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Monday, August 13, 2012

Build Up Own Style Whilst Studying

Hi, Friends, how have you been? Sure, you enjoyed London Olympics! I've been very busy with the projects ongoing and ...me, too, watched Olympic games(Oh! It's over)! I love sports,  both watching and enjoying them all. Interesting, any athlete has an individual style developed from very the basics. Like sports and other areas, in art, establishing an individual style is a big goal. So, I've been exploring different styles in watercolour. My ultimate goal is to build up my own style. Yes, unique and solid.
Being as an artist, isn't it a great joy and honour to hear others comment, "Ah, I soon get that's your work! That's your style"? 

Colour use, a background and a texture have been my main concerns for these months. In this post, red or pink are dominant colours. Friends, how do you "feel" or get an idea for a background? I'm an inspiration orientated artist. Until something I feel, I do not make it into a watercolour painting.
Below, the lady's red caught my eyes at the market. (*She was the busy manager of a Sunday market! A4) 
The kind lady offered me "5 minutes" to put main colours in an office. Thanks millions! I made a big rush -- in all, nearly 10 minutes? No idea. Rush, rush, rush! 
But when I sketched the lady, she was having a coffee break with a cigarette. Sunshine, something warm and relaxing mood -- was my images for the picture. Soft and light green came cross my mind for a background. Then, I organized a background like above. Hum, it was fun! I should try a background more!! Be brave!


Another study was based on my old work. In this doodle, I tried to make a strong contrast and a rough texture. I've just realized... the same pattern of my colour use. *You may say, "Hey, Sadami, you like a "red and green combination"?" Could be. 
I'd really appreciate your any feedback. (A4)

By the way, this is my personal view, do we, women often love pink or red since childhood? On the other hand, in my observation, do men tend to pick up blue? Or is it social convention or social expectation in culture?


Apart from a heavy topic and technical stuff
above all,  joy must come first for me. Tadadada~~! It's me in a studio. (Some competitions require a bio and photos. So, I took some photos last week.)
I also love doodles like this! Yey! Super Girl(A4)! Full of energy.

I want to establish my own style, while exploring something new all the time. Exploring watercolour is sometimes not easy. Experiments' outcomes disappoint me. It discourages me. But I always learn a lesson and move on. Life is short. I cannot get stuck too long. Because always I remember the joy, it encourages me again. 
Quite simple -- I love watercolour, thus, I keep up and work on my style. 
I'm sure among you, Friends, sometimes get suck and make a sigh. Don't worry. You're not alone. Sometimes, we have rainy days. But sure, you'll enjoy sunshine.  This Super girl sends you all the best, joy and energy. I hope you will reach your own goal!
Friends, Happy Painting!!  
*Oh, yes, our Monday evening life drawing class will move into a bigger and nice space tonight. Hurray!












 




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46 comments:

  1. Nice watercolors as usual! I didn't know they were big. I always thought they were small. Nice to see them in context. Good luck and have fun with your experimentation :) Also, I like your positive attitude!

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    1. Hi, Tiffanny,
      Thank you! Yes, my watercolours are usually "A4" and most life drawings are A2. Quite big?! Tiffanny, big work is a great stress buster. Yeah, I'll have fun in experiments. Lalalala~~!!
      Cheers,wink,wink, Sadami

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  2. I think your background for the lady in red works very well. Your portrait came out nice---very nice! Love that final supergirl too. That's what you are for sure!

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    1. Dear Celeste,
      Thank you so much! Very happy to know you like the Supergirl.
      As I'm planning to make a background for A2 life drawings(watercolour), I'm doing experiments on A4. I'll try a very dark one soon. Yey!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Your style is undeniable, Sadami! I love your backgrounds! Happy painting!

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    1. Oh, Judy, thank you for kind encouragements.
      You, too, enjoy experiments. Look forward to seeing your work and post one day.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  4. Hi Sadami. Great portraits all three. As to pink and red being for girls, I think not. Until recently I did't paint with red very often. I think it is a colour that needs to be learnt how to use it well in watercolour and you have mastered it beautifully. With regards to our humdingers, they are what help us progress and develop as artists as they teach us so much so I embrace my mistakes just as much as the ones that go right. Have a great week. Great topics for thought. Take care xx

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    1. Hi, Laura,
      Thank you for the very thoughtful and spot-on feedback. Oh, I have not mastered yet how to use paints. I only know limited colours that I use(*the colours on teh pallete in the photo are really all my colours). It is also certain to learn each paint's features.
      Yes, I agree with your last say and admire your positive attitude. It's very important for us to learn to love ourselves properly = accept what/who we are. You, too, have a wonderful week and take care!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  5. Hi Sadami,
    As soon as I looked at the first picture I've noticed how nicely you implemented green into it. I have not even written the article, and yet I thought of the background. Nicely done. Green against red is a wonderful finding and even better finding that you did not place it all over the figure; but used just some hints.
    Thanks,
    Have a great workweek Sadami!
    Irina

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    1. Dear Irina,
      Thank you very much! I always think of a "foreground," a "middle ground(often a subject in)" and a "background," when I make paintings. I feel a background is tricky and quite interesting to explore. Yes, you, too, can write about it.
      Have a wonderful adn productive week!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Hi Sadami
    Red and green do appear often in your work, but I think your style has more to do with your lines and the lively way you put down the paint - very distinctive! I would like to have a strong style, but the urge to experiment and try new ways is always distracting me. Gorgeous sketches, and lovely to see you in your studio!

