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Monday, May 2, 2011

The City at Night : People are People

Hello, Friends, did you have a wonderful weekend?
Thank you for a lot of feedback on the last post. I'll be true to myself and live Sadami.
Even though we have a lot of rain these days, you and I will go for sketching people on streets in the City at night today.

Busker at Station
The night City has many faces. Homeless guys, rich&poor, young&old, buskers, illegal traders, police, drunkards, sex industry workers, happy&sad, overseas, artists, all kinds of people get together at the one place, the "City" and disclose their lives boldly. Night darkness curtains fiascoes off guilt. Alcohol helps people leave shyness, moral and social norms far behind. Freedom and chaos are praised.

In the chaos, sketching is much like finding gold from mud, scoop it up and scatter it on papers.
Value study at night is very interesting. Unfortunately, paper did not get dry well in the rain. Expected washes never came up. In the pub. Just the royal wedding was on a TV. Securities and young people enjoyed my sketches. Technically, rough sketches, quick watercolor and pin-down inspirations are my tasks.
I saw an old lady busker. Quite rare to see a granma-like figure play a guitar. Not many people gave her money tonight. Her very sad face ached my heart badly. "Oh, you're so sensitive. But the truth is truth!" she said cheerfully. She'd rather enjoy the miserable situation than cursing at others. Great and I admired her attitude. That pensioner was planning to go home, UK and saving a little bit money from busking.
One, I assume, a homeless lady passionately looked at my sketching for nearly 20 minutes(=till the end) on an under ground way to Central Station. She talked to me in Non-English. I had no idea. She tried hard to tell in English my portrait captured a model's inner world and emotions(*the first uploaded busker's portrait). "Spirit! Model's spirit! My English is bad." Once, she loved drawing in her country. "Very poor. Very poor. My English is bad."(*sorry I did not get her story well.) She took the brush from me, "Pen. Horse. Animal. Rice paper. Expensive." (...I wish I could tell her mine is made of a "Squirrel" another animal!). She kept on talking and would not go away. Looked very poor with 2 worn out plastic bags stuffed with cheap daily needs -- a typical homeless appearance, even though she said, "after work." Nearly 12 o'clock?! You do not look like a Cinderella. A face and hands were very dirty, full of wrinkles with some cuts or cracks. Big patches were here, there on her jacket. Honest, I've never seen a middle aged lady wearing a patched and thin cloth in autumn Sydney. Even a homeless guy wears well and warm, because charity provides clothes. If a language difficulty hinders this lady from accessing help and art work, it's pity... She passionately talked on how marvelous materials and how wonderful Chinese painting was.

I picked up a Chinese brush from my bag and ... gave it to the lady. Of course, I'm not rich at all!!(*I bought it this year.) I might be too simple...
The lady looked to get a bit surprised, happily accepted it, walked away and disappeared in a crowd.
Ah, if that lady could have been the sympathetic millionaire, that'll be wonderful! (*The Model Millionaire (Oscar Wilde) is my favorite short story. Big laugh and so subtle!! ) But a fantasy would not happen on me. I'm ready to die in poverty. My dear artist friend says, "You're not alone! We're in the same boat!!" Oh, what a great friendship! Hahaha!Now, let's go home. Home, sweet home. I'll take a train.
So many different people, some might be cunning. But I'd believe in people's good will. One homeless and beggar gentleman offered his jacket on steps for this poor artist. Many people actually respected the artist and never scorned me even in the chaos. Friends, that's my great and genuine honour.
I'll keep up drawing and painting. I do not expect a commercial success(=galleries are not happy to display subjective portraits), but one day, I'd exhibit my daily sketches of people at somewhere to share joy with others.
Anyway, happy painting!
















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56 comments:

  1. Sadami! Isn't the human spirit an amazing thing? Old, rich, young, poor,some people have souls of angels and we don't or can't recognize them. Even the poorest among us has something wonderful to give, whether your story of painting beautiful sketches or the homeless man offering his jacket on the steps. Thank you for the story Sadami, and keep painting.
    Best, Dora

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  2. What a wonderful selection of people you're showing us this week! Your stories show you have a loving soul! xxx Judy

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  3. oh you gave away a wonderful brush to someone who may or may not be capable of using it...and that says so much about you, Sadami. I love your wonderful sketches and the narrative that goes with it. You really lift me up! Many people do not understand how making art is not all about commerce. My sister-in-law for example thinks I am "stupid" for not making a lot of money, but I feel sorry for her, because though she makes money, she is hateful and mean. She would never ever give away her fine brush if she had one...and this is why she's unhappy and you are happy.
    I'll be waiting to go on the next adventure! Beautiful sketches and paintings every one!

