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Monday, October 5, 2015

12 Oct Sadami Demo @ Hornsby Art Society!

Let's have fun together!
Hornsby Art Society Demonstration -Sadami Konchi 
Monday 12 October 7.30pm-9.30pm 
Children's Book Illustrator, Portrait Artist and Book author, Sadami Konchi, will give a demonstration of her illustrative and drawing skills. Doors open at 7.00 p.m. and light supper will be served. The book signing of Moon will be available. 
(*ah, I hope I will NOT behave like papa Homer...?!) 

Venue:  BeatriceTaylor Hall 
Location: 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby 
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm 
Cost: $5 members / $7.50 visitors 
Contact:  Leonie Fisher 
Phone:  9476 8869 

It's a great honour and joy! If you have any questions about my watercolour painting and picture book illustration, let's chat with me.

I'm getting very busy with the preparing of Moon exhibition. Nearly there. My coordinator helps me so much. My team is great! Thanks for her great friendship. I'm learning a lot about how to do a solo exhibition. That's a lot to do. So far, distribution of flyers is the toughest thing for me, as I'm not good at walking. But cafes and restaurants are very supportive, when they find my exhibition supported by Accessible Arts NSW and Marrickville Council. Yes, we love locals!
At the same time, I'm working on new picture book projects and developing a story and images. I'll soon get on a storyboard.
Btw, we've got into hot summer. It's more than 30'C everyday. A day light saving time started from last Sunday. The posted image is an Australian native fig tree, called a Moreton Bay fig tree. I love this tree. People get together under the cool shades of these huge trees in parks. When I see them and gum trees, I feel, "Ah, Australia!"
Also, I sketched the busker at a market last Sat. 
Friends, thank you for warm cheers. You, too, make your dream come true.
See you next Monday at BeatriceTaylor Hall!
Cheers, wink, wink!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Moon launch tremendous success

What a perfect and heartfelt day, a trade picture book Moon launch at Gleebooks! Our publishing team was touched by all my mentors' and friends' love and support. It was the great launch that turned out very intimate and nice. Parramatta Council, CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia), ASA (Australian Society of Authors), Wesley Mission, Sydney sketch club members, former local life drawing class members and dear friends joined this event. 
People left to right : Sadami, Launcher Margaret Hamilton AM, author Matt Zurbo, editor/publisher Helen Chamberlin, Ann James and gorgeous two little fans! Photos are courtesy of Janet and Imma. 

Margaret's speech was fantastic. She honoured my work. It was very touching, spot-on, informative and so sensitive. I perfectly agreed her view of picture book industry, publishing industry in general and Australian picture book industry. Then, she talked of Moon. Margaret deeply analysed Matt's text and acclaimed its originality, descriptiveness in poetic language with a well developed structure. She also stated that close family relationships was very valued in the story. Her profound understanding of illustrations moved me so much. Margaret confidently claimed, "This is Sadami’s first picture book and it demonstrates her considerable talent with watercolours and pencil. Her work is luminous, moody and evocative." Furthermore, she praised at my work, "It features sensitive close ups of Max and his father, with Max’s body language reflecting his mood, beautiful Australian landscapes and the soft colours of moonlight." I became speechless. 

Author Matt and I made short speeches. In addition, good news is that Moon has already become "Lamont standing order in Aug 2015"! The quality teacher note is available for Moon.   
It took nearly two years to finish Moon. Because the beautiful text was very poetic, settings such as time frame and character design were challenging. I imagined hard, tried to feel the text and felt it day and night, while going outside and looking up the moon. Helen and Ann gave me freedom, whilst guiding me. Especially, Helen's way amazed me at first. Later I understood how much she respected this emerging artist and fully trusted in the artist's talent. Technically, used watercolour paintings required quite sophisticated skills that fascinated Helen. In the process of illustration, I've learned lot about a picture book. 
Book signing was fun and a communication time with our supporters and fans! Fun! I wrote each message with all my heart. I sincerely hope readers will enjoy Moon. 
Yey, Matt and me! 
I asked Margaret, Matt, Ann and Helen to sign my own copy. "I want to keep this for me," I said. Each of them gave me fabulous and hearty messages with "This is the first of many!" Oh, that was so sweet! I owe all my work to our terrific publishing team : Matt, Helen, a book designer, all involved people and mentor Ann. They patiently assisted me, a novice and supported me with endless love.      
The launching date has become one of the best days in my life and for our team. Thank you very much, Friends! With your support, we could have a marvelous success. Particularly, Helen and I appreciate Sydney sketch club's great and warm friendship. After sketching the market in Glebe, some of the members remained there and celebrated the Moon launch. (*Helen clearly remembered sketch club members in a cafe in Glebe and told it with special thanks to Ann and Matt over dinner). Also, we, the publishing team members really thank for Gleebooks! I miss the publishing team : Matt from Tasmania and Helen and Ann from Melbourne. Sweet Matt said, "If so, look up the moon!" Clever! That's the introduction and the theme of Moon. 

