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Monday, May 23, 2011

Great Fun! Sketching at Luna Park Under Sydney Harbour Bridge Opposite to Opera House

On Sunday, I enjoyed an event, ArtAlong as an invited artist by North Sydney Council. Actually, Sydney Sketch Club members also joined it. There, people can enjoy watching local artists working on paintings on a pavement. The event(9am-3pm) is a painting competition at
the same time.


I set up a stall just at famous Luna Park entrance, a children's heaven.
But I did not see other artists around me. It puzzled me and I realized all other artists wanted to paint "landscapes" for the competition.I enjoyed quick watercolour "portraits." Well, men and boys would not sit for me. Mmmm....they might be much shyer than us?! Only girls and women cooperated me. GIRLS POWER! Thank you all the models and ladys.

People showed a great interest in my sketching. My idea to display original and copied works on "boards" worked out very well.Passerbys often looked at my other works and picked up business cards. We really enjoyed lots of chats. Some friends came to see me. Later, the staff told me that my stall became quite popular among watchers and tourists. I was too busy to realize it and could not have a look of other artists working.

I often enjoyed a chat too much and might be a bit distracted.
BUT the point was to communicate people there. I do not need to make a masterpiece everytime or all the time.
Making portraits is a very intimate human interaction between a model and an artist. Indeed, each model and I had a long chat. Usually, I make a quick sketch in 15 or 20 minutes, even in a train cart, I do it (this blog readers well know it). Today, I was a bit slow for watercolour.
Only the problem was...we, human beings cannot keep a laugh or a smile for minutes = we turn to be serious soon!
The conversations were very interesting. Each model gave me their life stories, which I felt my priviledge as an artist to share a model's inner world.With one lady, we chatted over when & who & what is the most important. I quoted Tolstoy, "Three Questions." The answers are, "Now," "A person whom I'm with," "Do good a person whom I'm with." The answers always remind me of a Japanese tea ceremony. It has philosophy that "Do your best to a guest at a ceremony, because we may not see again on the earth."

When I sketch people...I feel the same above.
Of course, I had a great fun today, but also these sketches are my prayers. I hope I will keep on and learn lots.
Finally, special thanks to Jennifer, our guardian angel of the Sketch Club, who took all these photos and other members' as well.
Friends, H
appy Painting & Have a Nice Week!!

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52 comments:

  1. You had a brilliant wonderful day....I can see from your words and your sketches. May your everyday be as good!

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  2. Dear Sharon,
    Thank you! And you, too!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Hi, Sadami. Here we are still enjoying the last hours of our week end. I'm sure your lady-models have been very proud with their portraits. You must forgive me but, as you can see, my presence in the blogs is lately very limited. I'll try to take advantage of the remains of this week-end to bring myself up to date. Cheers.

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  4. Hi Sadami, your posts are always so interesting....and your sketches always fantastic!

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  5. What a wonderful day and what beautiful work you produced!
    I had never heard of the Three Questions, so you have taught me something today. Thank you.
    I have had the privilege of attending a tea ceremony in London once, and was humbled by the care taken of the guests.
    Take care, my good friend. Much love xx

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  6. What a wonderful event, and a great opportunity to show your work! Sketching models is very personal, looks like you met some wonderful people!

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  7. A pity that other artists didn't stay in that venue, looks like a very beautiful place, but that way you had all the place to yourself and enjoyed so many visitors, that's great! sounds like you had a wonderful time, thanks for sharing the experience Sadami! <3

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  8. Ce qui me touche toujours lorsque je lis vos messages c'est votre sensibilité qui transparaît autant dans vos dessins que dans vos paroles. Quelle intensité dans ce partage entre modèle et artiste ! A bientôt, amicalement.

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  9. Qué estupenda iniciativa, Sadami, y con unos resultados muy buenos y humanos!
    Felicidades y abrazos.

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  10. Dear Sadami. Your portraits are so wonderful, you really know how to capture the " essentiel " in a face. And I agree with you when you say that making portraits is a very intimate situation between model and painter.
    Wish you a happy week.

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  11. Me llama la atencion tu trabajo. Es un gran trabajo de sintesis y de color. enhorabuena y un saludo.

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  12. Your art takes you in so many different paths where you meet such interesting people. And I LOVE reading and seeing all about it.

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  13. Beautiful post, Sadami. Maybe someday I will do the same, it looks like such fun. I often sketch people in secret and I guess that's a good way to start until my sketching improves greatly. You are always inspirational to me, my friend.

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  14. Love your portraits and your writing! fantastic Tolstoy quote!

