Sometimes, in the rush to be seen, to be popular and to feel loved and accepted by others, we forget about the simple but fulfilling joy of solitude.

This is where artist Aeppol finds her inspiration. In a series of beautiful and whimsical illustrations that convey calm and tranquillity, her work celebrates the innocence of youth, the beauty of nature and the happiness that can be found simply by being alone.  “I feel special from very tiny things -  fairy tales that I loved when I was young, some dream stories, tiny wildflowers, and white clouds in the blue sky,” Aeppol told Bored Panda. “And these are a huge part of my drawings.”

Aeppol's forest girl represents the dream of many of us, who seek the introverted pleasures getting away from it all and reconnecting with nature. “If we live busy in the city, we may lose many of the moments we can spend in nature,” she explained. “Especially in Korea, which is famous for “Quick and quick”. But I think that's why the time in nature is more valuable. I think communicating with nature is really important to me and to my work.”

It seems that there is quite of lot of the forest girl in Aeppol herself, who took on the decision to quit her hectic life to follow her dream. “I work now as a freelancer at home alone, but when I was at work, I had to work with a lot of people, she said. “Sometimes I had to work with people who I don't want to work with. Sometimes I had work that I don’t want to be involved with. At one point, I was so tired of doing it that, I quit my job and started to paint my own picture that I had dreamed about.”

“I wanted to find my own Wonderland in the bleak and stuffy city. The daily life of a little girl doing what she wanted to do without having to do in the blue and the wide woods, gave me rest and joy. I want to continue to draw pictures of this little girl who is full of freedom, dream, innocence, and imagination.”

Aeppol aims to capture those times that so easily pass us by in our hectic and busy lives, precious moments that shine all the brighter for their brevity. In order to do that, she has to get out of the city whenever she can. “I was born and raised in Seoul, the capital of Korea, she told Bored Panda. “If you drive for just one or two hours from Seoul, you'll see the ocean with the cool sounds of the waves, and the dense forest where you can hear the song of the nameless birds. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can meet the squirrel which is my favorite animal, too.”

“I don't know how Korea is portrayed in other countries, but there are still many beautiful, peaceful, and tranquil places in Korea. Every weekend I try to take times off to find the theme of my painting and come back with a lot of wonderful sights in my eyes.” “Thanks to all of my international fans loving my art work.”

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Hannah Faith
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3 years ago

This day would be a dream come true tbh

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Tiari
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3 years ago

A little Wolpertinger, how cute :3

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rakuninaru
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3 years ago

yes!

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just a thought!
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3 years ago

Like mom Like dog...

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

All the company you need in the world!

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Flower
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3 years ago

soooo dreamy!

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Bella Smith
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3 years ago

this is so sweet

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Aqua Sky
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3 years ago

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This looks boring.

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

Just live in the moment...

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Aqua Sky
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3 years ago

And get killed in the woods? No thank you!

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Sarah Figini
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3 years ago

This is so beautiful!

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Hollywood
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3 years ago

I love this one

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Flower
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3 years ago

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hmmm ... not agree with this one :D

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Aqua Sky
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3 years ago

This just looks dangerous...and creepy

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

That tiny paintbrush for the squirrel! 😂😂

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Hollywood
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3 years ago

I wish it snowed here.

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Yes! A cozy room, books, a cup of coffee or tea, and your two best friends. What more could this sweet young woman ask for!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Getting wet is part of the fun! All three of them are enjoying the spring rain.

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

This is soo beautiful!

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

You can hear the silence and feel the gaze of all the stars in the universe in this one.

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

A night-time picnic, with books, music from a boombox, lanterns, a chair, your friends, including two bunny visitors. I'd like to be sitting in that chair right now! Lovely.

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Gimmick Schnabitz
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3 years ago

Out for an adventure!

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Terina Opura
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2 years ago

♥♥♥♥♥

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Her world inside her world... Interstellar!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Warm and cozy inside, with autumn glowing outside the window. What great detail. I love this artist. Come visit me in the San Francisco Bay Area!

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

What a beautiful homage to Beatrix Potter.

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CelSlade
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3 years ago

Beautiful composition.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

She is dreaming! Beautiful dreams!

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Keep reaching for the stars!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Fabulous. Love them all. The girl is so clearly at peace with herself and with nature. Great.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

That's a lovely cactus garden

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

She and the dog both have been visited by birds who recognize their gentle natures and are not afraid. What a world this is!

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Lira Mai
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3 years ago

introverts life.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Squirrel all comfy there!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Oh, yes -- she doesn't need to be protected from a gentle rain under a big red umbrella! I love the expression on her face.

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Matthew Hyder
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3 years ago

I want to sleep with her. :) I need a girlfriend. :(

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Merry Christmas in February! Awwww, the cute Angel wings for Reindeer Doggie...

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Now, we just need fairies!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

The joy and comfort of music, books, a comfortable chair, fuzzy slippers, and best friends. Yes!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

What a delightful house to live in alone with only your two best friends -- a dog and a chipmunk -- for company, along with many books, music, and writing implements. Yes, an idyllic life.

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Saying farewell to another beautiful day. These pictures are sheer magic. I love them all, and have been upping most of the scores. (Will you paint a picture of me with my magical cat companion?)

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Her watercolor technique is perfect!

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Listening to your RetroFM Station!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

"You have a leaf on your nose," she tells one companion while the other one enjoys her smile

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Everyone gets to wear a flower garland! And everyone is smiling! A lovely world created by a very talented and uniquely imaginative artist.

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I Love My Dog
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3 years ago

This is how I feel about my dog too.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Bunnies not happy with Winter weather...

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

The old-fashioned way of communicating . . . Wonder what the dog is telling her!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Your trees are enchantment itself; I can even hear the sweet harmonica music she's playing, and I'm enjoying it as much as her two companions and the two guests. Magic, magic, magic.

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

'We're having an important discussion here!'

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

The Constant Gardener.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

The perfect postcard!

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

That tree! quite the accomplishment

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

I love this one because of all the books! I live alone now, with my companion cat and many, many books. This artist knows how to convey happiness, contentment, good feelings, and love at living alone. Wonderfully talented.

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Meditation in a meadow. Lovely. I'd love to meet this artist -- or have her do a picture with me and my cat who lives with me as I live alone, too, now.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

I wonder what source of income this child has....

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

The Enchanting forest, it seems (no wild beasts to spoil the mood)

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Mini kites???

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Ah, the perfect place... no mosquitoes!

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

Yes, she is content. I only wish everyone in the world could experience such contentment, at least for a moment! Peace and harmony . . .

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Deborah Ruth
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3 years ago

A gift from a bird. She is appropriately awed and grateful. Lovely.

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

Now, she is truly alone here... no animals!

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Phoebe Bean
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3 years ago

The Book Color Palette!