Now, through the Moon project, I'm walking strong with others and making new friends and workmates. This is the beginning of my wonderful journey as a picture book illustrator. With this precious experience, I hope I'll make quality picture books onward and upward! Already, I'm working on next projects and developing my own stories. Like these established workmates say, I'll make this Moon "the first of many". 
Friends, Happy Painting! Make your dream come true! 


Monday, September 21, 2015

1) Face expression 2)Sadami Update

I enjoy both preparing of two solo exhibitions and sketching. I post the sketches of a lady in pink and a guitarist playing a harmonica. Let's chat over a face expression and my processes. Observe our face's muscles moving and get on drawing. Preferably, choose the most favorite or dramatic moment in order to achieve freshness. In my observation, eyes are the most important part in face expression.

In this work, a model's eyes tell lots of stories and stimulate viewers imagination, even though physically, her eyes occupy a small portion in a whole work. Technically, the drawing of eyes requires me the most sensitive work. I carefully put colours on eyes and around eyes. Putting a darker colour on eyes is the most high tension moment in brush strokes for portraits. I hold my breath and work on it. Usually, when I make it successful, I take a big breath and smile!
The lady has turned up very feminine in a classic mood (*she liked this work so much! Good!). I'm thinking of a simple background for her. 
This is the close up of the guitarist playing the harmonica. His eyes and cheeks fascinated me most, which conveyed his mood and concentration. You may wonder if eyes are matter, when a model closes eyes. In my opinion, eyes still matter. I always check a subject's eye balls and examine a value study.
This is the whole sketch. I start to draw from his eyes. If I can capture eyes, preliminary sketches and portraits are almost successful. I simplify a rest of other visual information in work. Yes, I did it in this work.
Another is a lady in pink. In this work, a model's eyes tell lots of stories and stimulate viewers imagination, even though physically, her eyes occupy a small portion in a whole work. Technically, the drawing of eyes requires me the most sensitive work. I carefully put colours on eyes and around eyes. Putting a darker colour on eyes is the most high tension moment in brush strokes for portraits. I hold my breath and work on it. Usually, when I make it successful, I take a big breath and smile!

You may say, "Drawing eyes and face expression are not easy!" If so, another wonderful model who never complains about you is YOU! Observe your face expressions on a mirror until you completely understand them, if you have any questions of face expressions and cannot ask a model to repeat postures too much. (*I barely use photos and love live models.)

2)Sadami Update
I've organised DL fliers for the solo exhibition, "Over the Moon with Watercolour!" from Oct 20 to Nov 2. I've asked an art supply Art Acene to mount the art work chosen for the exhibition. = A half way through the preparation! Ah, I could write a blog post! Thank you for your great patience, Friends. 
Art Scene is always supportive. Particularly, Kim, an experienced leader of a framing Dept and Adriana at a material Dept manager are so caring. Especially, Kim has patiently and kindly assited me to select the best work. She has brilliant and sharp eyes to evaluate art work (*Her feedback of my illustartions and sketches overlaped my mentor Ann's advice! I fully trust in her ). Adriana cordially suggests me materials. She is wonderful to give me quotes at a best rate and never forgets follow-ups. Without their help, I will not be able to carry out the exhibition. Friends, to have a good art supply is our assets, I believe.

Now, I am getting ready for Moon launch this Saturday. I can't wait to see Matt, Helen, Ann, Jess, friends and supporters. I'm also working on watercolour paintings of People of Parramatta. Speical thanks for your support. I'm happy and busy!
Friends, Happy Painting!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Margaret Hamilton AM will launch Moon!

Woo hoo, Margaret Hamilton AM will launch Moon Sat 26 Sep @ GleebooksAnother "guardian angel" of our Australian picture book industry. All the mentors suggested me to contact Margaret. She's Australia legend and a superstar!! Margaret is such a special person in the children’s book world - Author, publisher, cherisher of creators, promoter and The Children's Book Coucil Australia National Board Chair Deputy. She runs "Pinerolo", the Children's Book Cottage. ( *AM = Order of Australia. Awarded for achievement and merit in service to Australia or humanity). Editor Helen Chamberlin, my mentor Books Illustrated, guests and I are dancing around!  
Close Up
This interview tells who she is about Margaret Hamilton AM. She's started from a librarian at Parramatta City Library. Yes, what a coincidence, my residential area. 
I always wanted to meet Margaret in person, but I could not, especially, go to snowy Blue Mountains this season. Now, my dream will come true. 
"I'm just a starter. Please help me and guide me," I wrote to Margaret.
Margaret says, "Moon is really beautiful and I will be honoured to launch it." What a humble lady! 
In response, "We're so happy and honoured to have you for a launcher," I say.
This is called a "near miss." It was not selected for a final image, but close.
Double spread on A2. 
You can see these near misses and dummy books at "Over the Moon with Watercolour! exhibition" 
(Oct 20 to Nov 2 at Chrissie Cotter Gallery)

