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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sketch Sydney Uni & Special Thanks for Retiring Professor

One professor will get retired. Today, I tried some of our uni buildings for the lecturer. I'm not a big fan for sketching architecture except our own university. Recently, modern architecture and renovated buildings more come up on the campus. For example, Social Work and Education Building.Often other people use uni theatres for presentation, book launch and conferences. I met a great picture book illustrator, "Shaun Tan" in the theature, for his book launch, "Arrival."
Ah, hopefully, one day, I would have a book launch at the uni.

Another, my secret favorite place is a "stairwell"! It's very interesting to look up. I tried colour based on a value study wtih a limited pattet.
....a stairwell could be a good place to whisper a love romance
...or break up?! Gulp.Move on.
Particularly, old stone gothic buildings are lovely. I've sketched this clock tower for many times and still love it. So far, a black and white. I'm thinking of realistic colours on this drawing.

(**Once, I made a pinkish roof! The real colour is a purple+blue, even though many lecturers loved my unique approach. Thanks!)

But...mmm... "retiring" ... I have not thought of it...
Most artists would keep on working until die? Unlike other occupations, many artists do not have steady income. Artist friends and I talk over our superannuations. The professor's retiring made me think of aging. Not easy.

Anyway,
the retiring professor has really helped so many students ; I was one of them. It was that professor who encouraged shy Sadami, "Frame it! Hang it!" (*You see my old traditonal style was very different from my current free, liquid style!) With lecturers cheers, I got into a new carrer, an "artist and picture book illustrator." I'd celebrate the professor's retirement and wish all the best.
Also, let us prepare for our bright future all the time. Really we do not know when we open another door or others acknowledge our talents.

Friends, happy painting!!








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50 comments:

  1. Hello Sadami,
    very beautiful designs and watercolors!
    Congratulations

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    1. Hi,Antonio,
      Thank you so much! You did not know I've hated architecture. I made it for the professor. Not bad. Hahaha! You, too, enjoy painting and drawing!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  2. Sadami, don't you even think of retiring! :) Book publishing, yes - definitely! I love your architectural sketches. That stairwell is wonderful! And your self-portrait is great!! Thank you so much for posting it.
    Cheers, my friend

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    1. Hi,my friend Kathy!
      No, never think of retiring! I'm a STARTER in book publishing industry. Really lucky I have wonderful mentors. Thanks you love my architecture(*I hate it... I just did it for the professor. Love conquers everything?!) You, too, try a self-portrait and have fun. I actually made many uni lecturers portraits at that time. It showed me the direction to go in fine art.
      Cheers,Sadami

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  3. Sadami I just love your work! Your older style is beautiful, but I am a really big fan of your current looser work. :)

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    1. Dear Crystal,
      Thank you! In my uni time, I struggled to find my own direction. I also wondered what sort of style I should develop. When I look at my old work, it makes me smile.
      Cheers,Sadami

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  4. That is a wonderful self portrait Sadami! I see the beginnings of your style.

    Wow, wonderful job on the buildings!!!!!!!!

    Good luck with your interview.

    Hugs

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    1. Oh, Teri~~~!!!
      Thank you so much. Yes, it was the beginning of my style. At first, I just finished the self-portrait in B&W. It was that professor encouraged me to put colours. When the professor saw the coloured work, said,"Much better! Frame it! Hang it!" The sweet memory at my career start.
      You know I hate architecture. But love conquers everything!!? I made it!!
      Yes, and I'm preparing for the business talk! Wish me good luck.
      Cheers,Sadami

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  5. Wow, so many gorgeous paintings in this post! I like the mystique of stairwells too. About the retirement thing... it is such a mixture of emotions, to be excited about trying new adventures, but to be apprehensive about being viewed as 'old', and trying hard not to see one's self that way... so much to think about! Great post!

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    1. Dear Kathy,
      Oh, you, too, love the mystique of stairwells/ways. It's very symbolic. I love "Glass menagerie"(Tennessee Williams)...
      Today, I left the work at uni. Hope the professor would like it.
      Well, getting old is not bad. It is sad to see a modern society and our culture tends to value something young. I've already decided to be a merrily old woman with nice wrinklesc!! Hahahaha!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  6. Lovely paintings as always Sadami. Happy painting.

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    1. Hi,Evelyn,
      Thank you! How's your life going in the States? Enjoy your adventure in art!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  7. I know you don't like to sketch architecture, but they look great! Wonderful present for your professor! The stairway is fabulous! And your self portrait, I love it!

