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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Everyday Is Bonus! Let's Challenge Everything!

Happy New Year~~~!!! Everyday is a NEW day. But often we are blind and deaf to appreciate it.I met an old lady at hospital. Once, doctors told her, "Only 2 years are left for you..." Yes, literally, a death sentence. BUT that lady, with a big smile, said, "I've kept on living more than 20(30?) yrs after that! So, ever since, everyday is a bonus and I thank for each day." OOOOhhhh! Touching! I held her hand with thanks. The story encourages me to live life fully with thanks. Don't waste your time! Sadami, challenge it!
Last year, I challenged sketching a sea. Today, I love it. An ocean is full
of energy and life. Waves' sounds and scents...and wash away dust from a heart. Often silently people just wantching waves...
I sketched above after 1km swimming (A4). Do you kne? A sea changes colours and waves. It depends on time and a weather. Very fascinating. The technical problem is "humidity." Paints slowly get dry. Be careful about wash.I sketched the boy below after finishing the rough sea above. Although very exhausted, I thought, "If I miss this, when will I encounter it again? Go, challenge it!"
Their family cheered up this little boy, "You're a legend!" "Good job!" They happily let me sketch him. The boy came to me and exclaimed, "It's me!!" Ahahaha, the wonderful feedback! That's the beauty of spot-on sketching, sharing joy and life!

Regarding resolutions, I'll challenge still life and architecture, particularly, flowers and buildings. These golden flowers picked up on the way back from the beach. Yet rough, this work might enable me to get a breakthrough how to handle flowers in a loose style. Friends, I thank for our precious encounters on the earth. Let us enjoy challenging and share joy at each moment of 2012.
I'll have a hand surgery on 31st Jan. I'm computing posts and leaving comments on your blogs after getting the doctor's permission.Happy painting!! Have wonderful days! Yey!!!


  1. A sea full of life and hope, as is the wonderful message.

    A big hug, my Sadami. I wish you a happy and fortunate also in 2012!

    Un mar lleno de vida y esperanza, tal como es el maravilloso mensaje.

    Un gran abrazo, amiga Sadami. Te deseo también un feliz y venturoso año 2012!!

  2. Happy New Year, Sadami! All the best wishes for 2012 to you: health, joy, inspiration and many challenges (because you can do it!). Best wishes for your surgery! xx Judy

  3. Happy New Year, espero que en este año se cumplan todos tus deseos, que se arreglen tus problemas de Salud, y que siga tu ascenso artístico.
    Un fuerte abrazo

  4. Happy New Year Sadami!...I hope 2012 proves good for you, I am sure it will as you will go from strength to strength. You are such a positive person, your cup is always half full, I know too many people whose cup is half empty (not a good thing for them). Health and happiness to you.

  5. Ahh Sadami, now we are sharing a single brain cell! Wonderful to find a kindred spirit. Keep us posted on the surgery.

  6. Wonderful thoughts, Sadami; you are a bodhisattva in this world who shares great teachings in a fun, creative, loving way. Keep sharing - and best of luck on the surgery and return to us very soon after (well, as soon as the doctor says okay). Happy 2012!

  7. Hi Sadami,

    Happy New year!

    you posted at 12:00am, just 2012?
    you are really special person, aren't you?
    I'll do next year like you.

    I love yellow and orange.
    This is a nice work as a start of year.


    You face challenges with courage and resolve and help your readers to face our own creative fears. What a great teacher!

    Wishing you the best result in your surgery. May you quickly recover and have the best year painting and illustrating a showing your works!


  9. Querida Carmen,
    Feliz Año Nuevo gracias y abrazos! Sí, el mar está lleno de esperanza y vida. Estoy dispuesto a morir en la pobreza, pero muy feliz como ilustrador y artista!
    Grandes abrazos y una sonrisa, Sadami

    Dear Carmen,
    Happy New Year with thanks & big hugs!! Yes, a sea is full of hope & life. I'm ready to die in poverty, but very happy as an illustrator and artist!!
    Big hugs&smile, Sadami

  10. Hi,Judy!
    Happy New Year with many thanks! Yes, I must get well first. The right hand's getting weak and a problem. You, too, enjoy art activities and in touch with nice bloggers through net.
    Best wishes,Sadami

  11. Estimado Francisco,
    Feliz Año Nuevo con un agradecimiento especial! Sí, en primer lugar, me pondré bien. En segundo lugar, terminar un proyecto de libro de fotografías y trabajar en otros. Francis, que soy muy afortunado. El más famoso ilustrador australiano libro de imágenes y el autor se ha convertido en mi mentor! Bajo su supervisión, que estoy trabajando. Artistas autodidactas como tú y yo a menudo solicitar asesoramiento no sólo técnico, sino también los aspectos legales y comerciales.
    Tú, también, mantener maravillosas pinturas y tienen un montón de exposiciones.
    Amor y sonrisa, Sadami

    Dear Francis,
    Happy New Year with special thanks! Yes, first, I'll get well. Second, finish up a picture book project and work on others. Francis, I'm very lucky. The most famous Australian picture book illustrator and author has become my mentor!! Under her supervision, I'm working. Self-taught artists like you and me often seek advice not only technical, but also legal and business aspects.
    You, too, keep up wonderful paintings and have lots of exhibitions.

