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Monday, June 13, 2011

Children, Our Future : Invited For BookFestival

Hi, did you have a wonderful weekend?
I had a good time despite in cold rainy days. Just before rain, I sketched a baby enjoying a swing with Dad. 

Now, I'm invited for the Bookfest again! Great honour.
This NON PROFIT event has been running for 19years. Invited authors and illustrators will attend and donate their time.

Lunch with your readers
WHEN: Thursday 15th Sept 2011
WHERE: 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood NSW 2134
TIME: 11:00am - 2:30pm
In the event, children from all over Sydney will enjoy lunch with writers and illustrators. For kids, we are their super heros (*I certainly feel my responsibility as an illustrator and artist!).
 The real aim of Book Festival is to promote literacy, education and awareness of Australian literature. The Bookfeast provides the space and creative opportunity for young people to come face to face with writers and illustrators, gaining an insight into their practice and also the world of writing. Last year, I really enjoyed the time with children(below).*I'll put on the fool's cap and that colourful shirt again! Hehehe!!!I heartly hope some of young students will remember that day and my message, "Love & Hope," and get through a tough time in the future.

The "domestic violence and child abuse" psychology unit at uni taught me how precious and important our childhood is. Young days' experiences serioudly impact on personalities, self-esteem and behaviours.
Regarding self-esteem, I cannot judge which children do better or not at school and in a community. A competitive society puts terrible pressures on young people to get high scores, because society tends to focus on "good results or winners." Hermann Hesse's "Beneath the Wheel" shows an old and new theme.Each individual is different and so precious. I never, ever want to see any child suffers in a winner-centralized value.
So, I always come back to this point, "who I am" and will be "who I can be most." I encourage any child to enjoy whatever they like fully. All children deserve to be happy and should have confidence in themselves. Each of us has something shining or a talent like a mine. It takes time to find an ability. But also, our ordinary daily stuff such as just walking, cooking, etc, etc, are, in fact, miracles and amazing abilities. Unfortunately, most people will never realize it untill they loose abilities. This year, I'll happily talk of my disabled leg to the children at a table. I'd cheer up all children to pursue their dreams and be what they are the most.

If picture book illustrators or writers are interested in this BookFestival, or would like more information, please contact: Mr Michael Fraser
Teacher librarian
Haberfield Public School
Tel: (02) 9798 8767
Children are our future and hope.
Let us work and bequeath a better world for them.
Happy painting!!

A dog shop keeper happily invites me to sketch more! I love doggies!



  1. I'm happy you got your reader straightened out. It's usually some little thing that we don't know about or mess up.

    I remember you were at this festival last year and I know you will be a big hit with the children this year. Your love for them is so evident in your sketches and how you react to them.


  2. Teri~~~!!! Thanks millions!! Ah, indeed and 'm not a computer person, either. Anyway, happy ending.

    I really look forward to seeing children.
    Hugs&smile, Sadami

  3. Sadami
    Well done on the sketches. I think it's wonderful that young readers get to meet the writers and illustrators of their fav books.

    I look forward to your news on this in Sept :).

    Have a wonderful week, Ev

  4. Hi, Evelyn,
    Thank you! I'll report it.
    You, too, have a wonderful week. We're having a long weekend(*Queen's birthday).
    Cheers, Sadami

  5. Sadami dear,
    this baby in the swing is so beautiful!
    she is so friendly and cheerful and is in a very particular moment!
    I just love your children's drawings, captures you, life with all the energy charge that a child has!
    it is good to keep watching your work for a while, they talk to us! ;))
    Congratulations darling, because besides the great artist,
    you are charismatic with the kids, and they can only win with your words and deeds!
    a big hug

    and one day you will be rewarded in a big hall with your watercolor!

    greetings and hugs!