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  4. Great story and sketches.
    Why not to consider the possibility (in future) to use your blog as your little shop? Postcards, book of illustrations, they will be success, I am sure. Do expect commercial success, you program your future with your wishes. You are so talented!

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  5. Tes personnages sont magnifiques Sadami, des illustrations très sensibles.

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  6. Hola Sadami, para mi tu blog es una fuente de inspiracion y de satisfaccion.
    Ademas se aprende mucho de la observacion de los maestros.
    Un saludo.

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  7. Thank you for sharing your night tour and your thoughts , your artistic skills are amazing and you have a very big heart . XXX

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  8. Hola Sadami, cada una de tus ilustraciones, atrapa la virtud de la gente, me encanta la espontaneidad y la frescura de tus obras. Un abrazo afectuoso.

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  9. Dear Dora,
    Yes, indeed, a human spirit is awesome. An angel's spirit! I believe all of us have it. But not all the time, we keep it. So, we're human!ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. Sweet and bitter fact!
    Best, Sadami

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  10. Hi, Judy, thank you! Hopefully, I can be a person "give, first." I know I get much from others. I love human beings, people, us.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  11. Dear Celeste,
    Thank you and happy to know you enjoy the post.

    Sadly, true that many people chase up money and look down artists and underestimate our products. They do not know how many years spent to demonstrate a watercolourist's short time skilled work. People pay money to a doctor and appreciate treatment, but not an artist. I do not see any difference between specialists and us, artists. While some people invest crazy amount of money in art work...

    I totally understand what you meant. Please smile at your sister-in-law...with a pity. You and I are not stupid at all. We're dead honest to hearts. Life is option. I've chosen this life, live as an artist after a long thought and no regret.

    Me, too, look forward to your next adventure!! Ah, if you're a next door, we could have a chat over wine!!

    Cheers, Sadami

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  12. Dear Irina,
    Thank you for kind advice. I'm planning and checking information RIGHT NOW. Consulting a bank, examing the safty of internationally accessable account, a print shop, shipping and other necessary stuff, etc, etc.
    Regarding picture book illustration, I always keep in touch with my mentor, publishers and a specific website designed for picture book illustrators.
    See how it goes.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  13. Lydie Cher,
    Que vous remercie beaucoup! Vos encouragements me lever.
    Cheers, Sadami

    Dear Lydie,
    Than you very much!! Your encouragements lift me up.
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>Lydie said...
    Your characters are wonderful Sadam, illustrations, very sensitive.

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  14. Estimado José,
    Gracias! Nos alientan unos a otros en Internet. Eso está bien.
    Saludos, Sadami

    Dear Jose,
    Thanks! We encourage each other on internet. That's nice.
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>Jose said...
    Sadami hello to my blog is a source of inspiration and satisfaction. You learn a lot from observation of teachers.
    A greeting.

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  15. Dear Jane,
    Thank you so much! Your chees are my energy. Yey, I'll keep upʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  16. Estimado Sand,
    Muchas gracias. Yo también, amad a vuestras ilustraciones lindo y creativo. Manténgase al día!
    Saludos, Sadami

    Dear Sand,
    Thank you very much. I, too, love your cute and creative illustrations. Keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>Sand said...
    Hello Sadami, each of your illustrations, captures the power of people, I love the spontaneity and freshness of your work. A big hug.

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  17. Beautifully done, Sadami! As always :)

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  18. Hi Sadami,
    What a touching story. I wish that homeless lady met you not in vain. Who knows maybe you turned her world upside down (in a good way).. I also wish that one day you meet a good publisher who would offer you to make you a book full of your sketches about the moments that you were able to catch in a moment.
    Have a great productive week.
    Keep creating Sadami!
    Thank you,
    Irina

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  19. In this pictures you have shared colors of life really awesome ,..

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  20. Happy painting Sadami. In my eyes, you are a success. Stay happy and just enjoy...

