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CV & work availabel at "Stylefile."

Monday, December 28, 2015

New Yrs Resolutions and Review of 2015

Thank you for visiting my blog in 2015. How was Christmas and your 2015? What are you planning for 2016? I'll concentrate on picture book projects. I'm sketching around and exploring watercolour techniques. Chilren's body language is lovely. Architecture is interesting. These sketches are references for picture books.
My new years resolutions. 
1) Never hurry. Hurry slowly = never fall again! 
2) Make a progress in the current picture book projects. 
3) Try competitions more. 
4) Work with Wesley Mission/Welfare peak bodies for a project. 
5) Join group sketching more in 2016 : Sydney Sketch Club and Urban Sketchers Australia = no accident, healthy! 
I'd join book festivals, especially, for disadvantaged school children. 
2015 has become a very big year for me. I achieved these things : 
1) a trade picture book Moon launch = a picture book debut, (Windy Hollow Books) 
(*Children picture books have two categories : trade picture books and education picture books. Education picture books are not ratified in "children picture books" in publishing industry.) 
2) two solo exhibitions : "Moon," "People of Parramatta,"  
4) Wesley Mission, "Building Dream project." Watercolour painting workshops for people with disability, 
5) a finalist of City of Ryde Women Competition, 
6) a front book cover design of "Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice,"  (Oxford University Press) 
and other new projects are ongoing. 

I've learned a lot from grants application and solo exhibitions. Always so many people have helped me. Thank you. These activities are establishing more network that is developing my projects now. With those experiences, I hope myself to grow as a visual artist in 2016. 
Btw, I finally came back to an Urban Sketcher Australia meeting this Dec after the fractures. I bumped a sketcher at Queen Victoria Building in City several weeks ago. Fortunately, the street was closed for construction! No traffic! Another member's great idea, "Sadami, let's draw it now." We could not miss very the best opportunity to sketch the QVB from the front. Yes, this sketch is, too, my reference for an ongoing project.  
It was wonderful to sketch QVB with the friend. It lifted me upThe fractured shoulder was very painful though, we really enjoyed it. In all, I spent two days to finish it up. 
I am on the mend. Soon, I'll see doctors. I hope I will get good news. 
May 2016 be a wonderful year for you all. 
Friends, Happy Painting. Have nice holidays! But don't hurry.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

1)Style File calls for next round 2)Animal drawings

A little "Christmas present" for you. Australian Society of Authors calls for Style File next round of assessments. Friends, the Style File gives emerging illustartors a great chance. It has a great reputation in publishing industry, particularly, among picture book publishers. Because of the high quality of registered illustrators at Style File, publishers directly “buy” illustrators from the file. Here’s the application site.
Friday 22 April 2016 is the closing date of the submission.
Also, a currently featured illustrator can update images. All new images are subject to approval of the Style File assessment panel. I’m thinking of changing images or not, now. I still have a time to submit images. 
This is my stylefile site. You can include other information as well as images. I've added a CV. Have a look around in the Style File and you can get a feeling.
Btw, I've loved to draw animals since childhood. 
I see those blue wrens at Narrabeen beach. Yes, we're in the middle of summer in Australia. Another is my dear friend's dogs. Their eyes always capture my heart.

I'm working on two picture book projects, whilst looking after the fractures. I'm getting better. Now, Publisher/Editor Helen Chamberlin and Mentor Ann James are on a holiday leave. Yey!!  
Friends, Happy Painting and have a nice vacation! 


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sketch Nativity @ St Mary Cathedral

We, Sydney Sketch Club went to St Mary cathedral to sketch their famous "life size nativity." I so much enjoyed sketching the nativity for the first time that I had longed for sketching in my life. The famous scene that Jesus was born had many symbolic animals, in my eyes. A donkey, a white dove (in a shepherd's hand) and sheep which has meanings and roles in Bible. I imagined... and a little bit changed statues -- Mary and Joseph are smiling at a little Jesus. Baby Jesus is smiling back to them.  
The Bible is an interesting book. It does not tell us in which season Jesus was born or his appearance such as race, height etc. Do you know? The Bible does not have the depiction of Jesus's laugh and smile. I often wonder and imagine when He smiled and laughed. Whilst sketching, I was thinking over, when He was born, He had no Christmas tree nor Santa Clause etc.... 
After the sketching, the Sydney Sketch Club members had a very friendly dinner, plus, my graffiti, a portrait session! It was a great fun and members love it. Usually, I respect new members and they become my "victims," hehehe?! Sketching people always makes me happy. Insanely happy Sadami keeps on laughing from a heart! Members said "You never stop!" I smiled at their say. I have to admit "I can't stop it." 
It was really good and a great comfort for me to join meetings again. Nice. Same minded members cheer me up in a friendly mood. Thank you, organiser Jennifer!! I also thank you for all other members, particularly, models, who gave me nice chats over dinner and while sketching!

