The Art of Sandra Busby...
Painter of Playful Light in Glass and Still Life


Thursday, 30 March 2017

I've Moved!

This is just a quick reminder, that I have moved my blog to a new platform and just in case you didn't realise, I can now be found at:

I am having AWESOME amounts of fun with my new blog. I'm not just posting much more frequently, but I'm making it far more interesting for everyone. It's no longer just about my finished paintings... I'm now posting all sorts, including fun videos, time-lapse videos, studio tips, time management tips, I've linked back to new blogs I've discovered, art Podcasts, art books... The list goes on!

Here are some of the posts you might have missed...

You see? I have been busy!

Remember, if you have a link to me on your side bar, you might want to up date the link too :0)
This is the final post I will make here, so pop over to my new place and come join the fun!

Meanwhile, here is a window to my latest post...

See you there!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

I'm Leaving...

I'm Leaving!

...Well, perhaps moving would be a better way to describe it!

What better way to end January, than to complete a goal I had set myself 2017!
Not bad eh??

So I haven't been happy with my blog address for some time and I decided that rather than have the complication of changing my domain, it was time to shift my blog over to the same platform as my Website. It just kind of makes sense having everything under one roof, so to speak!

I have neglected this blog for too long really and it's time for me to share a bit more of me than only completed paintings, which take me a long time to do! So that's another goal; To make my Blog a little more interesting!

Like sneaky previews of work in progress, for example...

My very first post on the new blog is up today, where I explain  exactly why my domain address here bothers me so much!

Of course I really hope you continue to follow along on my new site and so I don't feel lonely in the 'new place', I would love it if you would come over and say hi!

 So I really hope to see you over there. Just click here to come find me!
And please, let me know if you think the new blog is nicer! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy Belated New Year!

'One For the Road'

10" x 12" Original Oil Painting on Stretched Fine Cotton Canvas


Happy New Year to you all!

A little belated, I know... and let's face it, it already feels like it was ages ago, but this is my first post of 2017 and I am wishing you all wonderful things for the New Year.

I've never quite comprehended the phrase 'One for the Road'... After all, 'the road' is the last place anyone should be after consuming alcohol! 

I started painting this just before Christmas and as you can imagine, when I came back to it once the festivities were over, it was just about the last subject I needed to be looking at! But, they made an interesting subject to paint; All the dents, bumps and scuffs... I enjoyed it!

Next in line is a new marble painting, this time quite large... And I have several other paintings in mind to be getting on with as each layer dries.

So, watch this space and I'll be back again soon!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Marbles and Glass...


9" x 12" Oil on 3mm Museum Quality Gesso Panel

The play of light in this set up was a joy to paint! 
I never seem to bore of painting either marbles or glass and there are plenty more to come.

Meanwhile, I made a little video on You tube so you can see the painting in my studio surroundings.
The exposure is off, so the colours appear a little washed out in the video... I clearly need some practice!

But there will be more You Tube videos to come and I'm planning some time lapse videos in the future too when I get the hang of it. So if you enjoy the preview, don't forget to like and subscribe!

Back soon!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Just for Fun...

'No Idea'

10 x 8 Oil on Canvas Panel
...I had to chuckle when I titled this particular painting because it was inspired by an episode of Artists block, which occurred during major household renovations; Enough to spiral any woman in to meltdown!

I was so stressed by the destruction and mess I was faced with on a daily basis, that when I finally did find time between epic cleaning sessions to go in to my studio, I had NO IDEA what to paint!

The amount of times I must have said those two words, 'NO IDEA' to myself must have run in to hundreds!
(Actually, if I was being completely honest, it was three words and the real title would be 'No Bloody Idea')... 
 And then suddenly, the words NO IDEA, gave me...... AN IDEA!!! You could say, I had 'A LIGHT BULB MOMENT!' Hahaha!!

...It was the first time I had ever experienced being inspired by having NO inspiration! That one is totally new to me!

