These amazing doodlewashes come to us from Sunmi An, who prefers to be called Mia, in Seoul, South Korea (follow her on Instagram and Facebook!). She is currently working as a writer for television (MBC, one of the biggest broadcasting stations in South Korea).
“I write news scripts which cover interesting stories and news around the world,” she says. “I majored in English Literature and have always been fascinated by stories and fiction, so I have been writing fiction and screenplays in my free time. None of them have been published yet, but I’m trying hard to get a chance.”
One day, two months ago, she saw a woman wearing purple rain boots and holding a yellow umbrella walking in front of her. Her style was so colorful that she made a photo and sketch of her, and then added watercolor when she returned home.
“This was the beginning of my watercolor journey,” Mia says. “Since that day, I painted watercolor almost every day. I’m experiencing miracles each day. When I paint, I find true peace and forget myself. It makes me relax, relieves stress, finding beauty in everything, and being a better person. I genuinely believe colors have magical healing power.”
Mia is a self-taught artist and says she’s really just a beginner. She always liked drawing when she was a kid but never had formal education in fine arts. “I basically doodlewash anything and everything,” she says “testing every medium, still trying to find my own style.”
These days, her favorite tools are the Winsor & Newton Cotman compact set, water brush, and pens (Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen and Staedtler pen) She says she simply sketches with pencil or pen, and then adds watercolor. Mia prefers Fabriano 100% cotton paper (5″x7″) for landscapes, and Fabriano postcard paper for small items.
“My greatest inspiration comes from traveling. I love to doodlewash from the photos I’ve taken during travel. Sometimes I draw on the spot when I have time. Recent travel to Arles, Southern France was such an inspiration. A visit to the town where Van Gogh had lived ignited my passion for painting again.”
Since she began drawing, she was able to find beauty in everyday life. “I got to look at things more closely. Trees, flowers, breakfast, a cup of coffee, people on the bus, are all great subjects to draw. When I put them on my canvas, they become special and meaningful.”
Mia believes the arts can bring miracles and a better life for everyone. That’s why she wants to be called Mia, because it means “miracle of art.” She would like to connect with other aspiring artists so they might learn from each other. She wants to make people happy with her paintings, and someday hopes to start a charity with her artwork.
“To be featured on Doodlewash.com is one of the greatest miracles of my watercolor journey,” Mia says. “I’ve been drawing and doodlewashing for about 100 days, and I’ll keep drawing for 1,000 days, 10,000 days, one million days more.”
It’s truly an honor to feature you Mia, and share your inspiring doodlewashes and story. Be sure to follow her journey on Instagram and Facebook! Thank you so much, Mia, for all the beauty you’re bringing into the world. And we’ll be following you to discover what beautiful miracles you’ll share next!
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