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Sunday, November 2, 2014

1)Selfies & Self Acceptance 2) Project For Academic Publication

Hi, Friends, are you enjoying your life? It is fun to make self-portraits like my own history. I made a selfie to commemorate my birthday. This selfie is based on a sketch reflected on a train window on my way home from Bill Baily's show. My dear friends took me to it to celebrate my birthday. Tada~~, it's me. Do you make a self portrait?  
A friend, with a sigh, says self-acceptance is needed to create a selfie. I've just looked at myself in a rude?! way = objectively. I do a self portrait for a fun and from a joy. Simply, I want brushes dance and colours sing on a paper. For me, a selfie is making a short fun trip around in myself like backpacking, telling "Yahoo, Sadami!", although it is said, "A self portrait shows an inner journey" -- could not be my case? I hear some people cannot make selfies, I wonder if they are too harsh on themselves, which means they expect themselves too much. Or they do not want to see what they do not like in their self images or deny the reality that does not meet their high expectations. It causes anxiety, concerns and depression. If they cannot create self portraits from fear or denial of themselves, it is very sad.  

Here are my self portraits. Interesting to see the changing in a chronological order. 
This is the oldest one I tried from a low angle.  I looked at myself in a mirror. Keeping a smile was a hard task. Not easy. So, I "just" looked at myself. Friends say, "It's like looking at a mirror in the morning." Ahahaha, a nice depiction! 
Another is based on a photo. Professors said, "Frame it!" It took hours to finish up. I was not fast to capture a subject as I hoped. It motivated me to try daily sketching even in a train on the way to uni.
Another selfie I made is from the image in a mirror. Since that time, I've started to explore watercolour painting and had a strong interest in "loose up." I drew quicker and started to enjoy sketching at everywhere! I began to play with colours and brought a watercolour kit to anywhere. It's nice to swim around in an ocean of colours! Splash, splash, yey! 
Then, I made a selfie in a loose style...like below. 
"How young are we?" is the questionary based on my thinking. If a person has dream, s/he is young and looks young. A physical year does not tell a person is young or not. A person without dream is ... already not alive, in my eyes. Aging is an interesting experience. I'm enjoying it and do not have a negative attitude. Of course, sometimes, I feel hey, not easy, ah, wrinkles, but in my figure portraits, do you find any wrinkles? No. In my eyes, muscles positions/conditions show a physical age more than wrinkles. Yet, a physical age does not always tell being old or young. If you have a dream/goal/direction to go, you look young. A person with a dream has a lively mood and a good atmospher in her/himself and shining! 
...and my drawing has moved into a current style, very loose. 
The left is the first drawing in a train. It made me smile. I felt I got old! (Of course, I added a year on my age.) But I love what I am, called self-acceptance? I do not think about it any more. *A psychology lecturer once told me with a smile, "If it's a matter, you think about it" = no, it does not bother me. The right is the ongoing selfie. Friends, do you always want to make a background or not? Sometimes, I do and sometimes, not. When I started colour, I felt like creating a background. Then, I made a background and the firstly posted work came up! In my eyes, life is full of sunshine, light and colours. Any people are beautiful. Please be kind to yourself and appreciate self-acceptance.    
Also, I do not think, when I draw. 
"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothingn," by Marc Chargall and "Have your own colour," ; they are my favorite says. 

The other day, we, life drawing class memberes sketched an outside, plain air.
One member -- who had already published a picture book -- called me, a "famous artist" for this nameless artist! (Thank u so much for your cheers.) Friends, attention! That artist has declared to draw me in a life drawing class or else where! Oooohhh!!! What an honour! I'll have to try a diet and search for a push up-bra. My other friends say, "Oh, sure, you'll die in poverty and then, you'll be famous. That's the artist's way." Gulp. I hope to die, at least, after launching the picture book "Moon" at Gleebooks in next August. (*A date is still moving, sorry.) 

Another, "tada~~"! I'm now working with a professor for an academic publication project. Once, the lecturer taught us. Working together is a great fun. (** Ewwwww!!! Thank goodness, I do not get assignments any more!) We'll publicly announce the project in detail, later. Look forward to the good news.  

In addition, yesterday, I, a poor artist, was brawsing around a Salvo shop. All the staff knew me and welcomed me. I found a pill case and kept on holding it for a while. I was thinking to make it into a watercolour kit... A staff, who enjoys her retired life to work there, came and said, "Oh, too early to use it! Too early!" I eventually put it back and bought a children literature chapter book on Beethoven (*an illustrator was my admiring artist). 

... after leaving the shop, ...I wondered.... Hey, did she said it seriously or a joke? A nice birthday present for me ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. Or do I still have self-denial?! Ahahahahaha!!? 


Thanks for strong support and nice feedback! With your warm cheers, I can come to this level and step into a bright future in a career. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Enjoy Selfies!!


