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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Talent Can Be Learned

A talent could be "learned." Apart from a talent, this is true that an individual's drawing skills are in parallel to her/his painting skills, I've read in an established portraitist's say. I'm not confident in painting skills. So, I draw lots, when I wonder how to paint a subject. Further, in my experience, this is also true that drawing skills are equal to an individual's ability to observe a subject. Very the basic artistic skills are the ability of looking at a subject. If so, a talent can be "learned." If observing is the starting point of an artistic talent, it's not difficult. Drawing skills could be a painstaking process to learn, which takes years. But if we love it, we do not mind keeping it up for ages, don't we? Let's enjoy it.  
Did Michealangelo create a Sistine chapel painting in a day? Could Beethoven compose all nine symphonies at once with ease? No. They studied incessantly, researched amazingly, practised well like suffering. Then, they created great work with pain. Their great efforts comfort me and I feel they are same humans. I want to observe a subject well and draw lots, at least! I sketch anything that interests me. 

On the way to a beach I met a horse. "Judy" was nearly 20 yrs old = She was 90 yrs old in a human age. A girl looked after the horse and enjoyed riding. Calmly standing Judy came near to me and sniffed around watercolour paints and papers. Friendly! I scratched her back and face. Judy quietly closed eyes and looked sleepy. Her peaceful eyes and modest mood captured my heart. Then, I got on a job! I always do not want to miss out an opportunity. The girl delightedly allowed my sketch of the horse. Their family and I shared a joy. 

A photographer asked me about a sketch, what for. A "reference" I explained will be used for my studio work. A reference is a good study of an object. My eyes and hands remember it in 3D. I can reorganise its image easily from memory.   
One more really important thing is to have wonderful supporters or genuine friends in art like you and my mentors. 
Mentor Ann James says,
"You have amazing strength, positivity and courage Sadami - and BRILLIANT talent with capturing people and animals inside and out!! The true portraitist!!" 
Her say is too much of me. I do not know if I have a talent, but I love drawing and painting. I love looking at a subject with curiosity and care. I want to be an artist who deserves the encouragement above.  

The picture book project, "My Dog Socks" is at the final stage of illustration, colour on a real size paper. It was challenging for me to work on a dog. But since childhood, I've always dreamed to create a picture book on animals, especially, a doggy! Once our team has got on the project, my drawings get approvals well! After an Easter Holiday, we get back to work. I hope you had a wonderful short vacation and get energised. Thank you very much for your patience. You kindly waited for my blog post.
Friends, Happy Painting and Happy Observing!   



  1. I agree hundred percent with your mentor Ann James. Besides what she said, you inspire so many with your posts.

    1. Thank you, AK. Ann is so lovely. I'm blessed to have her for a mentor. You, too, enjoy drawing and painting! Best wishes, Sadami

  2. Nice to meet my namesake! :) I love her!

    1. Thank you, sweet, sweet Judy! Your kind comment gives me energy! Best wishes, Sadami

  3. Great observation Sadami, your drawing is perfect. Our daughter has a pony like this, but I've never been able to capture her like you have here.

    1. Oh, sweet Ann, your avatar always makes me smile. What a lucky girl your daughter is! Having a pony! I'm sure Ann, you will be able to capture it. Just a little bit challenge though, keep drawing something for "several minutes" everyday. One day, when you look back your life, you will find that you've made a huge difference and progress. Best wishes, Sadami

  4. Sadami, tú tienes un enorme talento para dibujar y pintar. Si el modelo te atrae, el dibujo o la pintura, serán seguramente buenos. Puedes pasar mucho tiempo estudiando sus gestos, movimientos y así entras en el modelo. Es la forma de conseguir esas hermosas pinturas que tú haces. Te motivas!
    Pero no todos tienen esa facilidad, se aprende, pero cuesta llegar a ser un buen dibujante, pero no imposible. Requiere ver, estudiar y mucha paciencia.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

    1. Sí, de hecho. Muchas gracias, amable Joshemari. Como usted resumió, un talento no es un talento, sino ver, estudiar y practicar durante años. En ese sentido, ciertamente, usted tiene un talento maravilloso. Por favor, disfrútalo completamente y continúe pintando.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Yes, indeed. Thank you very much, kind Joshemari. Like you summed up, a talent is not a talent, but seeing, studying and practice for years. In that meaning, certainly, you have a wonderful talent. Please enjoy it fully and keep up painting.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>>>>>>>Joshemari said...
      Sadami, you have a great talent for drawing and painting. If the model attracts you, the drawing or the painting, will surely be good. You can spend a lot of time studying your gestures, movements and so you enter the model. It is the way to get those beautiful paintings that you do. Be motivated!
      But not all have that facility, you learn, but it costs to become a good cartoonist, but not impossible. It requires seeing, studying and a lot of patience.
      A hug.