Or do you realistically render the human heart with a real arrow through it - all blood and gutsy? Or do you bring the idea to the center and settle on the ubiquitous shape we all recognize on Valentine's Day? The stylized red heart shape with a cute cartoon arrow through it? In this case, abstraction lets us get the idea across in a way everyone can understand without being either too literal nor too esoteric. Coming up with that red heart shape is the essence of design.
I got so inspired by the episode that instead of coloring in my coloring book after supper while re-watching CSI, I worked on the digital painting you see above. Where did that design come from? Okay. Let me set the stage: Although usually I will have supper somewhere around 6:30 or 7 p.m., yesterday I was hungry early. So at 5:30 I headed to the kitchen. The late afternoon sun was still shining brightly through the kitchen window. My stove is white with dark gray cooking grates that sit above the burners. As I approached the stove I could see the most interesting patterns of shadows painted there by the sunshine. Wow. My creative brain began screaming "grab the camera" "grab your phone, anything!" I needed to capture that image. To the left you can see the original image as shot by my iPhone.
All through supper I let that image play around in my brain. Then, while another episode of season two of CSI [I love re-watching my fav tv shows, don't you?] began, I booted up my iPad, grabbed the iPencil and began doing a painting of that image. I decided I wanted to have that bit of teapot on the right top corner, so I flipped the image. Then I wanted to elongate it. And, of course, it needed color. If you know ahead of time that it began as a photo of part of my stovetop, you can tell. If you didn't it would just be an abstract design. So looking forward to savoring the other 7 episodes!
Another reason I watched it again was for the cinematography. It is gorgeous! The slow, soaring view over the treetops of the lush forest around the Hermitage where Jong Kwan lives is breath-taking. It makes me wish to be there. I wish I could visit there and follow Jong Kwan to the stream and sit on one of the rocks next to her and contemplate the Infinite. I wish I had the obvious peace and inner calm that she projects. One of the things that delighted me in this episode was the part where the camera follows her into Seoul. There she teaches a cooking class. And the film shows her obvious passion for teaching and her exuberance as she does a little skip and hop and exclaims "Ta Da!"
Of the 6 episodes: