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Friday, April 13, 2018

CBCA 2018 Notables Workshop @ Pinerolo

What a great honour! Invited to Pinerolo by Margaret Hamilton, a very successful publisher. I'm delightedly planning presentation with a dummy, black and white and colour roughs. I'll learn a lot from others. Come over, Friends!
It's lovely to share joy with bloggers. Many friends have got into art and are achieving a lot. I did not expect myself to be invited by Margaret one day, when I started a career. But it's happening. Wow! I'm expanding networking and connecting more peakbodies national and international in picture book publishing industry. You can timely see the activities in my facebook.  

I'm getting busy with the ongoing project. I've been working on images day and night and enjoying portraits. Thank you for a great support and understanding of my irregular post. 
Btw, I enjoyed a long distant swimming, 1 km after work. Very warm. So nice and refreshing. Friends, you're my treasures and assets. Happy Painting and Enjoy Life! 
  






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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CBCA Professional Development Conference

Busy, busy with my ongoing projects!! Yet, I enjoyed "CBCA the Short List Professional Development Conference" for the first time. Applause to the shortlisted creators! CBCA promotes us, creators. There, I met Books in Homes. Very interesting to listen to CBCA judges’ choice of books and why. Apart from the shortlist, two amazing picture book creators were key speakers : an author, Jackie French and an illustrator/author, Bruce Whatley.

In 2014, I sat just next to Bruce and sketched him in an airplane on the way to Melbourne, when I was invited to Helen Chamberlin’s Dromkeen Medal Award Ceremony. When I chatted over it, he clearly remembered it (Thank goodness, sketching!). "What a small world!" he exclaimed. Generous Bruce taught me lot and answered my technical questions. That’s a great bonus! I’ll keep up. 

Jackie’s speech is one of the most enthusiastic ones I’ve ever seen in my life. Really, WOW! I’ve also got why mentor Ann James said, “See Jackie. She’s giving, giving!” When she signed a book, she was so caring for each one.…I felt "love" in Jackie's passion. "Your heart is full of love," I said. Honoured that she liked my sketch. Thank you very much, Jackie French, a superstar, for kindness in a crazy busy time. I'm learning a lot from the conference. Thank u very much, CBCA, for giving me a wonderful opportunity to know our industry more than ever.
The photo is after the conference. L to R. Jackie Hawkes (CBCA), Peter Large (Books in Homes Australia), Susanne/Susie Gervay, Anna Moulton (Magabala), Gail Erskine (CBCA). Kind Gail introduced me as one of creators. Peter and I talked over the importance of literacy and social inequality. Education/curriculum and literature/publication will go hand in hand. Books in Homes Australia has been distributing books to the disadvantaged. Peter's enthusiasm and their objectives overlap my thoughts and touches my heart. We've promised to keep in touch! 
A conference is wonderful for networking. I'm a novice and life long learner forever. Friends, attend conferences and make friends with others. Of course, sketch around.
Happy Painting!! 
Helen Chebatte (One of Judges for Short List)



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Monday, March 26, 2018

Hello! from Australia 2018

My mentors, Books Illustrated (Ann James and Jess Haddon) has left for Bologna Children's Book Festival in Italy, leading our Australian team from 26 to 29 in March! The 2018 Hello! from Australia, a collective Australian picture book stand will promote our Australian picture books to the world, funded by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. This fair is the largest international book fair specialising in children’s books and is most prestigious for its particular focus on book illustration. It is a highly regarded event, popular for showcasing products and services related to the field of publishing and licensing, along with discovering new market trends in children’s book industry. If you bump the Australian team, say, "Hello!" 
I hope Ann and Jess a safe and happy trip! Go, go, Australian team!!  
Australian Collective Stand Bologna 2018: Hall 25, Stand B66
Including a feature display of notable Australian Indigenous books
See Books Illustrated's calalogue, here. 