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  15. Hi, Albert,
    Thank you for cheers. I'd send you cheers, too. Please take it easy. I'm sure you'll make lots of interesting and beautiful paintings.
    Best wishes, Sadami

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  16. Yahoo, Tito! Your posts are always so FRESH and your art work is always brillinat! I admire your energy and challenge spirit!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  17. Dear C...
    Thank you for visiting my blog in your busy day. I sincerely hope you can take a rest for a while at my blog.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  18. Dear Pat,
    Thank you!
    Regarding a tea ceremony, that's another reason why old Japanese samurai generals performed it before war. They expected death and did their best to host guests at a tea ceremony. Glad to know you picked up something from the "Three Qs", my favorite story.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  19. Dear Judy,
    Yes, indeed! I met very interesting and nice people. One lady loves linguistics, too. I learned a lot.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  20. Dear Teresa,
    Oh, yes, thank goodness, I'm a portraitist and picture book illustrator! Like you, my friends said, "Hey, you seem to occupy the best spot!" But all other artists faced a Sydney warf/bridge/opera house = opposite to Luna Park.
    BTY, Teresa, hang in there, your illo work!!!
    Tons of cheers, Sadami

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  21. Dear Lydie,
    Thank you very much!! I'd respect models, appreciate every single "moment of sketching" and explore myself. In it, a paradox, eternity is found.
    Best regards, Sadami

    Lydie Cher,
    Merci beaucoup! Je modèles égard, apprécier chaque single "moment de l'esquisse" et moi-même explorer. Dans ce document, un paradoxe, l'éternité se trouve.
    Cordialement, Sadami

    >>>Lydie said...
    It always touches me when I read your posts is your sensibility that permeates much in your drawings in your words. What intensity in this division between model and artist! See you in a friendly.

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  22. Dear Joy,
    Thanks millions, Joy! Let us enjoy every sigle moment of our life, live fully.
    Cheers, Sadami

    Estimado Joy,
    Gracias millones! Vamos a disfrutar de cada momento del sigle de nuestra vida, vivir plenamente.
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>Joy said...
    What a wonderful initiative, Sadami, and with very good results and human!
    Congratulations and hugs.

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  23. Hi, Jane, thank you so much!!
    You, too, know what I meant in the post. Let us appreciate every single moment in creating art work. It brings me the meaning of life.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  24. Dear Jose,
    Thank you for the very nice comment. You, too, enjoy and share joy with others through your wonderful work.
    Kind regards, Sadami

    Estimado José,
    Gracias por el comentario muy agradable. Usted, también, disfrutar y compartir la alegría con los demás a través de su maravilloso trabajo.
    Un cordial saludo, Sadami

    >>>Jose said...
    I called the attention your work. It is a great work of synthesis and color. Congratulations and greetings.

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  25. Hi, Teri,
    Thank you very much! Yes, an art career takes me to so many interesting places and allows me to meet wonderful people. And Teri, you're one of them!!!
    Cheers,Hugs, Sadami

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  26. Dear Carol,
    Thank you so much. I just recommend you to openly sketch people right now. It takes time, requires guts and needs a strong nerve & sensitivity. Experiences is essential.
    Good luck!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  27. Dear Meera,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Very happy to know you enjoyed it and got something--is my highest honour. You make charming art work and fascinating photos. Please keep up.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  28. fascinating day complete with truly wonderful works by Sadami! You are a "people person"

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  29. Dear Celeste,
    Thank you!! A great honour, called, "People person" by you, fantastic famous artist. I'll live as the people- person artist.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  30. Ciao Sadami, complimenti per la freschezza del tuo disegno

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  31. Hi, Portos,
    Thank you. Your cartoons are always great. Knock out a hegemonic group and advocate us, the voiceless!!
    Cheers, Sadami

    Ciao, Portos,
    Grazie. Il tuo cartoni animati sono sempre grande. Knock out di un gruppo egemone e sostenitore di noi, chi non ha voce!
    Cheers, Sadami

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    Sadami Hello, congratulations for the freshness of your design

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  32. Hola Sadami que buena experiencia, es verdad que la pintura al aire libre es una buena manera de contactar con la gente, les atrae ver un pintor en la calle, o por curiosidad o porque ellos pintan también, desde que pinto en exterior, he conocido a mucha gente, varios se han convertido en clientes, y haciendo retratos seguro que el contacto es aún más intenso, todos los que hiciste este día son magníficos seguro que les habrá encantado a las señoras.
    Saludos.

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  33. Dear Francis,
    Thank you!! Your say is all true. It turned out my big advertisement and contact with potential customers. I'd try more similar events from now on.
    Cheers, Sadami

    Estimado Francisco,
    ¡Gracias! Su decir es todo cierto. Resultó que mi gran anuncio y el contacto con clientes potenciales. Yo he tratado más eventos similares a partir de ahora.
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>Francis said...
    Hello Sadami that much experience, it is true that painting outdoors is a good way to contact people are attracted to see an artist on the street, or out of curiosity or because they paint also, I paint outdoors, I have met many people, many have become customers, and making sure that the contact pictures is even more intense, all you did this day are great are sure to be enchanted ladies.
    Greetings.

