Sometimes I think I am living my life backwards. I worked at the West Yellowstone Dairy Queen a couple of summers ago just for the heck of it. On my off days, I toured and hiked in Yellowstone National Park where nature’s colors and landforms are surreal. I felt like I was on a different planet. I even spotted a wolf or two – a rare sighting. A summer before that, I spent a month in New Zealand’s south island city, Christchurch, where I visited a friend who moved there. I hope to do some art from sketches and photographs from that remarkable trip.
Things you will find in my blog are art, kdramas (Korean dramas) and kpop (Korean pop music) fan art, weekly FT Island Hangul Live Korean lessons, and random thoughts on Roommate (a Korean reality show). Cimitoons page is my kdrama inspired cartoons.
Other interests ~
Gardening: Until three years ago, I had never gardened. The herb garden has been embarrassingly but delightfully abundant the last three years. The plants received minimum care; nevertheless, they thrived. So did the tomato plants, pumpkins, and zucchini. I can’t say it is something I will always do, but for now, the garden’s success is easy motivation to plant again this year. I even make herb wreaths when I feel like it, but if you want to know if it is worth it, my answer is to just order from Martha Stewart and save yourself the trouble.
Books: Books have been a part of my life since as long as I can remember. I am on a non-fiction kick right now, and regularly peruse the new publications at the library. Please look forward to my page on books soon.
Kdramas + art: I wonder what I ever did before watching kdramas (Korean dramas) which fill my evenings after work with just the right amount of escapism to offset reality. (Okay, I admit I sometimes go overboard and let kdramas replace real life.) I live for the next episode and have tallied over 200 kdramas in two years. Somewhere along the way I tapped into my creative juices and love creating marker and ink drawings inspired by kdramas and kpop with a dash of manga influence. I have to be in the mood to stop something I am watching to sketch. Most of the time I note the frame I want to capture in a drawing and return to it later.
An extension of kdrama exposure: Although I need a bit more discipline, I am casually learning Korean as some words have become familiar just from watching so much Korean entertainment. I have found kindred spirits on dramabeans.com – a blog where kdramas are thoroughly recapped and analyzed from all angles by javabeans, girlfriday, and a host of clever minions, and visitors can post to their heart’s content. I can be found there as owl, and rant and rave to unload the weekly kdramas’ lows and highs and read other beanies’ posts. It’s all in good fun and fabulously therapeutic. \ / Fighting!
chalk pastels ~ Yellowstone River, drawings from the summer I spent in Yellowstone National Park
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