  6. Dear Denise,
    Thank you so much! Very happy to know my work talks to viewers. Yes, I love that moment, the baby on the swing. Kids really love my sketches. Very fun to have a chat with children over sketches.
    Ahahaha, I'm ready to die in poverty, but hopefully, one day, my watercolur will be awarded publicly.
    Big hugs&smile,ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ Sadami

  7. Fantásticos retratos infantiles, Sadami. El del niño en el columpio es maravilloso.
    Un abrazo.

  8. Como siempre, maravilloso trabajo Sadami. Nos deleitas con todos tus relatos que acompañas con preciosas pinturas.

    Un saludo desde Bilbao.

  9. Hi Sadami, What a wonderful event to be involved with and something to look forward to. Your sketches, as always, are brilliant!

  10. Your posts always make me think for a while before I comment. I totally agree with your view on childrens' education! Love and hope is a great and important message!
    And your sketches of children are beautiful and sensitive. Love the puppy!

  11. Well done Sadami, encouraging children to express their creativeness is a great thing to do.

  12. A great day for you and children !
    your paintings are so beautiful as always !
    I love these sketches with those cute children
    just amazing Sadami

  13. Hola, Oñera,
    ¡Muchas gracias! Tu blog es maravilloso y lleno de diversión. Manténgase al día!
    Abrazos y Saludos, Sadami

    Hi, Oñera,
    Thank you so much! Your blog is also wonderful and full of fun. Keep up!
    Hugs&Cheers, Sadami

    >>>Oñera said...
    Fantastic children's portraits, Sadami. The child on the swing is wonderful.
    A hug.

  14. Querida Montse,
    Gracias por estímulos. Sus mensajes, también tienen historias interesantes y maravillosas pinturas. Manténgase al día!
    Saludos, Sadami

    Dear Montse,
    Thank you for encouragements. Your posts, too, have interesting stories and wonderful paintings. Keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>Montse said...
    As always, wonderful work Sadami. We delight in all that you accompany your stories with beautiful paintings.
    Greetings from Bilbao.

  15. Hi, Ann,
    Oh, thank U. Yes, it's wonderful. Only a few illustrators were there last year. I'll make kids happy!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  16. Dear Ray,
    Thank you! Yes, I always encourage even adults who want to draw and paint. Often grown-ups are too much aware of other people's comments and will never enjoy art. "Joy must come first. Enjoy it like a child,"--is my say.
    Cheers, Sadami

  17. Dear Marty,
    Thank you very much. Your photos and poems are so beautiful. I wonder if you share them with children, it will be a picture book!
    Cheers, Sadami

  18. Dear Judy,
    Very happy to know you thought of many things. My many uni friends got into the areas of welfare or education. Indeed, it was the linguistics professor that encouraged me to start blogging where I could talk of a bit social justice issues and exchange thoughts with others. I heartily hope all children become happy.
    BTW, I'll make more drawings of puppies. So cute!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  19. Qué harían los niños sin tí? Qué harías tú sin los niños? Afortunadamente los de Sidney, te tienen a tí!
    No hay nadie mejor que tú para animarlos y seguro que los haces felices porque sabes ponerte a su altura y es algo que ellos agradecen.
    Sigue repartiendo esa felicidad. Es muy hermoso.
    Un abrazo.

  20. ¡Oh, Joshemari,
    Muchas gracias. O demasiado para mí. Lo que es un estímulo maravilloso! Podría ser uno de los mejores comentarios para mí. Sí, voy a seguir difundiendo la felicidad a los demás. Pero Joshemari, ¿sabes? Usted, también, están haciendo lo mismo en España! Usted está haciendo feliz a tanta gente!
    Saludos y abrazos, Sadami

    Oh, Joshemari,
    Thank you so much. Or too much for me. What a wonderful encouragement!! It could be one of the best comments for me. Yes, I'll keep spreading happiness to others. But Joshemari, do you know? You, too, are doing the same thing in Spain! You're making so many people happy!!!
    Cheers&Hugs, Sadami

    >>>Joshemari said...
    What would children be without you? What would you do without children? Fortunately, in Sydney, they have you!
    There is nobody better to encourage you and make sure the get happy because you know your height and is something they appreciate.
    Keep spreading that happiness. It is very beautiful.
    A hug.