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  34. These watercolor portaits look great and so does the ArtAlong event! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Always a pleasure to visit your blog:)
    - and fun to see you "in action".
    With your talent and eye for colour and shape, I`m sure you`d love to do some needlefelting if you tried it. I wonder how your avatar would look like?

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  36. I am back again Sadami ! WOW what a wonderful portraist you are. Girl power, great power !
    I tried to draw quickies last week in Tunisia. I was surprised it was not so bas in half an hour.
    But yours... are so expressive. Hope you are fine.
    Next week I go to Croatia...
    Bises bises !!!! Olivia.

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  37. Hi, Tim,
    Thank you very much! Your portait works are really cool and sexy. Please keep up.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  38. Dear Annepa,
    Thank U! I wonder what you meant in the comment. "Needle felting!" Wow, that's your area. Yes, I loved needlefeling at school like you do. "Avatar" is a good suggestion. But not confident to make a pretty Sadami in hand craft. What about "clay"? I assume it's much easier than needle work. What do you think?
    Cheers, Sadami

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  39. Dear Olivia,
    Thank you, but FORGET EVERYTHING and just enjoy your life!! I'm your big fan and a royal blog reader. Have a great fun in Croatia!
    Hugs&smile, Sadami

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  40. Hi Sadami; My first time to visit your blog. I truly have enjoyed my visit and view of past posts. I se a kind of sketchy painterly shorthand in your work that I admire. Good stuff all.

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  41. Dear Carrie,
    Thank you and welcome! I, too, enjoyed your blog. You do the same stuff for art work as I do. Let us enjoy painting and drawing!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  42. I love your style of painting, it seems just a spot of color here and there and the painting is beautiful.
    Vicki

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  43. Hi, Vicki,
    Yes, I try not to draw too much. "Value" and simplified visual information is my concern. You're so creative and hardworking knitter and a wonderful drawer. Let us keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  44. You have such a lovely watercolor technique. You've really seemed to capture the essence of all of your subjects! I'm sure they appreciated the beautiful portraits!

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  45. Dear Sara,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and a kind comment. Keep up your pretty and beautiful illustrations. Hope you'll enjoy a librarian job in the future!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  46. you are so talented sadami ..lovely to see photos of you sketching .. wondering what landscapes you would have painted :) ? have a good sunday ciao jane .

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  47. Uhahaha! Good point! I counted the sketch of "Luna Park" for landscape. You make soooo beautiful wash watercolours. I love them all and admire your skills.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  48. Sadami
    this event at the entrance to Luna Park
    was the maximum, huh?
    I wonder how the people portrayed,
    felt quite comfortable posing and talking ...
    talking about their lives ...
    it's beautiful when someone trust us!
    I honestly think that psychoanalysts
    should more often to blend with the people,
    would be a graduate wonderful!
    But art has the power to quickly reach
    to the soul ... what magic!
    That is why we chose art as a companion!
    hugs hugs hugs! :D

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  49. Dear Denise,
    Yes! That's what I always feel. Art is universal language that reaches souls straightforward!!!
    The event was a volunteer work for artists(=no pay no business activities.) And true. I felt a bit like a counsellor or a good listener. I know some psychologists in person. But because of a boundary issue, they do not do work in daily life in that context. I understand. Imagine. A dentist does work in an office, not on a street.
    But it means the best counsellor is good friends!! I'm a lucky girl that have met you on the earth.
    Hugs,hugs,hugs,Sadami

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  50. Chère Sadami,
    Je salue l’excellence de ton travail et la grandes qualité de ta démarche artistique et humaine. Tu es sur la voie de la sagesse et je sens que tu dois faire beaucoup de bien autour de toi.Je m'associe à toi par la pensée et t’envoie toutes mes onde positives. Tu, es comme on dit ici " une belle personne.
    So long.
    Je t’embrasse amicalement

    Roger Dautais

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  51. Roger Cher,
    Merci beaucoup pour une visite de genre et des encouragements. J'ai apprécié votre blog. Votre oeuvre d'art et les téléspectateurs phots toucher. Mon professeur de psychologie à uni était la fille de survivants de l'Holocauste. Au lycée, mon cher ami Papy a fui aux États au moment de l'Holocauste. S'il vous plaît suivre vos messages merveilleux et des oeuvres d'art. Transmettez votre message aux autres. Jamais, jamais laisser se reproduire.
    Meilleurs voeux, Sadami

    Dear Roger,
    Thank you so much for a kind visit and encouragements. I have enjoyed your blog. Your art work and phots touch viewers. My psychology professor at uni was a daughter of Holocaust survivors. At high school, my dear friend's granpa fled to the States at the time of Holocaust. Please keep up your wonderful posts and art work. Pass your message to others. Never, ever let it happen again.
    Best wishes, Sadami

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