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Finished Buddi’s portrait

Buddi's portrait finished

Buddi and his mummy came for a visit this morning to say goodbye and invite me to come when Buddi went to sleep. He was very frail and so thin, just like a human 90-odd year old would be.

I decided to finish his portrait so he would still be there for Denise afterwards. She was happy and is going to hang it in her bedroom.

Buddi's portrait finished
Buddi’s portrait finished

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Pet Portrait in progress – Buddi

Buddi portrait in progress

Buddi Jack Russel Maltese cross

Buddi has been Denise's companion for fourteen years. He talks to me at my feet when I sit down in her loungeroom. My two little dogs love him, but he is old and sick now, and not too fussed any more about two young ruffians hooning around.

Working on the colour pencil drawing

I started his colour pencil portrait this week and Denise came to see the work in progress and was really moved.

The paper I am using is Canson Mi-Tientes in mid blue, which contrasts very well with his light coat.

Working for an hour each day, it is progressing quickly.

Buddi 2002

Buddi 2002

Buddi portrait in progress

Buddi portrait in progress

Sadly, Buddi is going to say goodbye to his mum today,
so it's a timely pet portrait.

Goodbye Buddy
2002–2016

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Sold paintings in watercolour, acrylic and colour pencil

Jasper's Portrait - one of 5 sold paintings

Five sold paintings

I exhibited paintings in two local exhibitions during the last five months, resulting in three sold paintings. At one venue I sold an acrylic painting, while two watercolour pictures were sold in another.

In addition, I sold an acrylic painting and completed a commission in coloured pencil,

Sadly, I only took photos of one of these sold paintings: Jasper.

Commissioned 'portrait' one of the sold paintings

Jasper is the faithful companion of Kevin and Marsha, who own other paintings of mine.

Using Prismacolour Premier pencils on Colorfix paper, I enjoyed painting the portrait. It was very satisfying to do. One thing that surprised me though, was how quickly the sanded surface wore down the colour pencils. Had to buy more white and ginger pencils!

As a result of painting this picture, I have another commission for a portrait of Buddi, who is a very old Jack Russell/Maltese cross much loved by his owner.

 

Jasper sold painting

Jan T (Urquhart) Baillie: My Art, My Quilts

Latest paintings

Why Utopia?

The dictionary definition is:

uto·pia, n., Utopia, imaginary and ideal country in Utopia
(1516) by Sir Thomas More, from Greek ou not, no + topos place

an imaginary and indefinitely remote place;
often capitalized a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions;
an impractical scheme for social improvement

Imagine a place where quilters would have unlimited supplies of fabric, thread, sewing machines, ideas, coffee, food and no-one to say,

Are you ever going to come to bed, ( to make dinner), (to talk to us)?

That's what I started when I opened my retreat centre at East Maitland, New South Wales, in 2000. It's gone now, but the philosophy is present here on the website.

Ulysses Butterfly - Jan T (Urquhart) Baillie

And the butterfly?

For centuries, the butterfly has been the symbol for new life, and that's the reason for my using it as the icon for my new life after my husband was killed in 1999, and the theme of my new world in cyberspace — this website. 

WHAT'S ON THE SITE?

You can find my art, my quilts and bits and pieces of my life. I am eager to have you visit and stay awhile.

What was I doing for the last 30+ years?

I was happily making quilts from the early 1980s until 2011, winning many awards for my quilts — which number more than 200, from 1½″ wide to 12′6" square.

Making quilts using big bits and fast inspired me to develop a fast-piecing patchwork system called Listen With Your Eyes, a system that has been adopted by quilters across the globe.

Publications - Jan T (Urquhart) Baillie

Publications

I have written four books on making quilts and written countless Internet articles on patchwork.

I was asked to be a guest writer for a series on computers and quilting in Patchwork Tshushin which has over 6 000 000 (!) readership.

My column (written for almost all of the first 160 issues) in Down Under Quilts magazine — Computer Quilts — had lots of readers.

Exhibitions

I have had four solo exhibitions, The first was at the launch of my first book, then

As well, I have entered quilts in solo and group quilt exhibitions around Australia. One of my books was launched in the USA. My quilts from that book went too, but not me.

Teaching - Jan T (Urquhart) Baillie

Teaching

Teaching (make that enthusing) people about quiltmaking, traditional and not so traditional for more than thirty years, was my life.

I travelled Australia teaching and made plenty of friends.

Because I taught many, many quilters how to use Electric Quilt software, they called me the EQ Guru.

You can find me in heaven (Utopia)

when I'm creating art!

The next 30 years

After spending 30+ years quiltmaking, what's the next thirty years (or whatever I'm allocated) going to hold?

So far some travelling in a caravan, and art, art, art!

I take my art supplies in a tool box and then when it's raining I get out the paper and brushes or pencils, and I'm in heaven!

My husband, Bob, and I are now retired in a beautiful little country village in the Midwest region of New South Wales. There is no patchwork and quilting, as we have downsized and taken a tree change.

I do have a studio in a spare room in the house we rent in town, so …

Rylstone Railway Station c.1894 (Now privately owned.)

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My latest two Friendly Faces

Jan T at 2

We had to draw ourselves as a child,  and the next as an older person. Easy for me, I am older!

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I am so having fun and practice does make perfect. Almost! VBG

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Transformative Art Journalling from Krystal Norton

I signed up for this course last year and it began in January.

One of the first tasks we were set was to put a face to our inner critic, so we could address his/her comments. As well, we had to write 10 times: “I am a creative genius”.

creative genius

And here’s what I said to old square head.

creative genius

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We haven’t left Rylstone behind

Golf course view - Rylstone 2012

We keep returning to Rylstone (the last place we lived) so we can go to our doctor.

In a recent visit, I painted a small picture in acrylics on gessoed acrylic paper of the view overlooking the golf course beside the caravan park.

Golf course view - Rylstone 2012
Golf course view – Rylstone 2012

 

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Look what Santa gave me

Santa's presen

132 Prismacolor pencils in a tin.

Aren’t I lucky?

Santa's presen
Santa’s present

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Lesson in shading spheres

Practice shading exercise

Practice makes perfect! Perhaps…

Practice shading exercise
Practice shading exercise

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An exotic beauty

She’s from my imagination, but at least she’s believable!

blending-colour-pencils

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The next stage was wishing for ourselves

Art Heart and Healing lesson 2 spread

Using a photo of me as a child of 2 or 3, I had to write all the things I would wish for that tiny girl, and make a spread about that.

Here’s my effort:

Art Heart and Healing lesson 2 spread
Art Heart and Healing lesson 2 spread

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Started a new course in drawing

pooch

I have always loved to draw.

My Biology practical book was kept by the teacher when I finished matriculation as inspiration for future classes, because of my drawing skill. But that sort of drawing is not what I need for my travel journalling sketching, so I decided to learn about shading, form, and other interesting stuff.

I am reading all I can on my iPad when I can’t sleep, and watching video lessons while the removalists pack the bulk of our possessions for storage.