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Monday, October 10, 2011

Free Linguistics Conference and Chalk Festival

Hi, Friends, how have you been? I've been busy with the project in a studio. It's right on a track. Thank you for your patience and support. I miss you so much, Friends. A good lesson was "daily sketching is like an essential exercise." If I do not sketch, my hands get slow. Quick watercolour is my "keeping record, memory" and above all, an "inspiration source." So, even for 5 minutes, I should do quick watercolour every day.

Last 2 weeks, I enjoyed Free Linguistics Conference 2011 and Chalk Urban Art Festival in Parramatta.

The FLC was a great fun.

All presenters have interesting research projects and experts of their favorite areas.

Prof Andy Kirkpatrick is a key speaker on "Yin and Yang rhetoric and the prospects for public discourse in China." Political power has oppressed the freedom of speech in China. Thus, traditionally, writers would not tell things straightforward. Always, the end of writings could imply their real opinions. Andy said with a big smile, "So, always editors marked the last line of an article and sent it back to us. A rest of them had nothing to do with a topic." Interesting. Exactly the same is true of Japanese discourses under the influence of Chinese culture. You may wonder, but true, "Indirect and too polite." A Western rhetoric and essay writing paragraph structures are new concepts for Asian background students grown up in a traditional value system.Dr Phiona Stanley did presentation on " “Fifty k’s south of woop woop”: Making native English speakers more internationally intelligible." Uahahaha!!! What a challenging title! This youngish, enthusiastic and Scottish heritage linguist humorously talked about the power inequality between dominant Englishes(*eg. British & American Englishes) and a socially discriminated English such as a Scottish English. For me, the sample Scottish speech was very hard to follow. Wow...it amazed me so much. Not only advocating the powerless, Phiona's passion goes further to assist non English speaking students and workers at uni, especially, for mutual communication. Bravo~~!! I really hope people like Phiona will come up more and more on the earth. Go, go, Phiona!!

Now, another interesting presentation was
Ms Ping Tian, "Publishing emotion: a stratified approach in understanding illustrated facial expressions." The research analyzes face expressions in picture books. But Friends, honest, I've never analyzed them mechanically. For me, facial expressions are things to feel, not for categolizing. Probably, difficult to sort out face expressions by a tiny piece in a face such as an eye brow or a lip etc. Simplification is questionable. My another Q is facial expressions and body language go hand in hand in picture books. Disregarding body language could lead into confusion or contradiction. We know, a smiling face, but with a cheeky body language means showing off, not simply happy. Illustrations capture well these sensitive elements. Sensitive movements in facial muscles and slight body language form a sophisticated message as a whole. It conveys a deep and inscribed message in a character --- I was thinking so and sketching the presenter. Unfortunately, the FLC and the Chalk Festival had a crash. I spent one day each for them. Regarding the Chalk, good sketches were sold there. But I have some.
This is the winner, Jennifer
McCracken. She worked till the late 10 o'clock. I sketched her in darkness. Do you know? Jenny worked till 2 in the morning last year and won the first prize. Amazing artist!This is the Best 2D prize winner, Adam Celeban. All artists work so hard. I love them all. When I look back these 2 weeks, drawing and painting are my life, but also found linguistics is important. Both, I need. Linguistics gives me food of knowledge and insights.
And the importance of daily sketches! I try to update every Monday as much as possible, while I'll finish up the middle stage of the project this week.

With all my heart, I'd say, "Thank you, Friends."Happy painting!!


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48 comments:

  1. great to see new sketches/watercolors from you, Sadami...they are such good work, it is almost like I was there with you! Thanks for sharing what you saw and heard.

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  2. Hi Sadami, I am good. thank you for asking. Between commission paintings, studying in the college, and family chores I am also trying to do some marketing, 10-15 min sketching and just started on the one big baby portrait.
    You are so right Artist needs to keep in touch with the art and craft in order to feel connected 24/7 with the one the most important thing, the ART.
    I love your sketches. The girl in pink T-Shirt is my favorite. She just started her work and her top is just painted as much as her work is completed.. Love the story I made up when looking at her. She is definitely telling one.
    Thank you,
    Have a great work week.
    Irina

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  3. Hi,Celeste,
    Thank you for warm cheers. I always enjoy your posts and sharing what you experience there.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  4. Dear Irina,
    You're very busy! Much busier than me?! I hope your work and mine will tell viewers stories. Take care and enjoy the commissioned work. I hope everything goes well for you.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  5. Gracias por compartir tus trabajos de la semana, Sadami. ¡Fantásticos como siempre!
    Un abrazo.