Anyway, this one was just a bit of fun and now the worst of the renovations are over, I have some more serious paintings on the go. So watch this space! 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

No, I did not SNOG my painting!


8" x 10" Oil on Museum Quality Cradled Gessoboard


...As much as it was tempting to simply pucker up and give my painting a big old smackerooni, the idea of spreading toxic oil paint on to my lips did not seem to me, the most sensible one!

However pleased I have been with a painting, I have never yet felt the urge to actually SNOG one! I mean, that would just be plain weird, right?

So, instead I mixed the exact shade of my lipstick with my paints, like a well behaved Artist (who does not have a death wish) should :0)

...Here in the UK, there is no phrase more used than, 'I'll put the kettle on'...
How is it that no matter what the crisis, we always reach for a teabag? What is it about a cup of tea that makes a disaster seem just a little more tolerable? 
...It's one of life's great mysteries!
I find a nice cold beer to be more effective, but each to their own!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

I'm ba-aaaack... And guess what!!!

Oh, how I've missed everything arty during my unavoidable break!

 I finally got back in to my poor, neglected studio last Saturday, having had no option but to take an eight week break. And I can tell you that I just don't feel like me at all when I'm not actively painting! Not painting is PANTS!

We are part way through extending the kitchen and as you can imagine, it's been like living on a building site. The sheer volume of cleaning has been exhausting! We've had ceilings pulled down, walls knocked through... My home could, at times have easily been mistaken for the Sahara Dessert from the amount of 'dust dunes' in there!

Meanwhile since the 1st of July we have also had a freakish number of social engagements to attend. No word of a lie, last Saturday was the first free day I have had since the 1st July! As much as it has all been lovely, I have been willing it all to end so I can get back in the studio... and it will only get better now. Phew!

Meanwhile, the September Issue of 'Paint Magazine' finally plopped through my letter box on the 1st... And guess who's on the cover...

...Oh, and guess who's also inside...


...Yep! That would be li'le ole me!
Who'd have thought?? 

So, I'll be back soon, I hope with a new painting. 
Meanwhile here's one example of some of the scenes I've been arriving home to recently...

...You feel my pain, right?

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Keep an Eye...

So since completing my last painting, 'Spillage', house renovations are now in full swing.
The kitchen is being extended and the house is resembling something of a building site at the moment.

Imagine a huge sack of flour with a hand grenade thrown in... You can guess the rest!
The wall to the new bit has finally been knocked through and next, the old ceiling comes down. Then it's all about the design. Not an easy task!

Keeping up with the cleaning along with everything else has been a real challenge, so to be completely blunt...  

I am finally having to wave my little white flag and hold my hands up to the fact that I can't do everything right now. Something's got to give. 

I haven't taken a bloggy break in a while, so now I think would be a good time! 

Although I'm not going to have time to paint much while it's so chaotic in the house, I am taking the time to draw a little something every day...

...Sketching is helping to scratch my creative itch while I can't get in the Studio.
And it's all good. It's not like I've lost my mojo or anything... My brushes are still calling me! 

So, I'll be back at the easel as soon as the house is straight and I'm not having to spin quite so many plates! I have lots of new ideas in my head just waiting to spill on to my canvas! 

Meanwhile I will be back sometime in September, so watch this space!!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Fresh from the Easel...


18" x 26" Oil on Stretched Linen Canvas
Available on my Website

I'm beginning to wonder if my love for colour has something to do with the significant amount of grey we have been experiencing over here. It might be summer, but this angry sky has not been playing ball! 

Even though we live in the 'sunshine coast' of England, it seems that up to now, there has been four seasons everyday... And for the most part, it's been Autumn! Humph!

It's all a bit pants, because I was born to be in the sun. I should have lived somewhere hot; Somewhere where everyday is a barbecue day... Somewhere where there is no need to wear anything other than flip-flops and a sundress! Give me 30 degree heat any day! I LOVE it!

