Wednesday, 16 December 2015

I Am Always There For You

For my little sister, watercolour, YEJI KIM

In my recentpost, I shared with you that I love painting my own Christmas cards for my beloved ones. This card is painted for my little sister, telling her that I am always there for her. I´m so grateful having a sister and that she is my sister. People are always assuming that 5 years age difference is something that can sunder us in some way but we never felt any age difference and we have been always best friends.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Holiday Tradition

Poinsetta, watercolour, YEJI KIM

One of the things I love most about this time of year is preparing Christmas gifts for my family and wrapping all of them, painting Christmas cards for each person I love, making advent calendar on my own for my beloved one. We also tried to start some of our own traditions this year – baking up a storm of sugar and butter cookies in all the festive shapes and sizes and having holiday dinners which was really fun and made us full :)
Can´t wait to give my Christmas cards and share the cookies with our beloved ones!
What kind of holiday traditions do you have?

Friday, 27 November 2015

Win My Artwork A Day!

All your walls want for Christmas is an original artwork!
Artfinder will giveaway every day from 1st to 24th December 2015 an original artwork.

How you can win my artwork? It´s very easy:
  1. Select my artwork that you would like to win from Artfinder (up to value of 280 EUR)
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Artfinder will select a winner every day, all winners will be announced via their social media channels. 
I wish you all good luck! :) 

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Hello Dear

Hello Dear I & II, oil on canvas, Nov. 2015, YEJI KIM

I am delighted to present my recent work, my two lovely Bluefin Trevallies: They were protagonists of my last blog post, who challenged me a lot but they made me also happy while painting them. I was excited and even impatient to bring them full of live and glance, happiness accompanied me except (I admit) when I had my “inner crisis”. 

I was inspired by the diverse pure blue tone of colours depending on light exposure. Bluefin Trevallies are aggressive hunters in our oceans but as every living creature has its good side, I intend to capture their colours which appeal to me personally full of kindness and cheerfulness that nature has created. The colours and luminous effect are expressing their joyousness; this couple of Bluefin Trevallies is token of friendship and respect for beauty that nature embodies.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

There Is No Escape

No Escape I & II, Acrylic and ink on cold pressed paper, 50x40cm, Oct. 2015, YEJI KIM

Human being has always been striving for enhancement in every aspect: monetary as well as socially. The extension of this phenomenon became out of control so that the existence of nature is now not only jeopardized but losing their existence.

The shadow of the ink behind fluorescent background depicts the untouched nature, when turning the perspective, skyscrapers are outlined creating sinister atmosphere.

This art work is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Dr. Jekyll & Mr.Hyde

Colour Rain, Acrylic on canvas, 70x50cm, Jan. 2014, YEJI KIM

I am currently working on 2 paintings of Bluefin trevallies which have a diverse beautiful blue tone of colours depending on light exposure. But on Saturday, I was so unhappy about my work process. In my eyes on that day, I was absolutely not happy with the colours, they were not a Bluefin trevallies with full of live and glance I wanted them to be.  I was upset with myself. As I said in my recent post, I told myself, be brave, don´t be afraid of failure, you can only win. But this was not helping me at all at this moment.

I love painting, I could spend the whole day, the whole week with painting but for no reason (or for unknown reason) I tend to be unbearable with my whining when the result turns to be not as I have imagine and I don´t like.
So I stopped to paint, and told myself, I will have long long pause for these fishes and I dived into reading book; I was annoyed that I spend the whole day for nothing.

Next day which is a new day, so with new energy, I began with a new small painting first. I was quite happy with the temporary result of the small work (it is not done yet of course), and I transferred my happiness to the motivation for continuing the fish paintings.
I painted almost the whole day, I am super happy with my fishes now; they are as I have imagined, and as I wanted them to be alive. Was it because I had the courage to grab to more colours or more brush touches (I also did it the day before but I was not happy at all)… or was the problem just in my head?!?
Some days, it just works, some days I feel completely incapable to paint which makes me sad and crazy. I was wondering, am I really the only one, who becomes like Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to painting process/result?? I hope not…

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Follow Me!

