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Sunday, August 17, 2014

1.Archibald2014, Most Famous Portrait Comp in Australia 2.CBCA winners

Hi, Friends, come and see Archibald. The most famous portrait prize in Australia. I'd post sketches of a winner Fiona Lowry, "Penelope Seidler," and intertesting portraits, a winner Fiona Lowry, "Penelope Seidler," and intertesting portraits, Sophia Hewson, "Atrtist kissses subject (Missy Higgins!)," Anh Do, "Father." I've felt 2014 Archibald is different from other years. NSW Gallery staff said, "Yes, the committee has changed. Different judges." I see... 
You can find 
1) more small works in, (but no watercolour), 
2) more "ordinary" models work in, not super-famous people. eg) artist's parents, a son, next door, butchery  -- it has surprised me and encourages me!  
3) some first try artists in. 
In a technical aspect, the finalists show wonderful diversity. An individual approach is very unique that excites me so much. 


Archibald winner Fiona Lowry's work shows the grace, dignity and beauty of old people. 
Fiona was a Doug Moran winner in 2008 -- I remember her self-nude very well, a young lady! Fiona uses a very interesting approach, acrylics and air brush.  I've immediately realised that the model's eyes were clearly drawn, the focal point of the painting. A rest of the work is softly blurred. Air brush works very well. A slight and delicate colour, thin raw sienna? is put around the model that contrasts to the background created in a very, very modest raw sienna plus patchy green? It comes out like a black and white from a distnce. Fiona's tender approach shows women's delicacy and the model displays an experienced career woman's dignity and elegance.  

2014 Archibald Winner, Fiona Lowry, "Penelope Seidler," Medium acrylic on canvas

Sketching finalists' work gives me wonderful insights of technical and psychological aspects of creators. **Please pay attention to gallery visitors' height like a scale that tells how big work is.
NSW Art Gallery
Sketched it before opened. Cold, early in the morning!

A bit coffee break for you. Tada~~, a hot and controversial work! An artist is kissing Subject, Missy Higgins (*popular Australian singer song writer) --- has got in. To this hot subject, viewers' reactions are quite interesting. Men show very negative responses to this work. On the other hand, women look neutral or swinging between acceptance or disapproval. In the sketch, I put both man and woman. Although each painting has a tag, plain writing for "kids" to help understand work, this work does not have it. 

Sophia Hewson, "Atrtist kissses subject," oil on board
Regarding an entry condition of "model's publicity," the staff emphasised, "It's "preferably," a public figure." I interpreted, "It gives artists room and flexibility. Any model is acceptable?" The staff affirmed my say. Then, the staff encourages me to put work. Thank you. For example, Anh Dohas created his father's portrait in strong strokes and vivid colours. Yet, his colour use is very sensitive that shows a well-organised "value." Anh Do is a multi talented person : a successful comedian, TV presenter, author and fine artist/portraitist. His refugee experience from Vietnam has become a children picture book, too. In our society, if a person keeps a positive attitude, I believe, always nice people support diadvantaged people and it opens doors. That's the beauty of human society.  
Anh Do, "Father," Oil on Canvas
Our faces fascinate me most in drawing subjects. Eyes, eyebrows, mouth, ears etc, etc, "landscapes" in each face tell a story profound, precious and different. Yet, we have commonality and can mutually embrace. My mentor Ann James says, "Your positivity and watercolour and seeing and reflecting people so well is partly because you feel so much." Yes, I feel something that intrigues me to keep drawing people. 
I happily work on portraits.   

BTW, Hooray!!!!! Regarding CBCA book of the year 2014, 
CBCA announced winners and honour books.

Congrats for all the people!
Also, Crichton Award for New Illustrators is,


We celebrated my mentor
Ann James and editor Helen Chamberlin's awards. A lovely author, Janeen Brian and Ann illustrated "I'm a Dirty Dinosaur," has become an honoured book for Early Childhood. (*I once illustrated Janeen's text.)  
Shaun Tan's work, "Rules of Summer" won "Picture Book." Of course, that book was edited by a brilliant editor, Helen Chamberlin! Helen, you're great! 

Friends, Happy Painting!!! 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Week16-22 Aug, Stay Tuned Picture Book of the Year, Dromkeen Medal Winners

Hi, Friends, thank you so much for your warm cheers and donations! Wesley Mission, my clients and I are very happy. Let us hope this project will go on.
Now, August is the book month in Australia. We celebrate a Book Week in the middle of August every year. The Children's Book Council of Australia honours and celebrates the work of Australian authors and illustrators. Highlight is the announcement of the Book of the Year. Winners will be announced at noon on Friday, August 15. Stay tuned CBCA facebook and CBCA twitterThen, the celebrations begin!
This year's theme is "Connect to reading ~ Reading to connect." 
My favorite say certainly tells a book is the best companion for us, 
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. 
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read," by Groucho Marx, hehehehehe!!! 
2014's Children Book Week logo is designed by Ron Brooks, the illustrator who won 2013 Picture Book of the Year.