The left shoulder is healing and less painful. I'm doing rehab of the left wrist. I'll get well! 
Friends, Happy Painting! 










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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

“Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice” to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016

Good news! I created the cover of Prof Ingrid Piller’s new book “Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice”, which will be published byOxford University Press in 2016. ISBN: 9780199937264. The book will release in the US in February. Ameriacn blog friends, you can have a look of it! You can see the contents of the book above. I'm proud of this work with Ingrid. It’s my great honour and joy. Their research blog "Language on the Move" has massive readers across the world and is a great portal of sociolinguistics. It's so popular. I hope more people will read Ingrid's book and their research blog and think about language, language rights, social issues and society in the world. I deeply thank Ingrid for giving me the wonderful opportunity to work with her. I look forward to the book launch here in Sydney and meeting up Ingrid, involved people and her team.

Do you have questions about the cover image? What does it mean? Who is that lady? What is she doing and why does she put on earmuffs? Or is she forced to be a deaf? Your question will open discussion on linguistic topics. If you want to chat over such questions, come over and see Ingrid and us! It's sociolinguistics. 

Sociolinguistics studies about these topics : social dimensions (age, class and gender), bilingualism, power and inequality, cultural beliefs, values and practices, socialisation, interaction, social identities and roles, and language variation across time and space etc. I've loved it so much! 
Do you feel like knowing more about sociolinguistics? Go to a book shop and look up Ingrid's book or read her blog posts. If you like, try Macquarie University where Ingrid is teaching! Macquarie uni has reputation of linguistics. They have published an Australian English dictionary, "Macquarie Dictionary." We're proud of that dictionary. 

Ingrid is a wonderful and humanistic linguist and an active researcher all over the world. She has taught at top universities in Europe, US and Australia. Her sociolinguistic research covers a world map and history in a profound and braod way! She has taught us beyond sociolinguistics -- the importance of human/language rights, a humanistic attitude, fight against inequality, empathy, respect and love of others. She has been a very much beloved lecturer at any uni. 

Regarding the fractures of my shoulder and the wrist, a physio at hospital says
1) use the splint, the sling until the sixth week = new year!
No drive, no swimming. 2) prioritise healing the shoulder and the wrist
After the sixth week, review the shoulder, then, give a new shoulder rehab menu.
if I move tendons now, tendons may stop healing. So, don't move the shoulder and behave a good girl. Give up swimming. Woa, not easy. My only sports and indulgence at narrabeen beach.
But I'm positive and working on images with my right hand.
Friends, Happy Painting and ... linguistics is fun!!


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Monday, December 14, 2015

Image hunting for next picture book projects

While doing rehab of a hand, I enjoy sketching people for my ongoing next picture book projects under the supervision of Helen and Ann. I post colour and black-and-white sketches. A blog friend says, "I love all of these and am amazed at how you convey so much with so few lines!" Her say implies that my work tells stories. Friends, "narrative skills" which are publishers after. 

My blog friend's say overlaps Wayne Harris and Donna Rawlins's comment on my sketches, when I was in their picture book illustration workshop. For me, the fewer, the better; simple is beautiful.  
If my simple sketches convey messages, I'm very happy. I always draw, study and learn about picture books and children literature. But it's fun at the same time. To Circular Quay, I sketched many people in train. Sketching always makes us friends. All of the models gave me nice cheers.
Ann James's feedback. "I LOVE the way you capture the soul of people in your sketches and portraits. They have such authenticity and heart.
I think you’d bring this extra unique ability to your next book and story."  
Sweet, sensitive and wise Ann added, "Don’t overwork you mending arm." No. I'll behave a good girl. Ann's encouragement really cheers me up. 
...nice! Drawing lifts myself up so much in a tough time. Which black and white interigues you most?
In addition, the first image is a kind gentleman who pretends "Captain Cock" at Circular Quay. My sketching has made us friends! Wow, he speaks Gaelic. We chatted over endangered languages and hoped our mother tongues would be passed on to next generations.
Well, my writing is messy though (pardon me!), I hope you will enjoy sharing time with me. The fractured shoulder and the hand are still painful. I'll rest well. Thank you so much for your support.
Friends, Happy Painting!!










