2018년 6월 8일 금요일

Sketches of Youngsanjae Ritual at Bongwonsa Temple, Seoul

the colorful scene of Youngsanjae Ritual ceremony, 
pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

400 years old zelkova tree in front of the 3000 Buddhas Hall (삼천불전) near the entrance to the temple, pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

the beginning of the ceremony, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

a monk is playing the drum in ritual ceremony, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

a scene in the process of Meal Offering ceremony, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

performance of the traditional Buddhist music, pencil and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

colorful Buddhist dance with monks and Youngsanjae preserver group, pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

the area for dead to rest in peace on the 2nd floor of the 3000 Buddhas Hall, pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)


On last Sunday(June 3rd) and Wednesday(June 6th), I visited Bongwonsa Temple (봉원사) for sketching the cultural performance and the 30th Youngsanjae Ritual (영산재). 
The ceremony has been held on the Memorial Day of Korea, June 6th. Lots of people gathered to see the ritual ceremony. Big hanging painting was hung on left side of the big temple. Monks from foreign countries and inland visited too. Korean traditional music with big drums, pipes, gongs and Buddhist dances were played by monks and members of Youngsanjae preserver group. The ritual ran all day from 10 am to 7pm. Because the personnel for the event didn't allow ordinary people to enter the ritual area it was not easy to capture scenes in detail. The temple had been built on 889AD.  And the ritual has been kept performing for 30 years for the peace of the dead and the live. I prayed for the peace of world all the while sketching. 
서대문 안산 기슭의 태고종 천년사찰 "봉원사"
현충일에 열리는 산이와 죽은 영령을 위한 30회 "영산재"
수많은 불자들과 승려, 하늘을 덮은 천막과 찬란한 휘장들,
대형 괘불 제단의 장엄한 예불의식, 전통 춤과 불교음악...
우리 나라와 세계 평화를 기원하는 뜻깊은 스케치의 날이었습니다.

2018년 5월 28일 월요일

Sketches at sweet Marronnier Park

Daehangno street in Marronnier Park, pen and watercolor, 
(29.6 x 42cm)

Korea National Open University main building near Marronnier Park, 
pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

a sketch of Marronier park square, pen and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

attractive brick wall of Arko Arts Theater, pen, (36 x 51cm) 

an exciting dance performance in the open-air theater, pencil, 
(36 x 51cm)

It was a little windy, but a very fine day to sketch. We Seoul urban sketchers met at Marronnier Park located on the former site of Seoul National University, Daehangno, Seoul. I sketched around this attractive park several times before and was always fascinated with the exciting sensation of the lively city. The park was crowded with young people and children including foreign tourists. The landmark buildings, Arko Arts Theater and Gallery located in the park, where lots of performances are held all the year round. In the open-air performance hall or street stage the various musicians play music freely with the crowd. Especially, the red brick wall of the beautiful buildings in the sunlight is harmonized with the green leaves of the horse chestnut in Marronnier Park.
I had a good sketch time drawing and painting here and there in historic Marronnier Park, bringing back my childhood memories.
낙산과 대학천을 따라 흘러온 지성과 낭만의 근대사~
붉은 벽돌과 마로니에 나뭇잎 사이로 빛과 색의 율동이 어우러지고
문화유산과 젊음이 공존하는 살아있는 역사의 마로니에 광장은
클래식과 현대를 넘나드는 조형, 연극, 뮤지컬, 길거리 퍼포먼스~~
문화적 상징과 감성적 소재가 넘치는 매력적인 스케치 장소입니다.

