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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Friends, Happy New Year!!
Are you floating or drawn in an ocean of wine or champing?

*I met this macho man in a train on the way to fire works. Of course, I wanted to sketch his "pretty cap," so cute! My quickie made him so happy and he sent it to friends by a mobile phone. Other people in the train got amazed that I did it on the spot, while having a chat with him. Hahahaha?!

My new year resolutions for art and blogging are reasonably achieveable. Never rigid nor tough on myself.

1) From 10th, Jan, upload the blog every Monday like before.

2) Explore watercolor.
Play with different techniques, styles and materials. More experiments. When I sketch on a spot in limited time, it's physically hard to put wash on a background like a studio work. My assignment is how to handle a background and do not lose livliness like quickies.
Friends, your blogs have stimulated me so much!

3) Challenge landscape.

I'm sketching buildings or landscape nearly everyday. A long way to go.

4) More illustrations, focus on story telling.
Illustrate a classic story.

5) Lots of cartoons. Stress busters.

*The work above is my true episode in childhood. After that, I learned that human beings need wings! My wings are imagination and creativity in art.
6) Life drawing. Watercolor "directly" on paper.
Friends, your comments,
"Do you paint first?" gave me that idea.
The work above was made several years ago. Having a couple for models was very rare. At that time, I was exploring a loose style. Not easy and suffered much. But today, a loose style is great fun. Now, I want to paint papers directly to save time, above all, to make work more dynamic and lively.

7) Still Life, especially, "Flowers."
Blog Friend, Irina Sztukowski
's great advice.

8) Develop my ideas/quick drawings.
By the way, how do you pin down when you hit an idea? Inspirations are much like butterflies for me. Ubiquitous and gone so quick. I always make a quick drawing. Otherwise, I'll forget it. But I did not use well captured ideas last year.
So, maximize quickies this year.

Thinking too much is no good for me. Just moving hands is the best.
(*At uni, I was known a person who thought which leg should be put into pants on a morning bed side.) So...

9) Just DO it, Sadami!! my resolution. And, after that, "Daarrling, I'll set you free..." and reward myself
ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ .

My favorite say goes...

To live your life in your own way
To reach the goals you've set for yourself
To be the person you want to be
That's success

I become "myself." That's all.

May 2011 will be a wonderful and productive year for you all.
May a good health will be with you.
Take care.



  1. Looking forward to your new work in the new year. You have some great goals. Happy New Year!

  2. Dear Maria,
    Thank you! Pass my best wishes to your students, too:).
    Kind regards, Sadami

  3. Happy New Year to you Sadami. Thank you for all your encouragement, but especially all the lessons you teach by sharing your watercolors, ideas, and philosophy through your blog.

    GG (nanina)

  4. Dear Garden Groans,
    Thank you very much. I, too, have learned from you much. Enjoy "acrylic" and green thumbs!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  5. Happy New Year Sadami, I think your resolutions sum up what I've been thinking. I hope you don't mind if I make them mine too? I particularly agree with no more thinking , just do. I have found that when I start thinking during the work process that's the time to take a break and walk away. It's a killer. In your work, I most admire your light and minimal touch--just enough. I tend to over do. Well there I have another resolution for my list. Thank you. May 2011 be as artistically fruitful as 2010 good blogger buddy.

  6. Dear Linda,
    Thank you. I'm very happy and feel free to use it from the post. Honest, "Light and minimal touch" requires very good drawing skills. Good quickies are just like witty short speeches or jokes. Only necessary points are in it. Got it?
    When I begin to wonder, work will die and lose liveliness. So, stage fright is no good. “Relax and trust in yourself” is very important. Often, a short/limited time paradoxically, helps me make good work. Linda, just do it!! Go, go, Linda~~!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  7. That is marvelous dear Sadami!! I'm sure you must have seemed like a magician to all your onlookers and your pretty-capped macho man!

    You are a magician with your amazing sleight of hand style. I have seen you 'in action' so I Know. And of course I hope to one day be the reason... as a vanity gift to myself!!!! For my birhday. I will be in touch.

    [realised earlier that the email I had sent you yesterday didn't go to your email but to

    I too was out with my family watching the fireworks and the wonderful parade of people.

