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Monday, April 18, 2016

Botanic Garden, Best Students' Exhibition @ NSW Art Gallery

Sydney sketch club visited Royal Botanic Garden and enjoyed outstanding High School students’ annual art exhibition at NSW ArtGallery! My three sketches are a fountain, a water dragon (*looks like an iguana) and the student's work, plus the photo of water dragon. Each student's work responds to our social issues and phenomena : environmental issue, identity, racism, gender, faith, mental problem, health issue etc, etc. Their powerful messages have reached my heart. It's fantastic!  

First, the sketch of a fountain. This work could be overworked though, it's a good lesson. I enjoyed challenge. I always learn something. All experiments become precious experiences = there's no word, a "mistake" in my dictionary. I’m positive! Some members asked me about how to put colours. Mutual help is our group's beauty. I explained a total value, which made others happy. Your smile always helps us be happy! We had fun around the ornate gate. 
Second, a special guest, a water dragon, a handsome guy or a gorgeous lady!  A member commented, "You have really captured the dragon's facial expression, strong but a bit wary! Full of character." Thank you for a compliment. S/he silently stayed with me until I finished the work. I felt we had a bond. The eyes were very graceful and seductive. Garden visitors respected us and quietly passed by the bridge.  Or, we, humans should be humble guests for these wild lives in the rich and beautiful nature of the Botanical Garden
This is the model. We met on a bridge. How romantic, Daaarling!
Regarding the Art Express 2016, the level of every art work is so high, strong and striking. The art forms include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and fibre, graphic design etc. It's really a privilege to get into young people's inner world directly in their art works. I read each student's statement with care and respect. Many works are sending the cry of a polluted nature, warning a future generation and calling for taking an immediate action to protect environment. I felt young students' serious concern of their own near future. One of the works, Uzma Sirguroh's "Epilepsy: a stitch in time" (textile and fiber) moved me so much. At first, I almost overlooked her work, but I wondered why these tiny clothes are displayed on the wall of the "State" Gallery. Each small textile has a powerful message such as "wishing I could disappear." How much this student has been suffering! She has got hurt, discriminated and stigmatised by society. But she has sublimated pains into art and fights against unfairness! Uzma, you're a brave winner!! I admire all these students. Their art works are fabulous. 

Talking of my taste, I like Rebecca Rego's work most. I coloured it in a studio from my memory and more freely. I like Rebecca's work, because she loved reading books in her childhood, which motivated her to create the sculptures. "Quentin Blake" illustrated Matilda was on the top of the piled books. Me, too, was a bookworm and great to know there are young people still love books, not digitalised ones. It was so nice to see familiar children picture book characters or literature. I hope printed books will survive! Thank you for a security who allowed me to sketch it. 
Sydney Sketch Club is terrific! Thank you, Jennifer and lovely members. They took me to such lovely places. Friends, the exhibition is worth visiting. It has given me energy and inspiration to tackle my own art work. Australia, we have such talented young people. I sincerely hope they will keep enjoying their art activities and society will support youngish talents. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Be Creative!  









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10 comments:

  1. These are lovely works Sadami. You must have made a connection with the dragon to have posed for you long enough to be painted. We lesser mortals have to rely on pictures. Ha Ha. Agree with you 200% on the issue of books. Holding a printed book has a different feel to it. But guess it is generation gap!

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  2. Oh, so sweet AK, thank you! Yes, when I see the dragon next time, I'll pass your hello to him. "Generation gap"! What a spot on say!! Yeah, I feel my age. BUT like you said, holding a print book is a different from a computer. Printed picture books, particularly, win children, care givers' hearts. You, too, enjoy drawing and reading! Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. I like your fountain painting. The woman statue is full of grace and the streams of water look very vivid. One can almost hear the splash of water.

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    1. Kind Agnieszka, thank you for encouragements! Handling water, especially streams and splashes are tricky. I'm studying it. Btw, I got lots of splashes on me, while sketching.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. Love the water fountain and the iguana :) Too cool! Also enjoyed seeing the artwork you noted in more detail when I went to the site.

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    1. Thank you, so caring and sweet Rhonda! The student's work is very touching. Each small textile has cut out and sentences that reveal the student's cry. You, too, enjoy drawing and take care. Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. i love the book sketch ! ... the fountain and water is looking really good ... have a feeling there might be a mark#2 ...great sketches below too

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    1. Thank u, sweet Jane! You, too, enjoy art work and take care. Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. I didn't visit for weeks and there is so much to catch up with... I love the sketches you made when visiting different sites and of course, your figures are amazing! It's always exciting coming back toy your blog, Sadami. Have a nice and productive week!

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    1. Thanks millions, Blaga! I'll keep up. You, too, have a creative week. I look forward to your paintings. Best wishes, Sadami

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