  









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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Building our Dreams Art Exhibition-Watercolour Workshop with Sadami video

Thank you for your strong support, dear Friends. This post warmly invites you for Building our Dreams Art Exhibition. Wesley and my Moon project cooperated. I really  thank for Wesley, too. The video shows the inside of "Over the Moon with Watercolour!" exhibition and my Moon project funded by Accessible Arts NSW. Click it below and share time with us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnC8-VS48R8

3 December 2015
7 am4 pm
Upper Room Café, Ground floor, 220 Pitt St, Sydney
Free
For more information, contact Kristie on 0417 271 563 or Kristie.Stamford@wesleymission.org.au
Be uplifted by a selection of artwork created by artists with a disability from Wesley Disability Services.
Look through a window to their world: their dreams, desires and passions.
And because they’re hanging in the Upper Room Café at Wesley Mission’s 220 Pitt Street headquarters, you may find yourself tempted to take a seat and peruse the menu as well. Or just relax and order a coffee.
Watch the video below to learn more about the great art program that creates these artworks.
Lots of love, Sadami


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Monday, November 30, 2015

On The Mend

I was discharged. Although I mainly use one hand, a mobile phone helps my typing. I saw many brave patients/fighters coping with serious problems. When I think of this lady, my case is a mosquito's bite. My portrait comforted her. As well as the lady,  it lifted me up in pain at a tough time.
A hilarious episode was snoozing in a ward! We experienced dreadful snoozers twice. When for the first time a snoozer came in, I asked a nurse to move me to a lounge and did it. Oh, but for the second time, a wise nurse pulled him out of our room and let him snooze as much as he liked in the lounge. A win-win result. A silent night was really a holly night at hospital. 

Now, I'm doing rehab and physio for the hand and the legs. I hope my quick recovery. Thank you for your warm cheers!!
Friends, Happy Painting!


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The show is ok, but I got injury

Friends,the exhibition People of Parramatta has started but an official opening was cancelled. I need a rest most and a quick recovery. I was in a big hurry to deliver my work and fell at steps. was discharged yesterday. Sorry for my no response to your kind visits. I hope I will post some watercolor work, sketches and chirpy posts soon. Thank you for support.
Lots of love, Sadami

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>official announcement
the cancellation of the launch of the Artspace exhibition, People of Parramatta.

Artist Sadami Konchi had a fall earlier last week and has broken her left wrist and a left shoulder. She also hit her head but fortunately the head injury was not too serious. However, her wrist required an operation. 

When I spoke with Sadami she was in quite good spirits and wanted me to proceed with the exhibition, People of Parramatta, trusting me to install it without her guidance. The exhibition will be open from November 19 through to 13 December, but due to circumstances we decided to cancel the launch of the exhibition this Friday, 20 November.

We will keep you posted regarding any future event to meet with the artist. I hope you will still find time to come and view Sadami’s work, and perhaps purchase an early Christmas gift for a loved one.

With thanks,

Sophie


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sydney sketch club at Woolwich Baths

I popped up the Sydney sketch club to catch up members at a little warf. Lovely. We enjoyed sketching very much. Always one or two members become my sketch victims at lunch time. We share a laugh and exhange technique information. It's nice to belong to a same minded people's group. It was wonderful for me to relax myself after the Moon exhibition. 
This is the view of Woolwich Baths. It's an inner harbar beach. When you step down to the warf, you can see many boats closer. It had been bit raining on and off, but a weather was on our side. Eventually, a little bit sun came up. These days, I have interest in landscapes, as you know. I'll enjoy landscapes more often. Another member teased at me, "What are you doing? Where's your human figure?" Hahaha, members know me well! So, I moved onto a figurative work after this landscape.  
I ask a first time visitor to be my model or a victim, too! It's another fun during our sketching! Often we are joking while working on watercolour painting. I keep telling a model, "I hope this will not be the end of our friendship." But my models like my sketches and will happily come back to the club! Good! Yes, it would be the beginning of our friendship.   

