Friday, April 29, 2016

sketches at Deoksugung Art Museum

 the panoramic view of MMCA, Deoksugung

the front view of MMCA, Deoksugung 

viewed from the Deoksugung square

the museum lobby 

art shop on the 1st floor

visitors in the exhibition hall

visitors appreciate the articles left by the artist

docent tour in the exhibition hall
( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
Deoksugung Palace is famous for Korean traditional palace with history in busiest downtown Seoul. The palace sits alongside a series of western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. A fascinating mix of traditional Korean and Western-style neoclassical structures and nearby areas are very popular for visitors for the beauty and tranquility. Inside the palace, the museum building, connected with beautiful bright colored neoclassical-style Seokjojeon(석조전), was constructed in 1938. It's now the MMCA (National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art) Deoksugung,with a collection of permanent and temporary contemporary art. 
Last week, a sunny spring day, I visited the museum and enjoyed the exhibition of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Korean Modern Masters, Pen Varlen(변월룡 1916~90). Pen,Russian-Korean artist, is an important figure in Soviet socialist realism art. I appreciated his impressive masterpieces and sketched in and outside the museum with picturesque surroundings.
덕수궁 미술관은 도심 궁궐속의 아담한 서양식 건축입니다.
서울 대표적인 명소이자 쾌적한 고궁 분위기와  편리한 접근성으로
시민들과 관광객들에게 낯익는 국립현대미술관 분관으로서
명화 전시회를 통해 예술정신을 심어주는 아름다운 샘터입니다.

Monday, April 25, 2016

51st World Wide SketchCrawl at Mecenatpolis Mall, Seoul

the front view of Mecenatpolis Complex building

main central plaza at Mecenatpolis Mall

a scenery looking for the entrance of Mecenatpolis Mall

selling clothes event on the central square

viewed from the sunken plaza connected to main gate
( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
Last Saturday, in celebration of the 51st World Wide SketchCrawl, we Seoul urban sketchers met at Mecenatpolis Mall near Hapjeong Subway Station(합정역). Mecenatpolis (메세나폴리스) is one of the well-known landmarks of Seoul's Mixed-Use residential building. Mecenatpolis Mall on the lower level of the building embraces popular fashion brands, beauty shops, and a large grocery store, as well as various restaurants and coffee shops. There are also often performances held at Mecen Garden and the central square. 
The weather was not fine by yellow dust for sketching outdoors, so I couldn't help drawing under the lee of the building and the surroundings. But it was useful experience under unfavorable conditions.
어반스케치 장소로 두번째 방문한 메세나폴리스는 역시 매력있는 곳입니다.
다양한 외관과 쇼핑 몰 분위기, 각종 이벤트 행사와 끊이지 않는 인파들~~
안과 밖, 위 아래를 넘나들며 스치는 장면들은 모두 스케치 소재들입니다.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

#51 World Wide SketchCrawl at MECENATPOLIS MALL

sketch at courtyard, pen, watercolor, A 4

elevator building at back garden, pastels, A 4

pen, watercolor, A 4

pencil, A 4

Lee Yong Hwan

Lee Yong Hwan and Don Yang from USA

sketch of Don Yang who had to leave at noon for his busy schedule

T-Shirt presented by Don Yang
Thank you so much for your participation and memorable present.

Im Bo Young(임보영) was selling succulent goods at the 2nd floor corridor mall. I talked with her after sketching about the raising cactus and her family farm. She wanted to present a small one which could be attached on refrigerator. I declined gently because of my poor ability to raise plants.  

Yun Young Sook arranging sketches

It was not fine by severe yellow dust. Six sketchers including two newcomers(Kim Ji Hyun and Kim Eun Ji) and Don Yang. The place was very good with various views it possessed by itself and selling events on weekends. I tried pencils(2B and 5B) together and it inspired me to do more often.
Much thanks for all the participants in spite of bad air and busy schedule.

연일 황사로 많이 힘든 가운데 여섯명의 스케쳐들께서 모였어요. 멀리 미국에서 화가로 활동하시는 돈 양님께서 29년 만에 한국을 방문하여 짦은 시간이라도 스케치하려고 오신 것에 감동받았습니다. 시카고 어반 스케쳐에서도 활동하시며 티셔츠를 선물해주셨어요. 기념으로 간직하겠습니다. 사정이 생겨 일찍 귀가하신 새로 오신 분들께도 감사를 드립니다. 평소 잊고 지냈던 맑은 공기의 고마움을 다시 느낀 하루였습니다. 감사합니다!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

flower vases at the corner of the church

pen and watercolor, A 4

I saw this scene this morning at the Sejongro catholic church. The flowers will be used for the praying meetings of Legio Mariae(Legion of Mary). I felt those flowers so beautiful with attractive figure of shade around the desk. I enjoyed the sweet fragrance while sketching.

오늘 아침 세종로 성당 로비에서 아름다운 꽃을 보고 그렸어요. 풍성한 꽃에서 나는 향기를 맡으면서 즐거운 시간을 가졌습니다. 꽃도 꽃이지만 그림자의 모습이 매력적이었구요.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


cherry blossom season has become and people are out in droves taking 벗꽃 selfies. much as i could manage of the changing of the guard before they all took off again.