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  21. Dear Sadami,

    This post touched me very much. When I read it, I thought: "Thanks God for the artists in this world! " And you know what? It occurred to me that every president, prime minister, government of the world, healthcare, school, and each institution of public benefit, which decides about the human's fate - they all should to employ artists. Because artists are not only able to look at, but they are able to see. Unfortunately, officials sometimes prefer not to see.
    Beautiful works, Sadami - I love portrait of the old lady.
    Best wishes to you.

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  22. Dear Maria,
    Thank you!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  23. Dear Irina,
    Thank you for kind encouragements. Really hope God bless the lady. Yes, one day, I'll find a publisher to make a book on sketches. One editor recommends me to do self publishing in a very small number. At the moment, I'm doing research online business for my art work like you.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  24. Dear Evelyn,
    Thank you! I'll just keep up and enjoy drawing and painting.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  25. Dear Edyta,
    Thank you and I agree with you! Authorized guys and the hegemonic should listen to artists who advocate the voiceless and the powerless in society. I'd like to help people in need through art work.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  26. Dear Graffiti Artists,
    Welcome and thank you for visiting! Your great art work impresses me so much. Keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  27. An artist may have empty pockets, but she is never poor. Her wealth is in her fingertips a mark away from a masterpiece or just a lovely painting to brighten someone's world. You've got salable skills Sadami and now you need another new Chinese brush. Cheers.

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  28. Oh, Linda, thank U!!
    Yes, "Empty as a pocket. Nothing to lose, " like Paul Simon sings, I'd say, "Diamond in MY HEART."
    I'll get a nice brush and...keep it for myself!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  29. Sadami, I love to read your posts .. there in you is great innocence and love. God has truly blessed you and I'm sure he won't let you starve.
    Your artwork is precious, almost as precious as you .
    love and hugs xxoo

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  30. Sadami, me alegra que seas fiel a ti misma y sigas regalándonos estos bellos dibujos y acuarelas, que tanto me gustan.
    El del músico callejero: Fantástico.
    Las perspectivas de los personajes vistos desde arriba, lo has hecho fenomenal. Y no es fácil!
    El resto de los dibujos son una mezcla de dibujos con comentarios que salen del corazón. Eres muy buena Sadami y por eso te aprecio tanto, además de dibujar como los ángeles!
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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  31. Hello Sadami...just found your blog after you visited mine (grin). I love your work, and your writings are wonderful...I'll be following now...

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  32. Hola Sadamni, este post lo he leido como un de una novela de aventura, con mi heroe "Sadami" recorriendo la noche de Sidney, maravillosos dibujos,maravillosa Sadami, eres genial, gracias.

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  33. Dear Pat,
    Thank you so much! Once, I helped a St Vinnent de Paul shop, a shop lady told me the same like you said, "You're innocent." (*...brushed up. Still I do not get what it meant about my personality.)
    Yes, God helps me get daily bread and it's enough for me. If friends like you share my joy, it's truly blessing. Your work is precious, too.
    God bless you, too, Pat!!
    Love&Hugsʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞSadami

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  34. Dear Joshemari,
    Thank you so much and your say is too much on me. I brushed up ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    Joshemari, once, I sketched a city from a high point, a bird's eye view. It gave me the idea to sketch the people in a pub from upstairs.
    I really enjoyed sketching the busker and people in a train and a bus.
    I'll be true to myself and keep up!!
    A big hug, Sadami

    Estimado Joshemari,
    Muchas gracias y tu opinión es demasiado para mí. Me renueva.
    Joshemari, una vez, he esbozado una ciudad desde un punto alto, vista a vuelo de pájaro. Me dio la idea para dibujar a la gente en un bar del piso de arriba.
    Me gustó mucho dibujar el músico callejero y la gente en un tren y un autobús.
    Voy a ser fiel a mí mismo y mantenerse al día!
    Un fuerte abrazo, Sadami

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    Sadami, I'm glad you're true to yourself and you continue giving us these beautiful drawings and watercolors, I like both.
    The street musician: Fantastic.
    The perspectives of the characters seen from above, you did great. It is not easy!
    The rest of the pictures are a mix of drawings with comments from the heart. You are very good Sadami and for that I appreciate so much, besides drawing like angels
    A big hug.