2018년 4월 23일 월요일

59th World Wide SketchCrawl at Okcheonam Temple

panoramic view of Okcheonam Temple, pencil and watercolor

looking up the temple complex inside the gate, pencil and watercolor

Rock-carved Seated Bodhisattva in Bodogak Hall, pen and watercolor

approaching the One Pillar Gate of Okcheonam Temple, 
pen and watercolor

a colorful scene of the neighboring village, pen and watercolor

distant view of the temple under the overpass, pen
(29.6 x 42cm sketchbook)
It was a little windy but pleasantly sunny and warm last Saturday. For the 59th World Wide SketchCrawl, USK Seoul members met at Okcheonam Hermitage, a small and peacefull temple in Hongeun-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. Okcheonam Temple located at the foot of Samgaksan Mountain, and beneath the precinct Hongjecheon stream that flows throughout the year. The Temple dates back to the 14th century during the Goryeo dynasty. Lots of colorful Lotus Lanterns are beautifully embroidered on the temple and the street around the surrounding residential village. It was to celebrate the Buddha's Birthday on May 22. The temple buildings are built on narrow and steep bedrock linearly, and the natural combination of different architectures seems very interesting and beautiful features harmonized with the natural landscape. Especially the Rock-carved Seated Bodhisattva of Okcheonam Hermitage (Designation: Treasure No.1820) is famous for a large Buddhist image over five meters tall. The granite carving is concave and painted in a lovely seashell white, and so called "The White Buddah". Though the site of the temple is long narrow and rather small but the the precincts was crowded with Buddhists and visitors for lanterns ceremony to celebrate Buddha's Birthday. 
On entering the temple, I was fascinated with the panoramic scenes of the temple and the neighboring village, including access bridge over the stream and curved overpass, apartment buildings, etc. I enjoyed sketching several colorful scenes around the small and peaceful temple at the foot of the mountain nearby downtown Seoul.
석탄일을 앞두고 거리마다 연등으로 수놓은 신록의 새봄~
삼각산과 홍제천을 따라 도심속의 시골내음이 배어나오고
쉬지않고 달리는 고가도로 밑의 다정한 "하얀 부처님"
일상의 소재가 구석구석 담겨있는 명품 스케치의 장소입니다.

2018년 3월 26일 월요일

Sketches at the Gocheok Sky Dome, baseball stadium

the Gocheok Sky Dome viewed from Dongyang Mirae Uinversity across the road, pen and watercolor

a scene of the square in front of the Sky Dome viewed from the pedestrian bridge, pencil

a sketch of playing scene inside the Sky Dome viewed from the outfield seats, pencil

a dynamic motion of pitching a strike, pen and pastel

outfield stands in the stadium, pen and watercolor

the entrance hall of the outfield in the stadium, pen and pastel
( 29.6 x 42cm sketchbook )
Last Saturday, the weather was a little cold and windy with fine dust all day. We Seoul urban sketchers met at Gocheok Sky Dome, the largest indoor baseball stadium in Korea, located in Gocheok-dong, west of Seoul. The day was the opening day of the professional baseball 2018 season. I've been to the stadium to sketch the colorful baseball game scenes for urban sketching two years ago. The Sky Dome and surroundings were crowded with lots of visitors, baseball fans, families on outing and many sports reporters. I enjoyed the festive atmosphere of baseball in and out the Sky Dome, sketching the impressive stadium and dynamic game scenes I didn't draw before. It was very exciting and pleasant sketch time with all participating sketchers!
스카이돔 개장 기념 스케치 이후 2년만에 다시 찾았지만 새로운 느낌입니다. 
거대한 외관과 실내 스타디움, 철구조물 사이로 빛과 조명이 어우러지며
현란한 전광판과 치어리더, 카메라맨들...타구소리 하나하나에 열광적인 함성~
녹색 그라운드 백구의 축제를 그리며 "야구격언"을 떠올립니다.
(연습을 실전처럼..., 그라운드를 넓게 보라..., 공을 두려워 말라...,
실수는 잊어버려라..., 밤낮없이 스윙연습을 게을리하지 말라... )
--- 스케치에도 꼭 맞는 격언 같다고 생각합니다 ---

2018년 2월 26일 월요일

Sketches at Seodaemun Museum of Natural History, Seoul

 Acrocanthosaurus and Sperm Whale on the Central Hall, 
pen and watercolor, 36 x 51cm

Earth Environment Hall on the 3rd floor, pen and watercolor, 
36 x 51cm

Diversity of Terrestrial Life at Life Evolution Hall, pen and watercolor, 36 x 51cm

Central Hall of the Seodaemun Museum of Natural History, 
pen and watercolor, 36 x 51cm

a quick sketch at the Central Hall on the 1st floor, pen, 29.6 x 42cm

surrounding landscape seen through the window on the Central Hall, pencil, 29.6 x 42cm
The weather became warmer than early February, but it's still cold outside. We usk Seoul members met at an interesting museum for urban sketching last weekend. Seodaemun Museum of Natural History is the first public museum of natural history in Korea, located in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. Opened in 2003, the museum displays the origins of life on earth through a variety of real specimens of minerals, rocks and fossils, and through models, including life size models of dinosaurs, from all over the world.
A few years ago I visited the famous museum several times and sketched a lot of exhibits in my spare time. The museum was crowded with children, their parents and student group at all time. Most of all, the exhibits of dinosaurs drew attention from visitors overwhelmingly. I sketched and colored the dynamic scenes inside the museum and some exhibits including large dinosaur skeletons with an "inquiring
서대문 안산기슭의 공공 자연사박물관은 산 교육장이자 가족쉼터로서 일품입니다~~  지구의 탄생부터 생명체의 기원, 인간과 자연의 관계를 생생하고 실감나게 재현한 모습을 무궁무진하게 스케치하며 탐구할 수 있는....... "전천후 소재박물관"이라 하겠습니다.

