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Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Sadami Solo Exhibition in October

Sadami first solo exhibition "Over the Moon with Watercolour!" 
The exhibition will celebrate the collected works of Sadami Konchi with a special focus on her new picture book, Moon. It will display a beautiful marriage between a text and illustrations by imagination, creativity and interpretation. 
Plus, free watercolour painting workshops! 

Where: Chrissie Cottee Gallery run by Marrickville Council (map)
             Pidcock St, Camperdown NSW 2050
When : 20th Oct to 2nd Nov, every day from 10 am to 5pm.
             Opening 21st Oct from 6pm to 8pm. 
Watercolour Painting Workshops : Open to broader community and people with disability. Booking essential. 
            Tue 27th Oct 2-3:30 pm    10 adults
            Fri 30th Oct 10 - 11:30 am    10 adults 
            Fri  30th Oct  3:30 – 4:30 pm   10 children ( 6-10 yrs)
Cost : Free 
Wheel access, accessile tolilet, 1 disabled parking spot available. 
Contact : 

My birthday 29th Oct is right in the exhibition period. The Council staff and I are planning to have my own birthday party as well as book signing.  
"Moon Front Cover." Moon written by Matt Zurbo, illustrated by Sadami Konchi 
and edited by Helen Chamberlin will be published by Windy Hollow this August.  
The project is supported by Accessible Arts (AARTS) 
on behalf of the Lifetime Care and Support Authority (LTCSA) 
Thank u, Marrickville Council! They posted my news on the facebook. 
Especially, the process of developing images will interest visitors. Dummy books and unselected images reveal our methods and lots of efforts that are usually unknown to the public. You can enjoy the interpretation of a Moon text, story boards, roughs and finalised images.  
Moon text, story boards, 3 dummies (b&w, colour). 
Which dummies shall I exhibit? Several dummies were made to examine the information flow etc. 
All dummies are so precious. Illustrators call them, "My kids!" Sure! 

As well as Moon, the collection of my best work includes Doug Moran semi finalist, Art Access Australia finalists, daily watercolour sketches, life drawings, photos of a community work, Wesley Building Dreams, plus all publications : education picture books, "Poetic Justice" and "Quotable Winston Churchill." 
"Dignity," Doug Moran semifinalist 2012
Also, my art activities have a unique spectrum that includes community work. I’d demonstrate the abilities of people with disability, because my disability has motivated me to be an artist. The portraits and studies give a background to my humanistic approach; how I see people with empathy. Lively watercolour portraits are spontaneous and beautiful that show any person is precious and special.
Arts Access Australia finalist 2011
..and of course ?! myself, too! "Sadami" will be exhibited. Come and have a chat with me or question about illustration and art work in person. In a competitive picture book industry, I’m successfully climbing up to a debut with the celebration of Australian legends such as Ann James, Helen Chamberlin, Libby Gleeson AM, and other top notches. The council staff says, "We are excited!" Me, too!

At the same time, I have "assignments" to work on such as the selection of work, how to hang them and resources etc, etc. I'm exploring resources to organise this exhibition. Not easy and so competitive. Help and good advice are needed. Blog friends(=you!), mentors, editors, council staff, experienced artists friends, peak bodies, academia, supporters are helping me. Everything is a new experience. I'm learning lots. I just do my best! Your warm cheers are my energy to tackle the obstacles and I'll find answers

Yes, I'm holding the stuff all related to Moon for "desk work"! The real work has a different size. 
Most of my images are on A2. Can you imagine how much we, illustrators work? 
So, Friends, stay tuned. I'll post the ongoing preparation of the exhibition from time to time and tell you how I will find solutions. I'll remind you closer to the book launch and the exhibition time. Save your date. If any Blogger friends come to Sydney and can pop up the exhibition, please let me know the date in comments (*It will be kept confidential and I'll respond you by email) so that we will hug each other!  

In between the main events above and big two publications, I'll carry out "author talks" at public libraries such as in Eastwood, Ryde and so ons. Especially, Eastwood library has always supported me at a tough time. It's my turn to pay it back to a community. Like Marrickville Council, Parramatta Council supports me well. Oh, yes, Hornsby Art Society has invited me as a guest speaker to do watercolour demo on 13th Ocotber. We're already enjoying organising my portfolio to display for a meeting. (thank u, HAS!)

