The Art of Sandra Busby...

Painter of Vintage Teddy Bears, Glass and Still-Life.

Friday, 21 November 2014

A sneaky peak...

'Where have you been?'

I have been asked that question a few times in the last few days! *Sigh*... It's so nice to have been missed, thank you!

Well, I had to forget about the last week of #Inktober when I realised how behind I was with other projects, like my bear commission. At times like that, somethings gotta give, right?
And this time of year is hard enough without adding on extra pressure, so I decided to step away, get on with what's important and get myself back on track.

But I have been painting. In fact, I have finally completed my large bear commission but it's unfortunate that I can't show it in case the recipient sees it!
Never mind, I can at least show you a few snippets that won't give anything away...

It's amazing what can become of just a few suggestive pencil marks...

It's hard for me to show these because small snippets don't really work, but as a whole, the painting really glows and I am confident that the recipients will love it. And of course you will see the whole painting, just as soon as the recipients have! :0)

In other news:

  I received a lovely email yesterday, letting me know that I've been selected to be featured in FASO's (Fine Art Studio Online) 'Informed Collector Newsletter'! I am honoured to be included! Apparently I am scheduled to feature on Tuesday 25th, but to see it, you'll need to subscribe, which if you would like to do, you can do by clicking this link.

Okay, that's all for now. Posting will be sporadic for a while, what with Christmas coming up, but I'll be back as soon as I can :0)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

#Inktober continued...

Days 15 - 21
Last week I had fun playing with perspective.

Well, this week I had the not so bright idea of sketching a few portraits of various bloggy pals, only I quickly realised that once I had posted them, I probably wouldn't have any bloggy friends left!!! 

It was too late to catch up by replacing my sketches with other things. So I stuck with a few but quickly moved on to our dog, Sherlock, who I can practically draw with my eyes shut and our Grandson, Casey-James - Neither of whom knows how to be offended! :0)

So, these were about getting a vague likeness in a short time. Usually I spend hours on a serious portrait - these sketches took minutes - Forgive me!!

Day 15:  I quite like this one...

Day 16: But this one, I aged her by about 10 years! Oops!...

Day 17: I like this one...

Day 18: This one went catastrophically wrong... (sorry!)

Day 19: Easy-peasy...

 Day 20: I'm reasonably pleased with the likeness for such a short sketch...

 Day 21:

Day 22: This is Hubby's favourite...

I haven't written any names, for fear of getting sued! Next week, I'll do something less risky!!! ...What was I thinking?? Gaaaagh!! 

My next Quarterly Newsletter is coming out on November the 1st and I will be offering a generous discount exclusively to my subscribers for a very limited time during the month of November! So, if you are looking for a special Christmas gift this year, don't miss out! You can sign up by clicking the link below :0)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


  ...Days 8-14

I had fun with this weeks sketches for Inktober
This time, instead of just copying what I saw, I decided to sketch from unusual angles, exaggerating perspective! Trouble is, otherwise I will bore too easily!

Day 8:


...I haven't been able to eat them, ever since we had chickens!!

Day 9:

A Cheese Grater...

...I am a cheese lover! 
Not boring old Cheddar, but rather the creamy or stinky blue variety - In fact, the stinkier the better!!

Day 10:

A bottle of plonk...

 ...Quite enjoying the odd glass of red lately... 
Blurry marvellous! Hic!

Day 11:

Some hand wash...

...I am trying hard to find something interesting or witty to say about hand wash... Hmm...
Nope! I got nuthin'!

Day 12:


...I almost poked my eye out with the damned things while I was holding them up like this!

Day 13:

A liqueur glass...

...My favourite being Baileys... Mmmm!

Day 14:

A bear...?


So there it is, week two. Hope you enjoyed! 
And don't forget, if you are also doing the challenge, feel free to link on the comments roll so I can come and take a look :0)

My next Quarterly Newsletter is coming out on November the 1st and I will be offering a generous discount exclusively to my subscribers for a very limited time during the month of November! So, if you are looking for a special Christmas gift this year, don't miss out! You can sign up by clicking the link below :0)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Abstract meets Realism, part 2...

