The first ever oil painting in Jinhae!

Jinhae Bay Mountain Sunset

Ok, I’m sure there were other artists before me, but since arriving in Korea 4 months ago, and Jinhae almost 2 months, I haven’t seen a single American (or Western) painter. I’m sure they’re out there, so it’ll take time to find, as I’m looking for community in my Asian paradise. Where I live is very much a paradise compared to many places I’ve visited in Korea. Jinhae is great (for me), because it’s by a large bay, it’s small and I live near a Korean temple. Plus my place is real nice and simple. After 4 months, I’m starting to get used to life here. I’m not homesick but I do miss some of the things, such as a Trader Joes or a great art store. It’s easy to take those things for granted in America.

The past two weeks, I have been sketching every day. I’m making it a habit, even if it’s for 5-10 minutes, I feel like I’m accomplishing something. Tonight was special though. I went to the rooftop of my apartment building. It has a real nice view of the city and bay. So I took a few of my art supplies and headed for the roof with an illustration board (7×7). I haven’t found wood boards to paint on yet, so I used a different board. Pretty hard surface, like foam board but more dense. So I painted for over an hour on this latest painting. I felt it was time to flex my muscles and paint something with more effort. The result is like two paintings in one. The top part is Jinhae bay. I was about to paint the houses after the bay, but then I remembered that I once combined two paintings in one piece. I turned around and painted the sunset over the mountain with the fog overhead. It was one of those spiritual, magical moments. One that said “You must capture this now!”.

Jinhae Bay in the distance from my rooftop

So on the bottom half of my painting is an orange sunset peaking over the mountains. The sun looks like a koi fish swimming in the bay. So it’s a bit surreal. I just used 3 primary colors and white, and painted mostly with a Chinese brush. I’m learning how to create unique strokes and trees better with this brush. So here’s the result. I’m now waiting for my new MABEF backpacker easel to come to Korea soon so I can travel to different parts of Korea and beyond. Stay tuned…