2018년 2월 8일 목요일

Sketches at the Starfield Library in Starfield COEX Mall

Starfield Library(별마당 도서관)  seen from the upper floor, 
(29.6 x 42cm), pen and watercolor

Starfield Library seen from the lower floor, (29.6 x 42cm), 
pen and watercolor

open hall connected to the Starfield COEX Mall, (29.6 x 42cm), 
pen and watercolor

a convenience store in the library, (21 x 29.6cm), pen and watercolor

a display stand in the hall of the library, (21 x 29.6cm), pen

annex buildings seen through the window inside the library, 
(29.6 x 42cm), pencil
It's been very cold and windy for several days this February. Yesterday, avoiding outdoor sketch in cold weather, I joined Seoul urban sketchers for indoor sketching at Starfield Library, newly opened in Starfield COEX Mall last year. Starfield COEX Mall not only is the largest underground shopping mall in Korea, but also is a shopping mecca for global luxury brands in fashion, beauty, accessories, and so on. Besides, the mall contains a lot of popular attractions including fantastic Starfield Library. The two-story library consists of three 13m tall giant bookshelves packed with countless books and magazines, and offers a pleasing environment for visitors to relax or to enjoy reading with its stylish reading tables and chairs. This place certainly is the new hot place for citizens and visitors to spend their free time. It's very fantastic subject to sketch diverse scenes through a huge space.
I sketched in and out the interesting library with various points in the crowd of people entering and leaving the Starfield COEX Mall. I had a valuable sketch time exploring various scenes of the open library.
별마당 도서관(Starfield Library)은 코엑스 몰의 핵심공간입니다.
높고 넓은, 거대하고 투명한, 별무리 장식의 아기자기한 도서관~
단일공간 속에서 큰 덩어리와 작은 선들, 빛과 색의 하모니...
그 속에서 마음과 정신을 가다듬으며 휴식하는 침묵의 소리들....
도심속의 허파처럼 신선하면서 동심같이 따스한 스케치 장소입니다.

2018년 1월 28일 일요일

#58th World Wide SketchCrawl around Seoul City Hall

Seoul Citizens' Hall in concert, (29.6 x 42cm), pen and watercolor

Fair Trade (공정무역) Store, Doran Doran Cafe, (29.6 x 42cm), 
pen and watercolor

Pan Ulim Ensemble (팬울림 앙상블), (21 x 29.6cm), pen and watercolor

a flute player and a dancer, (21 x 29.6cm), pen and watercolor 

Pan flute player, (21 x 29.6cm), pen and watercolor

another Pan flute player, (21 x 29.6cm), pen and watercolor

band Hanultari(통기타밴드 한울타리), (21 x 29.6cm), pencil

an acoustic guitarist of Hanultari, (21 x 29.6cm), pencil

a singer of Hanultari, (21 x 29.6cm), pencil

camera woman of band Hanultari, (21 x 29.6cm), pencil

a sketcher MJ Kang(new comer), (21 x 29.6cm), pencil

Hotel President, Seoul, across the road, (29.6 x 42cm), pen
The weather has been bitterly cold the past few days. Last Saturday for the 58th World Wide SketchCrawl, it's hard to sketch outdoors, Seoul urban sketchers met at the Seoul Citizens' Hall(시민청) inside Seoul City Hall building. Seoul Citizens' Hall is housed in the two basement levels of Seoul City Hall. The hall has been renovated as a public area for citizens and visitors. Exhibition, performances, seminars, concerts, special events, and wedding ceremonies take place here all year round.  It's a great place for sketchers to draw a lot of the amusing scenes regardless of weather. I sketched the vivid interior scenes including some musical performances with other sketchers. in an enjoyable atmosphere. We had a pleasant SketchCrawl in an enjoyable atmosphere!
어디라도 가서 스케치하고 싶은날~~
얼어붙는 추운 날이건, 눈비 오는 날이건,
서울 시민청은 언제나 모두에게 열려 있습니다.
교통 편한 곳에서 갖가지 공연과 퍼포먼스, 홍보와 전시, 
어린이 행사, 지구마을 카페, 도서관과 쉼터....
한 장소에서 골고루 그릴 수 있는 생생한 스케치 마을입니다.