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  6. Ciao Sadami benomale che sei tornata, ho guardato desolata il tuo quadratino nei miei blog
    aspettando un cambiamento e finalmente! Mi piacciono i tuoi personaggi, la loro essenzialità e vitalità...a presto. ciao, Floriana

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  7. Hi Sadami, great to see your beautiful sketched people again! I love them all! Success with your project!

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  8. aH heureuse de te revoir! et si tout le monde parlait la même langues, un beau rêve n'est-ce pas ? heureusement les gestes et les mimiques aident à la compréhension, je l'ai constaté lors de mes voyages. Je me suis souvent demandé si le langage des sourds et mal-entendants était international. Tes croquis sont comme des histoires sans paroles. Bonne semaine à toi.

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  9. That sounds like a very interesting conference! And wow! You completed a lot of beautiful paintings! I like the top sketch especially, and the expression you captured on his face. I like the idea of drawing every day, to keep your skills in top form, it makes sense, just like an athlete trains every day too.

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  10. Estimado Onera,
    Muchas gracias por aplausos. Voy a mantener un buen trabajo.
    Abrazos y sonrisas, Sadami

    Dear Onera,
    Thank you so much for cheers. I'll keep up good work.
    Hugs and smile,Sadami

    >>>Onera said...
    Thanks for sharing your work week, Sadami.Fantastic as always!
    A hug.

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  11. Caro Floriana,
    Grazie mille per cheers caldo! Mi sei mancata male, anche. Condividiamo divertimento da ora in poi!
    Tra l'altro, la gestione del tempo non è facile, come un sacco di eventi venire alla fine di un anno. Ma l'organizzazione di un programma è la capacità professionale importante. Io lo sfida.
    Cordiali saluti, Sadami

    Dear Floriana,
    Thank you so much for warm cheers! I've missed you badly, too. Let us share fun from now on!
    By the way, managing time is not easy, as lots of events come up at the end of a year. But organizing a schedule is the important professional ability. I'll challenge it.
    Kind regards,Sadami

    >>>Floriana said...
    Hello Sadam benomale you've come back, I looked into my desolate square your blog
    and finally waiting for a change! I like your characters, their essence and vitality ... soon.
    Ciao, Floriana

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  12. Dear Judy,
    Thank you! I'm working hard, but a great fun. You, too, always sketch something, which impresses me so much. Let us keep up.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  13. Chers Lydie,
    Oh, merci beaucoup! Vos commentaires sont bonnes Qs. Lydie, vous êtes un rêveur belles qui aiment les gens.
    Mais un monde monolingue est délicate, car la diversité culturelle ne viendra pas. Donc, je oser dire que l'étude de plusieurs langues est belle, elle nous aide à communiquer d'autres.

    En ce qui concerne «le langage des signes," quand je l'ai étudié à l'université, il n'a pas été universelle. Je suis venu à connaître une langue des signes australienne et une américaine sont différentes. Oh ... que dire d'un langage des signes japonais? Encore une fois, différent. Je n'ai pas entrer dans cette zone profonde. Donc, si quelqu'un sait à ce sujet, s'il vous plaît informez-moi.

    Très heureux de savoir que vous sentez des histoires dans mes dessins. Je vais suivre!
    Vous aussi, vous avez une semaine merveilleuse!
    Cordialement, Sadami

    Dear Lydie,
    Oh, thank you so much! Your comments have good Qs. Lydie, you're a beautiful dreamer who love people.
    But a monolingual world is tricky, because cultural diversity will not come up. So, I'd dare to say that studying many languages is lovely, it helps us communicate others.

    Regarding "sign language," when I studied it at uni, it was not universal. I came to know an Australian sign language and an American one are different. Oh...what about a Japanese sign language? Again, different. I did not get into deep that area. So, if anyone knows about it, please inform me.

    Very happy to know you feel stories in my sketches. I'll keep up!!
    You, too, have a wonderful week!!
    Kind regards,Sadami

    >>>Lydie said...
    aH happy to see you! and if everyone spoke the same language, a beautiful dream does not it? Fortunately, the gestures and facial expressions help understanding, I found in my travels. I have often wondered if the language of the deaf and hard of hearing was international. Your sketches are like stories without words. Good week to you.

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  14. Hi, Katherine,
    Thank you and exactly! Your comments are spot on! So, I'll do daily sketching. You, too, enjoy drawing and share us with your wonderful work.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  15. Wow, you are doing some interesting stuff Sadami.
    Carole

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  16. Hi,Carole,
    Thank you so much! Let's have fun. If like, come over Sydney uni and Parra next year!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  17. Great to see you back, Sadami. I love to see your sketches. You certainly have been busy! x

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  18. Dear Gillian,
    Thank you for cheers! Everyday, I work till late at night. I really hope the project goes well.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  19. Lovely to see you here Sadami. Great work as always!

