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Monday, April 30, 2012

1)Archibald2012 2)Wash(wine drops)

Hi, Friends, I sketched Archibald 2012, the most prestigious portrait competition in Australia. Here, NSW Gallery entrance.

None of watercolour work was in. Most finalists' paintings were oil or acrylics. "John Yu With Artist" (Jun Chen) caught my eyes, as the colour "green" used in the face and the strong brush strokes fascinated me.  
You can guess how huge paintings were. It was the main stream. But I'll keep my own style.


The other day, I sketched a psychologist and popular writer, Hugh McKay at his book launch. Although the work size is A4, I'm happy with it. That's the point! "Be what I am most." 
OK, as promised, I'm loosening up landscape with washes. We saw the huge rainbow over City from a hospital after a heavy shower. Beautiful and full of hope! 
I've begun to get how to loosen up. Only the problem is landscape does not move around that bores me so much. No joke. I love capturing movements.


Now, another wash experiment, wine "drops" for watercolour! Does anyone have left wine in a kitchen? If so, this technique is yours! 
Quite an interesting outcome. I'm thinking, for what sort of subject l'll use this technique. Fun!!
To learn new techniques and master them takes time. I want to take in new skills and enrich myself.



Although this post seems to have too many topics, what I tell myself is "Be what I am most." I do not need to be someone else, but myself fully. Even without a signature, my work should tell who made it -- Sadami. So, I explore skills and will be what I am. Tonight, I'll enjoy a life drawing class.  
Friends, Happy Painting!! 








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43 comments:

  1. outstanding work sadami wine wash and all ..remember your sketches from last year of this event ..landscapes from the train in the car by air maybe ..will add some movement and excitement for you .

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    1. Uhahahahaha! Jane, I love your humour!!!
      I should try your idea to excite me with landscapes. BTW, I've been searching for a model, as A subject is, preferably, "famous." So, often big names in mass media.
      I can hardly find a big name for my model. The quote from the entry form is below.
      “preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the Pictures.”
      Wish me good luck to find a model.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  2. As one who has been exploring my own skills, I fully understand and applaud your pursuit of your true self. At least, you've settled down to one medium, I am still floundering between water base and oil base paints. Be happy in your quest Sadami. I'm glad to see your hand is as good as ever.

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    1. Hi, Linda,
      Thank you so much. Hope you'll find your favorite media. As far as I know the tips of watercolour is "Not to put too much." "The least, the best" is my favorite. Work on your style.
      The hand will get well completely in time.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Yes Sadami! You are yourself and that's what I LOVE about your blog and your paintings. :) It's a shame that watercolors rarely make it in to competitions like that. But I do really love your fresh paintings in this post. Especially the top one. :) That red is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks millions, Crystal!
      Yes, I often get feedback "Fresh," "Beautiful sense of colour" about my work. Very happy. I'll keep my strength and work on my style. You, too, make lots of beautiful paintings that make us happy!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  4. Hello Sadami:) How are you doing? Nice idea, painting with wine. Have you tryed coffee yet? I love all the works you showed here but the first one is my favorite becaus I like the point of view. Please STAY yourself. Your work is amazing and very ricognizeble! Cheers!

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    1. Hi, Renete, thank you for encouragements.
      No, I haven't tried coffee--probably, I won't, as I love coffee so much, hahaha. Regarding an "upward angle," veiwers' feedback is very positive. So, maybe, one day, I'll upload many upward angle work.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  5. Thanks for sharing with us your art,and your life with watercolor ,Sadami!

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    1. Hi, Rita, thank you!
      You, too, make beautiful watercolour work. Please keep up and sharing them with us!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Hi Sadami!!!
    Lovely to see your watercolour sketches! I used to love going to the archibald prize every year (i have been overseas for over a year now) - I am surprised, did they let you paint inside the exhibition? Usually they are so over-protective!

    As a fellow watercolour painter, it's sad there weren't any in that technique this year. Oh well, maybe next year!!

    Also, the wine is a very interesting idea! Did you read about this technique somewhere, or did it come about as an "accident" ? I wonder how colour fast it is, whether it yellows the paper or not... I like it, I might have to try too!