    I respect your resolutions, they are noble and wonderful and full of life... and I am excited about the regular updates!

    Just do it Sadami!! :D

    May 2011 be blessed and blissful and dynamic too!

  8. Dear Sadami,
    I hope that you meet all your goals for 2011. I'm anxioux to see the work you plan for next year, especially your "stories".
    From what I understand, you fell from the roof with an umbrella in childood. Really? You really are an adventurous!.
    I wish you happiness! Adorei conhecer você em 2010. Sinto que você é uma pessoa iluminada. Obrigada por existir,

  9. Dear Sadami,

    Wonderful work!
    I wish you a Happy New Year!
    Best regards

  10. Feliz año , Sadami, aquí aún faltan 3 horas y media, tu ya debes estar en 2011, que tal es?, sigue la crisis?, bueno ya veremos .
    Que sigas todas tus buenas resoluciones durante este año, así disfrutaremos otro año más de tu genialidad y de tu amistad.
    Feliz año.

  11. Dear Dusk,
    Thank you very much for kind encouragement. Your fashion sense and phtos are very gorgeous. Please enjoy your life fully and may 2011 will be a wonderful year for you.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  12. Dear Paula,
    Thank you! Your pastel work and poems are so touchy. Please keep up.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  13. Dear Ayda,
    Thank you. Sorry, my poor English writing misled you. No, not from my childhood. I choose a text such as a classic story, example, Anderson's work and illustrate it. Picture book illustration takes time. Yes, see how it goes.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  14. Dear Francis, master of landscape,
    Oh, these are my resolutions for 2011. (I'm NOW writing 6:50 in the morning, 1/1/11.)
    Your geat landscape will teach me this year, too. Practice, practice, practice--is my strategy to overcome landscape.
    Let us enjoy and fosture our friendship in 2011.
    Cheers, Sadami

    Estimado Francisco, maestro del paisaje,
    ¡Oh, estos son mis resoluciones para el 2011. (Ahora estoy escribiendo 6:50 de la mañana, 1/1/11.)
    Su paisaje geat me enseñará este año, también. Práctica, práctica, práctica - es mi estrategia para superar paisaje.
    Vamos a disfrutar y fomentar nuestra amistad en 2011.
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>>Francis said...
    Happy New Year, Sadami, here there are still 3 ½ hours, you should already be in 2011, this is it, is the crisis?, well we'll see.
    You keep all your good resolutions for this year, so enjoy another year of your genius and your friendship.
    Happy New Year.

  15. Dear Antonio,
    Thank you, you, too!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  16. I love looking at all of your work! It is so wonderful! It makes me want to work hard and have fun with painting also.
    Happy New Year!
    I don't have a list yet, I guess I need to get my pen and paper out!

  17. Dear Vicki,
    Thank you! You're so talented in craft, too. Have a wonderful year!
    Cheers, Sadami

  18. Happy New Year to you, my friend! Wishing you prosperity.

  19. Dear Tiffanny,
    Thanks, Friend. I'm ready to die in poverty, but hodling brushes:)!
    Cheers, Sadami

  20. さだみさん
    Happy New Year!

    びる に ついて。。。 して います か。きれいな びる の え。あたらしい ともだち に いっしょに え を かきます。You can find a new friend to draw with!

    It's been a good year. Very glad I met you.
    さだみさん に たくさん を ならいました!

    "Macho man" の え を とても すき です。かれ は かわいいです!

    The more I learn, the more confused I get. This attempt has taken me a long time! I hope it's ok.

    ありがとう がざいます for your friendship, generosity and warmth. May 2011 be a fantastic year for all of us.

    Take care,

  21. Dear Sadami, many wishes to you and your family, for a 2011 full of happiness!! All my best! Tito.

  22. Dear えべりん,
    Thank you so much!
    No, I have'nt joined urbansketches. I want to have friends together to sketch buildings in Sydney. Do you do it in Melbourne? いい, かんがえです。もし、あたらしいともだちと, えをかけたら。

    Me, too.
    わたしも えべりん に たくさん を ならいました!
    I've learned a lot from you.