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    1. Dear Cathy,
      Thank you for warm cheers. Very happy to know I have something distinctive.
      Ohh! "red & green" could be from my unconsious world?! Hahaha, they look quite "healthy" though(both are my favorite colours). Cathy, once, my landscape mentor said, "Sadami, always try new things. But keep your old/familiar style, too. When an experiment does not work well, you can come back to it." So, I keep his say.
      Regarding a photo, I'll upload some from time to time(*honest... I was too shy to upload it!).
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  7. You do seem to prefer red and green! ha ha Funny how we have to figure this out later, after many paintings. Me, I love blues of all kinds - but what would blue be without a touch of orange or reddish color? I also love violets with pinks, so I'm a little bit girly. Love these sketches!!! You are Supergirl!

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    1. Hi, Rhonda, another Supergirl,
      Thank you very much! Oh, I did not know red and green come up from my unconsious world?! Yeah, funny, isn't it? We do use and see colours, but we still do not see what/who we are! I see you love blues, violets and pinks. Actually, your colour use is lovely and beautiful. Let us enjoy colours!
      Cheers,wink,wink, Sadami

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  8. Colors perfectly chosen, Sadami! I agree with Cathy Gatland... your still is in your wonderful line work and application of paint. So fluid, expressive and happy. Always a joy to see your work!!

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    1. Dear Pam,
      Thank you so much for encouragements. Your short sentences hit the head of a nail -- what my work's strengths. I'll keep up! You, too, take care and enjoy drawing!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  9. Hello Sadami:) What a cheerful post! Love it. You are so optimistic! That last painting, of supergirl, must be you:)
    About colors; I don't like pink but I do like red, but my favorite color is blue:) I try for years now to have a own style, but I didn't manage. Your paintings I recognize immediatly! Love this style! The background with the lady in red is beautiful. Not only the colors but also the way added texture. Nice!
    I love your paintings and you are a very kind person!

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    1. Hi, Renate,
      Thank you very much! Yes, I'm the optimist and the supergirl, hahaha!
      Oh, you like blue. I love each colour differently and love them all. Very happy to know you can tell my work from others. Regarding a style, not easy to explore it. It's exactly the same as identity, isn't it? I'm working on a bigger size work's background. See how it goes. You, too, are a very nice person and wonderful artist!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Tus obras tienen ese estilo inconfundible, Sadami.
    Es un placer verte en tu estudio.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. ¡Oh, Onera,
      Muchas gracias por los ánimos! Usted es así que cuidado. Usted, también, tienen un estilo distintivo. Vamos a divertirnos en el dibujo!
      Saludos, Sadami

      Oh, Onera,
      Thank you so much for the encouragements! You're so caring. You, too, have a distinctive style. Let's have fun in drawing!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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      Your works have that unmistakable style, Sadami.
      It is a pleasure to see you in your study.
      A hug.

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  11. Hola Sadami, no puedo discutirte ese color de fondo, porque jamás lo habría pintado de color verde, pero viendo lo que has hecho, tengo que decir: OK, muy bien!
    A pesar del rojo del sombrero y su vestimenta, había buscado algún color más cálido.
    Estás encantadora en la fotografía. Muy bonita!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Joshemari,
      Muchas gracias! Sí, de hecho, aparte de los paisajes, no tengo un recuerdo de su fondo verdoso, tampoco. Por cierto, sus paisajes y obras de arte mejor y más sofisticado. ¿Cuándo usted tiene una exposición? Por favor, háganoslo saber.
      Gracias por los elogios agradables para mi foto.
      Saludos, guiño, guiño, Sadami

      Hi, Joshemari,
      Thank you very much! Yes, indeed, apart from the landscapes, I do not have a memory of your greenish background, either. By the way, your landscapes and art work get better and more sophisticated. When do you have an exhibition? Please let us know.
      Thank you for the nice compliments for my photo.
      Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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      Sadami Hello, I can not discutirte the background color, because I would never have painted green, but seeing what you've done, I have to say: OK, great!
      Despite the red hat and dress, had sought a warmer color.
      You are lovely in the picture. Very nice!
      A hug.

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  12. Lovely drawings and so good that you explain the process to your work. I always enjoy seeing your art.