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20 comments:

  1. Hello Sadami, I love your blog post today as I do always. Your words are so interesting to read and also so inspiring. I'll tell you my selfie is right on target. I hope the launch of "Moon" goes wonderfully next August. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you very much, Carol. Enjoy your own portrait. It's a great fun. I'm planning many events related to Moon such as author talks and exhibitions. I hope I can do them all.
      Best wihses, Sadami

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  2. ¡¡Sencillamente genial!! Te felicito por ser como eres, Sadami.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, dulce Onera, eres tan bonita! Con la ayuda de muchas personas, estoy planeando muchos eventos relacionados con la Luna, como conversaciones de autor y exposiciones. Espero poder hacer todos ellos.
      Mejores wihses, Sadami

      Oh, sweet Onera, you're so nice! With many people's help, I'm planning many events related to Moon such as author talks and exhibitions. I hope I can do them all.
      Best wihses, Sadami

      >>>>Onera said...
      Simply brilliant !! I congratulate you for being you, Sadami.
      A hug.

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  3. Your self portraits are fantastic! I was really fascinated by the philosophies, though, of why we do or don't want to draw our own self portrait. Lots to think about there! Thanks Sadami!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine. I've already implied the psychological approach to explain whys. Do you like looking at yourself or not?, is a quest. Addition, in a ciritical analysis, psychology is not almighty. (*thank goodness for uni study. I'm sure you and I studied the similar stuff at uni -- critical analyses). So, I always leave an answer open ended. It's up to a reader to find an answer. Also, there isn't the absolutely correct answer for an individual. It's the beauty of study and thinking, I believe.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  4. Happy Birthday dear Sadami! It is so interesting to see in your self-portraits how your style developed over time. It has become looser and much more expressive. I really like this young woman with the sketchbook the most!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Blaga! Yes, it's fun to see how I developed a style. It's changing in a positive way, which makes me happy. I want to be more free and more expressive. Hahaha, thanks millions of your compliments for this old hen. "I saw dinosaurs walking around my house, when I was born," is my answer for people asking me about an age. Cheer, wink, wink, Sadami

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  5. Happy Birthday dear Sadami.
    Your posts are always so joyful, so full of life, they make me smile !
    And, I love all your self portraits as they show your inner joyful self.
    Have a great week !

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    1. Thank you, sweet Martine! Yes, some blog readers come here to lift themselves up. I hope my post will make others happy. You, too, enjoy creating selfies. It's fun. Have a productive week! Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. It's wonderful to see and read your progress in your self portraits and how they have changed, not you, the style and there seems more freedom. I love that you like yourself and it shows in these delightful paintings. Have a great week xx

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    1. Thank you, sweet Polly! Yes, it's fun to see how I developed a style. It's changing in a positive way, which makes me happy. I want to be more free and more expressive. Hahaha, "I saw dinosaurs walking around my house, when I was born," is my answer for people asking me about an age. Have a productive week! Cheer, wink, wink, Sadami

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  7. Ha,ha,ha, siempre estás viajando, querida Sadami!!! Qué buenos son todos estos autorretratos! Tú eres joven en todas, porque llevas la juventud en el corazón. Eres como una niña!! Se te nota en tus propios retratos!!! Qué divertido. Y... qué seria en el primero que te hiciste!
    Algún día buscaré esos autorretratos que me he hecho en mi vida... Muchas de fotografías... No, no me gusta de una fotografía, tiene que ser en directo, tras un espejo!!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, dulce Joshemari, gracias! Jajaja, gracias a millones de sus elogios para esta gallina vieja. "Vi a los dinosaurios caminando alrededor de mi casa, cuando yo nací," es mi respuesta para las personas que me preguntan acerca de una época. Sí, al oír, estamos siempre joven. Claro, Joshemari, nos fuimos a la misma escuela primaria juntos!
      Usted, también, disfrutar de dibujo autorretratos. Es divertido. Yo también, no me gustan las fotos.
      Mis mejores deseos, guiño, guiño, Sadami

      Oh, sweet Joshemari, thank you! Hahaha, thanks millions of your compliments for this old hen. "I saw dinosaurs walking around my house, when I was born," is my answer for people asking me about an age. Yes, at hear, we're forever young. Sure, Joshemari, we went to the same primary school together!
      You, too, enjoy drawing self portraits. It's fun. Me, too, do not like photos.
      Best wishes, wink, wink, Sadami

      >>> Joshemari said...
      Ha, ha, ha, you're always traveling, dear Sadami !!! What good are all these self-portraits! You are young at all, because you carry the young at heart. You're like a girl !! You'll note in your own pictures !!! What fun. And ... what would be the first thing you did!
      Someday seek those self portraits I've done in my life ... Many pictures ... No, I do not like a photograph, it has to be live, after a mirror !!!
      A hug.

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    1. Wow, Toni, thank you so much!!! Cheers, Sadami

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  9. Muy interesante la coleccion de selfies que muestras, hay una constante en ellos la alegria que muestras!. Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, dulce Tina! Sería divertido, si lo haces. Vamos a disfrutar de dibujo !! Un abrazo. Sadami

      Thank you, sweet Tina! It would be fun, if you do it. Let's enjoy drawing!! A hug. Sadami

      >>> Tina said...
      Very interesting collection selfies you show, there is a constant joy in them samples !. A hug.

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  10. Great collection of selfies sadami ... You are concentrating hard in the first portrait

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    1. Thanks millions, Jane! The first one was done in the train. Not bad. Cheers, Sadami

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