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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Make Dreams Come True

"Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true,"-- Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I believe so, too. I've moved my May Gibbs fellowship to next Oct because of the pandemic. I'm working on the new picture book project that requires research, critical analyses of collected raw data and writing. I will make my dream come true! Friends, thank you for support.





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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Eryldene, Camellia Garden

Eryldene is the most exquisite place, they say. 
Quite an interesting and inspiring man, Prof Waterhouse was a linguist and expert of the camellia! He co-founded the Australian and New Zealand Camellia Research Society. His house is designed to look along camellias, a temple, a fountain and a tennis court etc. Click this map. https://www.ticketebo.com.au/the-eryldene-trust/eryldene-open-weekend-sat-11-july.html Camellias are very popular and common in Japan, do you know?  


Prof Waterhouse’s enthusiasm of camellias is inspiring. He started studying Japanese in 80s and conquered it! I know a Japanese art dealer who mastered French because it was the lingua franca in an international art market. It’s never too late to study.  
Friends, never give up and let's try to reach stars : watercolour painting, portraits, picture book illustration, whatever.  
Happy painting all the time! 

 


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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hard Aport!

As if boats were our lives in the ocean. I, as a captain, want to sail across a stormy sea even on a tiny boat. A dear friend says, "Hope you take plenty of sea sickness tablets. Lovely boat though."  Good point! I'll keep her advice in my mind, because I easily get sick even on a ferry. The rusted boat and the reflection were charming, btw! 

It was lovely to sketch together. I love watercolour painting. 
Friends, Happy Painting! And we will get through this pandemic. Take care and stay safe.  




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Monday, September 14, 2020

Cherry Blossoms, Buds, Spring

We, Australians enjoy spring. Cherry blossoms, plum trees and apricots are full bloom in a park. Buds can't hold their joy. Full of life in a joyful sunshine even in the pandemic. I remembered the Japanese word, “桜吹雪” (*sakura-fubuki). It means “cherry blossom snowstorm,” as if, like a storm, so many petals were dancing in the spring winds.  
Melbourne has experienced the outbreak as well as elsewhere in the world. But we will never give up. Friends, take care and stay safe! We will get through this tough time. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Libby Hathorn Awarded for Lady Cutler Award 2020

Congrats, my author, Libby Hathorn received Lady Cutler Award 2020!! So happy. An award-winning author, poet and librettist. She wrote more than 80 books for children and young people, translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen for 50 years. What an honour and privilege, I've been working with Libby! She always supports me. Libby, you're shinning!!

Picture of Libby Hathorn



Libby Hathorn announced as the 2020 recipient of the LADY CUTLER AWARD. The Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch is pleased to announce that Libby Hathorn has been chosen as the 2020 recipient of the LADY CUTLER AWARD. Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author, poet and librettist. She is the author of more than eighty books for children and young people. Many of her books have been translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen. Throughout her work run themes of positive self-esteem in children, importance of the strength and fragility of family, fun and glory in nature, all threaded through with the power of kindness and empathy in our lives.
Over the decades Libby has generously shared her love of literature with children, teachers, and the community. Through workshops, conferences, festivals and school visits Libby has promoted the importance of story, the valuing of books and libraries all with Australian stories at heart. She has continually sought to raise the standard of literature through both her own work and teaching and mentoring others; from teaching at Sydney University to reaching out to remote communities via video conferencing or in person as an Australia Day Ambassador for over 20 years. Libby has carried the message of the diversity and vibrance of Australian children’s literature far beyond Australia, providing curriculum materials in Africa, Nepal and India. Libby is devoted to ‘spreading the word’ about poetry. She has developed documentaries on poets in association with the State Library of NSW and is currently working on a World Poetry collection encompassing many international voices as well as new picture storybooks. Her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland including the Alice Award for her body of work, and the Asher Prize alongside Honour and Notable books in the Children’s Book of the Year Awards run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA).
The Lady Cutler Award commemorates the contribution to the Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch by its former patron, Lady Helen Cutler, and is presented for Distinguished Service in the field of Australian Children’s Literature.
Libby will receive this award in Sydney at a celebratory event to be held on November 21st, 2020. Plans remain fluid due to COVID 19 restrictions. Please refer to cbcansw.org.au for details closer to the date. For a complete list of Libby’s books, awards and other details click here. About the Award The Lady Cutler Award is a bi-ennial award, administered by the CBCA NSW Branch, for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. It commemorates the contribution to the Children’s Book Council NSW Branch by Lady Helen Cutler, its first patron, accepting the appointment in 1966, when her husband Sir Roden Cutler became Governor of New South Wales. Lady Cutler continued as Patron of the CBCA NSW Branch until her death in 1990. Lady Cutler saw her role as one of service to the community. She recognised the needs of children and encouraged CBCA NSW Branch members to advance the cause of children’s literature throughout the state. While many have made a significant contribution in this area, their work was often unrecognised, so, in 1981 the CBCA NSW Branch, headed by then President, Eddie Coffey inaugurated the Lady Cutler Award, with sponsorship from Hodder & Stoughton. From 2012 the award came full circle with Eddie Coffey taking up the sponsorship in the name of his company, Peribo The Award consists of: A framed certificate;A cameo (brooch or pendant) The recipient’s name engraved on the base of the perpetual trophy, a Wedgewood vase, and have the honour of retaining the vase until the succeeding award presentation. Nominations should be submitted on the Official Nomination form. Please read the Advice to Nominators & Criteria carefully.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Australian Landscape

I love our rural areas where winds dance and clean water shines under sunshine. Sketching landscapes boosts up our spirits and makes us happy. Friends, let's go outside and enjoy sunshine. A good antidote to this pandemic. Happy painting! 

XVI. The Wind   Emily Dickinson
It's like the light, —
A fashionless delight
It's like the bee, —
A dateless melody.
It's like the woods,
Private like breeze,
Phraseless, yet it stirs
The proudest trees.
It's like the morning, —
Best when it's done, —
The everlasting clocks
Chime noon.



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Monday, August 24, 2020

My Work Won ParaArt Award

My work, "The Song of Life," is awarded for ParaArt Tokyo among wonderful art works from 37 countries! Oh, so happy!! I can't believe it. https://virtualgallery.paraart.jp/2020/winner/ It gives me confidence and energy to create more and keep up rehab. がんばります
All the finalists' works were brilliant and amazing. Anyone could be winners. Friends, thank you very much for support and encouragement. 
Happy Painting!  

ParaArt 2020
"Art Overcomes Disabilities and National Borders"
Sponsors : Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 
The Agency for Cultural Affairs,Tokyo Metropolitan Government,The Japanese Red Cross Society, 
Japan UNICEF Committee, The People’s Republic of China Embassy, Korean Embassy.





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