Remember a couple of posts ago when I posted a new Whiskey Glass, which I painted using Acrylics? Well, here is the oil version...

'To Warm the Cockles...'

 The two have quite a different feel, don't they? 
This one is warmer, more subtle and slightly less abstract, whereas the other is cooler with more contrast. Both look equally realistic when viewed from a distance, as you can see...

I'm not sure which I prefer. They are the same... but different!

Anyway, for those of you who haven't already signed up, my next Quarterly Newsletter is coming out on November the 1st. And I will be offering a generous discount exclusively to my subscribers for a very limited time during the month of November! So, if you are looking for a special Christmas gift this year, don't miss out! You can sign up by clicking the link below :0)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


It's 'Inktober'! 

#inktober  was created in 2009 by Mr. Jake Parker. 
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. I found out about it from Kim Rempel and she encouraged me to take part. I didn't take much persuading as I enjoy the freedom of a quick sketch, but am rarely disciplined enough to do it regularly. 

Instead of posting one sketch every day, I decided to post seven sketches every week instead. Not sure which is the best way to do it really. What do you think? A post a day? Or a post a week?

Anyway, here are my sketches for week 1:

1. A cotton reel...

...Damned ellipses! Chuh!

2. The humble toothpaste tube...

...Must add to shopping list!

3. The Teddy Bear...

 ...Well, it would be all manner of wrong if I didn't include at least one bear!

4. Oh go on then...

 ...Make that two!

5. My shaving brush 


...I use it to dust off my oil paintings between each layer. Jolly good job of those bristles, even if I do say so myself! ;0)

6. A few buttons...

...I seem to have mysteriously accumulated quite a few over the years, even though quite frankly I'd rather rip my own arm off and eat it, than actually sew one on! 

7. A selection of clothes pegs...

...I have three varieties... two of which are next to useless!

So, are you taking part in the challenge? 
If so, feel free to post a link to your own sketches on the comment roll below, so we can all pop by and have a look!

 Happy sketching everyone!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Abstract meets Realism...

 'Purely for Medicinal Purposes!'

I suppose you could call this kind of painting either abstract or realism.
Close up, it is just a lot of abstract shapes...

 ...but when viewed from a distance they look quite real...

...Yes, you can see two Whiskey glasses on the drying shelf and yes I have done a similar one before which you can see on my blog header! I enjoy painting them though and since the light is always changing, they are always very different :0)

The one I'm featuring today is painted using acrylics on a box canvas. The other is painted using oils on a stretched canvas and I'll be sharing that with you next week. The two have quite a different feel to them! 

It's quite a back track from the bright, colourful cocktail painting that I featured in my last post, but I do plan to do more just like that over the coming weeks, not least because they are a breeze to photograph! That last one I posted was caught perfectly in one shot! But taking photo's of these glasses on darker backgrounds never fail to leave me tearing my hair out and I have to settle with the best of a bad bunch!

Meanwhile most of my painting time is being taken up while I'm painting the large bear commission I'm working on - but I can't share it until the recipient has seen it at Christmas! Can you believe it's October already..? 

...Gaaagh... I'd better get cracking!!


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Alla Prima Cocktail Painting...

'Something for the Lady...'

There is something enormously satisfying about painting 'Alla Prima'. So much so, that I didn't even have to drink this one! ;0)

I did a watercolour sketch of this a few years back and have been meaning to do an oil version for some time. Luckily, I still have the cocktail recipe book - and of course the glass itself is quite famous on my blog as I have painted it many times!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

And the Winner is...


Tito won my limited edition teddy bear print giveaway and I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the contest! (Well done Tito!)

I used to pick my winner and I had a lovely warm feeling when Tito's number came up. He has been a follower of mine from very early on and has his own blog, full of gorgeous watercolours.