    "Macho man" の え, everyone loved it in a train and in Town Hall Mall. One gentleman took a photo of it!  

    BTY, your Japanese perfectl makes sense to me. Please be proud of it!!
    ありがとう がざいます for Evelyn's friendship and cheers.

    Hope 2011 will be a wonderful year and we will foster friendship more!

    Love and smile,

  23. Dear Tito,
    Wow, great honour for your visiting my blog! Thank you so much. Your work is very interesting and so beautiful. I always learn a lot. Please keep up. Wish you a very happy new year!!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  24. happy new year to you and congratulations for your very nice watercolor

  25. Dear Portos,
    Thank you! I love your cartoons based on super drawing skills. But I feel something heartwarming and you work beats hegemonic groups. Go, Portos, go!
    Cheers, Sadami

  26. Sadami, my warmest greetings once again. You are a treasure. I wish you the 9 steps plan works its best. Do it, Sadami!
    Practice and interest to learning are our best friends, the only question is how to find time for so many interesting things around us!

  27. Très belle année à toi Sadami. Le meilleur est à venir, j'en suis sûre ! Bises

  28. Hola Sadami!!! Gracias por enseñarnos todos los estilos que has practicado y practicas. Tienes un gran dominio del dibujo de figuras. Un poco arriesgado cuando dibujas a alguien que no conoces... he, he!!
    También dominas las ilustraciones y los cuentos...con alas y sin ellas, que tú ya no necesitas, porque ya vuelas sola!
    Seguiremos nuestras evoluciones en este año 2011.
    Te deseo nuevamente, un buen año. Un abrazo.

  29. Dear Irina,
    Thank you! Indeed, all resolutions directly relate to my ongoing projects and commissioned work. Well, good point, "time"! But a wise frined said, "Each person has 24hrs equally!" True. Once, I wrote you at your blog, how I sketch at anywhere, even on a toilet queue. That's it! Where's a will, there's a way.
    Cheers, Sadami

  30. Dear Olivia,
    Thank you very much! You, too, have a wonderful, wonderful year!!
    Hugs and smile, Sadami

    Olivia Cher,
    Merci beaucoup! Vous aussi, vous avez une merveilleuse année merveilleuse!
    Les étreintes et le sourire, Sadami

    >>>Olivia said...
    Very good year for you Saddam. The best is yet to come, I'm sure! Hugs

  31. Dear Joshemari,
    Thanks millions! I really appreciate your advice;
    "get a permission from a model" is important. Everyone acknowledges my watercolor captures a character in a bald and dead honest way. The more, work lookes like a model, the more controversial work could be...gulp...?!!
    I hope I'll fly across a sky as I like this year. I need practice using wings.
    I wish you, too, a wonderful 2011.
    A hug and smiles, Sadami

    Estimado Joshemari,
    Gracias millones! Realmente aprecio su consejo;
    "obtener un permiso de un modelo" es importante. Todo el mundo reconoce mi acuarela capta un personaje de una manera honesta calva y los muertos. El más, el trabajo lookes como un modelo, la obra más polémica podría ser ... trago ...?!!
    Espero que voy a volar a través de un cielo, como me gusta este año. Tengo que practicar el uso de las alas.
    Te deseo, también, un maravilloso 2011.
    Un abrazo y sonrisas, Sadami

    >>>>Joshemari said...
    Sadami Hello! Thank you for teaching all styles that you practice and practice. You have a great mastery of figure drawing. A bit risky when you draw someone you do not know ... he, he!
    Also dominate the illustrations and stories ... with wings and without them, you no longer need, because they fly alone!
    We will continue our developments in this year 2011.
    I wish you again a good year. A hug.

  32. Hi Sadami and Happy New Year
    You have some wonderful aspirations I hope that you are happy with what you achieve. Thank you for your inspiration and support.
    I spent New Year at a Buddhist monastery. It was wonderful to have some space in my mind. I think that this year I am going to concentrate on the way I do things and not put so much pressure on achievin lots of goals... this will be a bit change for me!
    love Ray

  33. Dear Ray,
    Thank you very much:). I'm happy for you that staying at the monastery brought you a very peaceful time.
    Your say grabs the most important point--becoming who we are. Me, too. Have a wonderful year!!
    Love and smile, Sadami

  34. さだみさん
    まだです、わたし は ともだち に いっしょに え を かきます。She's my friend, just the 2 of us.

