And yet, things like this make Korea look pretty good... - A Movement In Time And Space
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And yet, things like this make Korea look pretty good...
Personally, I've been feeling very homesick the last two days, but a really awesome thing happened to me and Nadia on Wednesday of this week.

On the way home from having lunch with Chris at GoPets, Nadia and I were walking through the subway station near our house. It is called Yaksu Yok (Yaksu Station). Along the corridor, there were beautiful paintings being sold. I see this often, elderly gentlemen painting on a small table, selling their paintings on thin parchment paper. I'm not sure if you can ask for custom ones, but they usually draw them right there. Anyway, yesterday we saw one such man. Nadia took to looking at all the paintings and pointing at them and talking about them: "Yook mommy! Yellow fowers!" "Yook mommy! Pink fowers!" "Yook mommy! He mad!"



She then made faces to match, but she wouldn't do them again for the camera. Silly girl. But the guy was watching Nadia and getting a kick out of her (as most people here do). All of a sudden, he asked me which one she liked the best. I kind of got what he was asking, because he knew a few English words here and there: "baby" "like" "picture". I asked Nadia which one she liked the best and she pointed at the cherry blossoms one. She has good taste. :-) So, I thought that he was just painting another one for his showcase...he had just finished another one right after we got there, so I knew that he was painting more. Now I wish I had gotten a movie of the process - he was fun to watch. Little strokes here and there and voila! A cherry blossom tree. Every stroke was deliberate, every dot of paint had a purpose.

Nadia was actually watching intently, so we stayed. Otherwise, I would have left. I guess she knew that he was painting what she had picked out, so she was interested. Then, he asked me what our names were. And he asked me to write them down. !! Then it dawned on me what he was doing. Wow. So, I wrote our names down. All of a sudden, being the mom that I am, I crossed out my name and wrote in Maya's. I knew she'd be sad if Nadia's name was there but not hers. LOL So, he wrote out a message to them next to the cherry blossom tree. He signed it and stamped it with his personal seals. It is gorgeous.

The finished product The finished product.
The Hangul reads "Welcome to Korea".


I only had about $5 on me, and I tried to give it to him, but he refused. I think I might have offended him if I had continued to try to give it to him, so instead I took a picture of Nadia and him.

Nadia must have really liked this kind gentleman to sit on his lap and smile like this. Nadia must have really liked this kind gentleman to sit on his lap and smile like this.


I want to try to catch him again on the weekend, with Chris and Maya, and maybe buy a couple of his other works. I would be proud to hang them in my home.


Mr. Kim Young Sik Mr. Kim Young Sik.
Nadia loved watching him paint. Nadia loved watching him paint.
In Yaksu station in front of paintings by Kim Young SIk In Yaksu station in front of paintings by Kim Young SIk.
Nadia was waiting (not so patiently towards the end) for her picture. Nadia was waiting (not so patiently towards the end) for her picture.
Putting on the finishing touches on the cherry blossoms Putting on the finishing touches on the cherry blossoms.
Other pictures by Mr. Kim Young Sik Other pictures by Mr. Kim Young Sik.
Some of his paintings in comparison to Nadia Some of his paintings in comparison to Nadia.

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Where I am: Overlooking the Han River
What I'm feeling: moody moody
What I'm listening to: Winnie the Pooh Easter movie in the background

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gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: April 14th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
*gasp*

It's lovely!

*reminds self to adopt a daughter when visiting Korea to get free stuffs*

I LOVE the style. I've seen it before. I Actually made some GoPets wings with a sample similar (not quite as nice) to the painting he made for you.
From: junetoo Date: April 14th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL at the adopting a daughter part
From: junetoo Date: April 14th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wait. My little host brother gets free stuff all the time too in Japan. The kid just has to be little!
gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: April 18th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I can snag a niece or nephew when my sis finally has some kiddoes.
co_techie From: co_techie Date: April 14th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The painting and calligraphy are beautiful!
sammykate From: sammykate Date: April 14th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Such a heartwarming story! Shane and I made a pact when we first set up housekepping, that we would only hang original works -- most of the artwork we own is done by friends or family members since his dad and my best friend are artists, and several other friends are photgraphers. We got away from this a bit -- got lazy -- but I have already decided that we are going to re-embrace that ideal when we move.

The painting is beautiful -- and how sweet of him to personalize it! -- and will always be extra-special because of the memory that goes with it.
manda_kitty From: manda_kitty Date: April 14th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
pretty! and that was so sweet of him!
xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: April 14th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
How beautiful! What a wonderful story to share with the girls!
minminminminnie From: minminminminnie Date: April 14th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
How awesome!! :D
eleme From: eleme Date: April 14th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's beautiful! Nadia looks so pleased and that is such a lovely painting to bring home :) Thanks so much for sharing the story with us!
From: gabbytheguy Date: April 14th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cute!

The people over there seem so friendly!

Love the "Mad guy"!
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