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 portrait in progress
Sadly, Buddi is going to say goodbye to his mum today, so it's a timely pet portrait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have had four solo exhibitions, The first was at the launch of my first book, then
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.