    >>> Francis said...
    Happy New Year, I hope this year will fulfill all your desires, to fix your health problems, and to continue your ascent art.
    A big hug

  12. Dear Ann,
    Happy New Year with special thanks! Oh, I like your metaphor, actually, quite a famous psychology experimentʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. Another short one I like is, "2 prisoners in the same cell are looking outside. One is looking up a sky. Another, mud on a ground." I'll choose the former. Life is up to an "individual option" based on will--I believe from making a decision, dignity comes and no one and nothing takes away.
    Best wishes,Sadami

  13. Hello, Origame,
    Happy New Year with thanks & smile! Yeah, one day, we have to get together for beer?! Indeed, a single brain cell(what a lovely expression!! You always make me smile and chuckle.) Yes, I'll post on the surgery. Just I got the notice from hospital. I'll get well & make lots of paintings and PICTURE BOOKS!!
    Cheers,wink,winkʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ ,Sadami

  14. Dear Rhonda,
    Happy New Year with special thanks! I hope I will do the good job like a "bodhisattva." ust I got the notice from hospital. The handsurgery says full recovery in 2 or 3 months. I'll get well & make lots of paintings and PICTURE BOOKS!!
    Cheers,wink,winkʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ ,Sadami

  15. Dear Dona,
    Happy New Year with many thanks! Your cheers and lovely pots always make me happy. Make a lots of wonderful work and enjoy it!!
    Best wishes, Sadami

  16. Hi HaniHani,
    Happy New year with many thanks!
    >you posted at 12:00am, just 2012?
    Yes like fire works! Ahahahaha!!
    >I love yellow and orange.
    This is a nice work as a start of year. Beautiful!!!!!
    Thank you. Indeed, my mentor, the most famous Australian illustrator and author gave me watercolour papers at Xmas and I tried it to get used to it. Nice! I know you often talk about how expensive papers are. My mentor is really an angel!!

    Best wishes,Sadami

  17. Hi, Nanina,
    Happy New Year with many thanks!
    Nanina, I did psychology at uni and learned a lots about myself, then accept others with real empathy. Do you kne? Why we have fears? It was not easy to face a naked myself, but that precious experience has led me to today's Sadamiʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    The handsurgery says full recovery in 2 or 3 months. I'll get well & make lots of paintings and PICTURE BOOKS!!
    You,too, make lots of paintings and enjoy them all.

  18. sadamiさん、新年明けましておめでとうございます。


  19. Happy new year, Sadami.
    I wish you a speedy recovery from your hand surgery and a year filled with health and happiness.
    Every day is indeed a new beginning. I can appreciate what the old lady said, having died twice in a hospital some 30 years ago.
    Every day is a bonus and a blessing - and each one brings new adventures and joyful happenings - such as the day I "met" you.
    Good luck and God speed in all you do.
    love and hugs
    Pat xxoo

  20. Dear 健太郎san,
    励まし, お年賀,ありがとうございます!私もご無沙汰しております。 色々新しい人が書込んだらいいと思って来ましたので、ああ、いいワと感じております。多分私は、もう書く事はありません。去年は飛躍の年で、幾つかの賞を受賞しました。ネットの上で、インタビューされ、特集記事が出ました。更に、ここオーストラリアで最も有名な絵本挿絵画家兼作家, Ann Jamesが私のmentor (*ゴメンね、日本語知りません!辞書引いてね。) を自分から心よく買って出てくれたのです。コレはすごい事なのよ。才能を認められたのです。また、想像して下さい。私の名前未だこれからですが、このmentorの名はギョウカイ以外でも聞こしめすの。そう、私のバックに水戸黄門が付いたと思ったら 分かりいいでしょう。そして、Annと私は同じ夢を持って居るのです, "たくさんのみなさんい感動という最高の幸せや笑顔をプレゼントしたい、"と。 現在、このAnnの指導のもとに、著名作家の作品の絵本挿絵に取り組んでおります。私こそ、今年も、どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。こちらのblogへ時折遊びに来てください。歓迎いたしますヨ。
    Ann James
    Best wishes, Sadami

  21. Dear Pat,
    Oh, thank you and Happy New Year! Your say always cheers me up. Me, too, believe the encounter with you is the great, great bonus last year. I hope we can foster friendship and enjoy art more and more.
    Yes, God bless you, too!!
    In plain words, I'd send you my best wishes, love and smile!

