Fina’s art


A few weeks ago, I was correcting my students’ homework, and Fina picked up one of my pens and began scribbling on one of the pages (luckily a blank page and not my student’s diary!). The next day, she dug into a box of markers I had hidden in the tea room and began drawing some more. Luckily, again, I was there at the time and caught her before she had too many marks across her arms and head. I think the really lucky thing was that they came off easily with her wet naps!

I was impressed that she knew how to hold the marker without having been shown. She held it the same way I did in elementary school, with her index and middle finger.

I went to the store and bought her a pack of pastels to she what she would do with it. I’m not going to make more out of it that was it is, but it was interesting to watch the progression from concentrated zigzagging, to stretching out into larger form, and even some interesting squiggles.


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    • Hey Jamaleh!
      Really nice to hear from you!

      Well, we keep having all these agencies calling, saying how amazing she is, so we go into Seoul, they take a few of her pictures and we never hear from them again…
      We’re still waiting to hear from one agency about doing a commercial, we’ll see.
      EunBong thinks it’s because she doesn’t have enough hair yet. ^^

      How’s your little guy doing?
      He must be just about ready to walk now?

    • haha, at the tea-house, the owner’s wife gave her a pad and a pen, and she started writing. I told her that Fina was doing Han-ja. It was one of the few jokes I ever made in Korea that actually drew laughter…

  1. Is Han-ja anything like “hand jive,” Joseph? :~) Fina never ceases to amaze! My friends and I were talking about her on the way home from Yarmouth earlier; and I didn’t initiate the conversation! Mary, Kathy & Huguette had all seen the tea towel pics and were totally blown away.
    You also knew how to hold markers and crayons without being shown. In fact, Karen & Sara drew from an early age also. Jennifer was slower in that department but quicker with her vocabulary development, and knew everything about the phone before she could even reach to answer it!
    Back then, I bought tubs of dry powdered paints and made finger paints and thick tempera paint. I also bought the ends of newsprint paper rolls from the Yarmouth Vanguard newspaper. Do you remember that? You slathered the paint all over the table as well as on the big sheets of paper! I scrubbed it off before I kneaded my bread dough, but I ‘m sure the occasional daub of paint found its way into our bread. That table holds all kinds of memories and impressions of our collective creativity! It was my desk at my first writing job after I graduated from McGill. No wonder I haven’t replaced it yet!!
    As always, thank you so much for having the patience and taking the time to photograph all the wonders of the world!

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