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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Carol & "Fair Go" Sketching

I've submitted colours done so far. A short break! Yey!
Now, a Christmas season! I love listening to Christmas carols, especially, organised by school kids! Oh, their voices are so cute and beautiful. (*I personally believe their chant is an angels' hymn!) Audience appreciate their singing and dancing. Certainly, children have practiced for so many hours. We should say special thanks for teachers, too. 


When school children realise my sketching, they have a great interest in me. Some pupils nudge each other and wave at me. (Hey, kids, look at your teacher, not me!) After the choir, they dash to me. 
"Can I have a look?" Sure, why not!
They try to guess my models and tell each other, "That's you." I was sure that modeled children would be happy and not focused kids could get disappointed. That bummer was easily gussed before sketching. So, I did a bit "trick"!

BTW, Friends, have you ever heard of a "fair go"? In Australian English, "fair go" implies equal rights and egalitarianism.
According to a Macqrie dictionary, 
In Australian and New Zealand English, (Colloquial) 
Noun 1. a fair or reasonable course of action :
Eg) Do you think that's a fair go?
2. a chance to get on with something without interference or distraction :
Eg) The chairperson pleaded for silence and a fair go for the speaker.
Interjection 3. an apeal for fairness and or reason.
Eg) Fair go, mate!
Friends, do you notice something in the sample sentences above, particularly, in conversations? Yes, a speaker asks/demands a information reciever to do a right thing in a speaker's disadvantaged contex and unfairness.
Now, you get a phrase, "fair go" user actually wants for justice, equality and accesibility of resources. So, a "fair go" comes up in a welfare, a social system, politics, sports and almost in any Ausrtalian social phases. It is an interesting expression and a controversial topic from time to time in Australian society. 


Back to the topic, sketching! I do fair go sketching for kids. How do I do it? I secretly mixed up some children's appearances and made one picture. I do not choose a specific child for a model! Yes, it means my singing child is no one in the choir. I keep it private for children and just let them guess as they like. (they are having a fun to guess who's who.)
A brave boy asks (commands?!) me to "Draw me!" Sorry, dear, I cannot pick up one person. "Fair go."
Regarding fair go, may that phrase will be fully achieved in society. Christmas is really a lovely time in a year. A city is full of love, joy and fun. We enjoy parties, catching up, family reunion, exchanging cards, charities and events. I hope we can keep this sweet feeling whole through the year, every day. May love, peace and fair go will pour out on the earth. 
Thank you so much for warm cheers and a great patience for a new post.
Friends, Happy Painting!


**In addition, a "Macquarie dictionary" is our nation pride! That's the best dictionary on Australian English and edited by Macquarie uni in Sydney. If anyone wants to study Australian English, look up a Macquarie dictionary! And my hidden hobby is reading dictionaries. Cheers, wink, wink.














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30 comments:

  1. Language is so funny, isn't it? It's kind of scary to wonder how somebody is interpreting what we way! Your drawings are wonderful, capturing the moment so perfectly. It makes me miss my teaching days!

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    1. Language fascinates me so much! Studying other languages enables us to have mutual understanding and makes our lives so rich. Katherine, have fun in other languages. We're losing one language every FOUR weeks. http://www.hrelp.org/events/elw2008/languagefootprint.html
      And thank you for cheers for my drawings. Kind regards, Sadami

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  2. Well you certainly gave this post a fair go! I love it when I am out and about sketching and children notice and gather 'round. They are so receptive and interested! To me it is one of the many joys of being an artist.

    Wonderful and sharing posts on your picture book journey, and great advice. Thank you! Maybe after a while you can write a book on illustrating children's books!

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    1. Dear Dan, yes, kids come around artists sketching on streets. They love drawing and we often sketch together. I heartily hope your son and you will enjoy drawing one day.
      Oh, thank you for a nice suggestion on a book, but I need to learn lots more. I'm planning to write about my wonderful Editor. (*already I've got a permission.) So, look forward to my post in the future.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. I think your 'trick' with the children's sketches is wonderful and very diplomatic! :) And your mixed up sketches look fantastic, Sadami! I like the expression 'fair go' very much, and it is a good wish for the New Year!

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    1. Ahahaha, thank you, Judy! Although I wish I could sketch all children at once, impossible. But my fair go has worked out well. Children remember me very well and talk to me on streets. And let us fully achieve a fair go in society. Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. I love your little singers, their attitude so concentrated and shy at the same time.
    Great post again on communication.
    Kisses!

