Hi friends. It’s been a while. There’s a lot going on in the world, and my life has been busy as well. I’m still reflecting and digesting all that I’ve taken in the past few weeks, hoping that I will come out a more conscientious and compassionate person. I’ve been a bit quiet online, and I’ve missed my lovely corner of the Internet. I hope you’ve all been well.
Here was my June.
I started of the first of June with a nice morning hike. The heavens were quite heavenly this day.
I’m looking to move in the near future (hopefully) and have been scouting out different neighborhoods in Seoul. Managed to catch a couple of awesome sunsets like this one on the Han River this month.
Summer is here. Summer means ice cream! Tried some unique gelato flavors from Dangdo in Mangwondong. I got the salt and basil-milk flavors with samples of fruity gelato on top.
Love the light streaming in through these big windows at cafe Moritzplatz. This scene reinforces how much I would like a big desk in front of a big sunny window in my next home.
Of course the stationery explorations continued. I finally got to check out the Black Heart Pencil shop, which is devoted to all things pencils, especially vintage. It was wonderful, and I’m not even a pencil aficionado. More to come in a future Stationery Sunday post.
The end of June and the end of the second quarter of 2020 meant a return to the All Write Shop to pick up another 1/4 Year Diary. I love this brand’s aesthetic. All Write shop is moving locations soon, so this was probably the last visit to this store.
My hefty haul of 1/4 Year planner, a 1/2 1/2 notebook, some passport-sized notebooks and memo pads
Book Damas is a tiny bookshop on wheels. It travels around Seoul (maybe the country?), and the last weekend in June it had a pop-up event at Bear Cafe, one of my favorite cafes.
Bear Cafe is a hanok (traditional Korean house) turned into a cafe. It’s run by the publishing company Design Eum, which is a pillar in the self-publishing community here. They often host art exhibitions, classes and literary and cultural events. This day there was a book and poetry reading in the afternoon co-hosted by Design Eum and Book Damas. It was really nice to hear the authors’ explanations behind their work, and before I left I picked up a book of poetry by one of the readers.
Albus Gallery House of Illustration is another one of my favorite places to frequent in Seoul. This day I caught the Zgubiona Dusza (The Lost Soul) illustration exhibition by Joanna Concejo. I hadn’t known of her before I went, but I fell in love with her intricate colored pencil work. It’s fun to search for the tiny hidden details in her illustrations. Her illustrated books are so unique and creative, and the message deep.
Nearing the end of the month I finally picked up the ol’ pen and brush again. I practiced some studies of Klimt, Cezanne, and George Stubbs from my Art-a-Day calendar. This calendar is definitely one of my best purchases of the year. The anticipation of discovering new art as I flip the calendar is one of the highlights of my morning.
I also attended my first drawing class of the year, a one-day portrait class once again at Bear Cafe. We warmed up with timed drawings (3 minutes, 5 minutes with limited supplies) before completing one final portrait. I drew the cover model from a magazine I brought as reference. It was nice to be in an art class setting again, and Gaheezy (the teacher) helped me add the finishing touches to the portrait. Adding details like eyelashes and darkening the model’s hair and dress really made the piece pop. I saw firsthand the power of contrast, and I’m excited to apply what I learned.
So that was my June. Can you believe 2020 is already half over? To think in the beginning of the year I was hopping on and off planes, trying foods in three countries. It’s been quite a few months, and at the end of it I’m grateful to be healthy and safe. And ever thankful that my friends and family are too. Moving forward, I hope I can help those beyond my immediate boundaries enjoy these basic rights as well.
And here was my May doodle calendar that I never shared.
This post is part of Su’s The Changing Seasons series. I’ve made some really lovely connections through the community Su has fostered. I hope you’ll check out her blog and see what others have been up to this month. Stay safe and well, friends. With love from Seoul.