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    1. Hi, Monica,
      Try every direction in limitaion. You'll find the unlimited potential.
      Regarding sketching in Gallery, again, try your luck ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
      Wine is my idea. In our net community, wash techniques get polular for these years and we are learning each other. Keep an eye on other wonderful blogs and check their techniques.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  7. Sadami, sorry that your portrait was not in. But your painting of the huge portrait is fabulous! I also like the landscape with the rainbow! Hmmm, using wine for a wash... very inventive and beautiful results! :)

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    1. Hi, Judy,
      Thank you. But I did not try Archibald yet. I've been searching for a model, as A subject is, preferably, "famous." So, often big names in mass media.
      I can hardly find a big name for my model. The quote from the entry form is below.
      “preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the Pictures.”
      Wish me good luck to find a model.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  8. Hola alegre Sadami; sigo viendo como simplificas el paisaje, el arco iris me gusta mucho. Y todo lo demás.

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    1. Hola, Tina, gracias!
      Sí, rezo por la simplicidad en la vida y el trabajo. Eres bueno en el paisaje. Mantenga su trabajo hermoso!
      Saludos, Sadami

      Hi, Tina, thank you!
      Yes, I pray for simplicity in life and work. You're good at landscape. Keep up your beautiful work!!
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      Hello Sadami cheerful, I still see as you simplify the landscape, the rainbow I really like. And everything else.

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  9. "Be what I am most" -wonderful advice for art and life itself :) Love your two portraits! Thanks for sharing your sketches of Archibald12 - very lively!

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    1. Hi, Meera, thank you!
      Yes, it's my mantra. You, too, are studying portaits and attending nice workshops. Keep up and work on your style!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. And now your architecture paintings are excellent too.

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    1. Dear Barbara,
      Thank you for kind encouragements. Your work is very charming. Please keep up!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. I had to smile reading your comment about landscapes boring you because they don't move, it might be just like that when you're so used to draw people and animals on the move all the time. For what it worths I'll say that the one you posted here with the rainbow and that expressive greenery reads Sadami all around, you're already conquering it dear! keep on going, you rule!

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    1. Oh, dear friend, Teresa, thank you so much!!! Your say really encourages me.
      I feel I'm growing as an artist little by little, but certainly. Very happy. How's your project going? Take care and hope everything goes well. I know illustration is an extremely stressful job. Take care. I'm always with you. Go, go, Teresa!!!
      Love, Sadami

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  12. Estupendos trabajos, Sadami.
    Saludos

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    1. Hola, Juan,
      Gracias por visitar mi blog! Espero que todo vaya bien para su vida de artista!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Juan,
      Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope everything goes well for your artist life!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Great work, Sadami.
      regards

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  13. さだみさんへ

    だれかの真似ではなく、自分であること。
    あたりまえやんーーとおもうけど、
    結構そうではないのだなとかんじます。
    人があんなふうに描いているから、自分もちょっととかつい
    ふらっとしてしまいがちですが、
    さだみさんの読んでいると、ほんとに強いひとだなーとおもいます。
    Teresa さんのYou rule!のことばは、ほんとすてき。
    自分らしくあること。
    さだみさんのは、どこにあってもすぐわかりますよね。
    どれも、すごく自然。計算して描いてるのよーー苦心してルーーって感じが出ないのは、やはり日ごろのスケッチワークからくるのでしょうね。
    わたしも、わたしらしくあるために、挑戦おこたりませんぞーー。

    ここで、
    アートコンぺとかないのよねー。残念。

    でかいオイルの作品、それは、またすごいサイズだわね。
    絵の前にいる、シルエットで見せてる人たちの色が微妙でいいわー。もちろん、虹もね。

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    1. Hi, HaniHani,
      不思議ですが、"You're a strong woman," と言われます。(当人は全然自覚無いのよ。) 素直に喜んで受取っておこう!
      実はその"what I was, what I have been, who I am. who I will be," を求めて大学へ入ったの。一年の時は哲学も取ったのだけど、一発で昼寝して、文化人類学に乗換えた前科モノです。 Sociology, linguistics より、なんと心理学にのめって, 片っ端から本を読んで教授と議論を戦わせ、一杯考えました。で、私は"who I am/identity" を無くしてはいけないのを痛切に感じたの。それと自分を受けいれた分、人は外の人を受けいれられるのも学びました。だから,正しく, また、客観的に自分を見る事の大切さを学んだの。卑下でもなく、誇張でもなく、ありのままの自分を正しく正面から観るのはなかなかできませんよ。

      絵に関しては、誰だってマネからスタートします。が、自分らしさ, originalityを出すのはそう多く居ません。私の絵はもっとSadamiらしくていいと思っています。でないと、上っ面の小手先の綺麗な絵に終始してmarketのneedsに迎合して終わったら悲劇です。みんな私のblogger friendsはそんな事を迷いながら、悩みながら絵を描いて居ます。だからこそ、ツライ時, 一杯commentsしあって励ましあって頑張ってるのヨン。
      Teresaはホントいいダチなの。彼女も私も絵本挿絵画家なので、痛いのをよく分かり合えます。今、彼女はprojectに取り組んでて苦しんでるの。でも、さりげなくやってきて、しっかとやさしい励ましを置いて行くの。友情に厚いヤツなのよお。

