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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tamil Drumming Festival

Tamil Drumming Festival celebrated traditions and firsthand ancient music and cultures at Blacktown Arts Centre! This lady dances as well as playing! Amazing. Lovely to see players and audiences all smiling, chatting in their mother tongues, proudly and friendly.
Now, I can play a parai, one of the oldest drums! Thank you for teaching me.

Children were adorable and working so hard to play instruments. Some came from Adelaide or Perth. I really appreciate their come along such a long way.  

We enjoyed a range of exciting performances and beautiful, colourful folk dancing! One dancing symbolised a farmer's catch-up cow. Interesting. May these different cultures and languages stay flourishing forever on the earth.
Friends, happy painting! 


Monday, March 9, 2020

Capturing Movement and Beyond, Musicians

Capturing movements is equal to the ability of observation and drawing. Sketching musicians is my daily exercise of eyes and hands. After a drawing class in NSW Art Gallery, I enjoyed sketching a guitarist in a cafe. Music is the food of love and life. 
He and I passionately chatted over music, drawing and life. His father was a visual artist and painter. Life is beautiful and people are lovely. Sweet feedback came to me on FB. 
Jackie Hawkes you always capture the gentleness of life, Sadami
I always look for musicians on streets. I often sketch buskers at a weekend market. This lady was an accordion player. Again, she and I discussed about art, life and music. We shared joy and pain. It’s a great joy and honour to draw them. An individual personality and emotion comes up in a subject. 
Friends, enjoy drawing and painting everyday. Happy Painting!


Monday, March 2, 2020

Eel Festival 2020

An Aboriginal young dancer at Welcome ceremony in Eel Festival at Sydney Living Museum, Elizabeth Farm. Parramatta means "place of the eels" in Burramattagal language. So, this festival respects Indigenous people's culture and language and discovers the heritage. Lovely to see anyone hugging each other, having fun and smiling! 

The dance performers talked of the importance of equality and emphasised, "We're the same human beings." Yes, indeed. 

Thank you very much for modelling!
Your team's dance and music performance was great. 
Always people interest me most. A very hot day, but cool breezes were nice. 
Busy. Please pardon my laziness of blogging. But thank you very much for visiting and supporting. I've been working on the picture book projects, a book cover and portraits. Sketching like above is my break between projects at a weekend. They are my references at the same time. Also, very happy to see many blog friends have become big names in art industry. 
I'll strive for my own dream and want to achieve it. 
Friends, you, too, let us find our own ways and become "who I am" fully.
Happy Painting!  


Friday, February 7, 2020

Sadami, Headliner for CBCA Kids' Corner

Thank you very much for honouring me a headliner in "Kids' Corner" in CBCA, Children Book Council for Australia NSW newsletters Jan/Feb 2020. Right now, rain! A decent fall!! I hope this rain will ease firefighters work and comfort residents burnt by bushfires. 

When I heard that the Clifton Creek Primary School Library in Victoria had been burnt to ashes, I immediately sent copies of my picture books to the KIDS’LIT CLUB, a network which is supporting these damaged schools. Quality new books were urgently needed to arrive before the new school year began. It was very upsetting to think of the communities and schools affected by the bush fires.
Being an illustrator, I drew the firefighter image to insert this message into the books, “Hi, Friends, Love, Hope, Dream! Enjoy reading!” I hoped this would help lift the spirits of the students and teachers.

Sharing personal stories on social media can encourage others to care. The responses to the posting on my Facebook page about the school show that so many people want to find a way to feel that they are can help get schools and communities back on the road to reading and creating stories.
Every person has the ability to be involved somehow as communities begin recovering and rebuilding. It is like tiny droplets coming together to make a strong stream to make a better world.
Each individual effort makes a difference.
SADAMI KONCHI is a unique illustrator whose latest book, My
Dog Socks, with text by Robyn Osborne (Ford Street Publishing)
shares a special kind of imagination.."


Monday, January 27, 2020

Classic Car

I also sketched Chalmers, Model 20, 1913. I had no idea about mechanics though, I simply loved drawing them all in the classic car show on Australia Day in almost 40 'C! Painstaking, but a great fun. 
This is the owner of this Chalmers, Model 20, 1913. My work pleased him and his club members. Thank you. After being grilled in the hot air, I escaped to the RSL club for a cold drink. 
I've accumulated classic cars drawings in a file. I might as well explore cars and mechanics onward. 
Friends, Happy Painting! Btw are you in a winter? 


Australia Day, Hot Air Balloons

Sydney sketch club enjoyed sketching hot air balloons in the event of Australia Day in Parramatta Park. Seeing is believing, is my policy (?!) in drawing. So, I try to sketch interesting subjects as many as possible. As long as I have a drawing experience of a subject, I can illustrate it more easily and accurately.   
We joined the event from 6 am. Crews were preparing many balloons. They were colourful and joyful. May these balloons symbolise reconciliation and mutual respect between Indigenous Australians and non Indigenous Australians.  
It was fun to draw them. Next time, if I illustrate the images of air balloon, I will confidently make it. 
So, Friends, Happy Painting as many as possible! 


Friday, January 10, 2020

Support of Primary School Burnt to Ashes by Bush Fires

Kids, residents, never give up. We always think of you all affected by bushfires. My picture books with messages are on the way to the rural primary school burnt to ground. 
I cannot hold tears when I see the news on bush fires. Everyday, always, all the time, when I think of it, I shed tears. I'm so proud of our Australian book publishing community, such a wonderful bond, support and a high spirit. Oh, I love it.
Children, enjoy reading!!!
Attention ALL AUSTRALIAN AUTHORS and bookshop owners: here’s something we can do to help just one of the bushfire-affected communities.
2. Send the new copy of your book/s to the post office address below.
3. Feel free to write a note to the school and place it (loose) inside the front cover of the book.
4. After you’ve posted the book, please feel free to place a link to your book in the comments below.
5. All books will be forwarded in batches to the Terry Floyd Foundation to be made available as the school year begins.
6. Please share this post wherever you and other Australian authors mingle on Facebook.
c/o Jackie Randall
PO Box 6430
Rouse Hill NSW 2155