    I found this forum: sorry if you already know this site. If you type in Sydney in the search box, you will be able to find out when and where they are meeting!

  35. Dear Evelyn,
    ありがとう. Yes, I know you and your friend are sketching together from your blog.
    Thank you for the great information. Very helpful. Also I've been thinking of joining "Urban Sketchers."
    Have a wonderful sketch day!
    BTY, after work, I swam 800m at Narrabeen beach yesterday before a shower:)
    Cheers, Sadami

  36. Wow, 800 meters! Impressive. I don't like water, but I like the beach! I look forward to seeing your work on Urban Sketchers :). Have a nice day, Ev

  37. Thanks, Evelyn, but to join Urban Sketchers, having Flickr website as a showcase is one condition and I do not have it. So far, I just upload sketches on my blog.
    Swimming is the best sport for me because of the disability. I can see many tiny "friends", fishes, prawns, octopus etc, etc, in an ocean pool!
    Love Sadami

  38. Dear Sadami,

    Thank you and good luck in the new year. May the new year will be plenty of prosperity and succeses in your plans. I wish you a good health too.

    I'm very happy that you decided to upload your blog every Monday - I'll be waiting here for your great paintings and wise words.
    I love these daffodils... Irina must be proud of you! :)

    P.S. 2
    I'm really worried about the people and animals because of flood in Queensland... I hope that Australians will be able to take control over this cataclysm soon. I wish them that with all my heart.

    Best regards!

  39. Happy new Year to you Sadami.....Your sketches and illustrations are amazing...and thank you for all your support, it's vey much appreciated....

  40. Dear Akwarelia,
    Thank you! I got those daffodils from a cancer support group on a cancer awareness, "daffodil day" at a hospital. Too beautiful to just leave them. Then, I sketched them.

    I'd really appreciate your kind concern for Queenslanders and us, Australians. News has showed very terrible situations.

    So far, Queensland Premier states that within Australian resources, rescue and recovery processes are possible. But already Salvo etc has started to call for donations. I'll pop up their secondhand shop.
    Best regards, Sadami

  41. Dear Stephie,
    Thank you so much! Your watercolor painting is beautiful and impressive. Let us enjoy watercolor more in 2011.
    Cheers, Sadami

  42. dear Sadami,I really love your watercolor
    paintings - they are so beautiful !
    i wish you a happy new year and I'll see
    every day if there is something new on your
    blog !
    merci bisous

  43. Dear Marty,
    Thank you very much. Your photos, too, so are beautiful!
    May 2011 will be a lovely year for us:)!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  44. ここは日本語でも良いんでしょうか?

  45. Dear Yamasaki san,
    嬉しいです!! あなたが遊びに来て励まして下さるなんて、今年は素晴らしい年にもう、なりました! 右肩のface bookアイコンにマウスを近づけて下さい、他の物がずらずらっと出ます。どんな物にも連動可能にしたのです。その下のは翻訳機能です。それと、ずうっといちばん下の左隅の世界地図は"ひっそり、さりげなく"私のビシターを数えています。私のblogの愛読者にはヨーロッパの方も多く、私は対応すべく、付けました。山崎さんのblogもなさったら、他の国の人を捕まえると思います。右の "View my complete profile" をクリックすると、私の情報が出ます。その下に私がフォローしているblogです。何れでも、覗いて見てください、例外(*漫画、カリカチュア)もありますが、"水彩の達人"たちです。おたがい、頑張りましょう、でも、楽しむ事を忘れずに。そして、いつかきっと会いましょうね!
    Best wishes, Sadami

  46. Wonderful works!! the building is great.

  47. Dear Carlos,
    Thank you~~! I'll try life drawings and watercolor. You're the "private tutor" for me.
    Cheers, Sadami

  48. Dear Sadami
    It's easy to create an account with Flikr, plus it's free. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. I will try to help.

    Cheers, Evelyn

  49. Dear Evelyn,
    Thank you so much! If I need help, I'll contact you.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  50. Dear Sadami, your resolutions are great, as well as accompanying paintings! Wish you to achieve all these goals easily!