I feel I'm so cherished by topnotches. It amazes me, a nameless illustrator. My mentors suggested me Margaret Hamilton AM or an executive level of CBC, which very surprised me... I felt that they -- all of them are prominent authors, illustrators and editors --- highly acknowledged my ability and craftsmanship in drawing. I've blushed up to my ears and almost shed tears. I really appreciate it, beyond language. At a micro level, these established people want to help emerging potential illustrators. At a macro level, they really want to foster new talented Australian picture book illustrators in a long term. Of course, ultimately, they want to bring children/readers quality picture books. I hope myself will respond to their support by my art work! I'm very happy to be surrounded such noble people with right hearts.  
Unselected roughs. We, illustrators make TONs of these tries
until we find a direction and narrow images.
Wow, like editor Helen says, my debut will be a "Party of Australian publishing industry superstars." Furthermore, NAVA (National Association for Visual Artists Australia) and ASA (Australian Society of Authors) and other peak bodies, too, are coming. Please come and meet them all.  

Btw, I've got a cold. I feel better today. Hopefully, I can prepare the book launch and the solo exhibitions with a sound body. Thank you for encouragements and a great support! You, too, please take care and make your dream come true!  
Friends, Happy Painting! 

Windy Hollow Books updated their cover photo.
10 hrs


Monday, August 31, 2015

Pros & Cons of Social Media and Strategy

Do you use social media? I pondered about advantages and disadvantages of social media and how we use it in a smart way. Facebook and Twitter requires engagement that is beyond my capacity at the moment. As I'm working on new picture book projects, while being busy with the preparation of the book launch, the exhibition, watercolour workshops, competitions and so ons. It's enough and good work load, although some people ask me to join it. I'm still thinking of joining it or not, while observing social phonomena related to social media. In this very busy social media era, it's very important to hold the stance firmly and the direction to go, yet we need to have flexibility and a balance between catch-up time and our own identity. 

In the analysis of advantages and disadvantages of social media,

  • Overcome time and distance, cost effective communication 
  • Two-way communication is possible eg) one-many, many-one, many-many  
  • Little capital is needed, inexpensive = Reduce cost of art sale on market
  • Small business and emerging enterprenor can compete with big and established brand name companies
  • Direct and wide access with a third party on a global market, networking 
  • Great exposure on a national and international market
  • Attract potential clients on a global market 
  • Intense engagement with clients/site visitors/customers   
  • Intrusion of privacy and copyrights eg) Naked self-presentation on net. Image theft. Leak of information.  
  • Risk of maliciously harmful feedbacks, stalking etc by boudless strangers.  
  • Questionable reliability and validity of information eg) Fake identity. eg) How long will information remain on net?   
  • Low awareness of responsibility of information sources 
  • Laws are behind social media issues. eg) Dilemma/conflict between freedom of speech/individual interest and censorship/public interest.   
  • Insecure, unsafe and vulnerable individuals.  
  • Blur line between "private" and "public". 
  • Incessantly feed information on a daily base = Excessive engagement. Pressure on information senders. 
  • Exclusion of a specific group eg) people without site membership or computer skills. 
  • Its unpredictable impact on our future lives and society.  
What else?
My research has found that research essays are behind to well discuss the impact of social media and social changing. It seems that before analysing social media, our society is rapidly moving away! Or data collection is difficult = Collected data gets out of date = too fast to change. What a busy time we are living! No one knows what's the impact of social media on our society and our lives. If so, we want to use internet and social media in a wise and healthy way.

Some suggestions to be a smart user of social media for a user.
  • Need to know legal knowledge at least "Copyrights Law," and "DMCA takedown notice".  Study well and stay safe. **Each country has a different national law, but we need to know both national and international laws. 
  • Check where to get help in case of hacker, image theft etc. Prepare the worst senario or prepare rain while a sunny day. Study well and stay safe. 
  • Respect the privacy of individuals = Get a person's permission to post something related to personal information. Remember "confidentiality of information".  
  • Don't open up or touch fishy information. Access first-hand information and use it. 
  • Clarify information sources and show it ( eg. I use a "bibliography" like below). It is a social manner and "fair use" of information protects you from illegal copyrights intrusion.   
What do you think? Or if you have had any headache in your internet experieces and if you have more suggestions, let us share them (*if you can. I respect privacy). In art activities, I'd tell myself, "Have my own colour". The same is true of my internet activiteis. Being as an information sender, it's important to take the responsibility of sending information. I might be behind a busy time and rapidly changing society though, I'll enjoy my own pace so far. I'm really happy to know regular visitors and new visitors coming to this weekly blog. I appreciate YOUR visits! Thank you for sharing time and pondering about many things in my posts!
Oh, yes, I'm working on the selection of art works for the exhibitions and labeling along the plan and creating more images for the People of Parramatta like above.
Friends, Happy Painting! Let us be smart social media users! 


