Drawing/painting is capturing the most impressed scene/moment or the essense of a scene and developing it into work, I feel. In watercolour, handling water is not so difficult, once an appropriate value and colours are defined and set. My high light/white of waves is created by a "crayon" and a "left over". It's my most comfortable way and in a context of plain air. It's all up to an artist what sort of methods to capture the heart of them. All the sketches of waves at Narrabeen beach were sold out on the first day of my solo exhibition "Over the Moon with Watercolour" last year.
An ocean changes colours from time to time that amuses me. Waves never stop. Regarding colours, each person's colour use and use of water amount is different. It's our option how we capture water with colours. Probably, exploring colours is a part of finding who we are in the core of a scene. It deeply associates with an artist's identity.
Viewers, I feel, look for who we are or an artist's uniquness in work. People with disabilities have taught me the importance of being bald and free in my watercolour painting workshops. Technically, their work might not be so sophisticated. BUT their works are gorgeous, distinct and unique, becuase their paintings are out of social convensions. A world is under their command. It's strong and fearless! If work demonstrates an artist's individuality, it touches our heart and it moves us. I want to be bald and free in watercolour painting. I hope my work to tell, "This is Sadami's waves."
While I'm working on a picture book character design, I enjoy a long distant swimming at Narrabeen beach for a break. An ocean is always "sweet" and caring. It makes anyone smiling. A swimming school staff whom I met last year remembers me well! They encourage me to join it. They are very social. Children and adults swim on their pace and compete in a healthy way. I enjoyed a sausage sandwich with them. Swimming is a rehab of my fractures. The left shoulder has improved so much, which has surprised a physio. We've started a rehab of a left wrist. Painful though, it's fun to amaze my physiotherapist with the good rehab result.
Back to the subject. Water is not so hard as long as value and colour are matching to depict it. Waves are moving and changing, which attracts us. I love to paint waves. It's not easy to develop originality in work, but it's fun to see what Sadami is on paper! It's a process of growing as a human being.
Regarding picture book character design, it is a great fun and a time consuming process. I'm developing lots of black and white and colours of each character in the picture book story. One day, I hope I will write about it and post it.
Friends, Happy Painting!! Have a productive week!