The Art of Sandra Busby...

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

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

More Marbles...

It seems that I can not get enough of painting Marbles! 
 Here is my latest...

'Roll With It!

8" x 8" Oil on Museum Quality Gesso Panel

This one took quite a while to paint. 
Capturing their 'glassiness' and transparency can be tricky! 
But actually, the real thing is even more effective than the photo, so I am happy :0)

 As always it was really difficult to capture how the painting really looks. Propping it on a display easel seems to do it more justice I feel!

So, the question is, am I all marbled out?
Well, no, I don't think I am quite there yet... Maybe one or two more :0)

Watch this space!!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Marble Mania!

Continuing with the Marble theme, here is Marble no. 3 of my 'Finding my Marbles' series...

'Alone Time'

8 x 8 inches, Oil on deep canvas

This one seemed to take an age to dry and my 'marbleous' (snort, snort) assistant Geoffrey was getting a little frustrated with all the waiting around...! 

...But now Marble no. 4 sits in it's place and I'll be posting that soon. It's another small one, but I'll be doing another biggie soon too! I wonder how long it'll be before I'm sick of marbles? I'm not even close yet!!

Happy painting all!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

WIP Complete!!

Finally I have completed my large Marble painting!

'Marble Medley'...

18" x 24" Oil on Stretched Canvas

I have to say, painting them almost made me lose my marbles altogether! There was a lot of concentration involved and my eyes are a little googly right now as a result!

This one was very much inspired by the tin that the marbles came in...

And here is my fabulous assistant, Geoffrey, giving the 18" x 24" painting some scale...

It's one of those paintings that looks really effective when you stand right back and as you move closer, the abstract shapes and brush-marks that make the painting, become more visible.

On to a new one now - another small one. Then another biggie I think!

Hope you're enjoying the my marble series so far!

Happy painting all :0)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Work in Progress...

I have nothing actually finished this week, but I do have something in progress to share, which is currently propped up in the corner of my studio awaiting my return...

This is the result of a burst of inspiration, following this marble painting I did shown on my last post...

I enjoyed painting them so much, I feel a series coming on!

Anyway, the new one in progress is somewhat bigger than my last, at 18" x 22". But as well as some biggies, I think I'll do some more smallies too :0)
Watch this space!!

And for those of you following the 'Naked Challenge', just a reminder that April's list of words will be up on the 1st, just in case you want to join in!

Happy painting all!

Friday, 27 March 2015


'Two's Company...'

8" x 8" Oil on Box Canvas

I came down with a bout of 'Icantpaintitus' recently - I think it started when I murdered one painting and another committed suicide! I mean - how insulting! I didn't think it was bad at all, but that darned Rubber Ducky threw itself right off the shelf! Chuh!

Anyway, it turns out that the only cure for 'Icantpaintitus' - is to paint - so I did - and I think I am much better now thank you... And better still, this Marble study has inspired me to go LARGE and do another, more complex marble painting. It's great to have something large to get my teeth in to again between smaller works :0)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

More Fishy Business...

This was the third fish I painted for the Naked Challenge
I've named him 'Dave'!

8" x 8" Oil on Gesso Panel

I think the three fish look pretty cool together...

I really enjoyed painting these guys... So much so that I might even do some, more complex fishy paintings over the coming months! I have a few ideas 'swimming' around my head - Sorry, couldn't resist, haha! ;0)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Suicidal Duck...

Here it is... My latest Martini Painting!

'Bottoms Up!'

8" x 8" Oil on Gesso Panel

Meanwhile I have also been busy painting for the Naked Challenge, however it hasn't gone quite so smoothly this month! Following a productive and successful February, March has decided to put a spanner in the works!

Week 1 was a success - I was delighted with my Seagulls!
However, on week 2, I created a MONSTER!!! There was no way it was ever going to see the light of day. Then on week 3, I painted a Rubber Duck, surrounded by bubbles, which was quite nice, I thought. 

Clearly though, the duck did NOT think much of its self, because when I went back in the studio the following morning, I realised that it had literally killed its self! 
Yup! It had thrown its self from the drying shelf, hit the oil heater on the way down and landed face down on a cable - all while still wet! No amount of rescue attempts would get rid of the scuff marks and sadly I hadn't even taken a photo either! 
So, all in all, not a good march at all so far!!

So, this weekend I have promised myself a masterpiece! Not necessarily just for the challenge, but something that I wanted to paint anyway, but will work for the challenge too I hope. I am seriously upping my game too, I'm going large! So watch this space!

Anyway - before I go, have you ever had a suicidal painting before? 
Do share your story!!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


So, this weekend I am determined to finish that cocktail painting... There's probably only an hour or so left to do - It's frustrating not to have finished already!

We've been busy decorating the bathroom and  it's taking up lots of our time... Particularly keeping the rest of the house clean while it's all going on... I actually found rubble in the butter the other day - Yes, I did say rubble... IN THE BUTTER!!!

Right now we don't even have a bathroom at all - not even the luxury of a floor!! We DO however have a loo, but no flush... This means every visit involves carrying a bucket full of water up the stairs and balancing precariously across the joists, trying not to fall through the kitchen ceiling! I have horrifying images of suddenly finding self sitting on loo, trousers around my ankles, surrounded by rubble... IN THE KITCHEN!!! This would be particularly embarrassing should we happen to have guests over at the time! Hmm... probably best to ban any visitors for now! 
It's all very bloody undignified to say the least!

Meanwhile we are going through mountains of baby-wipes and having to go elsewhere for showers when we can... And let me tell you, trying to wash my hair over the kitchen sink without getting it (and my head) sucked down the plug-hole is not easy since my hair is about three feet long!

Hopefully we will have the new floor fitted at the end of this week and fingers crossed I will be reclining in to a luxurious bubble bath at some point over the weekend - I can not wait!! I would never have handled being born in Victorian times, that's for sure!

Anyway - at times like this it's nice to 'let go' and paint something much less pedantic than the norm - like my Seagulls, which I painted for the Naked Challenge last week...


8" x 8" Oil on Gesso Panel

...And I really enjoyed painting it too! I based it on some sketches from few years back.

Anyway, once the bathroom is finished, I'll post some photo's.
Meanwhile, I promise I'll try not to kill myself while using the bathroom! Wish me luck!

Back soon!

Friday, 6 March 2015

More Fishy Business...

Here is another little fella I painted for the February Naked Challenge. I thought I'd share it over here while I am busy completing my Cocktail Glass...

8" x 8" Oil on Gesso Panel

 I love painting Goldfish... Those shiny scales and the little bubbles are a pleasure to paint!
...And there is a third I will share with you some time soon :0)

Happy painting all!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Work in Progress...

Since two people tried to buy my last cocktail painting at the same time, I am part way through another!
Here's how it looks right now, before the colour layers go on...

And here is how it started.
Layer 1...

Layer 2...

...It might seem a bit of a long winded way of going about things, but painting in this way means that the final piece will last a life time or two at least!

I'm confident that I will have this completed over the weekend. After that it will likely be on it's way to California! Of course I will post it here too so you can see the end result :0)

Meanwhile, if you are bored of Cocktails, you might want to pop over to The Naked Artists, to see what else I've been up to! Might see you there!

Happy painting all :0)

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)


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