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    1. Dear Judy,
      YES, I hate it!! But this time, only I did it for the professor. Love conquers everything?! And a new finding, favorite subjects come up nicely. Mmm...subjects need an artist's love! You, too, enjoy drawing and painting. Thanks for cheers!
      Kind regards,Sadami

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  8. Hi, Sadami. Beautiful work. Especially lovely the watercolor of the flight o stairs.
    Um abraço,
    Ayde

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    1. Estimado Ayda,
      ¡Muchas gracias! Wow, interesante, mucha gente me dio la buena información sobre las escaleras. Creo que una búsqueda temática es todo depende de vista de un artista y la idea. Tú, también, disfrutar de dibujo y pintura!
      Saludos, Sadami

      Dear Ayda,
      Thank you so much! Wow, interestingly, many people gave me the good feedback on the stairwells. I think a subject search is all up to an artist's view and idea. You, too, enjoy drawing and painting!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  9. The architecture painting and drawing look great, they are so elaborate, hardly sketches. If I try complex buildings like that without drawing tools, they turn into the crooked house of the evil witch ;) I love the stair ways! We seldom stop to look up and notice these interesting shapes and spirals. Thank you, for pointing them out!

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    1. Hi,Blaga,
      I'll tell you that everybody knows "Sadami hates architecture." Simply because it does not move, which bores meʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ . I only did it for the professor. Love conquers everything?!
      Blaga, if you draw buildings in a unique way, it's brilliant. I know an artist, his buildings called "dancing"! Strait is not always right.
      However, here are my findings, how to draw buildings in very the basic rules.
      1)find a big horizontal line=base, foundation.
      2)find vertical lines.
      3)find centre.
      4)always there are repeat of patterns.
      "Perception" is another topic, but not hard. In my eyes, architecture is very Hi,Blaga,
      I'll tell you that everybody knows "Sadami hates architecture." Simply because it does not move, which bores meʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ . I only did it for the professor. Love conquers everything?!
      Blaga, if you draw buildings in a unique way, it's brilliant. I know an artist, his buildings called "dancing"! Strait is not always right.
      However, here are my findings, how to draw buildings in very the basic rules.
      1)find a big horizontal line=base, foundation.
      2)find vertical lines.
      3)find centre.
      4)always there are repeat of patterns.
      "Perception" is another topic, but not hard. In my eyes, architecture is very mathmatical and symetrical. Once, you find a "pattern" and "repeat," you're gonna be a winner! Hope some help for you.
      And a subject search is all up to an artist's eyes and idea! Let's have fun together.
      Cheers,Sadami

      Hope some help for you.

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  10. Who can tell you don't like to paint and sketch architecture? --these are wonderful! l giggled at your thoughts about the stairwell --very nicely painted too. Yes, may be soon you will have a book launching too --wish you all the best :) Love your smiling face self-portrait! I also fully agree with your words: "Really we do not know when we open another door or others acknowledge our talents."

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    1. Dear Meera,
      Oh, thank you. You're so nice always! You spoil me?! Well, I hate architecture that does not move! It bores me. But I did it for the professor. Love conquers everything?!
      Ah, book launch is not easy, even through I've been working on it. When I have it, sure, I'll let you know.
      And Meera, have a dream. I believe, "Dream is unrealized reality."
      Cheers, Sadami

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    1. Hi,Origa-me,
      I did not know you're the fan for "Led Zeppelin"!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  12. Wonderful work! I love that self portrait! And I have a hard time believing you don't like buildings .... you do hem so well.

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    1. Dear Elva,
      Thank you! But ture I hate architecture that does not move which bores me. I dared to do it for the professor. Love conquers everything?! And a new finding, favorite subjects come up nicely. Mmm...subjects need an artist's love!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  13. ¡Qué buenos trabajos, Sadami! ¡Las escaleras geniales!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Onera!
      Muchas gracias. Un poco sorprendido de que mucha gente ama las escaleras! Mmmm ... Que debo intentarlo con más frecuencia.
      Un abrazo y una sonrisa, Sadami

      Hi,Onera!
      Thank you very much. A bit surprised that many people love stairwells!! Mmmm... I should try it more often.
      A hug and smile,Sadami

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      What good jobs, Sadami!Stairs great!
      A hug.

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  14. Well done Sadami, I like the architecture sketches.

    Ray

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    1. Hi,Ray,
      Thank you! How is your retired life? I hope you'll enjoy life fully and make lots of art work.
      Kind regards,Sadami

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  15. Hi Sadami, lovely paintings, I like your work! Your self portrait is simply beautiful! Hugs!

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  16. Dear Tito,
    Oh,you're always kind and caring. You spoil me. But thank you very much!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  17. I tried to comment earlier but it didn't go through... Really beautiful paintings Sadami, the professor would be thrilled I'm sure to have one of his own. You'd never tell you didn't enjoy architecture, I love the stairwells too.