I'll be extremely busy this year full of really exciting things that need a lot of research, heaps of documentations and desk work as well as art work. If I become lazy for Monday weekly blogging, please understand my "jam packed" situation. But I'll visit your blogs as much as I can. Let us keep in touch. 
Friends, thank you for your strong support and cheers! With them, I'm making my dreams come true. I hope you, too, will make 2015 into a wonderful and fruitful year! 
Friends, Happy Painting!!



  1. Happy and creative New Year, dear Sadami!

    1. Oh, thank u, sweet Martine! I'll do my best. Best wishes, Sadami

  2. Great news, Sadami, a solo exhibition! I am sure that it will be very interesting and a great success. I wish I could come over to see it... well, one never knows :)
    I wish you a very productive year and let your efforts bring you the deserved satisfaction!

    1. Thank u, sweet Blaga! I'm really not sure, but hope my hard work will bring something. Yes, if you could, please come! I feel that luck is not luck. It comes to hard workers. Build it and use it, is what I've learned. Yes, I'll work hard. Best wishes, Sadami

  3. What a beautiful post to start the year! I am thrilled to bits at how busy you will be, with your exhibitions and your talks. Sadami is getting the recognition she should have! I will be cheering you on from the other side of the world, with a big smile on my face. Go, Sadami, go!

    1. Oh, thank u, Pat! You always cheer me up. I hope 2015 will be a wonderful and productive year for you and me. Not easy, but let us make it happen and let's have fun together. I keep praying for your family. Best wishes, Sadami

  4. Te deseo mucha suerte en todos tus proyectos para el nuevo año.
    Feliz 2015 Sadami.
    Un abrazo.

    1. Oh, gracias, Onera! Un poco de miedo, pero tengo maravillosos seguidores como tú! Sadami, adelante. No tengas miedo. Usted, también, disfrutar de dibujo y vamos a hacer que 2015 sea un año maravilloso. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, thank you, Onera! A bit scared, but I have wonderful supporters like you! Sadami, go ahead. Don't be afraid. You, too, enjoy drawing and let's make 2015 to be a wonderful year. Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Onera said...
      I wish you luck in all your projects for the new year.
      Happy 2015 Sadami.
      A hug.

  5. That is great news, Sadami, a solo exhibition! Lots of success for your exhibition, your book and everything else you are doing. It will be a wonderful year for you!

    1. Thank u! I'll make it happen with many people's help. Cheers, Sadami

  6. Hello Sadami, looks like your new year is off to a great start. Wishing you many blessings and prosperity in 2015.

    1. Thank u, indeed! You, too, many blessings, health and prosperity in 2015. Best wishes, Sadami

  7. Great news, Sadami. Congratulations! Happy Holidays to you!

    1. Thank you, Irina! You, too, have a wonderful new year!!! Best wishes, Sadami

  8. Wishing you all the best for the New Year Sadami....may it be a very good one :-)

    1. Thank u, Ann! I want to make the debut work go well. A bit scary, nervous, but I'm enjoying every moment. Best wishes, Sadami

  9. what a wonderful exhibit the "foundation" of the illustrations alongside the illustrations. I am sure the visitors will be enchanted. I used to work with talented illustrators many years ago. They kept the ideas and the entire process for each job in great big job envelopes. I really loved looking through them--the preliminary concepts and layouts were just as beautiful (if not more so) than the final illustrations. Your drawings are sure to win everyone's heart. Love your illustrations here...and your beautiful photo too!

    1. Dear Celeste, thank u so much! Oh, you know our behind-the-scene work. We do lots of roughs to develop ideas and explore techniques. I know you do wonderful work in oil and very good at composition and balancing. I always learn something from you. Keep up your lovely work!
      Just today, Marrickville Council staff says, "Fantastic!" about this post. They will share this on Facebook.
      Best wishes, Sadami

  10. A solo exhibition - congratulations!! It just shows how hard work pays and pays. Love the cover art for you book- such a dreamy expression, and the surrounding washes, like mist, are magical!! You and your exhibition are sure to enchant!

    1. Oh, Dan, thank u! I have nothing, but guts and hard work. Your comment on the cover overlaps my mentor and editor's feedback. The cover took quite a long time to organise. I hope I could see you and your family one day. I also hope you will publish picture books for your family in the future. Best wishes, Sadami