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Good Paper is Vital for Washes

Quality papers are essential for good watercolour painting work, particularly, for washes. Arche, smooth, 300 gsm is my favourite. I carry a 185 gsm sketchbook and a 300 gsm A4 pad in a backpack. A tragicomedy is sometimes, I accidentally draw a good work on a thin paper, 185 gsm. (Usually, it is a daily sketch and preliminary research.) Oh, no! It happened on this work. I tried my best to make a smoke and a smooth dark background. I hope you can enjoy it. Btw, have you ever experienced the same pain? 
A Smoker's Coffee Break 
He was a good young man seeking for his own direction in life. 
We enjoyed a chat over life. It inspired me. Thank u! 
I tried a background twice or three times, phew! I'm not happy with the outcome of his smoke. As well as the smoke, I'm still thinking of the allocation of vanishing edges in this work. 
So, I'll try the work again on 300 gsm. Creating washes and playing with wet-in-wet is easy on thick papers. Thick papers will give us freedom of expression and joy in sophisticated techniques. 
Btw, my mentors, Books Illustrated (Ann James and Jess Haddon) has left for Bologna Children's Book Festival in Italy, leading our Australian team. I hope they will have a wonderful time there and a safe trip. 
Now, I will get back to the ongoing projects and research. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 
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Monday, March 19, 2018

1) Wave Heads 2) A great response to Prof Hawking image on FB

Very strong winds bashed/blew up wave heads at Narrabeen. The splashes and yellow orcher sand amused me. Can you believe that Sydney, it was more than 40'? In this sketch, paints got very quickly in a hot air or too soon. I tried three sketches on spot and learned the importance of speed to create washes in an extremely warm weather. Not easy, but I've got some clues. I want to challenge the blown up waves' heads more. 

After the sketching, I enjoyed a long distant swimming. Come over, Sydney! Many blogger friends in a northern hemisphere have begun to feel the visit of spring. I hope you'll enjoy capturing waves by watercolour in an upcoming supper.  
Thank you very much for a great response and many "likes" on my Prof Hawking portrait both on my Facebook and the post shared by Accessible Arts NSW on Facebook. Accessible Arts NSW  and I are very happy. I hope the image will bring others hope.    
Now, I'm working on projects, research and roughs.  
Friends, you, too, enjoy life. Happy Painting!    
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Prof Stephen Hawking, This Ability

Prof Stephen Hawking has proven the unlimited potential of human ability. His life, positive attitude, great achievement in science, nurturing PhD candidates and humour has lifted me up and encouraged me, when I got the disability. 
Once, I wrote about Prof Hawking and WesleyMission Building Dream Project for people with disability. I believe in "This Ability," not focus on disability. 
Thank you very much, Prof Stephen Hawking.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Anne Spudvilas, great Illustrator, portraitist

I saw my superhero, Anne Spudvilas, a nationally and internationally celebrated picture book illustrator and portraitist. She has her glorious 25 yrs career exhibition, "A Child World in Pictures" in Newcastle Region Library until 14th April in Lovett Gallery.
The students and I studied her illustration process and enjoyed a drawing workshop. After the cat drawing workshop, sweet Anne spent time for me to sign my brought books (quite many!). 
Anne kindly explained my technical questions all in a tightly scheduled time. I've learned a lot from Anne. The day has become the great encouragement and support in my artist life. Anne is my shining example. (*more photos in my facebook site. Friends in publishing industry celebrate my meet with Anne.)  
Sadami Cat! Anne enjoys to look at how different personality come up 
in each work by a same medium, charcoal.  
Brave Anne has always challenged new medium, overcome difficulty and mastered them all : oil, watercolour and printing. We enjoyed a chat over how she found solutions in each illustration project. Students and I studied an illustration process with Anne's slide show of Where's Jessie? written by Janeen Brian ; how Anne collected raw data/references/real models, developed them into roughs and finalised them by print making. 
Slideshow, Where's Jessie? the handcoloured monoprint, (more photos of the slideshow in Sadami Konchi facebook. That shows the process and methods of development of illustration.)
Whilst working on difficult picture book projects, Anne has become a finalist in all the big portraits entitlements such as Archibald, Moran, Portia Geach etc (*how could u do them all?!). Yes, Anne is a grand slam winner of portraits. Kind Anne has been encouraging me and supporting me for ages even in her extremely busy days. I've admired her so much, loved her personality and had studied her work.  
Colour rough
Furthermore, Anne gave me TWO hugs, when we left for each direction. 
When I suddenly got a whole left leg paralysed and at the bottom of life, her work gave me dream, hope and direction to go in art. The huge rehab has paid off and I walk again. Since a start of my career, Anne Spudvilas has been my role model. Anne and I have kept in touch by emails for years though, it was the first time to see her in person. Me, too, hope myself to bring others dream, love and hope by art and in art. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 





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