The Art of Sandra Busby...

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

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Something Fishy is Going on...

This month I've been busy painting for the 'Naked Challenge' and so far it's proving to be just what I needed to get my butt in the Studio more regularly! Somehow I'm managing to get so much more done, despite giving myself far more to do, if that makes sense? I even designed a nifty little logo/badge for the Naked blog, which you can see on my side bar. It was good fun! I've never designed a logo before and I think it looks quite cool!

I'll be sharing some of the paintings I do for the Naked Challenge on here too (though maybe quite a bit later), but if you want to see what Suzanne Berry contributes, then you will need to go the the 'Naked Artists' blog. She has posted an amazing painting on there today and it is WELL worth a look! The blog is very new and hopefully there will be plenty of art to see throughout each month - and anyone can join in the fun! 

Here is the one I posted on the Naked blog last week...

Solitude 1

8" x 8" Oil on Gesso Panel

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...Isn't he cute? I named him Geoffrey :0)

Before I go I thought I'd share with you a little tip... 
Yesterday, I almost threw these empty make-up pots away... 

...until I realised they would make perfect oil paint savers! And to make the leftover paint last even longer, I'll just pop them in the fridge!

Happy painting all!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Cocktail Painting...

First of all, here is a new Cocktail with Olives painting. 
This is to replace the other two Olive paintings which have sold...

'Down the Hatch!'

8" x 8" Oil on Stretched Canvas

I made up my mind that 2015 was all about covering miles of canvas - painting a lot more and managing my studio time better. So far I have been doing really well with all of that thanks to my new appointment system. I am simply 'unavailable' at certain times on certain days, so I make sure I am in my studio with the phone switched off and I never book anything else during those times.

Since putting my new system in to place, in just seventeen days I have finished one cocktail painting, three paintings for the 'Naked Challenge' and another painting, which I will talk about at a later date. 

So, that's FIVE paintings in just over two weeks!  If I could only reach, I would be giving my self a big pat on the back, but sadly I can't!

Anyway, I hope you have also had a productive February!
Back soon!

Monday, 9 February 2015

The 'Naked' Challenge...

 This week I've been working on February's 'Naked' challenge.

It's a bit of fun, so please feel free to join in the challenge yourself  - just be sure to link back to 'The Naked Artists' and we will link right back to your own paintings at the end of each month!

Anyway,  it's great to be back at my easel! 
I'll be posting my first painting of the month in the next few days, so watch this space!

Back soon!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Yoohoo, I'm Back!!

Hello my arty friends! 
I am finally back from our holiday, feeling recharged and ready to get back to the easel this week!

Obviously I have nothing arty to share yet, so I thought I'd just say hello and share a few holiday snaps with you. It has been a real shock to the system returning from 30 degree heat to the freezing temperatures we are experiencing in the UK - It's a shame because my glorious tan is hidden beneath a thousand layers of clothing! 

Ah well, my head is filled with some wonderful memories that I will treasure forever...

...A glorious Maldivian Sunset

...Enjoying a drop of fizz

...Precious time with my lovely Hubby!

...Beautiful surroundings

...My view from the plane on the way home

So, next stop - The Art Studio!
Oo-er... I hope I can remember how to paint!!

Back soon!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Bon Voyage!!

Tomorrow afternoon, Hubby and I will be on a plane to paradise for a two week holiday :0) 
 There, I will be spending much of my time anything up to 30 metres beneath the Indian Ocean, surrounded by beautiful sharks (the bigger the better), doing my favourite thing
besides painting... Scuba Diving!

It's the perfect opportunity for me to wind down, recharge my batteries and refill my creative well. I'll be collecting no end of inspiration on my travels, which I hope will seep in to my art in the coming months... I feel lots of colour and light to come!

We begin our journey this Wednesday, so I will be completely absent from the blog world until we return in February. And it is on our return when I begin a new art venture! Meanwhile, you might like a clue? 
Oh, go on then, since you asked so nicely! 

So that's it - 'Bon Voyage' to me!! Hurrah!
See you all when I get back :0)

Happy painting all!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Arty Exploration..

I thought I'd share with you, something very different to my usual work today.
My Sister and I decided to do something a little 'outside of the box' to celebrate our parents birthdays. 

They are both very much in to their family tree, so we decided to embrace that and create a portrait of the two of them, using only the finger prints of the two of us!

