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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Old Couple at Bus Stop

An old couple has the beauty of life and marriage, I feel. They share ups and downs in lives to today. My setting is rain and a bus stop. In general, any old couple's caring tells me love and a “life long story.” The same is true of old people, too. So, I often ask them to be my models. I’d like to create picture books on an old couple in the future. 

Technically, I enjoyed soft edges and wet in wet in this illustration. I'd explore watercolour more. Friends, Happy Watercolour and Illustration! 


Monday, October 19, 2020

Fruits, Yuko Nagayama Online Course #1

Friends, pandemic is the chance to grow and try online workshops.  Very happy to attend my admiring world leading watercolourist Yuko Nagayama's course.  An online workshop was my first experience. I want to grow. Her say most touched me was, "Life! When life comes up in work, it’s a beauty.” Lovely. I'm learning from A to Z. We studied about materials, how to draw such as the importance of observation, value study, colour mixture, colour use etc, etc in two hours. 

I enjoyed painting apples after Zoom. Thank you very much, Yuko.  She encourages me so much. Two more sessions to go! Happy, Happy Painting. 


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Finalist, Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

Honoured and very happy. My work, "Publisher Helen Chamberlin" was selected as a finalist in the 2020 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize. Biennial, included in prominent portraitists. $10,000 for a winner, open to Australia wide, acquisitive in Lismore Regional Gallery. The judge, the artist Abdul Abdullah. The exhibition from 7 Nov 2020 to 31 Jan 2021. I still can’t believe it. Helen has only encouraged me and let me draw her freely for ages. Oh, thank you for Helen, supporters and you, all the friends. 

Friends and I had a chat over the reluctance of try such as competitions yesterday. I prefer a "try" to only being awkwardly awaiting. Eventually it'll waste my time. Of course, I have and had hesitancy and fear. I look back my life story. When was at the turning point of my life to chose art or not, I told myself "Only once we can live on the earth. Do what I want to do!" I was fortunate that many people gave me support. When I put the work into prizes, to my surprise, it got in them. Particularly, a psychology lecturer at uni said, "You got the prizes. What's more do you need to prove your talents? Sadami, go this direction, arts!" If I get in prizes, I was lucky. Celebrate it. If I do not get in, I was myself, precious. Celebrate it. Both results are good to me! 
Friends, a sky is wide and blue. Let's go in every direction in our lives. Happy Painting! 



Sunday, October 4, 2020

Love your Bookshop Day

Love your Bookshop Day in Booktober or October. I ordered books at "Books Illustrated"!  Ann James and Ann Haddon have promoted Australian picture books and creators through projects, events and exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Thank you, Ann, Jess!! You're our superheros and a motor engine in our industry. 
Friends, enjoy reading and painting!