So maybe these bright colours come from my need for some sunshine. 
Well you've heard of 'colour therapy', right? Perhaps this is mine!

Pondering on this possibility, I had a look at how the colours of my painting might affect mood. It seems that mostly they invite serenity, tranquillity and positivity. I'm happy with that :0)

Anyway, apparently things are now going to warm up... Fingers crossed for some blistering heat! 
Meanwhile it's time to get my wellies on and take Sherlock for a wade through the swamp!

I hope you enjoy the new piece!
Time to start a new one!

Friday, 1 July 2016

An Update!

I haven't fallen off the planet... Things have just been a little manic around here!

My latest painting is almost complete... Another layer should do it. As soon as it's ready I'll finally be able to share it here :0)

Meanwhile on Wednesday, I spent the day at the SAA (Society For All Artists) headquarters, where I had been invited having made it to the final of the Artist of the Year competition!

It turns out that my painting 'The Night is Young' actually reached the top 1% (50 chosen out of 5,000 entries) and those 50 had been divided in to 4 categories (junior, beginner, amateur and professional) and there was a mixture of hyper-realism, realism, abstract, landscape etc ... 

To top it further, I was one of those that won an award!
 It's my first award and I can't begin to tell you how much it means!! 

I'm sure most have you have already heard about this on my Facebook page, but of course I wanted to post it here too.

Meanwhile, I have MORE exciting news to share!!! But I'll share that in another post... not just yet though! Watch this space!!

Friday, 10 June 2016

New Glass and Marble Painting in Progress...

Having finally come back down to earth having won my first award, I am finally back at my easel, where I have been longing to be for the last 3 weeks as I faced an unavoidable break from painting due to some of life's other distractions!

Anyway, let me tell you, I am loving every single brush-stroke of this one!
It is everything I LOVE to paint; Distortion, refraction, reflection and beautiful colours!

Here it is at it's skeletal stage, just my lines mapped out... 

...I am already a lot further in to the process and so far it is going just as I had hoped. 
All I can wish for now is that it continues to go so well.

It's not the large, complex painting I had originally planned, but it is still an 18" x 26" and some things are just meant to be I think. Besides, I have new plans for the larger one now and I'll be starting on that as soon as this one is complete.

Anyway, since I am working on larger paintings, I decided it was time I had a Mahl Stick in my Studio. 
Now I have one, I really don't have a clue how I ever managed without it! 
But, Sherlock had other ideas when he clapped eyes on it. For those of you who aren't familiar with Sherlock, he is our loopy Labrador and he has an obsession with sticks! The bigger the better, as you can see in this photo...

...It was quite some wrestling match I had, in order to reclaim my Mahl Stick! 
In the end it was a piece of cheese that finally swayed things my way. 
Thankfully my stick was unharmed! Phew!

Friday, 3 June 2016

An Award!

Remember the exciting news I shared with you a few posts ago, having made it through to the final of the SAA Artist of the Year, 2016 competition? The painting was initially one of 160 chosen out of over 3,000 entries, to make it through to the final round of judging. (You can read about it here)

Well I have been expecting my painting to arrive back at some point as I never imagined for one moment it would make it any further... But I was completely gobsmacked when instead, I received a letter in the post telling me that my painting was one of the final (48) paintings picked, to be hung in a 3 month exhibition!

And as if that wasn't enough, I also learned that I had received an award!

Out of over 3,000 entries, it's quite some achievement and I have been smiling so much about it that my face actually hurts! 

...'Sandra Busby, Award winning Artist'... 
Lol, Sorry, I just can't help it! Please feel free to give me a slap ;0)

Needless to say, I have been singing it from the roof tops, so if you follow my Facebook Page, you have probably already heard, but naturally I had to share it here too...

...I'm so looking forward to going to the open day and seeing all of the other paintings too!

