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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arts Activated Conference 2016 by Accessible Arts NSW

The conference is wonderful to update information, catch up others and expand network. AANSW staff advocates artists with disabilities and any involved people such as peak bodies and supporters. There, as if a world value became "upside down and inside out," because usually discriminated people were the centre of the world! I felt so good. No one looked at my leg or sometimes wibble wobble walking. All the staff and participants, we smiled each other and nicely enjoyed chats. I often shared time with deaf people. I really did not mind deaf. My drawing amused deaf artists : Sue and Luke. 
New friends : Sue (*above) is a photographer and a $6,000 grants recipient last year. Luke King is lovely and one of the presenters in a workshop! He is a visual artist (*so good at biro drawing!) and Auslan curator at National Gallery of Victoria. This is a part of his work. 
Andy Warhol , Ai Weiwet Access Tours in Aulan @ National Gallery of Victoria. Guided tour in Auslan only, no voice translation provided. Tour leader Luke King, artist. Cost Free, Exhibition admission fees apply. Meet Exhibition entrance.  Luke is a visual artist with a Bachelor of. Fine Arts (hons). In addition to lecturing and leading art tours for deaf people and Auslan students, Luke runs workshop.
Sue and Luke were very friendly. I could not understand Auslan at all. I was a deaf among them and Auslan interpreters. I only "twice" used papers and talked with Sue. Our healthy and rich quietness made me comfortable. All of us loved photos and drawings. We looked at our works, saying, "Ooohhhh!!" "Waaahhhh!!" laughed, giggled, smiled and enough! Art is universal language!!
Sue introduced me to a Disability Discrimination Commissioner from Human Rights Commission (*I've loved that organisation for ages!) An Auslan Interpreter from Melbourne asked to pass on hello to my mentor Ann James. (*I always boast my mentors, Books Illustrated and Helen Chamberlin to anyone! They become a good conversation opening with others.) The interpreter remembered Books Illustrated and felt like visiting there. Btw, sometimes, people mistook me for a deaf. 

In the key speakers, Pádraig Naughton from Arts & Disability Ireland impressed me most. His life story and very caring advice was great. 
  • Expertise.  
  • Connect a local level and grow.  
  • Disability led practice, but art work/activities need to involve whole/any people.  
  • Don't do it alone. Make friends as many as possible. Collaborate. 
Three key speakers : Left to Right, Veronica Pardo (Arts Access Victoria), Emma Bennison (Accessible Arts Australia),  Pádraig Naughton ( Arts & Disability Ireland).  I had a chat with each person later. Emma's good memory amazed me. She said, "You're a drawer! You sketched me!" (*Emma remembered my voice and name!) I met her at Accessible Arts Australia conference 2012. 
http://sadamisgraffiti.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/dont-play-me-pay-me.html
In addition, I became a finalist twice at their national arts competitions.    

However, the Arts Activated Conference did not cover the need of non English speakers. Sadly, only a few non English speakers participated it. When I addressed my concern about the lack of services for non English speakers, Emma agreed me and asked me, "Keep in touch." I told her, "I'm happy to offer a help in my capacity." Settlement Services International asked me lots of questions on how to advocate clients. He said, "Language barrier is another disability." In my mind, "No, non English speakers are not disabled. A social system has dysfunction," I thought though, listening to his thoughts. I hope that equal access of arts for anyone will come true. 

Btw, do ye realise? In Auslan, a right hand is used more often than a left hand, I've found. An interpreter agreed me. We chatted over sign language. Each country has a different sign language. If we can have a universal sign language, it would be lovely. 

Facebook helps to expand my network and enhances it. Very interesting and fun to connect others and get feedback and warm cheers from FB friends. You'll find deaf people, Auslan interpreters and Pj Lynch, too on my facebook. https://www.facebook.com/sadami.konchi 
Yey, my hero Pj says he is honoured to be a judge of an art competition with Padraig at Christmas. 
An effective use of social media platform is a very good strategy of networking. I met the staff from Australian Museum. Their executive and I are good friends. So, we enjoyed a chat. I hope we will nurture our friendship. 

Special thanks for all Accessible Arts NSW the staff and volunteers. You are the real heroes and made this wonderful event happen for us. 

The conference refreshed me. I could get back to the picture book project and others and made a good progress. Thank you for a strong support. I feel my life gets richer! I want you, too, make your life rich!  Cheers, ((Hugs)).  
Friends, Happy Painting!! 



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

've started FACEBOOK!

My facebook has started. Come over, if you like!  
I've set up FB to show my art works and keep this blog to chat with you over my thoughts etc. This is my facebook mark, a little one (*you can find it on the right side of this blog). The cover photo of my facebook is your familiar work, a "girl feeding birds." 


I'm still learning a lot how to do Facebook. Fortunately, many established illustrators have helped me : Anne Spudvilas, Anna Walker and Elise Hurst. Of course, Ann James and Blogger friends, too, supported this computer hopeless. Oh, a computer scares me so much! I could not get how to start up and --- embarrassing --- asked Helen Chamberlin for help. Sweet Helen offered me a "first friend" and assisted me. Her face calmed down my panic at that time (*I was nearly crying!). Phtew. 

