It's the Chinese/Lunar Year of the Dog (Korea and some other Asian cultures follow the same system) which is supposed to be a better year than the last one, and I noticed the difference leading up to it in my own life already!
To celebrate, I thought I would write out a new year's greeting, on red paper, as is traditional. I should say that my rudimentary Chinese studies are decades in
my past, so I rely on many years of closely observing beautiful calligraphy, my own typographic background as a designer and my ability to draw, to write these characters.
So they could have turned out much worse, but I do apologize to anyone who is literate in Chinese or kanji, or who practices proper Chinese calligraphy.
I will be updating my In Situ album on Flickr with more photographs soon, so check it out next week!
Here's an illustrated page from a project I've been working on (writing and drawing) for a few years now and hope to finish in a few more years. It's about the human heart in the emotional sense but uses an anatomical heart in unexpected ways. I'm venturing into very new territory for me (my favourite thing to do apparently), and learning a lot along the way. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this little peek.
Under Pressure (left middle) and Turbulence (top centre) | Turbulence is made up of 5 custom wood panels made to display the image at an angle since it was being mounted on the mezzanine balcony but viewed from below. Designing the panels so they could break down but be assembled to form a single unit and considering how to hang them securely from the balcony (can't have these falling on people's heads!) were the main details that took some thought and recruiting the expertise of the Phil, who was in charge of fabricating the panels. I didn't even know if I would have help installing them but thankfully I did!
If you missed an earlier post about this installation,
just click on one listed below:
'Chains Unlinked' Mural Part Three: It All Starts Coming Together!
'Chains Unlinked' Mural: New Face & Hand & Adding Darks
'Chains Unlinked' Mural: From Diagram to Drawing, Part One
'Chains Unlinked' Day 5: the Installation is Done!
'Chains Unlinked' Day 4: Drawing Complete, Installation Begins
Chains Unlinked' Day 3: Drawing Almost Done!
Day 2: Wall Drawing for 'Chains Unlinked' Exhibition (updated)
'Chains Unlinked' Installation Day One Complete!
Fear of putting ourselves out there, of risking criticism (and worse), holds a lot of people back from doing what they know they should – I say “should” because that whatever-it-is would be using their gifts more fully, and thereby contributing them to the world.
The first President Roosevelt had some useful things to say on that score. Also useful for those with overbearing inner critics, who struggle with perfectionism, or are living too small. Please share this with anyone who might find it useful.
Kim Lee Kho
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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