  21. Wow I'm always blown away by your talent to capture all that movement sketching from life, never fail to make me smile! also Sadami congrats on the invitation to that event, sounds like a great cause to be part of, I love to read your posts, they're so full of truth and wisdom.
    Have a great time at the Bookfeast! :D

  22. Hello Sadami

    wonderful pictures!
    You'll not only perfectly paint the exterior with watercolors
    but also the interior.
    The joy, the effort or the mischievousness of the children
    I am happy if you go to the dog shop
    This will certainly be very nice pictures
    I love dogs, too.


  23. All these children with a smile is a wonderful gift. I wish you great time of happiness this year for this "bookfeast". Ah, if all these children could grow their dreams ...

  24. Dear Teresa,
    Thank you so much for encouragements! Was very happy to get the invitation. Yes, I love sketching from life. "Life," indeed. But you make wonderful art work from life & imagination that always impresses me. In my eyes, your blog&posts are very interesting to know an artist's inner world. Teresa, you're a so lovely lady and artist!! Keep up and make us happy. Me, too, keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

  25. Dear Kieselsteine/Patrick,
    Oh, thank you and too much on me?! but happy to know you enjoy my postʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. You have sensitive and good eye. Yes, for a practice of the interior, I made that watercolour above, the girl studying math at a library.
    Hehehe, look forward to my sketches of doggies.
    Cheers, Sadami

  26. Dear Lydie,
    Yes, I really hope these children will reach at their dreams. We, adults have responsibilities to assist children to explore the potential and abilities. And I feel our existence, "ordinary life" on earth is a miracle.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  27. Sadami, you will be as inspirational to those children as you are here on your blog!
    I hope they see the wisdom of being what they are the most.
    Your sketches are adorable.. especially the little doggy :)
    love and hugs
    Pat xx

  28. Very true words Sadami, beautiful post. Have a nice week.

  29. Muy bonitos trabajos, Sadami, tanto en tus obras, como en el reparto de momentos felices a los demás, y en este caso a los niños :)

    Felicidades y un abrazo

  30. Dear Pat,
    Thank you! You,too, are always an inspiration to blog veiwers. Ah, very happy to know you love the doggy. I'm sketching doggies on streets.
    Love&Hugsʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ, Sadami

  31. Hi, Jane,
    Thank you very much. You, too, enjoy art activities and life fully!!

  32. Estimado Joy,
    Muchas gracias. Estoy seguro de que, también, la alegría compartir con los demás. Sí, es su nombre!
    Love&Smileʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ Sadami

    Dear Joy,
    Thank you so much. I'm sure you, too, share joy with others. YES, it's your name!!
    Love&Smileʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ Sadami

    >>>Joy said...
    Very nice work, Sadami, both in your work, as in the sharing of happy moments to others, and in this case children:)

  33. Hello Sadami...your posts always uplift me. I love that you work with children like this and I am certain there will be some of them (if not all of them) who will remember your day with them always. I love the paintings you did and what you wrote. You are so right, everyone is a special miracle. thanks for reminding everyone!

  34. Hi, Celeste,
    Thank you very much! Your encouragement always lifts me up. You, too, are so special on the earth. Take care and enjoy painting!!!

  35. Hi, Sadami,
    your words are SO true! All children deserve to have a happy life and I feel a big responsebility for all "my" 21 children in my class. I really try, every day, to help make their selfconfidence grow.
    Good luck at the BOOKFEAST 2011. Have fun:)


  36. .."bookfeast" sounds a wonderful event for both the children and artists ......must have been rewarding day for you sadami... i love the dog and the little girl who is reading .

