Art · drawing · iPad art

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.

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

Coffee and Flower

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There are days where you feel like everything in your life is falling apart.  This day was like that to me.  From the beginning to end, everything was just not right.  I had a headache all day long.  I couldn’t do anything constructive.  I was upset.  And the fact that I was upset made me even more upset.  Before I went to bed, my husband insisted me to watch our current favorite show with him. That helped me go to sleep a bit easier.

The next morning, he told me that he took a day off.  And he spent all day cheering me up.  I still had a headache so I took a nap.  While I was sleeping, I heard a doorbell and the soft growl of our dog.  I opened my eyes a couple of minutes later and there were a big bunch of colorful flowers in front of me with a short but very sweet note from my husband.  I thanked him and went back to sleep. The nap wasn’t the same.  I slept much better.

The following day, I was able to manage the day as normally as others.  I was in a decent mood and fighting hard with this smoke in my head.  My husband called me and said he had a meeting near the house and was coming home for a second to say hi.  He called me again to ask me for help bringing some stuff from the car.  When I went out to meet him, he let me hold his coffee for him. I grabbed it without any thought.  A few seconds later I realized that it was hot.  ‘He never drinks hot coffee’ I thought.  I yelled with a big smile.  ‘It’s hot coffee!’ He smiled back at me and said ‘Yup!’.

I drank the coffee while working on my art after he went back to work.  The flowers are gone too.  It had brightened my days for more than a week.  It is a blessing to have someone who truly looks after you.  He helped me glue the falling day back together.

Art · digital art · Visual essay

Sunrise

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It was an exceptionally cold morning.

My dog’s footsteps on the icy ground harmonized with his sniff.

I love the emptiness of early morning.

Art · digital art · Visual essay

Sunset

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Art · digital art · Visual essay

Morning Sun

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We recently adopted a dog from a humane society.  There is an elementary school near our apartment and I walk with my dog there every morning around the time the kids go to school.  As most dogs from shelters do, our dog has quite a few problems we are working on. But one thing he is good with is people.  He just loves everyone.  We don’t want him to lose that friendliness, especially with children.  So I go to the school in the morning and afternoon when I can manage the right timing.

One morning next to the school, I looked up and saw the sun. It was a very foggy day.  I love looking at the sun, moon, and stars, especially at odd times.  We often see the changing shapes of the moon but almost never see the shape of the sun.  That morning, I was surprised how round the sun was! (Such a weird realization)

Going out for my dog multiple times a day isn’t easy.  I often need to break from my work.  But I love walking with him.  It gives him joy and that gives me great happiness.  The chances to see beautiful moments throughout the day is a huge plus.

How often do you walk with your dogs?  Haven’t gone out with them yet today?  How about going on a stroll right now!

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #49

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Project: 10 Year

2011

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Under the nice winter sun, he brushed Boots’ hair.  She seemed to like the grooming.  She probably could feel all the loose hair leaving her body.  It was such a warm and bright day.

 

 

 

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #46

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Project: 10 Year

2011

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Every time we go to a movie theater, I have to take a picture with big posters.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the movie we are going to watch or not.  I also like to take a picture at any photo spots.  I try to resist taking pictures at photo stands with the face opening; it’s too silly but most of the time I do.

I don’t remember what movie we watched this day, probably something scary.  We are huge fans of ghost movies.  After the movie, we’d go to a small Korean restaurant close to my parents in law’s house.   This one was owned by a Japanese lady, funny enough, but cooked by Korean ladies.  I liked their food even though the restaurant itself wasn’t very fancy.  It was one of the places we looked forward to going when we visited Virginia.

The last time we went to see my in-laws, however, we heard that they were closed down.  There is another Korean restaurant that we like the most but it’s always sad to know something is gone that has some good memories.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #31

Project: 10 Year

2010

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In Japan, I’m inspired by small city views, especially with power lines.  In Korea, where I’m from, don’t have a lot of power lines on the street.  It was a relatively new area in Seoul, so they put most of them underground.  In Japan, the power lines cross the roofs and sky all around the country.  They look chaotic but also harmonized.  One of my favorite scenes in Japan is the contrast of black wires against sunrise or sunset.

I saw this view in Kamakura. I also took a picture of my husband posing for me in Kotoku-in Temple.