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Sunday, October 29, 2017

"My Dog Socks" Launch, Great Fun!

Back to Sydney from WestWords residency in Pinerolo in Blue Mountains! Finally, I can post the photos, the "Book Launch of My Dog Socks" in Ford St Publishing (Paul Collins) in Melbourne. My sweet mentors, Books Illustrated (Ann James, Ann Haddon) and Helen Chamberlin joined it. Ann launched our book! We announced the winner of dog drawings. Thank you very much for sharing a wonderful time with us!! If you like, come cover to my facebook page, here to see more photos and people in our industry.  

Sadami Konchi
I deeply appreciated all the members's hard work in our publishing team : Author Robyn Osborne, Publisher Paul Collins, Meredith Costain, a book designer and all involved people and supporters! 
Book Launcher, Ann James. Books Illustrated based in Melbourne
kindly framed all my art work for the exhibition in this book launch. 
Author Robyn Osborne flew from Queensland. 
I was honoured to announce a winner of dog drawings.
It was a great fun and heart warming. Edi, you're the winner! 
A great runner-up! 
Now, a party time!! 
Paul Collins
Thank you for a strong support and warm encouragements for me to achieve this book. I'll keep up! In following blog posts, I'd write about my successful illustrator residency and Lisa Stewart's illustration workshop. Stay tuned! 
Friends, Happy painting! Yey! 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lisa Stewart's Picture Books 1 Day Course @ Pinerolo on 21 Oct

I flew back to Sydney from the book launch in Melbourne! It was nice and full of sweet memories. Now, I'll join Lisa Stewart's workshop! Publisher Margaret Hamilton and the acclaimed illustrator and established violinist, Lisa Stewart will run a creating children picture book workshop on 21st Oct @ Pinerolo. Lisa, in Acacia Quartet, plays wonderful music nationally and internationally. She's a gentle soul and approachable. Come and join the useful workshop. Just after that, my mentorship, WestWords Pinerolo Illustrators in Residency 2017will start from 23rd to 27th Oct.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Margaret Hamilton's message. 
Hello there
"Picture Books @ Pinerolo" - our one-day courses on creating picture books have been hugely successful for over ten years now. I’m very proud of past participants who have gone on to have a picture book published. Attendees are invited to bring along some recent work for our "Show and Tell" session at the end of the day. We respond with honest and constructive criticism. It’s a popular segment of the day, as sharing your work with likeminded people is a valuable experience.
I am really pleased to have Lisa Stewart, highly acclaimed illustrator, with a growing list of books to her name, to join me on Saturday 21st October in presenting this course.
Click on the button below for the flyer and booking form. Don’t forget, if you’re travelling a distance, we have accommodation available at Pinerolo.
Please don’t hesitate to email or call me if there are any questions. Also, feel free to share this with your contacts. Pass on the good news and share this opportunity!
Many thanks
Best regards
Margaret Hamilton AM
Pinerolo, the Children's Book Cottage PO Box 172
Blackheath NSW 2785
02 47878492
0402 428911

Flyer and Booking Form


Monday, October 9, 2017

C U at Socks Launch Oct 15 Melbourne

Please join us and celebrate My Dog Docks a new picture book by Robyn Osborne and Sadami Konchi  
My Dog Socks Launch, Art Exhibition 
Sunday 15th October, 2 pm ~. Melbourne.  
Venue Ford St Publishing, 162 Hoddle Street, Vic (map).
RSVP Paul at  
A book launcher, Ann James. Ann is an Illustrator, author, cherisher of creators, promoter, Pixie O'Harris Award, recipient of the national Dromkeen Medalthe Order of Australia and my mentor! Mmentors, the Australia legends, Helen Chamberlin and Books Illustrated (Ann James, Ann Haddon) are coming! 
Sadami will announce the winner of children's dog drawings. 
My Dog Socks, ISBN : 9781925272826, 9781925272833. 
Kids, you still have time! A closing date is 12th October. Call for kids's entries! 
Draw your dog and win a box of books that includes a signed copy of My Dog Socks!  
Great prizes including the illustrator Sadami Konchi's signed latest book written by Robyn Osborne. Read below for details. 
About the author: Robyn Osborne is a Queensland author, teacher and animal fanatic based on the Fraser Coast. "Going Camping" is on the Qld Premier's Reading Challenge book list. Robyn has won a number of writing awards and been published in national journals, newspapers and magazines. In 2011, she was one of only eight participants chosen nationally to attend the prestigious Allen & Unwin/Qld Writers Centre mentorship in Brisbane. Robyn shares her home with an elderly canine and a not so ancient husband

About the illustrator: Yes, Me! Sadami Konchi is an enthusiastic children’s picture book illustrator, award winning portraitist and event/conference sketcher, based in Sydney. One of her greatest strengths is drawing/painting empathetic lively portraits. The BA from Sydney University in linguistics and sociology gives her deep text analyses and good research skills to illustrate a story. Sadami has been one of the highly commended artists in the Arts Access Australia Art prize, a Doug Moran semi-finalist (twice), in top 600 at a world watercolour competition. 