How do you interpret the interesting theme above? Any interpretation could be possible about the theme. Time and society is changing dramatically and rapidly. Technology, in particular, digitisation and Internet are shaping concepts of books and forms of texts. We connect others through a variety of media. It impacts on communication styles and methods that alter human interactions. Nowadays, contemporary children play with digital media better than me, an old generation.     

But I feel very the basic element in reading is communication between a reader and characters in books. It's like a play catch, I feel. What do you think, Friends? In books, we appreciate sharing time with characters and experience life together. We explore story and step into our inner world or we travel to other worlds, too. Even, we grow with favorite characters in our sweet memories --- in fact, personas have been created by an author/illustrator, triumphs of human creativity! Then, through reading books, socialisation happens among us. I sketched people reading books in train. A book opens our conversations. We share our emotions with others and exchange productive opinions in family, at school, in community, on net, at else where in society. We connect ourselves and others by reading books. I have been a book warm since childhood. As far as I know, famous authors and successful book illustrators are all very good book readers.
Reading books is, for me, not passive, but very creative activities and communication methods with others and ourselves. Indeed, how we, picture book illustrators interpret texts is equal to reading texts for tens of millions times.

Another big event is the announcement of Dromkeen Medal and Dromkeen Librarian’s Award winners. Who will be honoured? 

In addition, Short List & Notables 2014 are below. 
All listed works are lovely! Wish them good luck and all the best! 
**My mentor Ann James's illustrated picture book, "I'm a dirty dinosaur," is in "Early Childhood Notables." Ann used "real" mud in the illustration
Also, previous Book Week slogans and image creators are here.

Special thanks for warm cheers. The hands' pains are being healed. Soon, I'll see the hand specialist.
Friends, Happy Painting and Happy Reading!!














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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Photos of Wesley Building Dreams exhibition & Emily Dickinson's poem, "If I can stop..."

Hi, Friends, today, Sunday 10 August is the last day of Wesley Building Dreams inclusive art exhibition. It's open in Wesley Mission foyer at 220 Pitt Street from 9 am to 5 pm. A hop, step, jump from Town Hall station. Come and see the exhibition for a strictly limited time! These photos are in the courtesy of Wesley media team.

The Building Dreams exhibition displays both, our wonderful clients and school students, which illustrates community diversity and inclusion. Each school child's tag and statement is so touching and moving. Oh, please come and read them all. It's worth spending time. You'll find children's pure dreams and their inner worlds from innocent wishes to serious hopes for universal themes such as wellbeing, world peace and so on. 
We know technically sophisticated works do not always reach at our hearts. Simple, yet, a strong and honest message comes into our hearts. The same is true of our job, children picture book illustration. These drawings are all precious master pieces in my eyes. 
One client actually bought brushes on her own and started painting after my mentoring, even though none of my students has never touched watercolour paint ever before!!! What a wonderful reward for me! I celebrated it with my team leader. See this beautiful smiling! I'm sure this is, "THIS-ABILITY."
This week Wesley Mission CEO, Rev Dr Keith Garner attended the exhibition. He met Wesley Disability Services clients and me. I heartily appreciate this project offered by Wesley Mission and their great back up. 
Also, ... I have to confess that tears were coming up in the eyes, when I saw my clients --- once, who had been extremely shy --- were full of confident and happily answering Rev Dr Keith Garner!!!  Oh, what a reward for me! I, again, celebrated it with my team leader.

Lastly, I'd dedicate my favorite Emily Dickinson's poem for our humble clients. Without noticing, they have been giving us the meaning of life, certainly and surely. 

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain. 
You can also support the initiative here: http://everydayhero.com.au/event/wesleybuildingdreams

I hope we can carry on this project as a respite for clients' carers who are already burnt out. Also, I hope to bring joy and assist clients to have self-esteem and creativity, while maximising their talents. 

Friends, thank you very much for your wonderful support and warm cheers for this project. Your comments and emails have supported me at a tough time.  
Friends, Happy Painting!!! 
**We set lego for children.  Come over, kids!!
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Silent Auction of My 4 Watercolour Works for Wesley Donation 3-10 August,220 Pitt St Sydney!