  51. Saddam, your blog is a joy!
    I appreciate your sincerity, pur and simple way, with what you tell us - leaves us next ...
    congratulations for your goals are all accomplished indeed!
    if you rely on your good will has already been made!

    Let us live one day at a time, believing in ourselves and in our mission and truths!
    Sharing is learning and experiencing other similar!
    thank you, dear

    we go forward, 2011 has arrived!
    a big hug! :)

  52. Dear Maria,
    Thank you so much! I'm enjoying my resolutions. Hope we will make lots of watercolor paintings:).
    Cheers, Sadami

  53. Dear Denise,
    Thank you for the encouragements, so beautiful say and hug, you're such a nice person!!! Yes, let us share joy with others through art activities. Go forward!
    Hip, hip, hurray, hurray,
    Cheers, Sadami

  54. Dear Skizo,
    Thanks!!Have a wonderful year!
    Cheers, Sadami

  55. NIce work, I'm too nervous to ever draw anyone for fear they will notice. I like your landscapes the most. Good luck on your goals!

  56. Oh, David, great honour that I could have your visit!! I totally understand the high tension. Spent years to have a strong nerve. I look forward to your brilliant drawings.
    Cheers, Sadami

  57. Oh Sadami, what a delightful and inspiring post. I love all your expressive art. It is so wonderful. I know you will work hard while enjoying your new experiences.

    Forgive me for being so late to welcome the new year with you. I look forward to all Mondays and your art!!


  58. Dear Teri,
    Thank you so much! But please put your private life first, rather than blogging. I know you're so popular on net and am certain you're reading my post. Let us enjoy friendship more and painting.
    Cheers, Sadami

  59. Sadami-
    Wonderful and inspiring post! I love your sketches and the fact that you can do these "quickies" while talking to the subject of your sketch- amazing!

  60. Dear Sheryl,
    The point is, having a chat relaxes a model and me. Useful srtategy to capture a natural face expression;).
    Cheers, Sadami

  61. Dear someone else,
    Thank you and have a wonderful day.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  62. Happy new year Sadami! I hope it's the greatest and brings you lots of joy and excitement. Love your resolution number nine, just the boost you need to keep on with teh rest of them!

  63. Dear Teresa,
    Thank you! Wish you joy and happiness, too. I love your art work. Make lots!!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  64. I must say Sadami, your posts always make me smile and I love your building that you sketched.. Beautifully detailed.

  65. Dear Hilda,
    Thank you!! I'm working on buildings, but not easy for me. You encourage me very much. I'll keep on going.
    Cheers, Sadami

  66. Dear Sadami,
    Thank you for your excellent work and exciting stories. I wish you all the best for the New Year. It goes without saying, it will be a pleasure to keep visiting your blog to enjoy your new work and read your wonderful posts.

  67. Dear Anna,
    Thank you!! I love your blog, too and always learn lots from you. Please keep up.
    Best wishes, Sadami

  68. Magnificent portrait of the macho and very funny anecdote. Your plans for 2011 have much effect. And although we are very different in our creations have one thing in common: think little and move his hands, spontaneity and improvisation. Leovi greetings.

  69. Oh, Leovi, thank you so much and so ture! Think little and move my hands!!
    Cheers, wink, wink,

  70. Sadami,

    I was looking up "litte boy on a toilet seat" (a long story involving a middle aged male, a knee injury, and a wish to be able to poop with both legs bent). Can I buy your sketch of the little boy for my friend? Do you facebook? If so, google Lynne Palazzolo and ask me to friend you.

    You are a wonderful artist. I also am looking for someone to illustrate a children's book for me. I need a sketch of the main character. How much would you charge me to do a proof?

  71. Dear Lynne,
    Thank you very much. Could you please contact me with your reply-available email address? (Alreay replied for your sent address, but it is "no-reply" address). Unfortunately, I do not have facebook account. I'll await your contact.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  72. Dear Lynne,
    "Comment" again with your using email address, please. No one can access your info, but only me at my email box.
    (*In order to protect privacy, my email address is not available on the web.)
    Kind regards, Sadami