All of us, members appreciate our organiser Jennifer's wonderful schedule based on her research. Each time, we enjoy an interesting spot or a fun event as well as sketching. Sensible Jennifer provides detailed public transportation information and does all other concerns. At meeting, she always cares for every member and greets each one. We have to set a special thanks day for Jenniffer.
Now, I'm preparing "People of Parramatta" exhibition. After this post, I'd upload the information. I hope visitors and I will have a good time. 
Friends, Happy Painting!! 








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Monday, November 9, 2015

Street Smart vs Educated in Art

"Funny! You don't do all the foundational things I think all fine artists should have!  And yet you still create beautiful things. Perhaps it comes from years of drawing on site and learning - muscle learning and eye learning and mind learning which you have that doesn't mean you've had years of art education - you've got street smarts :)" 
"Street smart" is a very good expression and spot on. I had a big laugh! dear friend and I have been chatting over drawing methods, theoritical issues, styles, her approaches and my approaches. Street smarts are my case. 

People ask me how to draw, colours, composition. I have to confess that I draw like a happy child and it's enough. Other famous artists do preliminary sketches and well organise composition, colour etc, etc. I always... do not do it. I've never thought of theoretical stuff. My good work is a sub product of coincidence. Or when intentionally / deliberately / consicously / calculatedly I had tried to organise these theoretical things in my work, all of the attempts died in theories and lively work never came upProbably, I'm not a type to obey to disciplines. My honest feeling, "I like it. I want to draw it," motivates me to get on a painting. It works well. What about you, Friends? 
My study of David Davies, "A Summer Evening." 
I made his oil work much brighter than the original. 
I assume that a theory or theoretical stuff are all made by clever people in an art history. Sometimes, theories are helpful. However, any theory has limitation and it's not almighty to cover all areas in art (*My study at uni taught that a theory is not perfect). Always we have exceptions. We can do work different from a theory. In addition, a publisher or an editor asks an artist to demonstrate or show drawings, not a theory at all. Don't worry about a few publications in your CV. A publisher/an editor searches for an illustrator who has drawing skills and matches their projects, not a number of books.   

Instead of "street smart," a very famous picture book illustrator often told me, "Instinct" to organise images and checked the balance of colours etc in composition. The illustrator was originally from design. She said with surprise, "You understand what I've said about picture books and illustrations (*composition, colour, page structure etc). Often others do not get my say!" Her feedback made me happy. We have instinct to feel something good or comfortable in drawings/art like a golden ratio and it's universal. All of us have it, don't we? I emphasise it in my workshops. I encourage anyone to feel that "instinct" or "street smarts," when we need to check technical things in work. "You know where's wrong in drawing. You can tell which colour is uncomfortable. We all have knowledge accumulated in our eyes. Use it!" My say lightens up participants. In my opinion, only the difference between an artist and a non-artist could be being activated by instinct or not. Technical things will follow it. It's a matter of time and as long as a person has enthusiasm to draw. 

The street smart is great, which has been gained from life long drawing! It's resilient and capable. Good craftsmanship gives shapes credit and enables an artist to play with colours. As long as tonal value is correct, all the colours get credit and you can use any colour -- is my belief and any artists agree with it (*particularly the above is applied in Western art. Asian countries' drawings do not have tonal value such as Ukiyoe.) Also, very good drawing skills can simplify subjects. Then, we can distort subjects and play up images. A good cartoonist is a great portraitist. So, I draw, draw, draw anything interesting and whatever the results would be. I hope myself to make tens of millions of drawings than a word ... and I will find answers I pursue in art. My "just-do-it" approach is fit, flexible and full of fun!   
My study of Sydney Long, "The Hour Of Romance," oil on canvas. 
The simplified and enhanced contrast in a subject interested me so much. 
I enjoyed playing with colours in watercolour.  
At the same time, the street smart has made this woman quite humble in a group because of no official education of art. "I'm a starter. Please teach me," is my say in any group. I met art students or graduated people in life drawing class and an open teaching day of Julian Ashton art school.  My life drawings amazed art students and impressed their teachers. (*their response surprised me so much. I blushed up.) The excited art teachers said, "Your next stage is to express different styles," and suggested me to explore different approaches. 

