Today, featured artist Heeyoung Kim talks about her work in progress.
Heeyoung, since it is not always possible to document a plant’s life cycle in one season, I assume you must have paintings on hold. How many drawings or paintings do you have in-progress at any given time?
Right now, 58 drawings and paintings are in progress.
Early spring flowers are very difficult to finish up as a serious painting. They bloom very early when the weather is still too severe for me to sit hours in the woods. Quite often we have snow which damages the fragile spring flowers, or shorten their blooming time. And too many flowers bloom all together, which makes me feel just hurried, but not doing a lot. So I have a lot of drawings started, but never have enough time to color them.
Mid-summer plants are also challenges. I have to stop going to the woods when it is too hot and too buggy and ticks are all around. When you find 7 ticks from your hair, you say, “Oh My God! Let’s stop!”
I am thrilled, though, thinking of the day when I finish all of them.