Today I had another sumi-e class with Susan Frame at the White Bear Center for the Arts. I wasn't sure I would even be able to attend. I had been so very ill the past two weeks with the worse case of crud I have ever had. I became ill on October 6th following a routine doctor's appointment and flu shot. I sat in the waiting room around 45 minutes with a roomful of sick people waiting to be seen.
I came home after my appointment and almost immediately starting feeling ill. It started like a case of the flu with a fever of 100 degrees and I spent the next week in bed. I had no energy and Rocketman had to take care of himself. I barely ate and when I tried to force the fluids, they would quickly evacuate. I was too sick to wait in the doctor's office again and decided it I was still that ill, I would definitely go in and get checked out.
As it happens, I started to feel better last Sunday afternoon and have steadily been feeling better. Now I'm just left with a nasty cough and fatigue. But I felt well enough to go to my class today and I'm so glad I did. It was all about pumpkins, Fall leaves and birds. Susan did a lot of demonstrations and I could watch her do her magic all day. These are my attempts at pumpkins.
I haven't made time to practice between my classes and that's something I want to do. I love sumi-e and it takes time and practice to learn how to control the water in the brush.
Leaves, they are also tough to paint. I can home exhausted from a day out but so happy for all that I learned. I'm planning to continue to take it easy until I'm finely rid of this nasty bug. Luckily, Rocketman has caught it.
The hanji museum is located in a paper factory. This is the outside of the building. The hanji museum is on the second floor.
The museum is broken into two parts: old hanji and modern hanji. I started taking pictures only to be told I could only take pictures in the modern section but I did get a few photos.
Onto the modern hanji and where I was able to take pictures at will. I love hanji lamps and definitely want to make one someday.
You can also make your own hanji paper so Hannah and I decided to do just that.
Getting most of the moisture out of the paper.
This was a heating unit that dried the paper quickly.
The paper was totally dry and the last step was stamping.
A couple of hanji friends.
The hanji museum store. The hanji was very reasonably priced and I bought quite a few things. It was much cheaper than I had seen in Insadong.
We also came across these students on a field trip. There were so cute and very well behaved.
Then we went back to the downtown to find a restaurant recommended by the taxi driver. We never found that restaurant and finally Hannah asked a businessman where to go. He directed us to this place which I found out served dog stew which we didn't get but it still really, really freaked me out that I was sitting in a restaurant that served it.
The food was pretty good but I was preoccupied with the other dish they served. We took the bus back to Seoul. I was so glad that we visited Jeonju.
I wanted to visit Jeonju while in South Korea because it was known as the home of hanji and also known for bibimbap. Hannah went with us and set the whole thing up including staying overnight at a hanok. We took the bus from Seoul and it was about 2 hours 40 minutes including a 15 minute stop halfway.
The rest areas are nothing like the ones I have seen in the States. They have all sorts of food available for purchase along with a small grocery store.
When we arrived, we took a taxi to our hanok to drop off our overnight bags. This is the hanok we stayed in.
Then we did some exploring. Jeonju was so beautiful.
We saw lots of hanoks and there is a very famous hanok village which had all sorts of shops in it.
We decided to get lunch at this bibimbap restaurant. It was before twelve and we were the only ones in the place.
Inside of the restaurant.
Side dishes and accompaniments to the bibimbap.
This was the very hot bowl of bibimbap.
To which you added rice and whatever else you wanted and stir. It had no red pepper sauce which I had always gotten with bibimbap. The sauce was sesame seed oil and soy sauce based and the most delicious bibimbap I had ever eaten. I'm still craving it.
Then we checked out the hanok village as it began to rain.
We had to check out the famous chocolate pie shop.
We bought some and when we walked past a second time, they were closed because they ran out of chocolate pies.
Hannah even found us a hanji shop still making hanji the old fashion way.
A couple of friends were hanging outside the hanji shop.
Here he is making hanji.
We saw a lot of construction going on too.
We ended up in a coffee shop due to the rain and waited for the time we could check in at the hanok. Out our window was this vendor selling fried cheese. He had a huge line even in the rain.
Now some photos of our hanok room. This is the shower in the bathroom.
The sink was really cool.
I would love one of these.
More photos out and about.
The Jeondong Catholic Church. I was just in awe of how this church survived all the invasions and wars on the peninsula.
Inside the church.
Rocketman was not having bibimbap for dinner so Hannah managed to find a restaurant not serving it. I loved these lights made from jukbuin which is called a widow's pillow in Korea.
I even found some hanji lamps.
It was raining pretty good by the time we returned to the hanok and we decided to turn in for the night.
This was our room key.
We even had some cool decorative hanji lights in our room.
Rocketman had to be very, very careful whenever he used the bathroom.
The colorful cables lined the roof of our room.
There were so many pretty flowers around our hanok.