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Friday, July 31, 2020

Drawing of Life

I enjoyed "Life Drawing Live" on SBS. The last model showed her dignity and triumph over breast cancer. A symbolic and monumental pose of "Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix." As a woman or a comrade, I'll send her a big applause. Certainly, we drew lives with respect. 
The lovely program included people with disabilities in their models. We need more programs like this BBC attempt. I hope one day, a word, "disability" will disapear from our dictionaries. Or we will not need it. It's our part of identity and diversity. Then, each of us can live an individual life fully. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Drawing! Stay safe in this pandemic.   


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Wet in Wet, Cats

I'm enjoying the rhythm and the contrast in wet in wet. I've got hooked by cats with soft textures. I'm learning a lot about washes from the experiences and experiments in painting cats. Timing is crucial. Plus spontaneity is a great fun. Really a thrill to play with water and paints. I've begun to get the bone structure/anatomy of feline and apply them to images like I do in dogs and humans. Friends, stay safe and enjoy painting at home!


Monday, July 20, 2020

Tokyo International ParaArt Finalist

Friends, I'm honoured. "The Song of Life," was selected from Australia to International ParaArt in Tokyo from from 19 to 23 Aug 2020. Thank you very much for support! I heartily hope this exhibition will make many people happy and help the public awareness of human rights issues and abilities!
ParaArt 2020
"Art Overcomes Disabilities and National Borders"
Sponsors : Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 
The Agency for Cultural Affairs,Tokyo Metropolitan Government,The Japanese Red Cross Society, 
Japan UNICEF Committee, The People’s Republic of China Embassy, Korean Embassy.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Wet in Wet, Wash

Wet in wet and wash I want to explore in subjects with soft textures. Really fun to play with water and paints. I love playing with the contrast of soft and sharp in work. It creates rhythm and harmony in art work. Wet in wet and wash are the ultimate goals and the starting points or α and Ω in watercolour art. Friends, stay safe and enjoy painting at home!


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Save Koalas

Urgent: Koalas could be extinct in NSW as early as 2050. We can’t let this happen. The article is at WWF for World Wildlife Fund
Humans must respect nature fully. 


Monday, July 6, 2020

Study of Masters, Johannes Vermeer

I studied "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter," by watercolour (Original, Oil on canvas, 46.6 x 39.1 cm). Johannes Vermeer was the first artist I fell in love at primary school. His shadow and light so much fascinated young Sadami and read through lots of art books to know how he painted. As well as his light, his colour balance interests me, today. Since school days, I've kept drawing and dreamed to copy his work. I'm making my dream come true?!  My challenge was how I could interpret it by watercolour with 29.7 x 21cm, A4 size, different ratios. I enjoyed it so much. Good fun!! Hopefully, the mood will come up. Friends, studying masters is much like a private lesson by them. It's worth trying! 
In twenties, I began to feel the figures in Veermer were like still life or objects. Marlraux stated it well. "In the work of Vermeer the subject of the picture becomes - for the first time in the history of art - the object that is contemplated. --Andre Malraux, 1951" 
Then, Rembrandt interested me more than Vermeer. I've felt emotions and more humane subjects in Rembrandt's work. 
" Vermeer is not a sun painter, but rather a moon-painter – like Uccello – that’s good, it is the pure, final stage of art, the moment when it becomes more real than reality." -- Arshile Gorky. I like Gorky's say that features Veermer's work. 

I hope I will grow as an artist. In this pandemic, the study of masters is fun and good research at the same time. In Australia, Melbourne has another outbreak. Friends, please take care and stay safe.