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Monday, September 24, 2012

Rookwood Cemetery Open Day for Family Fun

Hi, Friends, did you have a wonderful weekend? I had a big night on Saturday to celebrate my dear friend's birthday. Thank goodness, ah, when I woke up, it was Sunday! 
But this illustrator made a hurry to "Rookwood Cemetery open day". We, Sydney Sketch Club planned to meet up. (*all my sketches are A4.)                                 

The event includes a parade, a bus tour, heritage tours, birc-a-brac, grave digging demonstrations, entertainment, etc. All money raised, goes towards restoration projects within the Cemetery.
In the parade, a horse-drawn hearse carrying a coffin interested me most. Wow, gorgeous. 
There, the most cute and lovely character was this old bicycle riding gentleman with a lorikeet! Isn't he charming? I played up the guy's personality in the sketches. Other people around me said, "It's him! It's him!" I want to develop him more in a studio!!
Also, white doves were released twice. May peace be on people and the earth. 
Traditional dancing was a very much fun. All the people were in retro costumes.The mood and movements fascinated me very much.
Sketching always inspires me. Light brush strokes in a quick movement make interesting references for illustration. Personally, I try to keep a light-hearted movement in a studio as well.

However, illustration needs to match a text. So, I do not want to fall in a pit, "one trick pony style." Like above uploaded, I enjoy a caricature style, too. Broad repertoire is one of my life long goals. 

When the event was over, I sketched the cemetery. "How to live each moment," is my concern.  
"Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done" --- Goethe. 
I hope myself to live this moment fully with joy. (*I tell myself, "Everyday is my birthday!") 

Friends, Happy Painting! Enjoy sketching!! 



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44 comments:

  1. Hello Sadami

    The horses are impressive and so playful and alive!
    Also, the cyclist is like from fairyland.

    greetings
    patrick

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    1. Dear Patrick,
      Thank you for the warm cheers. I really enjoyed the hourses and the cyclist. Do you sketch sometimes? It's fun!!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  2. Hi Sadami, I admire your bravery to cover a subject that some people don't even want to talk about, let alone paint and draw. A true artist pushes those boundaries and sees beauty everywhere.
    I too try to live in the moment and saviour each and every one. We are here only once so let's make the most of the time we have.
    A very interesting thought provoking post. Take care. L xx

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    1. Dear Laura,
      I'm a Jack of all trades ?!, but quite a optimistic and positive.
      Yes, if we live this each moment fully or enjoy this life fully, we will never regret life. Have a wonderful day!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. Extraordinarias ilustraciones, Sadami. Me gusta especialmente la primera.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Onera,
      Thank you so much! A mí también me gusta ese trabajo. Los caballos están muy bien. Voy a mantener el ritmo.
      Un abrazo, Sadami

      Hi, Onera,
      Thank you so much! Me, too, really like that work. The horses are nice. I'll keep up.
      A hug, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      Extraordinary Art, Sadami. I especially like the first.
      A hug.

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  4. Sadami, great inspiring post.
    Dancing figures look great. And cemetery looks so optimistic and welcoming)) What is the size of these sketches? Which sketchbook do you choose for your juicy art?

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    1. Hi, Irina,
      Thank you! I always carry two different papers: A4 sketch book "Quill, Visual Art Diary" (110gsm Cartridge) & Arche A4 smooth 300. It depends on a subject and techniques, I change papers. "Control of water amount" is the key for success to handle paper.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  5. Wow Sadami, these sketches are just gorgeous and full of personality!
    Hugs

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    1. Hi, Teri,
      Thank you! I really enjoyed them all. I know you, too, always have fun in sketching. Let's keep up!
      Hugs, Sadami

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  6. Hi Sadami, congratulations, This is a really good job!! Warm regards

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    1. Dear Mari,
      Thank you for warm cheers. Sketching inspires me. Also, human interactions are fun and a great bonus. Let us enjoy sketching!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  7. What an interesting idea for an event! A grave-digging demonstration-- I would never have imagined such a thing-- but it sounds fascinating. I love your horse-drawn hearse. But I think my favorite sketch is the one with the gentleman and the bicycle. :)

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    1. Dear Debbie,
      Thank you! The gentleman invited me, "Try it?" (*I should have done it!)
      Yes, not ghosts, but us, living souls are bouncing on the grave yard. The idea is brilliant and unique. In addition, the Rookwood is huge. Really a big space.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  8. Dear Sadami, when I saw your post on the cemetery and I went to find the page on the link.. how to plan the funeral .... I thought that in Italy such an event could not have been!
    In other countries, I know that the cemetery can be a garden where people can go also to enjoy the changing seasons, even in Europe. But in Italy we are still far from this mentality.
    I admire your beautiful work, so light and fun, in comparison to the place, and I admire the ease with which you and the other people have faced the open day!
    Good Week!

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    1. Dear Rita,
      Thank you! Yes, the event idea is brilliant and unique. Not ghosts, but us, living souls were bouncing on the grave yard. In addition, the Rookwood is huge. Really a big space. We, down-unders, Australians enjoy freedom and the ease. Not bad. Quite a fun!! You, too, have a nice week!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  9. Wonderful sketches, Sadami! The horses are really impressive. Your skill to capture the movement and the mood of the moment is fascinating. Congratulations!

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    1. Hi, Anna,
      Thank you. Yes, I love drawing and capture the critical moment. It's vital for portrait work, as you know.
      Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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  10. Beautiful sketches, Sadami! I particularly like the white dove!