I deeply appreciate the support of peak bodies celebrating the launch of "My Dog Socks"  :  Australian Society of Authors, Accessible Arts NSWAustralia Council for the ArtsArts Access Australia, National Association for the Visual ArtistsKu-Ring-Gai Art SocietyMarrickvile Council, Parramatta Council, WestwordsImmigrants Women SpeakoutSydney Sketch Club and all the people who have encouraged me = YOU.  See you soon in Melbourne, Friends! 
Happy Painting!  


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Workshop Great Success in Eastwood Library

Hi Sadami
Thanks for organising the watercolor workshop once again.  Everyone who came has thoroughly enjoyed their session yesterday. Please find the photos attached for your reference.
Regards, Supervisor, Eastwood Library

Me, too, really enjoyed the workshop. I'd thank the library for giving me the wonderful opportunity. In the intro, I chatted about my disability that had opened a door to be an artist and encouraged children to keep their own language assets. I asked children to draw animals. "Any animals will do! From your imagination, that's perfectly alright! Any colour you can use!" I wanted to boost up their creativity and self-esteem, then I did demo. I hope my short talk would remain someone's heart.  
20 children was an ideal number. Creative children made hibrid animals and creatures from imagination. We had a nice laugh and big smiles. 
Some kids were slow and others were quick I expected. The librarian and I assisted each children. You can see the salt above the painting. An older girl talked to me, "In school, we used salt in a project." Her mother showed their work like a colourful big honeycomb that had salted colours in it.  
Any creatures came up! I loved them all and visited each child. All kids smiled back and looked really happy, when they heard my positive feedback. Yes, I respected each child. They were so precious. 
I assisted each child and encouraged all of them. Awwww! The fractured toe was very painful. I sweated too much and one kind girl asked me, "Are you crying?" No. (*You can imagine how much I was sweating!) But children and librarians' smile made me forget that sore toe. I walked around all the tables equally and kept cheering up each child. Great joy and fun! 
Smoothly the workshop went on, because a kind librarian checked time and informed me when to wrap up. I ensured all children created at least one or two paintings. All children could finish at least two paintings. I showed each work to others and proudly claimed at the end, "All of you are heroes!" The outcome of paintings was very lovely and unique -- that was the objective I achieved. A wonderful reward was many children came and said, "Thank you, Sadami," with a fresh and heartily smile. Oh, daaarling, I love you all! 

I really appreciate the support of librarians! "Team work!" the librarians joyously claimed. Indeed! I could not achieve such a wonderful event without their sensitive and strong help. Especially, after work, the librarians quickly packed up the materials and washed up all the dirties and made them shining! Good as new again!! (*I provided all materials.)

Friends, you can do community work in art. 
Now, I'm focusing on the Socks booklaunch on next Sunday. 
Happy Painting! Thank you for the warm cheers! 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Emergency Dept at Hospital

I met the compassionate and wonderful medical team in Emergency at hospital. I accidentally hit a left foot badly against a slope of an ocean pool at 6 pm. I made 20 laps (1 km) though, the toe got swollen up and very painful in the evening. None of after hour GP services was available in a long weekend, yet Health Direction suggested me to see a doctor within 6 hours. I went to Westmead hospital known for the busiest emergency service in NSW. The world-reputed ED is consisted of a dedicated specialist team of doctors, nurses and allied health staff. 

1) Diagnosis : Minor fracture. A slightly broken.
2) Treatment : Taping. Good shoes. Take a pain killer if necessary.
3) Prognosis : Recover in 2-3 weeks.
Very painful, but I can do everything. "Absolutely, you can swim!" a doctor said. I hugged her!!
The staff in ED was working around the clock. I had to wait my turn till 3 am from 10 pm. I felt so sorry for all these people and well understood the hospital would prioritise these seriously ill people. Each person was suffering in injuries and sickness. Of course, I was a little bit frustrated though, who could demand his own turn among those distressed people? If I had to wait long, it meant that my case could not be serious. I admired the hard working team in the middle of night.  
The staff was lovely. Two ambulance staff sat next to me for a coffee break. One of them and I chatted over a fractured toe. My concern was the upcoming workshop for children this Tue, the book launch and the residency. The staff said, "All of them, you can do!". I always have a sketch book and watercolour pads with me. They impressed her and her colleague. She encouraged me more than ever! It was good to have an optimistic and positive conversation in the tragic mood in a waiting room. 

When I was called into the treatment room, the nurse politely said, "Thank you for patience." Oh, that was very nice and sensitive! A doctor carefully checked my foot. The diagnosis and the prognosis turned out the best way. I do not need to worry any local doctor in this long weekend. "Whooo, hooo!" I shouted. Another staff came in and smiled at me. The doctor said, "I'm impressed (with your art work)!" When I left the emergency department, I courteously said thank you to all the staff. The kind nurse proudly said with a beautiful smile, "A patient like you makes us happy!" I hope all the service users will have quality treatments and recover soon. Special thanks to the brave staff! I will relax myself, do a studio work today and prepare the workshop tomorrow. 

*A young violinist selected for an orchestra is challenging the fund raising of an airfare to an Europe concert. I hope we will make our dreams come true. 
Friends, Happy Painting!