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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wesley Building Dreams Inclusive Art Exhibition for People with Disability & Carers

Hi, Friends, our pop-up exhibition will be held in Sydney CBD, 3-10 AugustI'm enjoying so much sharing time with wonderful students in Wesley Building Dreams Inclusive Art Exhibition. The theme of "Building Dreams" is "inclusiveness" and the importance of recognising the dreams and aspirations of all, especially those living with disability and their carers. Special thanks to the generous support of our partner Eckersley's Art & Craft that has also offered prizes for school children aged 6-18 across New South Wales in Australia. Already the project has involved15 schools. Wow, this big project is ongoing across NSW! Terrific, isn't it? School kids, come join it! Here, *Entry Form. True to the very nature of the pop-up show, the detailed venue is secret at the moment. Friends, look forward to Wesley Mission's official announcementNow, I'm mentoring students called "people with disability." 

HOWEVER, I believe my lovely students are people with "THIS ability"!! Each client is unique and nothing different from other people. 
Mentoring is, for a mentor, equal to learning from mentrees. I'm learning how I can assist students rather than teaching them. Also, I want to be a good entertainer and serve them! In this work below, I'm demonstrating a "wax resist technique" and "lift up." These fun techniques amuse students. We chuckle together. Hey, don't say, "Sadami, you look too good in this picture?!" In addition, in my eyes, everyone and anyone is beautiful.
The key person in a Wesley Mission team and I agree that the most important point is to have fun with the clients and bring them dreams by artI heartily hope the clients take initiatives. I deeply respect each client equally.  

A black and white drawing is based on a photo by courtesy of Wesley Mission. I gained the consent from the client to post the images. BTW, using a photo was very hard for me. Sounds strange? I'm not familiar with using photos to create portraits. For me, a live model is the best and much easier than photos. A live model's movements give me 3D info and I can get on a figure. So, I moved these two people in my mind and drew them on a paper (*Hope, my English makes sense!). 
Regarding using crayons, it's a handy water-resist technique to create white or any colours that depend on crayons, candles' original colours. See below, it's an example. It's up to you how to use it in watercolour painting. I use crayons very often for sketches and they are in my pencil case. 
Back to the topic, the Building Dreams Inclusive Art Exhibition. The Wesley Mission staff and I are working hard to achieve the same goal, "bringing hope and joy." Wesley Mission's positive feedback makes me happy. I want to make clients happy and I want to give carers a break by my art class. Fortunately, my many uni friends are, today, senior social workers and teachers. They cheer me up. Oh, I love the studnets and appreciate the Wesley team's backup, too. **Click a logo that will take you to Wesley Mission's site.  

"Building Dreams" is a part of a wider disability research and awareness campaign centred on the latest Wesley Report, Give Disability Carers a Break before They Break Down.  
Did you know? 
  • Over one third of Australian households are involved with disabilities. 
  • 4.2 million Australians are classified as having disabilities. 
  • There are 2.7 million informal carers of individuals living with a disability in Australia.  (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012)
Sadly, what others do not realise is that carers are often forced to sacrifice their own lives to look after someone they love. This project aims at supporting both carers and artists with disabilities. 
**Click a logo that will take you to Wesley Mission's site.
My dream is that this project will go on "annually" like One Word One Day for indigenous children's literacy, we, Australian picture book illustrators have been supporting across a nation wide. If "Building Dreams Inclusive Art Exhibition," such a wonderful project is only for a once, it would be sad and a bit shame..., although it's really hard to gain stead resources in a welfare system. Let us hope this exhibition will go well and we can demonstrate a good result in order to get an enough budget. I'm happy to weekly assist clients throughout a year, if the project needs me.

You'll see your heart will know, "Dreams are more precious than gold," I like Enya's song.
Indeed, we need dreams to live our lives lively and happily, don't we?

I really thank for Wesley Mission's kindness and this wonderful opportunity to do pay back society by art. Big cheers for Wesley, my students and school children willing to join this exhibition.
Friends, Happy Painting!
**Click a logo that will take you to Wesley's site. 





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16 comments:

  1. Such a lovely post. Keep bringing smiles all around.

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    1. Thank u, sweet AK! You, too, enjoy drawing and life fully!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Your heart is gold, Sadami :) to paraphrase the Enya song! ha ha Lovely paintings and sketches and so much work you are doing - your energy is boundless, it seems. Have a wonderful week ahead with many happy surprises.

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    1. Oh, sweet Rhonda, thank u! I know you have a golden heart at a first sight, when I visited your blog. Certainly, it requires energy though, I just do my best. You, too, enjoy drawing and life fully!! Please take care. Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. ¡Te felicito Sadami! ¡Sigue construyendo sueños!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Onera! Sí, tú también, mantenerse al día de dibujo y construcción sueños! Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank u, Onera! Yes, you, too, keep up drawing and building dreams!! Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>> Onera said...
      Congratulations Sadami!Keep building dreams!
      A hug.

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  4. Sadami, you bring me close to tears. There are angels in this world that I have met through having an autistic son. And you are one. I love what you are doing.

    I love this picture. I know what you mean about photos - I far prefer painting, drawing from life. Sometimes all of the many colors in a persons skin or hair are so apparent in person - it is all lost in a photo. But you have made this so natural - not like many paintings I see from photos. It is not at all stiff, and conveys such warmth and happiness! I've done the same thing with photos - by the way - sketched as though the subjects were there and about to leave, or move. I love seeing your sketch - it certainly provides movement and life to the piece.

    And, you know, I haven't used crayons as a resist although I've read about it for years. Got to try it out.

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    1. Oh, sweet Dan, thank u! I feel you've been suffering and struggling to communicate the son, although your pain is far beyond others' understandings. I keep praying for you. As well as carers and parents like you, my friends are brave front liners in welfare/health care systems. Sometimes, Dan, please take a break and need to chest off.
      Thank u for a nice comment on my work. It's fun to see the sketch with a client and Wesley staff. Regarding crayons, yes, go for it!
      Please take care, Dan! Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. Wow, look at the expressions of these two faces! Fantastic portraits, Sadami! You are so beautiful on this picture because your heart is beautiful. Best of luck with this so noble project!

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    1. Thank u, sweet Blaga! I'd like to be a person who deserves your posted comment!! Yes, wish us best of luck that comes from our huge efforts. Cheers, Sadami

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  6. You are doing good work, Sadami! Your painting is beautiful, and full of joy and love!

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    1. Hi, sweet Judy, I know you did help children, didn't you? Please keep up your wonderful work and beautiful paintings. Kind regards, Sadami

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  7. Sadami eres un encanto, y tanto tu obra como tus acciones nos proporcionan alegria y esperanza en un mundo mejor. Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, eres dulce, Tina y gracias u! De todo corazón espero que este proyecto va a ir bien. Usted, también, disfrutar de dibujo y pintura. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, you're sweet, Tina and thank u! I heartily hope this project will go well. You, too, enjoy drawing and painting. Best wishes, Sadami

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      Sadami is sweet, and both your work and your actions give us joy and hope in a better world. A hug.

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  8. Congratulations on such wonderful work! I wish you continued success to bring joy and better the world you live in! I love your sketches - they are touching!

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    1. Thank u, sweet Meera! Ahahaha, my model and others are so happy with my sketch. I'll just do my best. You, too, bring joy to people and the world. Best wishes, Sadami

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