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Monday, January 16, 2017

Keep It Simple

"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing." -- Marc Chargall.  
Idealism though, my favourite quote. In my eyes, some works are technically not so sophisticated, but they well talk to viewers and will remain in our heart. Take examples of the paintings created by young children and people with disability. Some are striking and moving. The same is true of the opposite case. Technically, some work could be spectacular, but they perish from our memory in a few minutes. A Japanese proverb, "仏作って霊入れず," means "a sculptor forgot putting a soul into a Buddha statue."     
When I get stuck in creating work, I ask myself and go back to a very basic original motivation, "Why do I draw it?" The simpler, the stronger a motivation is. A naive desire, "I want to draw it!" bears time and will get through difficulty. I encountered the quick sketches of moving people in an art magazine in my teenage. It was sensational and very fresh. The ordinary people in sketches were spontaneous and lively. How beautiful...! I felt. I wished to describe all walks in ordinary people's ordinary life. Technically, I determined to capture moving people like those sketches. Imagine, my real drawing skills were far behind the goal at that time. 

But the thirstiness was so strong. Technical things and knowledge will follow an enthusiastic pursuer in art. After school, I diligently studied human anatomy, learned about materials and kept sketching in anywhere for years... and to the present. To gain drawing skills is a painstakingly time consuming process. My strength "love of drawing," compensated a painful practice. The zeal has filled the gap between the poor drawing skills at my starting point and a current produced/ing art level. When I closely look at my motivation, I can trace it back to a childhood. 

To keep the high ground is not easy that demands a huge energy in a longitudinal work such as big size paintings and picture book illustration. They are equal to an incessant process of personal growth. A new horizon comes up after a horizon in my art journey. I cannot rest in labour, want to move on and enjoy challenge. I want to learn lots more. Yes, I'm hungry in a healthy manner. 

I keep my way simple and be careful not to get blinded by technical things too much. I hope people will feel heart in my work. I want to depict the inner world of a person in figures. 
What do you want to do in drawing this year? Let's enjoy drawing! 
Btw, don't ask me what I was doing in church. Ahem, drawing is my prayer. 
Also, I'd express gratitude to your support of my facebook and instagram. People in publishing industry, Accessible Arts NSW, National Association for Visual Arts, fine artists, art lovers, Sydney Sketch Club, Urban Sketchers Sydney, Urban sketchers Australia visit my posts.    
Friends, Happy Painting!  



  1. I think that you always draw and paint from the heart, Sadami, that's my impression. And it shows.

    1. Thank you, sweet Blaga! Your comment is my honour. Very happy. I will say a simple thing in work in a simple way. Cheers, Sadami

  2. That´s smart! :) I can actually see her move!

    1. Thank you, Catharina! Often people say my figures moving. I hope my figures are alive. Best wishes, Sadami

  3. I agree with Blaga: there is always heart in your drawings and paintings! A lot of heart and love!

    1. Thank you very much, sweet Judy! Your art work, too, has lot of heart and love.
      Best wishes, Sadami

  4. Cuando estoy con niños, siempre les digo que todos ellos dibujan muy bien y que siempre aprendo de ellos. Son naturales, auténticos... dicen y expresan lo que sienten y eso... es lo más bonito en el arte. Ellos lo tienen y yo no.
    No he experimentado con discapacitados, pero supongo que deben ser como los niños, dependiendo del grado.
    Ánimos Sadami. Un fuerte abrazo.

    1. Muchas gracias, Joshemrai. En Australia o en inglés se utiliza la expresión "personas con discapacidad", no discapacitados. Si usted tiene un tiempo, piense en por qué y explore el chaning de un uso de la palabra en sociedad e historia. Además, puede examinar la definición y el criterio de las personas con discapacidad en las leyes. Y, vuelva a este tema.
      Saludos cordiales, mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you very much, Joshemrai. In Australia or in English, the expression "people with disability" is used, not handicapped. If you have a time, think of why and explore the chaning of a word use in society and history. Also, you can examine the definition and the criteion of people with disability in laws. And, come back to this topic.
      Kind regards, best wishes, Sadami

      >>>>>>Joshemari said...
      When I'm with children, I always tell them that they all draw very well and that I always learn from them. They are natural, authentic ... they say and express what they feel and that ... is the most beautiful thing in art. They have it and I do not.
      I have not experienced handicapped, but I guess they should be like kids, depending on the grade.
      Sadami moods. A hug.