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  35. Dear Mollie,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. You make beautiful paintings, so caring for others and full of experience&wisdom of watercolour. Thank you for sharing them. Please keep up.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  36. Dear Francis,
    Each of us is having a journey on the earth to find an answer for life. Me, too, to find who I am. I'll keep up my own style and be what I am!!
    Cheers, Sadami

    Estimado Francis,
    Cada uno de nosotros tiene un viaje a la tierra para encontrar una respuesta para la vida. Yo, también, para encontrar lo que soy. Voy a mantener mi propio estilo y ser lo que soy!
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>Francis said...
    Sadami Hi, I read this post as an adventure novel, my hero "Sadami"tour of Sydney at night, wonderful pictures, wonderful Sadami, you're great, thanks.

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  37. Me gustan mucho tus apuntes y acuarelas de la calle. Parece que tenemos el mismo mal tiempo, lluvia y lluvia los fines de semana. Un saludo

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  38. Hola Sadami, hace tiempo que no te visitaba, ya veo que tus pinturas siguen tan bonitas como siempre. un abrazo.

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  39. Thank you for the wonderful post. Judging from the number of people following your blog and your work, I would say that you are more of a success than most artists exhibited in galleries. You inspire so many! I am very drawn to the painting of the person boarding the train - the colors are very soothing.

    W

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  40. Wow, Juan, thank you!!
    I will sketch our daily life more and more.
    Cheers, Sadami

    Vaya, Juan, muchas gracias!
    Voy a esbozar nuestra vida cada día más y más.
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>Juan said...
    I really like your sketches and watercolors of the street. We seem to have the same bad weather, rain and rain on the weekends. Greetings

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  41. Dear Victoria,
    Thank you so much for encouragements. You, too, make wonderful work. Let us keep up together.
    Cheers, Sadami

    Querida Victoria,
    Muchas gracias por estímulos. Usted, también, hacer un trabajo maravilloso. Sigamos juntos.
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>>Victoria said...
    Sadami Hello, you have not visited you, I see your paintings are as beautiful as ever. a hug.

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  42. Dear Wren,
    Ohhhh..!! Thank you so much! Your encouragement lifts me up. Me, too, love the sketches in a train. Very happy to know you like it, too.
    I'm just searching for a gallery to display my works on "our daily life." I don't expect a commercial success, but want to show "our life," the unknown public, yet so precious.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  43. I'm so sad when I finish reading your posts, Sadami. I enjoy them so much and wish I can read more. You're a loving person ..and kind to others. I love the sketch of the "old lady".

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  44. Dear Hilda,
    Thank you! I'm quite a happy person and optimist. Very happy to know your great empathy for others, too. You, too, are a lovely lady. We're born with empty hands and naked bodies, will be gone as wellʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. I know I get much form others. So, give&take is fair and a right thing.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  45. I love your stories, and your art work, Sadami: you have a great heart, and I hope every beautiful thing for you... because you deserve it. A kiss!

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  46. Dear Cristina,
    Thank you for a kind say!
    I popped up an art supply to check gesso that you demonstrated for watercolour. You're lovely to share your techniques with othersʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    A kiss! Sadami

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  47. wonderful ! All is wonderful : words and sketches!
    it's great to share all that ! thank you sadami !
    bisous

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  48. Dear Marty,
    Thank you so much! You, too, keep up wonderful photos and beautiful poems.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  49. I like the old grandpa! I can feel his kindness. Also like the lady in train, it is a simple picture, but gives people big space to think of her story.

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  50. Dear Maxim,
    Thank you! Me, too, love all the people in my sketches. Each of us has a story. So different, but so similar, because we are same humans. So precious.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  51. These pictures really superb. Full of feeling and tenderness. With a few touches of color and quality. Greetings

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  52. Dear Leovi,
    Thank you for encouragements! I'll keep up my style.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  53. You have a beautiful way of capturing the human face. Your people are genuine and full of life.

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  54. Dear Shelley,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and kind comment. Your art work on figures are very touching and moving me. Yes, you, too, have a beautiful way of capturing the human face. Your people are genuine and full of life. Let us keep up!!
    Best wishes, Sadami

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  55. Sadami, I have missed seeing your posts, so sorry but I think I am getting back to normal.
    These paintings are nothing short of amazing!!! Such a wonderful cross-section of humanity. I loved just looking at these.

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  56. Dear Teri,
    Thank you so much for visiting in your busy days. Please take it easy.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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