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Sunday, February 25, 2018

1) Playing With Colours 2)CBCA Notable Night this Tue

I'm playing with colours to explore other approaches. I hope this work will open another door to enjoy colours so that I will take off pure realism. It's a great fun to search for colours fit to a drawing. I listen to my heart or instinct, when I choose colours.
Below, I'm wondering if I should stop here or add more colours on a model's shirt. I've suspended a brush in this work. What do you think, Friends? My own watercolour painting rule of thumb is "The lesser, the better." = Don't overwork. My most concern is that busy information will distract a focal point. I will take a break. 
Today, I love colours more than black and white. My mentor Ann James says, "You're a colour person." True, yet, it has taken years to come to my level in a long journey. When I look back, "drawing" has been crucial. It has given me hope and strength to climb up a next step. I've started black and white drawing since high school and loved it so much (*loved drawing since childhood!). I did oil painting for a while and eventually converted to watercolour painting, because my colour use preferred transparent ones. But no one taught me how to do watercolour painting. I got stuck. Instead of watercolour painting, I began colour pencil drawing for some years and learned colour mixture and use. Then, I've moved onto or back to watercolour painting and to the present. Whole through the journey, I've kept on drawing, drawing, drawing. I'm a type of "Practice is more important than theory." I'll learn "how to" from lots of messes. I'm still learning about watercolour painting. You can teach me a lot!    
Now, I'm getting busy with projects and preparing for events. 
See you there, the Children's Book Council of Australia, NSW branch, Night of the Notables.   
27 February 2018, 5.00pm for 5.30 - 7.00pm
Dymocks, 424 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Little Lunch creators — Danny Katz and Mitch Vane!
Tada~~, only 3 weeks away until the 21st Biennale of Sydney opens (16th March -- 11 June 2018)! I'm excited and really looking forward to it. I hope I will assist visitors who need help, particularly, people with disability and non English speaking people. I hope all visitors will have wonderful memories. If you come to Biennale Sydney, please let me know. 
Friends, Happy Painting. Enjoy your journey! Play with colours!

Monday, February 12, 2018

The beauty of the world is the beauty as you see it

The title is what my friend told me. Wow, that's so true, I feel. In my eyes, people are the most  beautiful subjects. Find out the beauty of a person and express it in work -- is my mission. In a technical aspect, a huge part of drawing ability is the ability to see a subject like I wrote in "Talent can be learned. The skills of "see" is to define relationships in a subject such as values, colours, perspective, proportions, volumes, shapes, edges and so on. Apart from physical relationships, a subject has a mood and a person has emotions, too. From them, I pick up one topic and focus on it. 
For example, a mood, the tenderness of an old pastor interested me most as well as colours, his white cloth and a stole. 
Drawing and painting skills are much like interpretation skills of the identified relationships in a subject. How can we interpret the picked up visual information by what? Methods is up to an individual's choice and decision such as medium and a style. We can try tens of thousands of different ways. 

Moreover, drawing skills are often equal to a painting ability/skill. So, I always keep up drawing. When I wonder how to paint a drawing, I always get back to black and white drawing like initial sketches. Then, I get on painting. 
It was nice to pop up a church service. I could have a rich meditation..., or simply a naughty girl?! I wish to depict any walks in ordinary people's ordinary lives. I want to draw people from all walks of life. It's up to our eyes to find beauty. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 


Sunday, February 4, 2018

1) Storm in Wash 2) CBCA, NSW Branch Night of Notable, free!

Friends, have you ever tried to catch a storm? I directly put paints and developed the image. Timing is crucial to create washes. Check the condition of a paper. After a first wash of raw sienna, I enjoyed adding paints and a bit slow down or had a pleasure of playing around with brushes and colours on a half dried paper. In my experience, it's wise to stick to the strongest impression, because clouds are changing from moment to moment. I developed the chosen impression before the eyes would forget it. 

In a storm, clouds are dramatically moving and a shower is developing and partially, a blue sky is left. I chose a shower for a focal point that interested me most. Then, I got on a job. Quick, quick! Wash and wet-in-wet is fun. Storms and waves, the movement fascinates me.  
Rain and a storm are daily matters. "Are you drawing clouds?" people talked to me from curiousity. I believe that an artist pulls out something interesting from ordinary things. It's up to an artist's view how to find subjects. I'll enjoy washes more. I love capturing something moving in washes. 
The Children's Book Council of Australia, NSW branch. 
Announcing the guest speakers for our Night of the Notables event: 
Little Lunch creators — Danny Katz and Mitch Vane!!
Also the incomparably wonderful Margaret Hamilton!! (yes, my mentor in the Pinerolo). 
Have you booked your FREE ticket yet?

27 February 2018, 5.00pm for 5.30 - 7.00pm
Dymocks, Sydney
424 George Street, SYDNEY, NSW 2000

Friends, See you there! Happy Painting, Reading, Illustrating!