My Sister and I with the portrait :0)

Then, when we had completed the portrait, we added a row of finger prints in genetic order of who came next, starting with my Daughter who was their first Grandchild, then my Sisters eldest, then my youngest and my Sisters next two... ending with my Daughters Son, who is their first Great-Grandchild who arrived last year! Crikey - It seems we've been busy creating in more ways than one!

We had great fun doing the portrait. I had hoped expected that I would be having to 'place' my Sisters fingers where I needed them to go... but it turns out she had an eye for it too. I was quite put out impressed!

Anyway, here's a close up version...

Portrait made with only fingerprints

It's certainly not something that can be 'tight'... But I think that's what I like about it!
It's nice to experiment sometimes and this was a really fun way of doing that.

Well, that's it for today. I'll be back on Tuesday with one last post before we go on holiday!

Bye for now :0)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New-Year!

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a happy, healthy, creative and art filled New-Year! I wonder if, like me, you have set yourself some new goals for 2015?
Here are mine...

Manage my studio time better:
Create an appointment system where I write at the beginning of each week the times I will go in to my studio and stick to it!
During those times, switch off my computer and put my phone on to 'Do Not Disturb' mode.
Plan weekly meals in advance.

Be more productive:
Make better use of my sketchbook.
Aim to collect inspiration and ideas on a daily basis.
Complete at least two paintings per month.

Evolve (but not abandon) my style:
Allow for a more 'painterly' and 'fluid' approach.
Experiment with new techniques and mediums.

Share more frequently:
Post more regularly on my Facebook page and blog.

There -  I have said it now! So I can be held accountable!
That said, I will have to focus on my goals from the 1st of February as I will be on holiday for the last two weeks of January. So I will be completely off the blog world while I'm away.

Anyway, I will be back with another post before we go - this time I'll be sharing something completely different, so watch this space!

Happy painting all :0)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas to All!

Well here we are, it's almost Christmas!!!
It's time to make plans and goals for the New-Year and soak up some inspiration for lots of new paintings!

Meanwhile I will leave you with my latest bear commission. 
I was asked by two daughters to paint their parents two childhood bears together. 
Isn't that a lovely idea? 
So they will be unwrapping it on the big day and I just hope they are as happy with the painting as the daughters are!

So I'll now be taking my annual Christmas bloggy break and will return briefly at the beginning of January before going on holiday with my husband for some much needed sunshine until February!

Until the New-Year, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy and creative 2015!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Just Drawing...

There are times when I forget how pleasurable it is, to just draw!

After posting my Ballerina, I was itching to draw another - and I will definitely be doing that. Meanwhile I chose another subject altogether - quite different than my usual cocktail glasses... 

This is for afternoon 'Tea and Scandal!'

I think this is most effective when viewed from a distance, as is the case with a lot of art...

I enjoyed drawing it so much that I broke out the watercolours and did another version - after all, how can we have tea and scandal when there is no one else to enjoy it with!

So, I have got the drawing bug again, but I haven't stopped painting of course!
In fact, I have just handed over my large bear commission and I couldn't have wished for a happier client! Their reaction made all the stress that comes with a commission well worth while! Hopefully I can share the painting with all of you soon.

Before I go, I thought I'd show you my cocktail glass all dressed in it's frame...

I love seeing them like this. I have always thought that choosing the right frame for a painting is so important and this warm, metallic frame really works well :0)

Anyway, as I mentioned in my last post, blogging will be sporadic for a while as Christmas approaches... I'll be back as soon as I can!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Birthday Ballerina...

 Today is my Mum's birthday. Happy birthday Mum!

 I scoured high and low for the perfect card, but couldn't find one that I liked enough. In the end I decided to draw the card myself. I don't know why I didn't think of that in the first place!

Mum has always liked ballet, so it was an obvious subject choice.
When she was little she wanted to be a Ballerina but for some reason she was sent to learn Tennis, so when my Sister and I were growing up, she sent us to do the Ballet lessons instead!

I used a reference photo for this, but changed the facial profile to look more like me.
But I never has such impressive, muscular legs - In fact as a young teenager my knobbly knees protruded more than my boobs did, which very uncool at the time!

It was so lovely drawing an entirely new subject. I rarely draw figures but this one has given me the bug to do more. So, watch this space!!

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)


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