      なお, 私は絵は計算して描けないの。Emotion and joy comes first. それときっとタイプと言うか、性格なのでしょう。師匠Annは賢い人で、ちゃんと私を知ってて、"Instinctで描きなさい、" と言いました。これで私は迷いが吹っ切れたの。構図がどうのこうのとか言うより、私は子供の様に絵を描くことにしぼるの。絵に関しては理屈は考えません。

      アラー、なに言ってるの!今やnetでジャンジャンart compsやってるわよお。それもinternational規模。調べて応募してみたら?いつも私達はそういうwebをcheckして応募するのよ。待って居てもナニも変わらないのだから、自分で調べてchallenge! Go, go, HaniHani~~~!!!

      Cheers, Sadami

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  14. Wonderful work, Sadami!!! Loose and beautiful!!! Enjoy your day.

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    1. Hi, Hilda,
      Thnak you very much! Let us enjoy drawing and painting!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  15. Dear Sadami ! your work is always beautiful and rich
    because YOU are such a beautiful person ! love to see
    what you do !
    wish you a wonderful May
    bisous

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    1. Hi, Marty,
      Thank you very much! You, too, make beautiful photos and wonderful posts. I know you're the nice lady!!! I hope one day we could get together in person.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  16. Another good post full of positive thought and beautiful paintings! I love the painting of the exhibit, especially how you handled the people looking at the painting. Here, in the US, watercolorists are often passed over and many of them paint so much better than the ones who are accepted.
    I'm tuned in to see what you paint next. There is nothing you can't paint!

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    1. Hi, Celeste,
      Thank you! I love sketching people. But many watercolour portraitists are very successful in the States such as (my favorite and admiring) Mary White and Burton Silverman. I want to try Archibald and have been searching for a model=needs to be a big name. Hardly get yes. Wish me good luck.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  17. Lately I've been painting etegami with unusual materials like powdered green tea (matcha) and coffee and soy sauce (not all together, of course). So that wine technique really interests me! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Hi, Debbie,
      Very happy that my post became a little help for you. Your etegami is always creative, full of faith, pouring love and plenty of humour!! Please keep up. I love them all.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  18. Oh, yes, difficult to compete for watercolor with oil or acrylic, but I feel that slowly is making inroads into recognition. It is not easy but sometimes watercolors have been awarded against oils. But that should not worry, we do what we like, enjoy, and that's the best. Wonderful all work, good tip on the wine, the city moving in the rainbow, portraits, museum ... great!
    Kisses and smiles;)








    Oh, yes, difficult to compete for watercolor with oil or acrylic, but I feel that slowly is making inroads into recognition. It is not easy but sometimes watercolors have been awarded against oils. But that should not worry, we do what we like, enjoy, and that's the best. Wonderful all work, good tip on the wine, the city moving in the rainbow, portraits, museum ... great!
    Kisses and smiles;)







    Hi Sadami! yes, difficult for watercolor to compete with oil or acrylic, but I feel that slowly is making inroads into recognition. It is not easy but sometimes watercolors have been awarded against oils. But that should not worry, we do what we like, enjoy, and that's the best. Wonderful all work, good tip on the wine, the city moving in the rainbow, portraits, museum ... great!
    Kisses and smiles;)

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  19. Hi, Carmen,
    Thank you! I've been searching for a model and challenge that big comp! But the person must be a big big name and I always face difficulties to get yes from a public person. Not easy for an emerging artist. BUT I'll keep up and one day, I'll challenge it!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  20. Sadami dear, hope all is well with you!
    I went through a brief visit here, and I loved all your latest work!
    congrats! are brilliant, as always!
    I see you still going strong, with all your generous energy!
    all the best for you!
    a huge huge hug!!
    and many exclamation points! :)

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    1. Hi, Denise,
      You're always so nice! You, too, make wonderful work. Please keep up and encoruage emerging artists like us. You're the wonderful role model for us.
      Hug, hug, hug, Sadami

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    2. you're so kind! ;)) thanks dear!
      hugs
      hugs

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  21. I would like to see the exhibition. I am sure one day, your work will get into the exhinition :). Love the building.

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  22. Hi, Evelyn,
    Thanks! I wanna try it! I've been searching for a model. Wsih me good luck.
    Cheers, Sadami

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