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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Art · Daily drawing · Visual essay

Morning Ritual

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First thing I do after I wake up if my husband didn’t do it already, take our dog out.  When we finish walking around our apartment complex, he runs upstairs to our home.  He knows.  It’s time for breakfast.  I prepare his meal while cooking some bacon and eggs for my husband and me.  After we all finish eating, my husband goes into the shower, I wash dishes, and my dog chews his gum.  When I finish cleaning, it’s time for my husband to leave.  We say goodbye with kisses and our dog begs for him not to leave.  After the door closed, I sit down on the couch with a cup of tea and a book.  Our dog lingers around me looking for some belly rub then walks to the fireplace, his favorite spot and lays down.  I read and he sleeps until the sun replaces our fluorescent light.

This is my early morning ritual.

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After Dinner

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Our newly adopted dog had a few favorite spots to lay down in the house.  One of them is against the kitchen counter.  We don’t let him near the dining table while we are eating, but he can join us when we are done or when we’re talking with some drinks.  Then he laid down leaning on the wall and sleeps.

One night, my husband thought it could be cold next to the wall and went down and lay next to our dog.  He adjusted his position quickly into my husband’s arms and they both fell asleep fast.  I heard heavy breathing from both of them and it made me yawn.

It was a relaxing and calm evening.