Thank you for strong support. Aw, really without your help, I could not come along this journey in art. 

Btw, I attended Activated Conference (two days) 2016 run by Accessible Arts NSW. I'd report you what I thought and felt. I made new lovely friends and deaf. I do not know sign language though, we did not have language barrier at all. I'll post my sketches of Australian sign language / Auslan interpreters as well as key speakers or presenters. 

Have a nice day! Friends, Happy Painting!! 
   



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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Signed Moon Prints and Books Available @ Books Illustrated

Signed Books "Moon" and Limited Edition Giclee Prints available @ Books Illustrated in Melbourne. For enquiries and orders,  
  • contact Ann Haddon: info@booksillustrated.com.au
  • Mobile 0439 031 915
  • International: +61 439 031 915

In Sydney, contact, "skonchi1 AT gmail.com
Two available prints are below. 


Misty Forest 


Owl and Moon



Special thanks to Books Illustrated (mentors), a book launcher, Margaret Hamilton, an author, Matt, an editor, Helen Chamberlin. Friends, thank you very much for warm cheers.

A big fan in Switzerland purchased "Moon" and sent me the so sweet comment. Really, Patrick's comment made me cry in joy. Patrick and I have been blogging friends for years. Oh, he gave me a very happy surprise!!! 

  1. Hello Sadami

    Your moon has arrived in Switzerland!
    We were very pleased
    about your wonderful picture book
    look here!

    http://kieselsteine.ch/MoonSadamiPatrickChristine.html

    Kind regards
    Christine and Patrick

    kieselsteine
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    1. Oh, Patrick and Christine! Oh, oh, oh!!! Your photo and comment made me cry in joy. What a beautiful couple you are and Moon! I'm one of the luckiest illustrators on the earth to have such a lovely fan like you. Thank you very much.
      Best wishes, ((Hugs)), Sadami

Also, very happy and proud that Books Illustrated has included "Moon." The most prominent and celebrated Australian illustrators are on their list. It was one of my dreams to be on the site. A kind linguistics professor sent these photos from a bookshop. Wow, "Moon"! 

I owe this all to you, Friends. Thank you very much for your support. 
Have a wonderful and productive week. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 



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Monday, September 12, 2016

Iron Cove -- Sydney Sketch Club

I sketched a wharf and a member's daughter in a Sydney Sketch Club meeting that visits places by an alphabetical order. "I" is for Iron Cove. A perfect day, a warm sunshine and a soft breeze. I played with a member's daughter in King George park. She got bored, whilst staying besides her mother. (*I perfectly understand her feelings!) We kicked a ball, etc (that was a good task for me!). Then, we came back to a spot where members were sketching under a big tree. I asked a princess to be my model. The princess was very happy and tried to stay still. "Oh, no. You don't need to stay still. You can move around. I do not mind your moving. Move. Yes, yes." said I. An idea hit me. "Would you mind telling me stories?" The princess delightedly told me her created fantasies with a favourite stuffed toy. She began to show very natural face expressions and a lovely body language. That was what I wanted to get! I did not know other members listening to our conversations. Later, members commented, "Such an interesting "story" being told in this picture, by a delightful subject." Children are all wonderful story tellers, I believe. I hope all of them will keep that creativity forever. Thank you for modelling, young lady! 

I love sketching boats. Here we go! I made it in a short time. A member commented, "I cannot believe how you did this in about 15 minutes." In fact, I came very late for the meeting. I had only two hours. Busy Sadami enjoyed lunch, exploring a wharf, chats with members, sketching and playing with a child in a park! I made paintings in a big hurry. My brush danced well. My watercolour painting done in a short time seems more lively and better. Colourful buoys were fun to paint. I love playing with colours to depict water or an ocean. 
The sketch club meeting cheered me up, when I had been working on a storyboard. It's important for an artist to go outside and enjoy sunshine and different circumstances. 
Oh, yes, I went to a secondhand book fair at Sydney uni on Sat (Saturday 10 to Wednesday 14 September). I bought Ronald Searle's "Ah, yes, I remember it well....". Does anyone know him? His eye is so good to find a subject and cook them up with pen. Hilarious. His drawing skills are amazing -- he can draw everything in a traditional methods. Particularly, his architecture impressed me. Then, he can create subjects into sophisticated caricatures! Only the shame is I cannot understand his French-English jokes. 
If you have a spare time, pop up the book fair for treasure hunting. You may find your favourite.  
Friends, Happy Painting! 










