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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Study of a Master, Winslow Homer

I studied a favourite watercolour painting, "Sailing a catboat," originally created by Winslow Homer. The colour use of this work interested me. It was fun to make greys in my palette. I've learned lots of different greys in colour mixing. I will use greys more and efficiently. A composition was lovely. I made a thumb nail to check values : highlight, middle and darkest. Regarding a thumb nail, the simplest one is enough. See below. The point of a thumb nail is to help understand where to make the strongest contrast and balance values in the work. 
I love a seascape, splashes and waves. Homer's colour use was very fascinating and different from mine. I arranged his colours in my own way. His work inspired me so much.

One more, Sadami, have confidence in landscape. You understand value well and can organise it from your experience/memories by heart. Don't look at a landscape too much that distracts you often. Simplified images are good and enough. Trust yourself, get on work and have fun!! (...but I love figures more, hahaha?!) 
Btw, last week, many people celebrated the news of "My Dog Socks" to be published on 1st Oct 2017) on my facebook. Thank you, Friends! Among them, Wayne Harris, a former illustration lecturer clicked Socks's post, too! Wow, I will never forget that he and Donna Rawlins taught illustration in their workshop and discovered me in Sydney uni. Also, very happy that mentor Ann James clicked it, too. Thank you!!  
Let's sail away into a bright future!!
Friends, Happy Painting! 


Monday, July 10, 2017

My Dog Socks October 1st Release

My Dog Socks, written by Robyn Osborne, will be published by Ford St Publishing on 1st October 2017.  AU$24.95 hardcover, AU$16.95 paperback. A sweet and humorous story shows the bond between a dog, Socks, and a boy’s imaginative world My Dog Socks is full of fun, life and love. I really appreciate my publishing team's hard work and support, particularly the people at Ford St Publishingespecially Paul and Meredith. I hope this front cover and the back cover will make you smile. 
The back cover. 
A flat cover is below. 
Friends, thank you for your strong support! 
Happy Painting and enjoy picture books!!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Australian landscape, study

I post the study of an Australian woolshed based on Harry Sowden. I found his book, "Australian Woolsheds" in a market, published by Cassell Australia Ltd in 1972. All the photos included in the book were black and white. Today, woolsheds are disappearing in Australia. They are a part of Australian culture with the unique architecture that fascinates me. I always seek for a similar architectural structure in bush or on a field. But like a last year, we have rain in June and very cold. In a studio, I study landscapes, add colours on them from "memory." It seems my memory works well to complete a landscape = I do not get distructed by other visual information. 
Only a few colours were used in this study. 
Credit on Harry Sowden
The study of a woolshed in black and white. I imagined sunshine, a wind and rusted roofs. 
Credit on Harry Sowden. 
The most outstanding impression is the very strong contrast between sunshine/highlight and a dark area in Australia (*we have many skin cancer patients, btw). Once, I sketched an all handmade house in bush, below. I will study more about landscapes in winter, now. 

The other day, I saw a little boy drawing a landscape. He once looked up a subject and got on drawing without looking at it until he finished it up. His work result looked nice, which inspired me. I thought of my landscape study above. Trust in my memory and add colours -- it could be one solution, I feel. Many colours are not needed, which confuse me at this stage. When it becomes fine, I'll enjoy sketching in sunshine! 
Friends, Happy Painting!  


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Picture Books and Public Libraries

Do you often go to a library? In library activities, I love a story time best. 
Probably, this sketch is the most beautiful scene we hope to see in a daily life. 
Particularly, it's a bliss for me, a picture book illustrator to see reading enhancing a family bond. Printed picture books can bring a shared joy in space. Great to see children and parents singing, gaming and listening to picture book stories. My joy to see children and parents enjoying my illustrated picture book, "Moon," too. 
In a digital era, printed picture books will survive or remain, I expect. I agree with this passionate Mem Fox's thoughts on books, comparing a television and a book, Flashing Screen or Turning Pages. 
I'm getting busy though, our publishing team is looking forward to a new picture book, "My dog Socks," in October by schedule. Other books I was involved, too, are on the way to be published. I hope my books will make others love, hope and dream. Libraries will offer the place for people to access books all over the world. 

Friends, Happy Painting and Reading!  

Fox, M (2017)


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Creating Picture Book Workshop on 1 July

News! Publisher Margaret Hamilton and multi-award winning illustrator/author Freya Blackwood  will run a creating children picture book workshop on 1 July @ Pinerolo. It will be wonderful and helpful. Margaret, the so supportive book launcher of my illustrated "Moon," and Freya whom I've admired are lovely! I sketched Freya at the book launch, "Look, a book!" written by Libby Gleeson in Sydney uni. It's a great chance to learn "how to" in their mentorship.   
Friends, happy painting and happy learning!  


Monday, June 19, 2017

INSPIRED at Festival Centre Adelaide

Hi, Friends, the exhibition runs from May 18 to July 9 and coincides with Dream Big Children’s Festival and the performance of MATILDA. There should be crowds!
Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide.
Time: 9am–5pm, Mon–Fri and during show times. 
Thank you for including my work, Moon in Australian celebrations. A great honour. 
Indeed, these names are Australian and international superstars in picture book industry. They've always inspired me. 
Image taken from River by Marc Martin, published by Penguin Books. 
When you come near, please drop in at the exhibition. Thank you! 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Transport Heritage Expo

In Transport Heritage Expo, children and adults got excited to the locomotions at Central Station! We all love steam and choo choo trains. On 26 September 1855, the first passenger railway line opened from Sydney to Parramatta in NSW. In the event, the steam engine operated between Central and Hurstville in 60 minutes for return. All the passengers, young and old looked so happy. I waved at them all. 
Children and family often came to me and enjoyed a chat. They delightedly took a photo with this work -- that made me very happy.   
Special thanks for all the event staff who handled so many people and assisted people with disability. It was beautiful to see an event crew friendly leading children into a locomotion and another crew assisting people with impairment in eye sight. No accident, no injury! Cleaners did a great job. The team appreciated my feedback and we've become friends! Wooo, hooo!    
I will develop watercolour paintings from these sketches. Steam and washes are very interesting. I want to put colours on the black and white below. 
It was nice to relax myself after the illustrations. Now, I will move onto other projects and commissioned work.  
Friends, Happy Painting! Have a creative week!