  37. Dear Anne,
    Thank you~~! I'm sure you really "love" your 21 children. Each of them is so precious. If you should teach/demonstrate hand-craft, certainly, you'll be their heroʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  38. Dear Jane,
    Thank you. Yes, it has been a great rewarding. And very happy to know you like my favorite paintings above. I'm drawing a lots of the dogs now. Hehehe!! Fun!
    Cheers, Sadami

  39. So beautiful post and nice picture!
    Great work, Sadami!
    Best wishes

  40. Hi, Paula,
    Thank you for a kind comment. You, too, make beautiful work. Keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

  41. Sadami, you are the perfect embassador to show these children the future and the possibility of their own futures - you are extremely talented because you have worked at it; you are working through a health issue and still striving; you are upbeat, positive, and glowing with a wonderful giving nature that will show through. And I loved these works you shared of the kids and doggie.

  42. Oh, Rhonda,
    Thanks millions. Your say encourages me so much. Indeed, my medical team praise at my coping well. I'm certain "giving" is very good. I feel "giving" comes back to a person after going around the world. So, I'd really appreciate others kindness. Yes, Rhonda, you're one of them such nice people!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  43. My comment has disappeared :(... Love your children so cute, Sadami ! Bises.

  44. Hi Sadami,
    The happiness of the baby on a swing is just pouring out of the painting! and the girl that teases the puppy is so impressively real. You are catching a characters so well from your models.
    Thank you,

  45. Dear Olivia,
    Thank you for the patience and kind encouragements! Very happy to get your message. Sometimes, Google does a strange job for users. Any kid is an angel.
    Cheers, Sadami

  46. Hi, Irina,
    Thank you for the nice comment that encourages me so much. Any child is very gorgeous. I'm planning to make children and puppies in illustrations.
    Cheers, Sadami

  47. Hi Sadami, as usual your sketches are really beautiful....and your post so nice! Ciao! Tito.

  48. Hi, Tito,
    Thank you for encouragement! Your work and blog is also very nice. Keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

  49. Yes, everybody does have their own special talent. Helping children and adults to find their special gift and showing them how to nurture it takes a village of people like yourself. The joy you've gotten from giving shows in your work and your smile.

  50. Hi, Linda,
    Thank you! You beautifully summarize all what I say above. You, too, enjoy sharing joy with others. Have fun and maximize your life fully.
    Cheers, Sadami

  51. I arrive a bit late, sorry... but your watercolors of children are so beatiful, and full of love for them! I agree with you, children must be helped to find their way with their talents and individuality!

  52. Hi, Cristina,
    Thank you for visiting my blog in your busy days. Please take it easy. Let us have fun in art and share joy with anyone!
    Cheers, Sadami

  53. Hola Sadami, perdona por llegar tarde estoy saturado estos días, me encanta este post, primero porque se nota que los dibujos de niños son tus preferidos, la niña en la biblioteca esta genial, también vuelves a demostrar tu gran corazón participando en este tipo de eventos, enhorabuena.

  54. Dear Francis,
    Thank you so much! Very happy to know you like my work. I love your watercolours, too. Let us enjoy art work and share joy!
    Cheers, Sadami

    Estimado Francisco,
    ¡Muchas gracias! Muy feliz de saber que mi trabajo. Me encanta la acuarela, también. Vamos a disfrutar de obras de arte y alegría compartir!
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>Francis said...
    Sadami Hello, sorry I'm late saturated these days, I love this post, because you can first children's drawings are your favorites, the girl in the library is great as well go back to show your big heart to participate in this type of events, congratulations.

  55. Your work is so totally charming!!!!

  56. Wow, thank you, Myrna!!
    Very happy and great honour for me to get your comment. I'll keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

  57. Sadami,
    Its great that these children get exposure to you and your work - you must be leaving a great and lasting impression on their minds, how they think about art and their own potential. My aunt was a successful American illustrator. She made her living doing watercolors. When I was ten, she gave me my first set of watercolors. Obviously, it changed my life. Thanks for reaching out to the future generation.

  58. Hi, Wren,
    Thank you so much!! Wow, what your aunty's marvelous present for young Wren, the watercolour set and the artist's heart. Yes, what you wrote is this event's real aim. I really hope children will reach their dreamsʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    Kind regards, Sadami