Recently, I am focusing on promote my works and I discovered a platform called RISE ART. They seem engaged in supporting emerging artist, so I wanted give it a try. To start with the platform, I need 25 followers and favourites of my profile, so my portfolio can be reviewed by members of the Rise and Art Insiders team for free. I know, it is always time consuming but I would appreciate it if you  follow me here.  Thank you all!

A Little Bit More Kind, A Bit More Personal

Selfmade name card by YEJI KIM

Yesterday I made my name card on my own. Yes, all is hand written, cut and done.
The idea came from when I sold my painting for the first time. I wanted to thank the buyer more personally, so I wrote a little hand-written card with a little mini watercolor trout painted. It seemed that she liked the idea and asked me if I can write a new card addressing to her friend who is the receiver of the painting as a present. I was pleased by the idea that my painting is going to be a present, making people happy in somewhere in the UK and that such a little gesture could show others kindness and attention.

My new hand-written name cards are not identical as the printed ones but I have to say I am very happy with them. I used cold pressed paper (I like the feeling of the paper) and watercolour for the colour drops. I can´t wait to have the opportunity to give someone my name card soon :)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015


Elbphilharmonie, graphite on cold pressed paper, 40x40cm, YEJI KIM

Elbphilharmonie, what a beautiful but odd creature!
When I am in Hamburg, I love to go to the city by ferry so I can see Elbphilharmonie so I can see it already from far.  One needs to get used to the pattern and design of the windows might need getting used to but harmonize perfectly with the environment where the building is standing. This building looks always beautiful independently of the weather condition – blue sky with full of sun shine or cloudy with heavy fog – the glass of the building reflects the colours of sky and water.

*The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall under construction since 2007 in Hamburg and will be finished 2016.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Don´t Be Afraid Of Failure

Don't be afraid of failure, Oct. 2015, YEJI KIM

I have to admit that I have been too anxious about failing my art work. As a result, I was not able to experiment with full courage before. But recently I began to enjoy breaking rules, accepting the mistakes. As Mary Lou Cook once said, creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.  I fully agree with her and I can tell you that I am even enjoying the failure that helps me to find my creativity inside me.

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Thursday, 29 October 2015


Joyousness, hand-made postcard, YEJI KIM

Nowadays, despite our life companion mobile and lots of other social network services, I personally find that it is always nice to get more personal. I love sending post cards no matter if I am travelling or just for no reason, leaving little memo to my beloved ones. This hand-made card was for my grandmother, when I sent her “pre-Christmas” package.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Summer Scent

Summer scent, oil on canvas, 100x80cm, Oct. 2015, YEJI KIM

Delicate but opulent, minimalistic but complex. The bold blank space brings carefreeness and tranquility. This painting draws your eyes, and mind, to a place of rest.

It is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Get A Rest

Get a rest, oil on canvas, 100x70cm, Jul.2015, YEJI KIM

Carefree and peaceful, this painting "Get a rest" is inspired by the blue sky over the endless sea and the soft colours of the sand. The sky and the horizon meet seamlessly.

This artwork is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Finding Peace In Nature Part.2

Northern Germany II, oil on canvas, 24x17cm, Mar.2014, YEJI KIM

"Northern Germany II" is a breath of fresh air and a walk in the cooling winter evening sun.
 This little painting will draw your attention from across the room with its delicate details and soft colour palette.

This work piece is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Finding Peace In Nature Part.1

Northern Germany I, oil on canvas, 24x17cm, Mar.2014, YEJI KIM

Inspired by the warmth lingering in the air as the sun sets over the wheat field. Multiple shades of blue and warm pink tones blend into the sky.
This little painting will draw your attention from across the room with its delicate details and soft colour palette.