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    1. Dear Ann,
      Thank you! You're always a caring, lovely lady and hardworker for art work. I hope one day, we, blogger friends can get together!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. lovely work as always Sadami. I love the little child so full of energy. Good luck with your search to hone your style. I think your work is very distinctive but I admire your efforts to keep challenging yourself and pursue more from yourself.
    Cheers,Meegan

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    1. Wow, Meegan!
      Thank you so much! Oh, very happy to know I have my own style and you love that super girl. Yes, searching for a style is equal to seeking / forming identity, isn't it? Till the end of my life, I'd keep up and grow as a peron and artist. You, too, enjoy drawing and painting. Good luck in architecture. See ye soon!!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  14. Again... very impressive works. I really love your watercolor paintings, especially the portraits.

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    1. Hi, Stephan,
      Thank you for kind encouragements. Me, too, like your outstanding drawings.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  15. Hi Sadami

    I'm interested in what you say about developing your own style when studying. I am starting on a foundation course in Art and design at Telford College in Edinburgh on 27 August. I'm hoping it will be a springboard which helps me develop my own style.
    Wish me luck

    Ray x

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    1. Hi,Ray,
      Wow, you always challenge something; I admire it! It means you're forever young and always on duty. I hope you'll enjoy the course and get something that will make you happy. Always joy must come first for me. Technically, we all start from basics. Ray, please teach me what you'll get! I look forward to it.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  16. Sadami, you definitely have your very own and very distinctive style. I can always find a personality or an emotion beautifully depicted in your works, you're a master in that. For example, the lady in red, one would think that the red would overwhelm the painting, when in fact you built it so that it only leads us to the face and makes us wonder "what is this woman thinking?".
    As for our color choices, I think they are also influenced by our mood at the moment, so they may change over time.

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    1. Dear Blaga,
      Thank you very much. Your say overlaps other people's feedback on my watercolour portraits. They are my strengths and I maximize them for particularly, picture book illustration. But I'm not a master, a "life long learner"ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!
      Also I agree with your veiw on colour choice. It's interesting -- our work reveals our inner world. Yet, often an artist does not realize it(= unconsious world)~(*o*)~.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  17. I wish the Olympics was still on...I was glued to the T.V. My favorite time..Now I will look forward to the Winter Olympics!!!! I love these watercolors, Sadami...The background is perfect...and of course, you photograph beautifully!!!

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    1. Hi, Hilda,
      Thank you very much! Well, it might be a great idea to have the Olympics EVERY 4 yr. Otherwise, we all get glued to a telly?! I very much look forward to Paralympics!!! Once, I sketched Australian paralympians and cheer all athletes. They are my heros.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  18. Dear Sadami, for sure you already have your own style and I can recognize it immediatly ! You are right, it's always a great pleasure to look for something new or better. Thank you for sharing your work and thoughts. It's always a pleasure to look at your work ! :) Bisous.

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    1. Hi, Olivia,
      Thank you very much. Very nice of you! It's the beautify of bloggers that we can encourage each other. I hope we can explore watercolour more!!
      :) Bisous, Sadami

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  19. Estupendos retratos, Sadami!! Llenos de expresividad, fuerza y sensibilidad. Me gusta sobretodo como dominas la acuarela, de una manera tan personal. Tus bellas ilustraciones tienen movimiento y frescura. Un cordial saludo y buen fin de semana!!

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  20. Querida Juana,
    Muchas gracias. Tú, también, siempre que las obras de arte interesante y hermoso. Sus entrañas y los espíritus de esta naturaleza son una gran y joven para siempre. Por favor, mantener el ritmo. Al igual que usted, me gustaría explorar la acuarela.
    Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

    Dear Joan,
    Thank you very much. You, too, always make interesting and beautiful art work. Your guts and challenging spirits are great and forever young. Please keep up. Like you, I'd like to explore watercolour.
    Best wishes, Sadami

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    Great portraits, Sadami! Full of expression, strength and sensitivity. I like especially as master of watercolor, so personally. Your beautiful illustrations have movement and freshness. Regards and good weekend!

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  21. I always love seeing what you are doing and these are wonderful. Love that photo of you!!!

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    1. Hi, Teri,
      Thank you so much! I organized the photos for comps that sometiems require photos and a bio. BTW, your art work gets better and better! When do you have an exhibition?
      Cheers, Sadami

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  22. Lovely! I love red.... also some shades of pink...

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    1. Hi, Evelyn,
      Thank you very much! Let us enjoy art work!
      Cheers, Sadami

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    1. Dear northierthanthou,
      Thank you very much!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  24. Dear Sadami reading your last posts, the interaction with the topics was so instinctive that I forgot to express my admiration for your watercolours!
    Your paint job, direct and immediate, it is of great emotional impact (like your writing) and executed with a technique really perfect!
    Warm regards
    Rita

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    1. Dear Rita,
      Thank you for kind cheers! You create wonderful watercolour paintings and taking beautiful photos. You, too, enjoy drawing, painting and photography. (I'm hopeless for photography -- I found it at a camera club several years ago.)
      I'd enjoy drawing and painting!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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