Let me tell you a story about a young Korean couple who quickly befriended me not too long ago.  The woman is from Indonesia and the man from Korea.  They met in Australia during college and soon dated, fell in love and this past Sunday got married.  Fortunately, I was invited and soon I realized I better get them a good gift.  Then I remembered that art could make a good gift.  No, a great gift.  If it touched the soul.

So I quickly went to work and first drew the drawing from pre-wedding photos they posted.  I took my favorite one and started the composition in pencil.  It looked good to me in pencil and it could have been a finished piece and that would be that.

But that would be too easy, of course.

So I went further and started painting their faces.  Ok, that worked.  Now I  worked on  their clothes, keeping it loose and bold.  I couldn’t make a full oil painting because it wouldn’t have been dried in time, so I used other materials such gesso and pencil.  I did paint the faces and skin in oil, but lightly.  It took two days to complete and three days to dry.  I had it framed in 1 day at a local frameshop in Changwon.  I started from pencil on Monday and had it framed by Saturday…in 5 days flat.

I had the pleasure to give it to them as a wedding gift on Sunday…they loved it.

I could finally exhale…The End.

Young Korean Soulmates

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