Tito and his wife have picked their favourite of the eight bears, 'Archibalding', and he is on his way to Italy as we speak... 

...Good choice, he is one of my favourites too :0)

I'll be back soon to share what I'm working on right now.
Meanwhile, happy painting everyone!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop!

 'Don't Worry, They say the Best Things Come in 
Small Packages...'

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel
 Click to Purchase


 I have been nominated by my lovely and talented friend Vonny of VonnyK Art, to take part in the Creative Blog hop which was started by Erin

The Creative Blog Hop happens every Monday and hops from Artist to Artist
We all answer the same questions and nominate 3 people to hop on too so here goes:

1 - What am I working on?

I am working on several things at the moment. I've just been commissioned to paint a large bear painting using two beautiful old bears in the same style/size as my first series. But it'll take a while deciding on a composition before I can actually pick up my paint brush! Meanwhile I have just started two new glass paintings.

2 - How does my work differ from others in my genre?

mmm... that's a tough one!
I have never had felt the need or desire to follow the current trend. If it  doesn't come naturally to me, then it really isn't! As much as all Artists learn from each other, however much I might love their work I try not to be over influenced by it. By thinking this way, it has been easier to develop a style of my own, which I'm sure will continue to evolve. If we all painted the same way, art wouldn't be nearly so interesting!

3 - Why do I create what I do?
side from Scuba-Diving which I love to do but don't get chance to do very often, painting and drawing is the one activity where I get completely absorbed and my mind is focused on one thing only. I'm a person who thinks a lot - probably way too much! To have all thoughts fade away aside from my subject, is incredibly relaxing for my busy brain!

4 - How does my creative process work?

I have to be inspired! Something like a flickering candle on a pub table, the oily sheen of an Olive, or even the smell of a log fire will do it. I see something in a certain light and think - I want to paint that!
Once I've decided on a composition, I will sketch it out on the back of an old roll of wallpaper. When I'm happy with my drawing, I'll transfer my basic lines to the canvas and then try to capture the light I'm looking for using a camera, just so my shadows remain consistent. The rest is usually painted from life. Next, I tone my entire canvas. Once that's dry and the drawing is in place, I will continue using just one colour mix over several layers to create a basic monochrome painting. Once I am happy with the tonal values, I go in with colour glazes, mainly transparent ones. I do this in several layers, so the colours beneath glow through the ones above. I'll often use complimentary colours - so the under-layer of a red book for example, might actually be green. It's an interesting process. Colour theory sounds boring but in my opinion it is very important to understand.

Now it's time to nominate 3 people for the Hop to hop onto. It's been very hard to choose as I know so many wonderful Artists. So, I've chosen 3 Artists, each with very different styles...

Nic and I have followed each other for a long time and have become genuine friends. Hopefully we will get to meet in the flesh one day, but meanwhile we often have a good old rant to each other when we need to! We offer each other encouragement, tell each other about opportunities, competitions... generally mentor each other really. She specialises in painting animals and Scottish Landscapes and she has an unmistakable and unique style.

Suzanne Berry 
You know sometimes you get a new follower on your blog and you think 'Wow! what could this person possibly learn from me?' Well, Suzanne is one of those! I have been in awe of her work for years and if only she lived closer, I am sure I'd be stalking her in some lunatic fashion in an attempt to learn some of her secrets! She emailed me once to ask me to share with her some of mine... That was one of the biggest compliments I've ever had!
Susan is one of those Artists who will post a masterpiece on her blog every week and make it seem completely effortless! Her mark making is wonderful and from an abundance of colours and brushstrokes appear the most amazing paintings! I could tell a painting by Susan anywhere, they are very unique in both style and subject! Her subjects are highly original - my favourite series being her very voluptuous ballerinas!

Keep an eye out for my next post, when I'll be announcing the winner of my Limited Edition Teddy Bear Print Giveaway!

Happy Hopping everyone x


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