Anyway, it's time to get my head back down from the clouds and get back to my easel after an unavoidable 3 week break. There's nothing like receiving that kind of news to inspire me, that's for sure! :0)

Friday, 27 May 2016

Exibition (and other distractions)...

And... breeeeeath....
The 'Worlington Movement' exhibition, which was held at the Edmund Gallery, Bury St. Edmund's is over!

Window Display

...And a good time was had by all involved.

I could share so many photo's with you, there is so much wall space in there!
In the end I decided that just a few would do... 

...And I sold three paintings, which was cool :0)

And before I have even had time to collect my thoughts together, the 2017 exhibition dates have already been set! This one will be held much closer to home, at the Birley Centre in Eastbourne and the details are on my website on the 'Events' page.

So, what now...?  

Well, I have had to take a break from the Studio for a couple of weeks because of various other distractions and in fact I'm not going to get back in there for at least another week! 
I had planned to do a highly complex large still-life, but I just can't get the reference I'm looking for, so it's back to the drawing board... Literally!

 Meanwhile my 'Fish Out of Water' painting made it safely to it's new home on Gozo Island...

...I was so relieved to receive a photo showing it had made it there is one piece! 
It's always a fine balance between protecting the painting as much as possible, whilst keeping the weight to the minimum. It's tricky! 

One thing I can tell you is that I am going to be painting a lot more LARGE paintings from here on. I have a few new ideas in mind and I'll be playing with those over the next week or so, so I can hopefully get something started when I get back to the Studio.

So in case you thought I'd spontaneously combusted, or been abducted by Aliens, I haven't! I'm still here but I'm taking a break for a bit while I concentrate on getting some more reference material.

Back soon!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Fish out of Water...

'Fish out of Water'...

2ft x 3ft, Oil on Stretched Canvas

...I'm sure most of us can relate to that feeling at times?


...And in my case, never more so than when I'm in charge of a camera! 
It proved almost impossible for me to get a perfect colour match, so I am sharing two more photo's below, which are closer in colour than the ones above...

...I could actually call this a 'Self-Portrait'... after all, I painted it when I was feeling just as the title suggests! And I find no therapy like painting how I feel...

...Anyway, I have sploshed back in the water now and with that in mind, I will shortly be starting another even larger painting; This time a 'watery' still life and a highly complex one at that.

Might take me a while, but watch this space!!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Exciting News...

So there I was on Friday morning, casually opening the mail over a cup of tea... 
Nothing unusual (so I thought); a Bank Statement... a South East Water Statement... some junk mail...
...And then there was an envelope marked 'SAA' (Society for All Artists).

Well I almost spat my tea across the room when I opened it and read the first sentence...

'CONGRATULATIONS! Your painting entitled The Night is Young has been selected to go through to the next round of judging in the SAA, Society for all Artists, Artist of the Year Competition 2016.'

...It turns out that out of more than 3,000 entries, the painting was one of 160 chosen to go through to the next round... My jaw practically hit the floor! In fact I was so certain it wouldn't go any further, that the painting had sold... thankfully to someone who was really happy to lend it back to me for as long as I need. Phew!!

So here is the painting that is now on it's way to Nottinghamshire for the final round of judging...

'The Night is Young'

8" x 8" Oil on Canvas

...Regardless of whether it goes any further, I am so thrilled to be one of those chosen, because the competition is seriously good! And I know that the chances are tiny, but then again I thought the same about this bit, so who knows???

Anyway, I'll keep you posted! Meanwhile, wish me luck!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Painting of a Brandy Glass...

Ahh... Doesn't a drop of Brandy always look so smooooth, so sophisticated and so warming?

I've always fancied myself as a bit of a Brandy drinker, but it's pure fantasy, since every time I attempt to drink one it doesn't taste 'warming' at all... more like burning... yes, that's it... like the entire top layer of skin has just been stripped from my oesophagus... like I have just unwittingly swallowed a mouth full of  Nail Varnish remover, or accidentally swigged a mouth full of turps instead of tea (and I speak from experience there)!

