*2012-04 Hye-Ja Moon’s Art of Drawing- the formative elements of a peach blossom
*For some time I employed roses and floral petals off the tree as objects in my works. Meanwhile, a rose, which looks plentiful and delicate, has given way to a peach flower that is rather simple and Korean.
*A peach flower blooms before the leaves come out from the tree, so a spray of bright pink flowers on the twigs blossom without leaves. Therefore, such bright pink flowers sprayed on the tree branches enliven the day even under the spring sunlight. That’s why the peach flower has been compared to a beauty from the old times. The peach blossom has a yellow-green sepal whose color is complementary contrast to the petals of pink. Also, a spirited spray of peach flower clings to the boughs of the tree. When the flowers fall, leaves began sprouting. The young leaf is portrayed easily with a two-dimensional drawing.
*Five petals of the flower are laid out completely, and in the middle of the petals are bushy stamens. These characteristics distinguish the figure of peach blossoms from that of other flowers. They remind me of a sweet juicy peach fruit-to-be and therefore I consider their appearance is suitable to express the feeling of sweet. The spirited bushy stamens rushing out from the center of the five petals are easy for me to draw swiftly with one brush stroke.
*Pink and yellow green are neutral colors that harmonize with their surrounding colors on the canvas without special regard. Also, the peach blossoms became one of my patterns floating on the canvas presenting sweet notes in the music and harmonizing because they never catch or send away the viewer’s eyesight.
*Ahn Gyeon, a representative painter of the early Joseon Dynasty drew “Mongyu-dowondo (Dream Journey to the Peach Blossom Land)”, where is concerned as utopias. Since, a peach flower seems to be the one familiar spring sight in Korea. Most of all, I feel intimate with a peach flower as it resembles Mugungwha, Korean national flower. Aren’t there so many refined, distorted and artificial flowers in recent days? Comparably, a peach flower is sweet in color but thick in feel, because the blossoms cling to rather thick twigs with a number of pairs enhancing the contrast of textures of the two.
*According to an acquaintance, a peach would symbolize an elixir of life, which amazed me.
Hyeja Moon, painter 29th of April, 2012