This art piece is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Summer In Stockholm

Stockholm, acrylic on canvas, 20x20cm, Feb.2014, YEJI KIM

It was summer in Stockholm in 2013, I was inspired by the energy in the colours and contrast of the seascape. While sitting in a boat and looking at the blue sea, sunlight reflects on the water and blue sky. It was warm but I could feel the fresh air from the wind.

This artwork is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Secret Spot

River Main, oil on canvas, 70x50cm, Feb.2014, YEJI KIM

It was a day where we explored for the whole day the nature near Frankfurt, Germany. We went by bicycle packed with picnic lunch and   fishing pole just in case should we find a proper location for fishing. We discovered a spot. Suddenly it felt as if we were totally different world. We were at the river with full of tranquility, surrounded by the forest.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Capture The Moment

Floating, oil on canvas, 60x60cm, May.2015, YEJI KIM

Brilliant in colour, gracefully composed and arranged, broadly and vigorously painted. I like the movement of the floating fishes. It was quite challenging to depict the natural fluent light movement. I really loved the vivid colours of the Koi fishes so I captured the moment. 

There Is Always Love And Hope

My mom´s favourite: Freesia, oil on canvas, 20x20cm, Mar.2014, YEJI KIM

This work is centered on the theme of finding peace and beauty, regardless of life´s challenges. It is dedicated to my mother who lost her life companion at the same time an irreplaceable friend and best father of their daughters reminding that there is always love and peace to be found, and hope shines brightest when life is most tumultuous.

Little Surprise

Grandma´s little bird, oil on canvas, 20x20cm, Mar.2015, YEJI KIM

This painting if full of joyfulness. The tones of vivid colours seem to sing together in a warm and welcoming melody. It is dedicated to my lovely grandmother who loves birds. Today, I sent her a little package as a “pre-Christmas” surprise since my mom and sister will not able to spent Christmas at her place. So I prepared little bit of Mozart chocolate and herb tea that she enjoys;  a CD of Schumann “Schwanengesang” and  navy blue winter hut with pompoms  she loves to wear. I hope she likes it!

Excellent Subject To Paint

In the corner, Oil on canvas, 24x17cm, Mar.2014, YEJI KIM

"[The floral still life] is, I think, an excellent subject to paint" 
Claude Monet to Frédéric Bazille, 1864

My paintings are captures of delightful moments in my every day life. I enjoy painting landscapes and nature because it is the source of where all these beautiful colours come from. With colours I intend pouring a sense of beauty and emotional appeal into the work.

This art piece is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Floral Still Life

Sunday afternoon, oil on canvas, 40x50cm, Oct.2014, YEJI KIM

"The eye must be taught to look at nature, 
Jean-Siméon Chardin, lecure to the Aademy, 1765"

Currently I am reading Working Among Flowers: Floral Still-Life Painting in 19th-Century FranceA beautiful book composed of essays that give an insight into the emerging dialogue between the floral still life, botanical illustration, and models of science; the critical context for instruction in and reception of flower painting; the misunderstood relationship between avant-garde flower painting and the market; the cultural meanings of the vases and ceramic vessels depicted by painters; and the literary context for flower painting.

This artwork is available on my website or on Saatchi Art or on Creative Debuts.

Your Future

Your future, acrylic on canvas, 40x40cm, Nov.2012, YEJI KIM

“Your future” is welcoming, full of movement and devotion. This painting is dedicated for my beloved one, showing and wishing that his future will be bright as the flourish flowers.

Unforgettable Memory

 Awakening, acrylic with modelling paste on canvas, 24x17cm, Jan.2014, YEJI KIM

Details, acrylic with modelling paste on canvas, 24x17cm, Jan.2014, YEJI KIM

Joyful, lively and vibrant - “Awakening” is reflecting the connection to my painting tutor. I began the new year in 2014 while painting 3 days in a row with my painting tutor. I started early morning and went home late night. It was not many days but very intense. We had so much fun but we were also full of concentration even it was quiet cold in my tutor´s studio.

This art work is dedicated to her and our unforgettable memory.

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