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Monday, October 6, 2014

Gift From the Sea

I enjoyed a first swim at Narrabeen beach and re-read "Gift from the Sea" written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I've loved that book since my late twenties. Her insightful writing always gives me what a woman's life is at each stage from youth to aging, regarding relationship, marriage, creative activities and solitude in a modern society. Anne's very frank and unsentimental eye on herself and topics are very touching -- as if we were having a conversation in person. Young readers will find advice on marriage and love in Anne's comparing the shapes of shells to women's life stages. Middle aged readers will find comfort and suggestion in the maturing process of life. Aged people will find a direction to go both outward and inner world. On the beach, It was interesting to find where I underlined in the twenties. I looked back my life and felt happy with it, for I'm making my dream come true as an artist. Although Anne tells the importance of women's solid attitude in a mature age, I still need help from others. Ah, not easy and not mature enough! But I accept it, too.


Now, this is my first sketch of the sea. I play with waves on paper as well as in water! The fresh green of a big wave attracted me. Big waves in Narrabeen beach are popular among surfers. Always waves capture my heart. Its colours, movements and shapes are changing or waves never stay the same. It is much like our lives. I made this sketch around noon. Fortunately, the weather was good and the watercolour painting relatively got dried well. 
Today, I did not collect any shell. (*Usually, I pick up some shells.) Like Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes, I know we cannot collect all shells -- am clearly aware of the limitation of my ability and time given on the earth. But it is the beauty of maturing ; know what I am well and properly. So, we can concentrate on what we want/need to do. This paradox is true, I feel, if we go any direction in the limitation, we can find eternity and no restriction.

People enjoyed swimming, surfing, sun tanning or just walking on the beach. A water temperature was a bit cold, 18'C. Often people said to me, "You're brave!" Only a first step was cold. Once, you jump in a pool, that's fine. An ocean, like a mother, kindly held me, water was not cold at all. Few people were in the pool and almost mine early in the morning! Big waves broke against the walls of the pool and made splashes! Some came into the pool. That's very impressive, but hard to capture it. Anyway, this is my try. I hope you can hear waves and the sounds from the sea.
Then, the below is the sketch of the pool. A day time saving has started from this Sunday. We are getting into summer. Our long weekend was over. Each of us will go back to routine from tomorrow. But it was lovely to have had such a rich quiet time in the off days.

I feel like reading well that book, "Gift From the Sea." Quite a thin book, yet it's full of wisdom in lyrical and rhythmical sentences like waves sounds. If you have a spare time, it's worth reading.

Friends, Happy Painting and Happy aging!!








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20 comments:

  1. Sadami, you are brave to venture into cold water. Your paintings are wonderful. :)

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    1. Thank u, Carol! Not only me, there were some more! Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Muy bonitas tus olas, Sadami. Que continúen los baños y los dibujos...
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Dulce Onera, gracias! Me encanta dibujar olas y obtener consejos de cómo hacerlo. Voy a disfrutar más. Usted, también, disfrutar de dibujar! Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Sweet Onera, thank you! I love sketching waves and getting tips how to do it. I'll enjoy more. You, too, enjoy sketching! Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Onera said...
      Very nice your waves, Sadami. To continue the bathrooms and drawings ...
      A hug.

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  3. Yo veo el movimiento de las olas en tus preciosas acuarelas....

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    1. Hola, Tina, gracias. Consejos están "capturando un ritmo y un estado de ánimo" en las ondas. Usted, también, disfrutar de las olas de boceto! Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Tina, thank you. Tips are "capturing a rhythm and a mood" in waves. You, too, enjoy sketching waves! Best wishes, Sadami

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      I see the movement of the waves in your beautiful watercolors ....

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  4. I love your sea sketches, they are so free and lose, yet capture the scenes and movement so well! Painting the sea from life is so difficult, with everything constantly changing. But you love exactly this kind of challenge :) Have a great week, Sadami!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Blaga! I feel capturing a rhythm and a mood is the key. I've never tried black and white for waves. I think for me, "just do it!" is the right option. Go for it, if you like, Blaga. You, too, have a wonderful week!!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. Gorgeous sketches, which capture the majesty and energy of the sea!
    I am going to look for that book, thank you for telling us about it xx

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    1. Hi, Pat, yes, try that book. I'm sure you will read through it easily, but it will leave many seeds in our hearts and minds. XX Sadami

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  6. The sea is so realistic I am feeling seasick!! Love that gorgeous greeny colour on the first. Enjoy your journey into summer.

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    1. Hi, sweet Polly thank you! Yes, quite iteresting to observe varied colours in a same wave! I'll enjoy my journey. Sure, you, too, enjoy your journey. Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. Beautiful water!!! You've captured the power and roughness of the waves coming in, splashing. You are so good, getting your swimming in for exercise :) Have a fantastic week.

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    1. Oh, sweet Rhonda, thank u! I assume I can swim on paper as well as in water?! You, too, have a creative week!!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Les embruns sont parvenus jusqu'à moi ! Bravo pour tes vagues :) Bisous.

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    1. Hi, sweet Lydie, thank u. You, too, enjoy splashes!! Cheers, Sadami

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      Spray have survived me! Bravo for your waves :) Kisses.

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  9. I also love that book Sadami! Your waves are gorgeous and powerful!

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    1. Thank u, Teri! Happy to know you like that book, too. Cheers, Sadami

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  10. Ooooouuuuuaaaawwwww!!! Cuanta belleza en esas olas!!! Sí, si, las oigo!! Qué maravilla. Sadami qué bien has pintado esas olas. Me encantan! Y... con lo difícil que es pintar aquello que estás viendo... y si vuelves a mirar, ya es otra ola y distinta!! Te felicito!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, dulce Joshemari, gracias! Sé que te encanta el mar y las olas, también. Sí, vamos a disfrutar de esbozar un océano. Los colores y los movimientos de las olas son tan encantador.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, sweet Joshemari, thank you! I know you love a sea and waves, too. Yes, let's enjoy sketching an ocean. The colours and movements of waves are so lovely.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Ooooouuuuuaaaawwwww !!! How much beauty in those waves !!! Yes, yes, I hear !! What a blast. Sadami how well you painted those waves. I love them! And ... with how difficult it is to paint what you are seeing ... and if you ever look, it's another wave and distinct !! I congratulate !!
      A hug.

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