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    1. Dear Cathy,
      Thank you so much! You spoil me. Wow, hope the professor will like it. But true I hate architecture that does not move, which bores me. But favorite subjects come up nicely. And I should try a stairwell more.
      Cheers,Sadami

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  18. You've pushed your limits with these stairs, what a pity ! ;))) not to love the architecture, and achieve a magnificent staircase. Argh, I'm sure you will present other monuments.
    Your portrait, classic, is very pretty.
    Enjoy you life :)

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    1. Oooh,Lydie!
      Thank you!! I'm seriously thinking to START loving architectureʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. Very interesting. Many people love my stairwell work that surprise me. Mmmm...I should exploer architecture more and try a stairwell again in a proper way.
      Ah, I blush at your kind say on the portrait. Thank you, thank you. With many people's cheers, I step forward. You,too, enjoy your life!!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  19. Congrats Sadami! Also, I love the perspective you are using in some of these watercolors.

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    1. Hi,Tim,
      Thank you so much! I'll explore architecture and perspective.
      Cheers,Sadami

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  20. Hi Sadami--your architecture looks wonderful! I love the colors--and the accuracy! the self portrait is fantastic too!

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    1. Hi,Celeste,
      Thanks millions! I'll keep up.
      Cheers,Sadami

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  21. sadami might hate sketching architecture but these are lovely architectural sketches ...sure your prof will like the top one .

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    1. Oh, thanks Jane!!!
      Yes, I left it at the schoolʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ . Hope the prof will like it. I'll explore architec. Your blog also encourages me to challege something new. Thanks!!!
      Cheers,Sadami

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  22. These buildings are incredible, Sadami!!! That first one is beautifully painted! As far as your self portrait....LOVE IT!!!! Your talent shines!!!

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    1. Oh, Hilda,
      Thank you so much! I hate architecture, but challenge it. I gave the prof the first one. That portrait shows my starting point of a carreer. You,too, full of talents and a hard worker. Keep up. Let us have fun together.
      Cheers,Sadami

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  23. さだみさんへ
    コメント、なんどもやってるけど入らんわよー。
    なんでかな・

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    1. Hi,HaniHani,
      苦労してくれてありがとう!! 入ったわ!おかしいわねえ。でもかつてアメリカのblog友達が大変苦労したとボヤキ、みんなでGoogleに苦情を言ったら治ったことがあります。が,気にせずやって行きましょう。人生は短いのです。ボヤクより楽しむ時間を持った方がイイに決まってる!
      Cheers,wink,wink, Sadami

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  24. さだみさんへ

    おーーはいった、はいったーー。
    日本人でみてるひとわたしだけなん?

    そうよね。ぼやいてもしょうがない。
    挑戦するのみ。
    いつも、
    前向きでよろしい!!!

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    1. Hi,HaniHani,
      そうよ。うしろむいて前へは歩けないの。お互い精一杯人生楽しむし、精一杯生きようネ。
      日本語を使う人で投稿は今のとこ貴方だけです。一番したのStatCounterを見てね。小さな世界地図をクリックしてネ。どの国の人が私のblogを読んでるか分かります。今は世界が小さくなっています。貴方のblogも世界中の人が見てるわよ。
      Cheers,Sadami

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  25. Uf!! Por no ser especialidad tuya la arquitectura... en estos dibujos demuestras lo contrario. Buenos dibujos urbanos, buenas perspectivas... qué más te hace falta? Eres maravillosa! OK?.
    Precioso autorretrato!!! Licenciada en dibujo urbano!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Joshemari,
      Muchas gracias! Usted es tan bueno en los diseños de arquitectura y urbanas! Estoy seguro de que tarde o temprano, su exposición se van a plantear, como correr por el Consejo.
      Jajaja, me gustaría poder tener un título de arquitectura - la mía era la lingüística y la sociología.
      Saludos, Sadami

      Hi, Joshemari,
      Thank you very much! You are so good at architecture and urban designs!! I'm sure sooner or later your exhibition will come up, such as run by Council.
      Hahaha, I wish I could have an architecture degree -- mine was linguistics and sociology.
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>>Joshemari said...
      Ugh! Not to be yours architecture specialty ... in these drawings demonstrate otherwise. Good urban designs, good prospects ... what else do you need? You are wonderful! OK?.
      Beautiful portrait! Degree in urban design!
      A hug.

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  26. Absolutely fine, these drawings of the buildings
    I love architecture, and watercolors are perfect!

    Congratulations on your retirement, dear!
    you will have a new phase, as good as before!
    all the best for you!
    kisses

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    1. Hi,Denise,
      Thank you so much! Denise, you're always caring for many people, especially, emerging artists like me. Take care and enjoy art work!!!
      Cheers,Sadami

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