  They’re still covered with snow in our city and only this week the snow started to melt.  I noticed that the snow under trees went away first.  My dog seemed happy to see dirt and grass again.  He spent a lot of time sniffing under the trees and found many pinecones.  He got right into breaking them apart.  While he was busy on playing I was looking around and saw the sky.  It was a very clear day, not even one cloud floating.  A pine tree against the solid blue sky was popping out.  I don’t think I’ve ever looked through a pine tree from right under it.  I’m thankful for my dog who let me rest under the tree and gave me the chance to see the beautiful tree and sky.

Art · digital art · Visual essay

Spinach Omelet

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One of my favorite dishes for eating alone is spinach omelet.  I love eggs, greens, and cheese.  So this is the perfect combination for me.

Many people don’t like to eat alone.  For me, I enjoy eating alone as much as I do with company.  I used to watch shows when I ate alone but I stopped that a while ago.  It’s nice having a meal in silence.  I can think more.  I can concentrate on the food more.  Sometimes I don’t even have time to think because I’m so hungry.

But cooking for myself isn’t always fun especially if I don’t have enough time during the day.  Then, I always go for this spinach omelet.  I put tons of spinach in since its volume will reduce once it’s cooked under the egg blanket.

And hot black tea is my number one choice.  I love the bitterness of it.

Art · digital art · Visual essay

My Dog

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A few days ago, I was talking to my friend and our main subject was our dogs. She said to me, ‘It’s a good thing that you met your dog’. The words she used in Korean was ‘다행이다’. It could mean a good thing, luck, mercy, and so on. As there are many options for translating the word, it engraved in me mixed feelings.

He wasn’t our first choice from the shelter. We met two other dogs briefly hoping that we could have one of them. But our situation and timing weren’t right and they met their new families before us. However, we saw our dog there and liked how he presented himself before us from the opposite side of the glass wall. We decided to try him out when we saw him again a couple of weeks later when we visited the shelter second time.

He came to our home on Christmas Eve last year 2018. One week later, we went back to the shelter and signed on the final adoption paper. It took me for over a month to figure him out and teach him basic command and rules. It’s been only two months since he came into our life. But I already feel that he is our dog. Our family.

So about the word that my friend said to me, I still can’t explain my emotional reaction toward it. But I’m very much thankful he came to us. Perhaps, it truly is mercy for all of us.