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  20. Hi,Dora,
    Really lovely to see you here! Hug, hug!! Let's share time and joy on the earth.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  21. Hi Sadami!.As always, love your sketches that keep your fingers quick and lively. And your love of linguistics is so very apparent in your writing, it is a joy to read!! Cheers, my friend.

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  22. Hi, Sadami,
    I'm always inspired me in you. Thank you.

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  23. Hi Sadami, So good to see you on the blog list with more wonderful paintings. Hope life is treating you well and that health and happiness is at its best for you now. Keep up all this good work, I love reading your posts!

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  24. Wonderful wonderful event and thanks for sharing your thoughts and sketches of the event with us! Your Scottish speaker reminds me of the year I lived in Wales - there was one young man I could never understand; he was speaking English but with such a thick Welsh accent my ears just couldn't "hear" what he said!

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  25. It feels so good to see you are back! Keep working and enjoy every moment of sketching as I do when watching your sunny work. Very interesting topics at the FLC, I must say.

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  26. Hi my friend Kath!
    Thank U~! Regarding linguistics, loving it passionately does not mean doing very well/high scores. I'm proudly an UNDERachiever like Burt. Ahahaha!?
    I admire your academic knowledge and actually you use it as a professional. Keep up your beautiful watercolour!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  27. Dear very kind Ann,
    Thank U! I feel walk better and on 18th, I'll have 2 nerve tests. The project goes well so far. Yes, I'll enjoy blogging again. You, too, keep up wonderful work and lovely posts.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  28. Dear Sadeu,
    Thank you for kind cheers. Let us enjoy art work!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  29. Dear Rhonda,
    Indeed! (How did you survive in Scotland?!) The sample DVD was an airport security talking over a bomb suspect or an incident, which was collected from BBC news. The security tried to speak a hyper-corrected or poshed English in order to answer the world famous "BBC" interviewing. So, Phiona explained about how he chose words. BUT I could hardly understood his speech or even Phiona's say did not make sense. I was nearly a deaf. How come?
    Rhonda, next time, come to Sydney. I'll take you to a strong Australian Broad accent world!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  30. Dear Irina,
    Thank U! Let us have fun in painting and drawing.
    BTW, I'm not familiar, but studied a little bit about Russian in "syntax"(=study of sentence structures). Russian has different and more complicated "cases" than English. I secretly admire your language competence. One day, you have to teach me Russian.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  31. Dear Ayda,
    Thank you for kind cheers. You always cheer me up. Keeping blogging is sometimes not easy. But let us keep up and share time on the earth. Yey, have fun together! Enjoy drawing and painting.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  32. Great watercolours Sadami. The conference sounds fascinating, sometimes I have trouble with Scottish too! Wishing you all the best for the project. xx

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  33. Dear Pat,
    Thank you! I'll make it happen.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  34. Your people are always so expressive. I just love these sketches.
    Hugs

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  35. Hi,Teri,
    Thank you for always cheers. Me,too, love your posts and lovely paintings.
    Hugs!! Sadami

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  36. I'm so happy to see some of your new work. :) They are lovely as always. And it sounds like you have been really busy! Glad you got some time to paint.

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  37. Happy Painting. Great to hear all is going well. Enjoy!

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  38. Dear Crystal,
    Thank you. Busy, but happy! I'm sure you, too. Let us enjoy art activities more and more!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  39. Hi,Evelyn,
    Thank you. Your blog always shows us wonderful art work, photos and interesting posts! Keep up!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  40. Hi,Carmen,
    Thank you!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  41. Sadami,
    What fantastic sketches! You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent.

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  42. Dear Leslie,
    Thank you! You, too, are an ispiration!! Please keep up your wonderful work.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  43. Interesant cum se realizeaza portretele din pete de culoare puse la locul potrivit, imi place!

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  44. Dear Marius,
    Thank you. You always upload beautiful photos. Let us enjoy art activities more!
    Cheers,Sadami

    >>>Marius said...
    Interesting way to take portraits of black spots placed at the right place, I like!

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  45. Beautiful sketches, Sadami! I especially love that first one...great shirt!! I look forward to your next post.. have a wonderful day!!

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  46. Hi,Hilda,
    Thank you for warm cheers all the time. Let us enjoy drawing together!
    Cheers,Sadami

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