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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jurassic Plastic, Art Alerts Consumerism and Waste

Sydney Sketch Club joined Jurassic Plastic in Sydney Festival. Jurassic Plastic (see photos in the post), a sophisticated satire, warns mass consumerism and waste. *Lower Town Hall, 6-28 Jan, 9 am-5 pm, closed Mondays. Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji has created dinosaurs from forsaken toys. His colourful art work gives unwanted toys second lives. The revived toys have become popular sculptures welcomed by children and adults. Unwanted toys make beautiful maps on the floor. Above all, the Jurassic Plastic is the place of fun and play. All kids go insanely happy, play with toys and look around their favourite T rexes.  
So clever! What an irony that by the artist's hands, our wasted toys create such gorgeous sculptures! Many interpretations of the art work are possible and complicated. Adults begin to stop and think over our life style, while kids get so excited and keep on playing with toys for hours and hours. So, parents have a rest for a while?! The art work is very vibrant and delightful. The space successfully has two functions : the exhibition of art work and the play ground for children and adults. 
Volunteer workers assist children and parents. This girl is collecting all Doraemons and counting them. Staff helps her each time. Her daddy with another sleeping young baby on the back is happily looking at them. 
  The staff explains DOs and DO NOTs at the entrance. 
This exhibition challenges our life style and shows that wised-up art well handles  social issues, which reaches children and adults. The art work raises questions towards us. The same is true of good children picture books. I hope I'd create a good picture book and art work. 
Btw, our Sydney Sketch Club has a wonderful logo created by our member, Rick Lum. Cool! Thank you for the organiser, Jennifer. She always takes us to inspiring and fun events that give us food for thoughts.  
Friends, Happy Painting and Creating! 


  


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Monday, January 8, 2018

A Red House on a Field

Whilst doing research on a new project, I enjoyed a landscape. An old house or a forsaken one on an open field is very appealingI always look at this spot from a car and wanted to sketch it. I sneaked into the field from a broken fence. Ants bit me. Only soft breeze talked to me. A quiet and rich afternoon.... I've realised that all my favourite landcapes have something moving such as waves and winds. I was very much aware of the breeze in this work. Technically, I enjoyed this sketch so much. 
Wash, a focal point and a composition, I'm learning. I used a dry brush technique on the little hut to show a rusty roof. A little bit closed up work, below, did not turn out as attractive as the first one. Anyway, I always learn something from every try and move forward. 

As if that sketched spot were left over from construction in busy Sydney. I want to collect such pretty "spots left over" from development and use them for my picture book illustration. 
Another lesson, "Draw it, if I want to draw!" Reluctance will kill a chance. She who hesitates is lost. 
I feel like enjoying landscapes and washes more in 2018. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 



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Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

I heartily hope 2018 will be a wonderful year for all my blogger friends and visitors. Thank you very much for your support. Please guide me and lead me this year, too =  今年もよろしくおねがい致します。
We enjoyed watching the fire works in a dear friend's open house.
Happy Painting! Best wishes, Sadami 


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Secondary Textbook Courtroom Illustration

Wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. Thank you very much for a strong and incessant support all through 2017. This year, the last publication is Legal Maze, a secondary textbook published by Macmillan Education. I owe it to Anne Spudvilas's kindness and support (*she's a courtroom artist, excellent portraitist and amazing picture book illustrator -- yes, my superhero and our superstar in Australian publishing industry!). In this project, Macmillan and I wanted to include any background people in Australia, race, gender, age, occupation etc, etc. We're the Australians and same human beings. I set the female judge in an active Victorian courtroom, specifically, a county or supreme court demonstrating the positions of the judge, jury, accused, solicitors, witnesses etc, etc. We enjoyed this project so much. 

I hope I will grow as an artist and person in 2018. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 
Credit, Macmillan Education. 


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Back to Swimming

Good news. My fractured toe is healing well. I'm back to swimming! Swimming and exercises are recommended by a GP, but be careful not to hurt it again. Many people / regulars talked to me. It was very nice to see kind people. One lady, "You know me! This is my grand son!" showing her little boy with a full smile. Oh, sweet! Other families, "I haven't seen you for a long time!" "You will come, Sat, too?" etc, etc. Oh, it was wonderful. I really appreciate their friendship. Everyone was in a full smile on the beach. 
Sketching waves is so refreshing like swimming! Invitation to a ball at a beach. Dancing waves are in mint blue dresses in the afternoon. I love hearing their chatting, too. Come over! 

Now, it's nearly at the end of a year. How is your life in 2017? I'm still busy with projects though, I've enjoyed the projects and a journey of art. Thank you for a strong support. 

Friends, Happy Painting!  

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Prof Ingrid Piller elected for Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Congrats, Prof Ingrid Piller, on your being elected for a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities Nov 2017, the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia! Ingrid, the encounter of you, your teaching and the work with you are my inestimable treasure in life. Just the other day, I saw her and enjoyed a chat on the way to a bus stop in a campus. Here, the review of their team and a world leading sociolinguistics blog, Language on the Move2017. Ingrid has set up that blog in 2009 and today, it has grown up to a cutting-edge research blog. Great team! Linguists and people in linguistics have been backing up me since I started an art career. I deeply thank for anyone who has supported me this year. 


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Iroha poem and Japanese letters

I felt like drawing children in kimono. Do you like it? A girl in kimono is practising writing Japanese hirakana, "Iroha," a poem. Young Sadami enjoyed only writing rather than Iroha. Once upon a time, children memorised the poem to learn Japanese 50 sounds. The Iroha poem cleverly uses only once each letter and has a profound meaning of life like "Ecclesiastes," vanity of vanities. If I freely translate the meaning, here we go. 

"Like the scent of flowers perishes, my beauty has gone. 
Who can last forever on the earth? I walked out of deep mountains. 
In a daydream, I still felt the world clearly without being drunk."  
いろは歌 The Iroha-uta 
いろはにほへと ちりぬるを 
わかよたれそ つねならむ 
うゐのおくやま けふこえて 
あさきゆめみし ゑひもせす(ん) 
Many interpretations of the ihorha are available, because an old Japanese omits a subject. The hidden subject could be the crucial difference between Japanese and English in syntax. English always requires a subject in a sentence. Besides the unclear subjects, the old Japanese and poems do not show an identified punctuation. Once, young Sadami failed to remember the iroha (*Too young to get the meaning, but how many even grown-ups could understand the old Japanese today?). 

Anyway, I enjoyed writing on paper with sumi-ink! I might as well retry it one day. It's interesting that I can find some Chinese ink sets in an art supply that are different from a Japanese style. 
If you like kids in kimono, I'd post them from time to time. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 






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