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Monday, September 5, 2016

Musicians and Kids in Market

I sketched around people in a market. We enjoyed shopping and music in lovely Sunday afternoon. A guitarist had an interesting guitar that was a hybrid of a classic guitar and an acoustic guitar = a classic guitar head, nylon strings, plus an electric acoustic guitar body. So, his guitar made softened sounds, not sharply metallic. Guitarists so much love their guitars. The busker carefully wiped his guitar and put it back to a case. I asked the guitarist, "If your girl friend asks you which is more important a guitar or her, what would you say?" He smiled and said, "Hope she would not ask such a question!" Hahaha! We laughed. When I had asked the same question to a close friend and guitarist, he replied, "Of course, a guitar!" Girls, we need to keep an eye on a boy friend's guitar?!    
People in the market, all looked happy. Treasure hunting is pleasure. I got a pretty skirt and two lovely picture books : Chihiro Iwasaki's "Momoko and the pretty bird," and David Cox's, "The Drover's Dog."  Oh, I love both. The drover's dog is hilarious and satirical. Once upon a time, a drover, Joe taught a dog, Sue some tricks. Ambitious Joe wanted for fame and went to big cities with clever Sue in the world. What would happen on Sue and Joe? The book tells what is more important than fame and money. I will enjoy this poor ?! artist life in Australia!

I quickly sketched children with the least lines, less brush strokes and a few colours. My brushes danced well. I attach the sketches. I hope you'll enjoy them. When I am in slump, I cannot draw, especially, children. I was happy to see my hand rhythmically moving on paper. 
Particularly, sketching a moving child is fun. Models, parents, on-lookers, anyone and I giggle and laugh together. 
I'll sketch more to create "roughs" for "My Dog Socks." Although it's challenging, it's fun. I will enjoy creating a picture book more than ever. Yey, I hope you, too, have a productive week! Thank you for cheers and visiting this blog. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 
  








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Monday, August 29, 2016

Making Whites in Watercolor

Friends, thank you for patience for my long absence! The picture book illustration is right on a track. So, I can find time for blogging and sketching. I enjoyed sketching this wedding dress in a shop from a street. Let's have fun to create white in watercolour on spot. Technically, the white bridal dress was challenging in watercolour (A4, Arches, 300gsm). 

White is not always a breached white in paintings like you soon realise. 
My main methods : 
1) leave white on paper, 
2) wax / crayon,   
3) use different colours to show white.  
Let's have fun in creating "white" in watercolour painting. 
Take the wedding dress for an example. I used all methods 1), 2) and 3). 
1) leave white on paper
In my eyes, the wedding dress had a bit vintage image = old. 
Arches 300 mgs does not have a breached white, as you know. It just suited to my colour image of the dress.   
2) wax / crayon
Wax worked to create laces. The point was to show the mood of the dress, I felt, not the detailed or exact information. 
3) use different colours to show white
I chose a very soft raw sienna for a first wash to create a slightly sepia image. Then, I played with colours. 
Do you often use masking fluid or a tape? I hardly use them. Embarrassing though, a masking fluid bin often gets "out of order" on my working desk (= I do not use it for years! and gets bad). Another problem, masking fluid and a tape leave a clearly edged white that annoys meIn my experience, it's wise to choose a technique or combine them to match a painting's need and its texture. 
However, I'm not a skillful technician! If you can teach me how to do it or a more effective way and share it, it would be wonderful. 

Also, I'd add my belief that technical things will follow a person pursuing it. So, don't get disappointed, if some trials did not work well. My admiring illustrators and great artists have simple techniques and create amazing and touching work. Think about Michelangelo or Turner. Did they have masking liquid or a tape? I believe if a person wants to find a way to create an effect to describe something in a subject, an individual will find a way. If I made it upside down(= if I chased up only techniques first), I make empty work, I feel. Where there's a will, there's a way. Friends, just have fun! You'll find a way to go!    

Back to the first topic, the picture book illustration. I've been working hard on a storyboard and roughs. Already many blog Friends have read the record of my drawing process. If any Friends and blog visitors want to know the process, you can browse the labels related to picture book on the right side of this blog. 
I hope I will update this "Monday" blog as much as I can. *Honestly, it's hard while I'm working on projects. But your cheers and support encourage me to go on. Thank you so much! I'm sure many blog Friends striving for dreams in their lives and art industry. I'd send you my best wishes!! 
Friends, Happy Painting!     




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Monday, August 8, 2016

ASA Contract Assessment Service

When you successfully get a contract, how do you handle a contract without a literary agent? A publishing contract has many technical jargon that we are unfamiliar with. Author and Illustrator advocacy body, Australian Society of Authors has a wonderful service, "Contract Assessment Service". It's available to ASA members. I'd like to express my sincere thanks to ASA for their kindness, patience and a wonderful support for me to understand the contracts. 
Btw, this painting has two people : an editor/publisher Helen Chamberlin and Matt Zurbo, an author of Moon that I illustrated. We’ve become lovely friends in a publishing team. In my eyes, they looked like a mom and a son. It was our launching day and we enjoyed dinner together last year. It’s very sweet that we can help each other and build friendship. I'm now getting to know a new publishing team at Ford Street Publishing. I hope we will create a good picture book for "My Dog Socks"!   

ASA has rich and very varied services. Many helpful workshops and events on their calendar. It’s worth following up and schedule.  https://www.asauthors.org/events/calendar
When I studied "Children's Picture Book Illustration Course" at Sydney Uni, lecturer Donna Rawlins recommended us, students to join ASA at the end of the course. 

I deeply thank for ASA and highly recommend to join ASA and use their services! ASA is a sweet mom or a wise granny and a strong dad or a reliable granpa for us.
Friends, happy painting and a happy Illustrator life!












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