  22. Ciao Sadami,
    thank you for the ocean! I love water a lot and
    I start the new year swimming at the swimming pool.. it is inebriant...
    Your ocean is enough affascinante e insidioso as an ocean to respect.
    The colors are very beatiful and the waves are winter waves with the right atmosphere..
    Ciao, abbracci e auguri, Floriana

  23. Hi, Sadeu,
    Thank you very much. You, too, Happy New Year! I hope all your wishes and dreams come true!!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  24. Ciao Floriana,
    Grazie mille! Bene su di voi! Nuotare. La piscina lunga distanza è molto buono per la salute. Per quanto riguarda le onde di cui sopra, ho usato la "tavolozza limitata". Sydney Vieni e godiamoci nuoto e disegnare insieme!
    I migliori auguri,

    Dear Floriana,
    Thank you so much! Good on you! Enjoy swimming. A long distant swimming is very good for health. Regarding the waves above, I used a "limited palette". Come over Sydney and let's enjoy swimming and sketching together!!
    Best wishes,Sadami

  25. Your words are perfect to ponder for the new year and for all year. Love the paintings and I am so happy to see you painting the ocean again. So beautiful.

    Happy New Year Sadami.

  26. Dear Teri,
    Thank you for the kind comment despite your mourning. Teri, spend a wonderful time with your family, friends and surrounded people. Take your time as much as you like. Even you do not need to dare to post. We, bloggers, all love you!
    Best wishes,Sadami

  27. Happy New Year Sadami .... and you know I'll be wishing for the very best outcome when you have your surgery.

    I so look forward to seeing what you create in 2012!

  28. Hi,Elva,
    Happy New Year!Thank you so much!! I'll get well CERTAINLY & DEFINATELY.
    I hope I will make a good picture book. Not easy. Pass my best wishes to your family.
    Best wishes,Sadami

  29. Hello Sadami
    Happy New Year. Yes, let's take every opportunity in life :D

  30. Hello, Evelyn!
    Happy New Year! Enjoy your life in the States. Make nice friends!! あけましておめでとう!ことしも,よろしくおねがいします。おたがい、がんばりましょう!
    Best wishes,Sadami

  31. Très bonne année à toi aussi , bisous !

  32. Wish you a wonderful 2012, wasting no time and continuing your lovely sketches for all to enjoy ! xx

  33. Hi, Lydie,
    Yes, to you, too!! Enjoy painting!
    Big hugs & kisses, Sadami

    >>>Lydie said...
    Happy new year to you too, kisses!

  34. Hi, Jane,
    Thank you. Happy New Year to you! You're the enthusiatics artist. Keep up lively, colourful and wonderful paintings!!
    Best wishes,Sadami

  35. Hola, Juan,
    Feliz año nuevo para ti también! Comparta sus pinturas más hermosas en el 2012!
    Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

    Hi, Juan,
    Happy New Year to you, too! Share your beautiful paintings more in 2012!
    Best wishes, Sadami

  36. Happy New Year Sadami,

    You know how much I love your seascapes. This one is very rich and powerful. May this be a great new year for you.

  37. Wow,Happy New Year, Wren!
    Very happy to know you love it. Thank you, to tell you the truth, your comments have encourage me to challenge a sea. Let us cheer up each other to produce paintings and share joy in 2012!!!
    Best wishes,Sadami

  38. さだみさんへ


  39. Sadami, your sketches and paintings are always so full of beauty and life! And also your stories and words, they make me want to be better... :) I wish you a very happy new year, and a safe hand surgery! Ciao!

  40. Hi, HaniHani,
    I can't get your problem, "化け化け文字" On my computer screen, all is perfect both in English and Japanese. Is it your computer setting or a computer language program? Anyway, I hope you can find a solution.
    Kind regards,Sadami

  41. Dear Cristina,
    Oh, thank you. You, too, write very thoughtful words and upload so beautiful paintings. I hope 2012 will be a wonderful year for you, me, all!!
    Best wishes,Sadami

  42. it's so nice to visit you dear Sadami ! your sketches are wonderful (I love the waves - not easy to paint) and your words always hopeful, beautiful !!
    I hope you are well !
    I wish you a wonderful new Year ! bisous

  43. Oh, dear Marty,
    Thank you for a kind visit. You're so nice and always lift me up. Your photos and poems are very beautiful. Keep up. I'll finish up the picture book story board before the surgery! I'll get well!
    Kind regards,Sadami

  44. I hope you realize how much you inspire all of us, Sadami!! This is a beautiful post as well as these lovely sketches....Its always a pleasure visiting your blog!! I hope you are feeling well!!