Edosomwan S, Kouame D, Prakasan K, Seymour, T and Watson J (2011) "The History of Social Media and its Impact on Business", The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 2011, Vol. 16, No.3

Murthy D (2010)  "Towards a Sociological Understanding of Social Media: Theorizing Twitter"


Monday, August 24, 2015

1)People of Parramatta:solo exhibition Nov to Dec 2)AARTS grants how I use

My another solo exhibition, "People of Parramatta" will be held at Riverside Theatres Parramatta from Monday, 16 November until Sunday 13th December. I'd like to show the beauty of Parramatta in both residents and landscapes. Special thanks for Prof Ingrid Piller. She's showcased my watercolour paintings in a linguistics blog post, "Language and migration in Parramatta"  in her crazy busy days. Special thanks for Riverside Theatres that kindly extended my exhibition date to include the linguistics conference! My exhibition will overlap  the 46th annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) at the University of Western Sydney in Parramatta. Other linguists celebrate this news and cheer me up. 
Whoa, our local MP retweets it 3 times! 
"JulieOwensMPAug 19, 10:28am via TweetDeck More beautiful sketches by #Parramattabased artist, Sadami Konchi.…
Colourful cultures and lovely linguistic diversity are the beauty of energetic Parramatta, which encompasses the future of Australia. Indeed, Parramatta is having a redevelopment and called, a "Future Generation". Already Parramatta is functioning as CBD. Also, in the People of Parramatta exhibition, I will run watercolour painting workshops as well as "Over the Moon with Watercolour exhibiton."  
Btw, have you ever thought of an insurance of an artist? Yes, I have. Ok, let's talk about the funds and how I use it. 

2) 2015 AARTS grants winners & how to use it 

Clearly, Moon comes up! 
Sadami Konchi
Sydney – Parramatta 
‘Over the Moon with Watercolour’ a solo exhibition of illustrations from the picture book ‘Moon’ and visual art workshops at Chrissie Cotter Gallery run by Marrickville Council. The project will demonstrate and promote ‘Moon’s’ aesthetic value as visual storytelling and literacy. Awarded – $4650 
Visual Artist 

When I got the funds, first of all, I applied to NAVA Premium Plus Membership that has insurance. (*NAVA = National Association for Visual Artists) Only successful applicants can get it. I got it in two days! Very happy! Friends, if you run business as artists/professional artists, it's critically important to have a good insurance to cover safety, public liability and responsibilities. I really needed an insurance, because I will run watercolour painting workshops for people with disability, children and adults in the Moon exhibition and the People of Parramatta.


Insurance Coverage and Certificate of Currency
This is to confirm that as part of the Premium Plus Membership you are covered with an insurance package that is managed by Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS). It's available to artists,craftspeople, designers (where the design is non-structural in nature), conservators, installers, registrars, curators and arts administrators

This package includes:
  • Public Liability $20,000,000
  • Products Liability $20,000,000
  • Professional Indemnity Extension $5,000,000
  • Tenants Liability $10,000,000
  • Property in Custody and Control $100,000

The Certificate of Currency is a generic certificate, which covers all of NAVA's Premium Plus Members.
Cool, isn't it? 

NAVA provides legal and cutting edge information all the time. They advoacate members well. Trustworthy peakbodies are very helpful. They are visual artists' great assets. Illustrators and and visual artists tend to be lone wolves. Being left behind from a social movement/changing and the lack of information is a fatal deficit, which will end up a blind alley in a pitch black future. To update myself, I often use peakbodies and contribute to them at the same time. It's not a coincidence that NAVA, ASA and Australia Council of Arts staff is coming to the Moon launch and the Moon exhibition. It's a mutual help and a healthy relation between a service provider and a client. Thank you very much for your strong support! 

Regarding the funds, you've got why I got so excited and could not speak well, when the notice came to me. I could not believe the amount awarded. I began to shiver and trembled. I told myself, "Calm down. Contact Editor and Mentors,"  and anyhow, picked up a hand set. Of course, they celebrated it though, my head was in a cloud and not sure my feet was on the ground. And... I cried in joy in a next moment. Then, I wrote a thank you letter to AARTS and sought for their advice of the procedure to release the grants. All is my first experience. I'm learning lot everyday.  

Now, I'm very busy with preparing of two solo exhibitions and a book launch. Gulp. 
I will do my best! Friends, come and join, "People of Parramatta"! I really look forward to seeing you. Let's have fun together.  
Happy Painting!