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November 22, 2008

Meet the correspondents: SEOUL > Byung Hwa Yoo



"I live in Seoul, Korea. I began painting at the age of 45 when my 15-year-old daughter chose painting as her major. Because I had no basic training in art, I practiced studying art books for years. After that period, I studied at the life-long education center and was given a degree of art by the ministry of Education and Development. I feel so proud of it. Simultaneously, I have kept painting as a member of Outdoor Watercolor Group. My daughter is studying fine art in Germany. We might be good friends in art. I thank her for inspiring me to be a painter.

Since 1996 drawing on location has been the most important principle to me. Looking at the scenes through the naked eyes, not using the photos, I could be inspired to translate vivid impressions on paper. What also attracts me is that I could meet people and share the feelings with them while sketching. I was often surprised at their high discerning capability in art. And their feedback helps me to improve my works.

Outdoor painters must be careful to the change of the light, temperature, shade and many other factors. Compared to plein air painting with an easel, sketching with simple gear is easier because you can move readily. Urban sketchers must be alert and speedy to capture the situation like a jaguar in the jungle.

I usually sketch at markets, churches, parks and subways. I keep my sketchbook with drawing materials in my sack at all times. The rough and strong lines drawn at the urgent and hurried moments on the spot give the viewers the same impressions as if they were there. Browsing those drawings helps me remember how and where I drew them. The sketches are precious to me as a record of my life. What's more is to share them with the villagers in the Earth. It's as good as it gets!"

• Byung Hwa Yoo's blog.
• Byung Hwa Yoo's art on Flickr.

22 comments :

Tommy Kane said...

This is a great painting. I love the strong shadows. My wife is from Korea and I have been there. Welcome to Urban Sketchers. Tommy Kane

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I love the color and the shadows here! Wonderful work...

seehong said...

you are such an inspiration!

Lisa Reed said...

What a wonderful story! I love your painting, too. Glad you are an Urban Sketcher!
Lisa

vivong said...

Thank you all and nice to meet the wonderful Urban Sketchers around the world. Every work inspires me to greater efforts. US made my day!

Sharon Frost said...

I love the shadows too, and I like your story!

purejuice said...

i love the striped shadow of the stairs and the transparency and solidity (?) the light passing through the stairs gives to the whole picture. thank you for your wonderful story too.

Alessandro said...

great colors here. love this painting.

marina said...

I was very impressed by your story!
Beautiful drawing!

Stephen Gardner said...

I'll be looking forward to further postings from you, welcome to this wonderful group.

bh yoo said...

This work was made at the shopping town around the Hongik University, Seoul. Old houses were remodelled into the shops. The light and shade of the iron stairs attracted me in the morning. I painted this one sitting on the ground across the street. Many good friends in this group will encourage me. Thanks!

Veronica Lawlor said...

Very nice work and lovely story! I look forward to seeing more of your drawings.

4ojos said...

Welcome aboard. I like what you say about "like a jaguar in the jungle" but sometimes I feel more like a monkey!

Jeff Kempf said...

I love your painting. It's hard to believe that you didn't start painting until you were 45. If you hadn't told us, I'd think you'd been painting for decades. Your story inspires me to learn how to sketch. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

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Donald Maier said...

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Don Maier

Donald Maier said...

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caraway said...

안녕하세요. 존경스럽습니다. 대학졸업 후 전공을 바꿔 미술을 공부하고 있는데 더욱 더 열심히 해야겠다는 생각이 드네요. 정말 멋지셔요~^^

Pia Nygaard Pedersen said...

it just proves, that it is never to late. it is a good drawing.

Pia Nygaard Pedersen said...

it just proves, that it is never to late. it is a good drawing.

Hana_Hide said...

Really...you started at 45?
I should practice more...and improve, hwaiting~
Your work GREAT!

KyuHwang Lee said...

:D