Hi, Friends, Wesley exhibition has started up well. Please pass on this post to others interested in donation. My four watercolour paintings are set for silent auction for fund raising : "Sydney University," "Children in a Tree," "Flowers," and "A mentree and Sadami." All works are original, signed by me and size A4 (Arches, 300gsm).
@ Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000(map). Contact 02 9263 5500
events@wesleymission.org.au 

Yes, my sketch of our uni's clock tower! We often got together there. A stone building is lovely. A kind professor and linguist has invited me for tea. When I finish up this Wesley Building Dreams project, I'd like to tell her my wonderful experiences in this project.
These flowers, "Greviellea" are very common and native in Australia. Birds enjoy nectar. Can you feel an Australian breeze in this work?  
This is my part of character design for picture book illustration. 
I used to love a "picnic" in a tree like these kids. 
This is my mentree and me. 
Today, I met people at the exhibition :  volunteers, visitors, and a school teacher for special education. Wonderful time we shared. The teacher shed tears with my say...(*...and me, too.) I perfectly understand how much she's struggled and kept silence because of confidentiality of info in education. Also, most volunteers are youngish ladies at uni. We chatted over "dreams"! Yey!! All of us have promised to get together again and to keep in touch! My social worker friends celebrate my contribution and encourage me so much! 
... a bit embarrassing?! They all had watched a video on a wall and wanted to take photos being with me, saying, "I met her(=an artist)." I felt like running away!! (*Wesley Mission produced the record/image of this project that has my mentrees and me in it. Yes, ... I'm a bit shy.) 
Anyway, I hope all the visitors will make their dreams come true!! 

We'd love to see you here! 
Wesley building dreams exhibition 3-10 August (*facebook link)
Where: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000(map). Contact 02 9263 5500 
Yes, @ the heart of Sydney! Closest train station : Town Hall. 
Cost : Free 
Opening Hours : Everyday from 9 am to 5 pm. Except Saturday 9 August.
More Info : Wesley Mission 1800 021 821 
events@wesleymission.org.au 

Friends, thank you for warm cheers. 
Happy Painting!!! 


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wesley Exhibition 3-10 August,220 Pitt St Sydney!

Hi, Friends, if you come near, please come. 
Wesley building dreams exhibition 3-10 August (*facebook link)
Where: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000(map). Contact 02 9263 5500 
Yes, @ the heart of Sydney! Closest train station : Town Hall. 
Cost : Free 
Opening Hours : Everyday from 9 am to 5 pm. Except Saturday 9 August.
More Info : Wesley Mission 1800 021 821 
events@wesleymission.org.au 
Artworks are created by people with disability and school children joining our competition. Each piece of art will be designed to promote inclusiveness and the importance of recognising people's dreams and aspirations.
Children aged 6–18 can join an special art competition with the winning artworks featured in the exhibition. Five selected submissions will win $150 prize packs from our major partner Eckersley's Art & Craft.
If you, or anyone you know would be interested in it, an entry form is here.
http://www.wesleymission.org.au/images/Events/Wesley_Building_Dreams_Entry%20Form.pdf

Many children have already taken part the comp through their school. 
Best wishes to the participating schools. These schools are involved:
Cromer Public School
Kensington Public School
Nuwarra Public School
Lucas Heights Community School
Manifold Public School
Bulli Public School
The Oaks Public School
Tullibigeal centenary celebration page
West Ryde Public School
Attunga Public School 


Friends, thank you so much for visiting this blog and encouragements. Wesley team and I really appreciate your warm national and international cheers. Children, thank you for participating this event.
Also, my special thanks to the Wesley team and my wonderful mentrees. 

You, too, have a wonderful weekend and a week. And paint dreams and love!

Happy Painting!!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wesley Building Dreams Inclusive Art Exhibition for People with Disability & Carers

Hi, Friends, our pop-up exhibition will be held in Sydney CBD, 3-10 AugustI'm enjoying so much sharing time with wonderful students in Wesley Building Dreams Inclusive Art ExhibitionThe theme of "Building Dreams" is "inclusiveness" and the importance of recognising the dreams and aspirations of all, especially those living with disability and their carers. Special thanks to the generous support of our partner Eckersley's Art & Craft that has also offered prizes for school children aged 6-18 across New South Wales in Australia. Already the project has involved15 schools. Wow, this big project is ongoing across NSW! Terrific, isn't it? School kids, come join it! Here, *Entry Form. True to the very nature of the pop-up show, the detailed venue is secret at the moment. Friends, look forward to Wesley Mission's official announcementNow, I'm mentoring students called "people with disability." 

HOWEVER, I believe my lovely students are people with "THIS ability"!! Each client is unique and nothing different from other people. 
Mentoring is, for a mentor, equal to learning from mentrees. I'm learning how I can assist students rather than teaching them. Also, I want to be a good entertainer and serve them! In this work below, I'm demonstrating a "wax resist technique" and "lift up." These fun techniques amuse students. We chuckle together. Hey, don't say, "Sadami, you look too good in this picture?!" In addition, in my eyes, everyone and anyone is beautiful.
The key person in a Wesley Mission team and I agree that the most important point is to have fun with the clients and bring them dreams by artI heartily hope the clients take initiatives. I deeply respect each client equally.  

