Hi friends. How are you? I hesitate to vocalize it for fear I might jinx it, but I think the height of summer is behind us. It’s raining today, but the past few days have been perfect in terms of weather. Although this summer saw an unusually long monsoon season, so the unending rain will eclipse the heat in my memory.
Looking at my doodle calendar for August, you can’t help but notice the flames and spikes and skulls. These symbols obviously correlate to feelings like anger and also not feeling well. However, not as obvious in the doodle calendar are the many little moments to celebrate, which I revisited through my photos and journal.
To start, two quotes written in my journal at the beginning of the month:
Art as giftSeth Godin, Linchpin
Linchpin by Seth Godin was chock-full of motivation to really embrace your unique, creative you to become indispensable. I really liked the chapters on art as a gift.
“Say who you are, really say it in your life and in your work. Tell someone out there who is lost, someone not yet born, someone who won’t be born for 500 years. Your writing will be a record of your time. It can’t help but be that. But more importantly, if you’re honest about who you are, you’ll help that person be less lonely in their world because that person will recognise him or herself in you and that will give them hope.”Charlie Kaufman
I think I discovered this quote by Charlie Kaufman on Twitter. I adore this idea, I want to embody this idea. But it also takes courage. Being truly honest and yourself is scary.
On to the recap.
In August I took a four-week printmaking workshop. The instructor has bachelor’s and master’s in printmaking from the best art school in the country. It was so nice to learn about papers, supplies, and techniques from an expert, versus my usual approach of *sees something cool, guesses how it’s made, dives in.*
Week one we learned about transfer technique using Citra-solv. This was a lot of fun and I definitely want to incorporate it into my creations.
Week two was collagraph, which I also covered in this process video. I learned a lot in this particular class so I wanted to document it for posterity. I’m also proud of this video, despite lagging views. 🙂 My cactus print was inspired by friend Darren’s photo of his prickly pear cactus
Week three was silkscreen printing and I chose to print graphic camellias.
The final week was linocut stamps, which I’ve tried on my own before to make cute stamps for snail mail. So for class I experimented with more of an abstract design and pattern. Depending on the color choices I think the blocks could represent both the mountains and the beach.
I also had a couple of good eats, like this meal at Sio, a Japanese restaraunt in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Yeonhui-dong.
August was another busy work month, but also included some fun snacks at work. Observe these Korean-style corn dogs, for example. (Fun fact: American corn dogs in Korea are “hot dogs” and American hot dogs are called, “American hot dogs.”) These combine potato bits, mozzarella cores, and hot dogs to create the perfect heart attack.
I thought this was a cool, artsy photo of my finished drink at a cafe. Not pictured is the sprig of thyme at the top of the glass. 🙂
Unfortunately, the end of August also saw a spike in Covid-19 cases, which meant the introduction of Social Distancing 2.5 for two weeks. I think this is the closest measure Korea’s taken to lockdown in other countries. The biggest change I experienced was now you can only get take out at franchise cafes and convenience stores. (You can still sit in at indie cafes.) Cases are starting to drop but Level 2.5 was extended into this week.
And in a bit of personal good news, I hit both 400 and 500 subscribers on my YouTube channel! I don’t want this blog to just be a funnel for my YouTube, but I also can’t not mention it as it is a big part of my life right now. This might change later, but video is currently my favorite way to observe and document life.
So on that note, I’ll leave my August vlog/colored pencil ASMR video here. This one is good for falling asleep to, according to my dad! 🙂
This blog post is part of Su’s The Changing Season’s challenge. Please check out her page to see how to participate and see what other creatives have been up to around the world! It’s a really lovely community.