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    1. Thank you, Lydie! Yes, children are so serious and very shy, oh, cute. I feel it is a great blessing that I can sketch children on spot. It has taken long years to come to this level, but worth trying!!
      Kisses! Sadami

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  5. You are having a fair go at painting the children! And doing it it really well. Lovely happy christmassy paintings. Have a lovely Sunday. xx

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    1. Thank you, Polly! Today, I'll join Australian Society of Authors Xmas party in the afternoon. Catch-up and net working, but above all, fun, refreshing and relaxing!! You, too, have a nice Sunday!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Your children are always so sweet and now I know why, the best of each.
    Interesting about words and meanings.

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    1. Thank you, Teri! Your cheers are always warm and wonderful!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. Love that christmas tree and your children always look so lively!

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    1. Thank you, Celeste! Your work, too, always looks wonderful and challenges yourself!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Sadami, qué bien te lo pasas junto a los niños!!! Son totalmente transparentes y eso es algo que en los mismos dibujos sale reflejado. Luego, desgraciadamente, esa transparencia desaparece... Bueno, pero disfrutemos con ellos cuando aún la tienen! Verdad Sadami? Suelo pasármelo maravillosamente en la biblioteca con mis nietos. Mientras, dibujo a todos los niños y niñas cercanos y ellos son conscientes de que les estoy pintando y no se atreven a mirar lo que hago. Cuando les llamo y les invito se sienten muy felices. Yo también! Y... seguro, que tú también!!
    Un beso.

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    1. Gracias, Joshemari. Bueno, la transparencia permanecerá en nosotros, los adultos, corazones. ¿Artistas tienen y toque el corazón ajeno, no es así? También, disfruta de dibujo a niños y jugar con ellos.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Joshemari. Well, the transparency will remain in us, adults, hearts. Artists have it and tap others' heart, don't we? You, too, enjoy drawing children and playing with them.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Sadami, how well you spend it together with the children! They are completely transparent and that is something that in the same drawings out reflected. Then, unfortunately, the transparency disappears... Good, but enjoy them when they still have it! Sadami right? Soil pasármelo beautifully in the library with my grandchildren. Meanwhile, drawing all the children and girls nearby, and they are aware of that I am painting them and do not dare to look at what I do. When I call them and ask them are very happy. Me too! ... Sure, you also!
      A kiss.

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  9. Unos dibujos entrañables de niños cantando, todo un simbolo de la Navidad! Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Tina! Siempre eres bueno para mí. Usted, también, disfruta de dibujo y Navidad!
      Un abrazo, Sadami

      Thank you, Tina! You're always nice for me. You, too, enjoy drawing and Christmas!
      A hug, Sadami

      >>> Tina said...
      A few endearing drawings of children singing, a symbol of Christmas! A hug.

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  10. Wonderful sketches of the singing children, faces so simply painted and so full of character and emotion. Have a great week, Sadami!

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    1. Thank u, Blaga! Sketching kids is fun. Go for it! You, too, have a wonderful week! Cheers, Sadami

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  11. What a wonderful concept, the 'Fair Go' !
    Almost as wonderful as your sketches, you fabulous painter, you!
    xxxxxx

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    1. Thank u, Pat! Come over here. Sketch together and let's chat over English!! Cheers, Sadami

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  12. your second sketch is so full of movement sadami fantastic ...we will see my youngest daughter + class sing at school on thursday ...wishing you a very happy christmas and creative + heathly new year dear sadami

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    1. Thank u, sweet Jane! Enjoy your Thursday. I, too, wish you a Merry Christmas & a happy new year! I'm still working on the illustration though, enjoying lots of swims at a beach. Take care not to catch a cold.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. Preciosos trabajos como siempre, me encanta la ultima con ese espiritu navideño, merry Christmas to you!!! :)

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    1. ¡ Oh, dulce, Mari, gracias! Tú también, feliz Navidad y un feliz año nuevo!!!!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, sweet, Mari, thank you! You, too, merry Christmas and a happy new year!!!
      Best wishes, Sadami
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      Beautiful work as always, I love the last with that spirit of Christmas

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  14. Even when you don't paint one child in particular, your sketches are full of life -- that the trick may be -- in the process make the children happy too:) - a very wise decision!

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    1. Thnak u, Meera! Fantasy based on reality looks more alive and more real -- picture book illustration proves it. Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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  15. Christmas concerts are always fun. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time and a Happy New Year.

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    1. You, too, Ann, have a Merry Xmas and a Happy, Happy New Year! Best wishes, Sadami

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