A black and white drawing is based on a photo by courtesy of Wesley Mission. I gained the consent from the client to post the images. BTW, using a photo was very hard for me. Sounds strange? I'm not familiar with using photos to create portraits. For me, a live model is the best and much easier than photos. A live model's movements give me 3D info and I can get on a figure. So, I moved these two people in my mind and drew them on a paper (*Hope, my English makes sense!). 
Regarding using crayons, it's a handy water-resist technique to create white or any colours that depend on crayons, candles' original colours. See below, it's an example. It's up to you how to use it in watercolour painting. I use crayons very often for sketches and they are in my pencil case. 
Back to the topic, the Building Dreams Inclusive Art Exhibition. The Wesley Mission staff and I are working hard to achieve the same goal, "bringing hope and joy." Wesley Mission's positive feedback makes me happy. I want to make clients happy and I want to give carers a break by my art class. Fortunately, my many uni friends are, today, senior social workers and teachers. They cheer me up. Oh, I love the studnets and appreciate the Wesley team's backup, too. **Click a logo that will take you to Wesley Mission's site.  

"Building Dreams" is a part of a wider disability research and awareness campaign centred on the latest Wesley Report, Give Disability Carers a Break before They Break Down.  
Did you know? 
  • Over one third of Australian households are involved with disabilities. 
  • 4.2 million Australians are classified as having disabilities. 
  • There are 2.7 million informal carers of individuals living with a disability in Australia.  (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012)
Sadly, what others do not realise is that carers are often forced to sacrifice their own lives to look after someone they love. This project aims at supporting both carers and artists with disabilities. 
**Click a logo that will take you to Wesley Mission's site.
My dream is that this project will go on "annually" like One Word One Day for indigenous children's literacy, we, Australian picture book illustrators have been supporting across a nation wide. If "Building Dreams Inclusive Art Exhibition," such a wonderful project is only for a once, it would be sad and a bit shame..., although it's really hard to gain stead resources in a welfare system. Let us hope this exhibition will go well and we can demonstrate a good result in order to get an enough budget. I'm happy to weekly assist clients throughout a year, if the project needs me.

You'll see your heart will know, "Dreams are more precious than gold," I like Enya's song.
Indeed, we need dreams to live our lives lively and happily, don't we?

I really thank for Wesley Mission's kindness and this wonderful opportunity to do pay back society by art. Big cheers for Wesley, my students and school children willing to join this exhibition.
Friends, Happy Painting!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sketching Children@NAIDOC, Library

Hi, Friends, are you enjoying sketching children? All of us want to capture their innocent beauty, don't we? I love capturing emotional children. I hope it would be the quality of my picture book illustration. 

Capturing children is not hard, I've learned. First of all, I've realised the importance of trust in my own eyes. All of us can tell how old a child is and what feeling s/he has. If so, we all have wonderful knowledge about what children are. Just use my eyes' perception and depict kids on paper. But why and how? I've observed children carefully with Qs. Always have a Q is a good approach. Just looking is not looking (does it make sense?). I often set a theme in a time frame, for example, "movement for 2 months" and tried it. Answers have become my precious artistic assets. A child's face expression and movement interest me most.

A first sketch is an Indigenous boy dancing a traditional dance at NAIDOC week event, (="National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee") in Parramatta yesterday. His movement and body language was so strong and full of pride. It was really lovely to see Aboriginal people's languages and cultures.

This was a black and white sketch.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around Australia each July to appreciate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If you have interest, please click their NAIDOC History Timeline that shows Indigenous Australians' hard and painful history, yet, full of their pride and fight for human rights. It is, certainly, our Australian history.  

A second sketch is at a library where I go to study children picture books. A girl stood up and looked back for a moment, which was so charming for me. I could not resist it, although I did not draw the detail. A simplified drawing, in my view, can send a stronger message than complicated work.
A third sketch was a boy just standing. He was so cute! I simply like sketching and do it. Each child has a different age, a gender, body language and emotions. Furthermore, their human interactions always give me awe and joy in drawing and painting. These tens of thousands of sketches are my important references. I'd capture emotional moments and hope one day I can create it from my memories freely. Still a long way to go, but I love sketching children and people!
BTW, I've just finished up the illustrations. Editor Helen, Author and Mentor Ann are very happy, which makes me really happy, too! Also, big names such as Libby Gleeson and Elise Hurst celebrate my illustration work done.
I'd come back to sketching. Although the hand still has a pain, it gets much better. Really thank you for warm cheers. I'll enjoy mentoring people with disability, too. I want to grow as a person and artist.
Friends, Happy Painting!!
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