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    1. Hi, Judy,
      Thank you very much. The dove was so lovely. Your little animals are very beautiful. Look forward to next.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  11. Hola Sadami. Estupendas ilustraciones, como siempre! Es un placer volver a tu blog y descubrir nuevamente tus apuntes llenos de frescura. Tu manera especial y alegre de Crear y estos detalles en forma de pequeña-gran obra de Arte. Te felicito! Un cordial saludo.

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    1. Querido Joan,
      Muchas gracias por aplausos cálidos. Muy feliz de saber que disfrutes de mis posts y el trabajo. Usted, también, crear obras de arte muy singular e interesante. Por favor, mantenga!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Dear Joan,
      Thank you so much for warm cheers. Very happy to know you enjoy my posts and work. You, too, create very unique and interesting art work. Please keep up!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Joan said...
      Hello Sadami. Great pictures, as always! It is a pleasure to discover your blog and your notes again full of freshness. Your special and joyful way of Creating and such details as small-great artwork. Congratulations! Kind regards.

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  12. Sadami, magnífica acuarela del coche fúnebre tirado por caballos. Me gusta muchísimo. Se aparta un poco del estilo con el que te conocemos pero has conseguido una bellísima imagen.
    Y la paloma blanca, otra de tus bellas aportaciones.
    Los demás también son muy hermosos.
    Felicidades!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Wow, Joshemari,
      ¡Gracias! El conductor ha gustado mucho que el trabajo en primer lugar. Otras personas a mi alrededor empezó a disfrutar juntos. La interacción humana es la virture de "pintura exterior", como bien sabéis. Usted, también, que el trabajo hermoso. Manténgase al día. Estoy deseando a su lado.
      Un cordial saludo, Sadami

      Wow, Joshemari,
      Thank you! The driver really liked that first work. Other people around me began to enjoy it together. Human interaction is the virture of "outside painting", as you know well. You, too, make beautiful work. Keep up. I really look forward to your next.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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      Sadami, watercolor magnificent horse-drawn hearse. I love it. Deviates a bit of style that you know but you get a beautiful picture.
      And the white dove, another of your beautiful contributions.
      The others are also very beautiful.
      Congratulations!
      A hug.

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  13. Magníficos todos, sobre todo el del coche de caballos.
    Un saludo desde Huesca, España ;o)

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    1. Hi, Manuel,
      Thank you very much for encouragements.
      You, too, create wonderful art work. Enjoy drawing!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Manuel said...
      Magnificent all, especially the horse carriage.
      Greetings from Huesca, Spain,

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  14. Wonderful sketches, Sadami! The horses are fantastic and the bicycle guy made me smile. But my favourite is the expression of the lady in the retro dress!
    Have a great week, Sadami!

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    1. Hi, Blaga,
      Thank you for encouragements! I'll enjoy drawing and painting!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  15. Hello Sadami:) Your such a great sketcher. I can not say wich one to like most. They are all so beautiful. Even the cemetry! I started doing my own sketches this week; in the hospital. It was so much fun to do! Only with a black pen. At home I give them color. Take care !

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    1. Hi, Rene,
      Thank you! Oh, you do sketch in hospital. Enjoy skethcing. If you have to get well, please take care.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  16. My "other" passion, aside from painting, is cemeteries. I absolutely love them. Way back, when I was a little girl, I just wanted to stop at all cemeteries, even though I didn't know anyone buried there. My Mother thought there was something wrong with me! LOL. I love all your sketches..most especially the first one, it is beautiful! It is always so much fun to spend a sketching day with you via your lovely paintings.

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    1. Hi, Celeste, thank you! Wow, what an interesting backstage story that you have a great "passion" in cemeteries that once worried your mom. Me, too, interested in cemeteries. But little Sadami always wondered "Will cemeteries use up our land on this limited earth?" Anyway, after me, who knows? I'll enjoy sketching.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  17. Beaucoup de mouvements dans tes croquis de danseuses et ton gentleman à bicyclette. C'est épatant, j'adore absolument. Bisous !

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    1. Salut, Lydie,
      Je vous remercie beaucoup. Capture de mouvements par le dessin est l'un de mes objectifs pour ces années. Je vais continuer!
      Cheers, Sadami

      Hi, Lydie,
      Thank you very much. Capturing movements by drawing is one of my goals for these years. I'll keep up!
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>>Lydie said...
      A lot of movement in your drawings of dancers and gentleman your bicycle. This is amazing, I absolutely adore. Kisses!

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  18. What a lovely day!
    Your sketches are fab, Sadami. So much life and movement!
    xx

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    1. Hi, Pat,
      Thank you. You're so nice! I'll keep up sketching and capture movement and life!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  19. What a great post - loved the carriage and horses and the bicylist! What fun costumes and events to sketch. Have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Dear Rhonda,
      Thank you! The event idea is brilliant. You, too, enjoy drawing and painting. Please take care.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  20. I enjoy so much with your sketches, good work!

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    1. Hi, Sergio, thank you so much! Cheers, Sadami

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  21. I LOVED your post...so interesting, Sadami. Your first sketch of the horse drawn hearse, carrying the coffin, was spectacular and one of my favorites. You painted the horses so perfectly...darn, you're good Sadami!!!

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    1. Dear Hilda,
      Thank you very much! Me, too, like that work very much and the bicycler!! I know you make wonderful pastel paintings! Let's have fun in drawing together.
      Cheers, Sadami

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