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Monday, July 2, 2018

Enjoy Challenging

Very good news that a leg is so stable, a physiotherapist has concluded in a review. He commended my hard work. Thank you very much for a strong support for more than a decade. My exercises and a long distant swimming have paid off, whether rain or shine, summer or winter. Other good news. School and WestWords have asked me to run an art workshop more and onward. Other illustration projects are ongoing! Very happy and busy. 
Of course, I sometimes felt down and out, and cried. A physio exercise was not easy to keep up and very stressful. Swimming in the sea in a winter was challenging (*I swam 700m at Narrabeen beach / an ocean pool last Sat in the middle of winter, brrr!). I've simply believed that these exercises would help my leg and never stopped them. Yes, I've walked again and improved the function little by little for ages and to the present. Here's Arts Access Australia's interview of me in 2011. I like this say, any suffering has a unique meaning for an individual. Another bonus is I sketched waves after swimming -- all were sold in a solo exhibition and very popular. This one is on a studio wall that makes me smile. Who did expect that I, who could only swim 25m, would make 1 km today? Gradually, I swam a long distance. A person can enjoy tasks in a healthy manner at a reasonable level (= Consult specialists, please!). 
I popped up Sydney Sketch Club, as I could find a spare time. Nice to catch up with others and enjoyed a chat. I sketched a member who looked up and stayed still only for a second. It was challenging to capture that crucial moment, but fun, like hunting. Below is another sketch at a pub, a harmonica player and a principal vocal in a band. I did not mind making a mess in drawing and painting. It has taken years to draw figures at the current level. I want to go further, meanwhile I will advocate people with disability in arts. My former physio said, "It would not have happened if you had not worked so hard. Well done you!" My medical team celebrates the good outcome. 
Friends, not easy, but it's worth enjoying challenging in a positive and optimistic way. I'll keep up this attitude. I appreciate your cheers for years. 
Enjoy painting and life fully! ((Hugs)), From Sadami 




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12 comments:

  1. Congratulations Sadami! A lot of interesting jobs is ahead of you. And your waves sooo amazing! I imagine that even in winter the water is quite warm in your country. In Poland it would be impossible to swim during winter time.

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Agnieszka! Waves change colours that depends on time. If you like, you can find it in my blog post, https://sadamisgraffiti.blogspot.com/2013/10/capture-waves-calm-rough.html Wow, I will imagine the winter in Poland. I know you long for a spring, but your paintings of snow.
      Yes, these days, an ocean temperature is 19'C. A few people tried and got out of an ocean pool in a second. Only me swam many laps. Here's the ocean temperature. Best wishes, Sadami http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/beachapp/oceanbulletin.aspx

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  2. Such wonderful news on your health Sadami! Yes. All the exercises do work...even when we don't feel it....in time, it pays off!!!!! Your first portrait is outstanding ...I don't understand how you such beautiful work in watercolor!!!!

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    1. Thank you very much, kind Hilda. Yes, exercise takes, at least, three months to get a result = it requires incessant efforts and patience. Btw, the angle of a model's face intrigued me in the first portrait. As she moved almost all the time, I focused on value and simplified other info. It turned out successful. Give it a go, just pick up tonal values in a model. Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Oh congratulations, Sadami, I am so happy for you that your hard work and exercise paid off! And such beautiful waves paintings as a bonus!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Judy, a strong supporter for ages! Yes, my meidcal team is very happy. Me, too. Yes, it's nice to enjoy watercolour painting of waves after swimming. I love move a body and a hand! Cheers, Sadami

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  4. I am so happy for your good news, both for your health and for your art/life!!! You are a tiger, always fighting to move forward and reaching success. I hope you are very happy and proud of how far you have come!

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    1. Oh, sweet Rhonda, thank you!!! You, too, are a brave tiger, I know and admire you. Yes, hospital staff celebrates my good news, saying, "You should be pleased!" and one guy said, "You made my day. I was in physio." Yes, I can see how far I've come that amazes me. I'll keep up and pass on hope and share joy with others and you. Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. Dear Sadami, such great story and as always amazing art. I am so glad you are STANDING strong in your life and your style :). Cheers! Irina

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    1. Dear Irina, Thank you very much for a strong support for ages! You, too, enjoy life and hope your great success in art (*you're already achieving it!) Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. Esa mar y esas olas son algo que me enamoran. qué bien las pintas Sadami! Geniales!!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Joshemari! Capturar olas es divertido, como sabes. Disfrutemos dibujando y pintando.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Joshemari! Capturing waves is fun, as you know. Let's enjoy drawing and painting.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>>>>>Joshemari said...
      That sea and those waves are something that I fall in love with. How well do you paint Sadami! Cool!
      A hug.

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