The same applies to wine. It doesn't matter how expensive the bottle is, £5... £20... Have I ever detected a 'delicate hint of oak' or 'fresh spring meadows' or 'fruity citrus notes'...? Um... sorry, but nope! All I get is the taste of vinegar.

So, I might have the palette of an Artist, but clearly I don't have the 'palate' of a wine connoisseur!!
As uncultured as it might make me, I'm afraid the only alcoholic beverage I truly enjoy is a nice cold Lager! Straight from a bottle, straight from a can, in a glass, in a dog bowl, whatever - I am truly not fussed. That is just what I like!

So there it is.

Anyway, I may not be able to enjoy drinking Brandy, but that's not to say I don't love to paint it!

And here it is, the only way I would ever drink it willingly.
Purely for...

'Medicinal Purposes'

9" x 12" Oil on Museum Quality Gesso Panel

Available on my Website

(See? I can be cultured!)

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Spitting the Dummy...

So it's been two weeks since my last post and since then, I started one painting, which I just wasn't feeling and I destroyed another, which simply went wrong... And by 'destroyed', I mean I snapped it in to four pieces (I don't do anything by halves)!

And BOY did I spit my dummy out of the pram!
It was clearly the end of the world and so I crawled in to a dark corner for a while to lick my wounds.

I finally crawled back out of it yesterday when my creative Mojo re-appeared and I had a ponder at why this had happened in the first place.

So, the first painting that I 'wasn't feeling', I abandoned completely. 
This is because it had been inspired by another Artist and as much as I love his work, I began to feel as though the painting wasn't really coming from me. Had I have finished it, it may have got a few 'Oooh's' and even perhaps a couple of 'Ahhhs', but I always want to stay true to my own style and so I decided to treat it as more of a lesson ...and bin it.

But the second painting went wrong because of one simple mistake in the initial drawing, which I should have noticed before I even put brush to canvas, but didn't. I had other distractions going on at the time so I think my mind was simply elsewhere and my painting unfortunately paid for it.

Now, a lot of Artists will say that there is always a way to 'fix' an oil painting and when working with opaque colours this is mostly true. But often as in this case, I work with transparent colours, which leave very little room for error. Yes, I could have gone over it with opaques to 'fix' it, but the glow would have been obliterated and it would have lost it's luminosity. I wasn't prepared to accept anything less than what I had been aiming for so I decided to get rid ...and have an Oscar winning tantrum instead.

Anyway, I was going through some old letters written to me by my Uncle Danny yesterday and in one of them he wrote...

'When you are in a trough of a wave, everything seems hopeless, but by the very nature of things, you can't stay there but must rise up on the crest of the next wave.' 

...And there it was. The very thing I needed to hear.
So with that, I picked myself up, brushed my sorry arse down and got back on the surfboard!

And now I have three canvases laid out in front of me. And I'm excited!
Two are entirely new paintings which I will start today and one will be the one I trashed, which I want to do again - only right this time!

And not painting for a while wasn't a bad thing. Because when I crawled in to my dark hole I took my sketchbook and pencils with me and just had fun sketching for a while.
I copied from drawing books and from life and sketched objects around me. So it wasn't all a waste of time. Here are just a few of them...

...A Peak Inside my Sketchbook

Back soon!

Friday, 26 February 2016

'Virgin Cocktail'...

'Virgin Cocktail'

9" x 12" Oil on  Museum Quality Gesso Panel

Available on my Website

I am quite partial to a cocktail or two... And when I'm being extra good, I might even go for a Virgin one... like, never!!  Hehe!

I'm afraid my halo is a little dented in this department - largely due to the number of times I have fallen over, having enjoyed one too many of said cocktails! 

Ah well, what can I say? I am definitely more of a glass half full kind of a girl... even though this glass is clearly, well... empty! 

So, apart from, 'Oops' and 'Hic', what can I tell ya?!

Chin Chin!


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