I study other people's approaches like above. When I read the art books, I understand them well and reproduce their work in practice from my street smarts. I remember that famous illustartor's say above. My experienced simple drawings have allowed me to study other's work and learn techniques. Also, I've been looking at good art works since childhood that have taught me well and are still teaching me. The little girl dreamed and vowed to draw like the greats in a humble manner. (I'll see them in NSW Art Gallery!) In picture book industry, I fell in love with leading Australian picture book illustrators' work such as Robert Ingpen and Ann Spudvillas etc, etc. I still dream to draw like them, but in my own way.

I do not focus on others styles too much. I always remember my wise publisher/editor Helen Chamberlin's say, "Where's your stance!" and "Enjoy it!"  In picture book illustration, Helen Chamberlin wanted me to keep what I am fully. It's is so true and important. Thank you, Helen.  
Whilst keeping my own stance, I want to grow in art. Friends, teach me and guide me so that I will bloom out in my own way. Educate this street smart. I'm a life long learner. 

Btw, if you have any feedback to my study of Australian landscapes, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!
Friends, Happy Painting!  





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Monday, November 2, 2015

The show turned out a big success!!

Moon exhibition has advocated people with disability, achieved a huge sale, promoted Moon's aesthetic value and established networking and future job opportunities! Sea scapes were all sold. A great supporter Maxine Mckew bought her caricature and encourages me so much! Many visitors have bought Moon after looking at the illustrations. 
We had a great fun! 
Yes, my work has convinced visitors of the aesthetic of picture book illustrations. Comments are all positive, "Beautiful!" "Amazing!" Visitors want to know more about watercolour techniques and ask for Sadami's workshops! Margaret Hamilton AM loves my illustration and says, "I'll keep an eye on your work from now on!" The result is my wonderful market research and a future direction to go. 
Hi, all, "Whisky!" (is my favorite say than "cheese.")
This is my demo for participants. 
Wesley Mission came to the workshop on Monday. I ran a workshop for our clients. Their media team shot the video to promote "Building Dreams" project. I hope my exhibition and activities will contribute to the equal access for people with disability and public awareness of human rights issues. I'd like to post the video when it will be edited. 
Regarding workshops, "Joy must come first. Share joy with others. We don't need to make a master piece everytime," is my motto. Adults enjoyed favorite subjects or figures. I explained the very basic and theoritical understanding of a "human head's ratio" in a square by drawing. After my watercolour demo, each participant had a fun. I asked children to draw their dreams and I did demo. But excited children tried to squeeze tubes bofore my demo (thank goodness that tubes were all sealed under caps!). We all had a fun.    

Very happy surprise was Libby Gleeson AM and my old uni frined visited the gallery. Busy Libby came and encouraged me so much (*she's been looking after this fledging bird for ages). Kind Libby asked, "Did you get a following project?" Yes, I did. When she came in, I was just working on another picture book story board on a table. I deeply thanked for Moon publication, Matt, Helen, Ann, Jess, this exhibition, Accessible Arts NSW, Marrickville Council and all involved supporters. Without them, I could not get either a following project or even the encounter of Libby. 
This is another bonus from the show. Oh, I could see my dear friend again and we celebrated my achievement and our friendship. My dear friend studied philosophy and we shared time in anthropology at Sydney uni. She is older than me and a quiet and very thoughtful lady. I haven't seen her for nearly 10 years... I told her, "It was the toughest time and I was at the bottom of life ( the onset of my disability. I cried lots in front of her). But now, many topnotches in Australian publishing industry have paved a way for me and support me. This was the direction to go. At the tough time, I wondered if I would die a next moment, what do I want to do RIGHT NOW. I thought drawing and watercolour painting! So, I chose it. It was right!" Yes, drawing and picture book illustration have saved this crashed soul from the bottom. Today, I'm known as a happy person! We shared a wonderful time and made up a ten years blank instantly.  An old uni friend is so nice!! 
This is one of the sea scapes all sold. Visitors wanted more!
This solo exhibition has given me the concrete confidence to run a show. I wondered if my exhibition would get no sale..., awggg...disastorous..! I was a bit scared before the show. 
But in fact, the result makes me really "Over the Moon"!! I worked so hard everyday and made a huge sale! In addition, these two boards invited visitors well. *Visitors must walk into an alley to get to the gallery 
Monday is the last day of Moon. I have to move onto another solo exhibition, "People of Parramatta" right after that. A solo exhibition is not easy and a very demanding job. But lovely. I'm now, very proud of myself. But I know I all owe to you. Thank you for coming and Friends, for your all support! I want to give you a biiig ((Hug))!! 
Friends, Happy Painting! 




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