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.


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)

iPad drawing 2020

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.

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Project: 10 Year #62 and 63



Project: 10 Year



When he went to Afghanistan, he put all his belongings in a storage facility close to his folks’ house.  And we decided to do the same with my stuff.  I just left the minimum amount of things that I needed and packed everything up.

We rented a U-Haul truck and drove to Virginia.  We took turns loading the truck.  One of us watched the truck and organized while the other brought boxes.  I was the one who watched the truck most of the time but I moved many boxes too.  I remember it that way and I’m sticking to it.

I’ve never been in a truck before.  It was uncomfortable for a while.  It was just too high up.  Eventually, I got used to it and had fun looking around.  Driving with him is always delightful.

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Project: 10 Year #61


Project: 10 Year



He started working in Afghanistan after he got out of the military.  It was the most intense long distance relationship ever.  The phone calls weren’t something we could have regularly.  And if I heard any news about the place, I got really worried.

During that time, he visited me in New Jersey.  I had to leave the country soon, so he came to help me move my stuff.  Because he was too tired from work and the flight, we stayed in most of the time.  But there was one place we needed to visit; Nintendo World.

I had to take a bus to go into the city.  Waiting for the bus with him instead of alone was nice and surreal.  The pointy-eared apartment was my building.

At Nintendo World, we tried some games and bought some goods.  He is holding a mug we bought.  It was a fun day.

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Project: 10 Year #60


Project: 10 Year



After we got married I started to cook most of the Korean food that I crave.  One thing I don’t cook at home was Korean barbeque.  Cleaning many dishes is one thing but the smell trapped in the house is a bit too much.

Here is me cooking the barbeque at one of our favorite Korean restaurants in Virginia, that is now closed.  This restaurant wasn’t specialized for barbequing so the experience was a bit odd, it was too quiet, but it satisfied my craving.  In Korea, barbeque places are usually very crowded and lively. So much smoke in the air.  A lot of talking and drinking is happening.  I miss that atmosphere sometimes.

After a good meal, we took a longer route to go back home.  The sunset over the river was beautiful.

Have you had a Korean barbeque?  Thinking about it makes me want to have some!

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Project: 10 Year #45


Project: 10 Year



At the beach, we had so much fun.  I don’t know how long we were in the water, but I remember I was so tired from laughing too much.  I jumped into the water from his shoulder.  We chased each other around.   Also, he snuck up to me under water like a sea monster.  We finally came out from the water and relaxed for a bit.  He played rock skipping.  I tried too but I’m not very good at it.  All my rocks were going straight into the water.

It was our last time we went into the water at a beach.  It was such a fun day.  I can’t wait for our next time in the sea!


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Project: 10 Year #44


Project: 10 Year



I usually don’t like taking a nap.  Not because I don’t like napping, but it affects my regular sleep at night.  Having a short nap after a fun and active day is a very nice thing though.

After we had so much fun at the beach, I napped hard.  I woke up around sunset, and we went out for dinner.  I love the time of sunset and sunrise.  Refreshed by good rest, sunset felt like the sunrise as our day was restarting.

Do you like taking a nap?

Recently I learned that sleep is very important to our overall health.  Less than six hours of sleep could lead to a decade shorter lifespan. It also can cause cancer and Alzheimer.  I usually sleep a good amount.  Now I try not to miss a good night sleep every day.

Sleep well, everyone!

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Project: 10 Year #40


Project: 10 Year



Every time we visit Virginia, we always go to Busch Gardens.  I love drinking beer and walking around the park.  I’m scared of roller coasters but love to ride them.  It takes me some time to get used to the feeling again but once I do, the fear becomes joy.

I always liked to go to an amusement park when I was young.  It was too expensive for me as a kid, and my parents weren’t very interested in going there so I couldn’t go often.  One of the kids I was jealous of had an annual membership of the park.  When I have kids I think I’ll always bring them to the park.

In Korea, there is a giant wooden roller coaster in Everland park.  It drops 12 times and the ride is over 3 minutes!  The first time I rode it, my friend almost cried and I thought it’d never stop.  My husband is a big fan of roller coasters, but he hasn’t ridden it yet.  I really want to bring him there soon.

If you like to ride a roller coaster and chance to visit Korea, you should check it out.

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Project: 10 Year #37


Project: 10 Year



Many days when we drove through mountain roads, the weather was either cloudy or rainy.  We loved hearing rain hitting the windshield while listening to nice music.  One mountaintop had an observatory.  It was too foggy so we couldn’t see much of the view.  The surrounding area was so beautiful though.  All the thin tall trees were hiding and sticking out in the fog.

One night the rain was pouring hard.  We were driving next to a river.  We saw so many small rocks on the road.  Shortly after, we realized that those were not rocks but frogs.  It was a horrifying experience.  We felt so bad.  We still talk about those innocent frogs that died that night from time to time.

I’d name the drawing of my husband as ‘The frog killer’.

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Project: 10 Year #36


Project: 10 Year



One time we drove along a route, we ended up at a dinosaur museum in the middle of nowhere.  We didn’t go in but took some pictures with a tyrannosaurus statue.  We took the route many times more and every time we reached the museum, we stopped and took pictures again with the same statue.  I played around with this brachiosaurus-like statue.  I tried to pose my hands like tyrannosaurus’ feet but failed.

I love seeing small shrines in the middle of mountain roads.  They usually have something red and they are very eye-catching among green trees.

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Project: 10 Year #30


Project: 10 Year



When I was about ten years old, I often went to my friend’s house who had a video game console we played for hours.  I’ve never gotten serious equipment for games.  Games have a bad reputation in Korea.  Most parents make sure their kids don’t play games.  After I got older and moved away from my friend, I lost interest in games until I met my husband.  He is the biggest fan of video games I’ve ever met.  He doesn’t only play but also knows a lot of aspects of games such as the industry, game design, history and etc.  Since I stopped paying attention to games for a long time, I was so surprised by how much the technology had advanced.  Also, I got admiration for the art of them.  I started playing a couple of games with him, and now I got some favorite games that I play from time to time.  So far, my favorite game is ‘The Last of Us’ which I played so many times I can’t even count.

Do you have a favorite game?

Also, is anybody still using mp3 players?

The right picture was the Christmas gift from my husband in 2009.  My (so far) last mp3 player.  Having one device for almost everything is convenient but sometimes I miss the time I could listen to songs without getting silly notifications.  I might start using it again.