The Art of Sandra Busby...

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

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...

£95 framed 

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)

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!


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