The Art of Sandra Busby...

Painter of Playful Light in Glass and Still Life

Thursday, 13 August 2015

WIP... Commission.

 I've never been very good at being 'between' paintings. 
Over time, I have realised that anything more than a short absence from my studio, can actually leave me feeling quite frustrated and even anxious!

Now that we have finished decorating the hallway, I'm relieved to finally get back behind the easel! And first to take the stand is a commission and I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in!

It's quite complex piece but I do love a challenge! And this time I am painting large ...Well, large for me anyway at 24 x 30 inches.

Anyway, I thought I'd share the first stage with you...

The colours in this will be very 'tropical' when it's complete :0)
Meanwhile I am planning to get another one or two pieces on the go over the next couple of weeks.

So I have plenty going on in my studio!
 What's going on in yours?

Thursday, 6 August 2015

A Different Kind of Art...

I thought I ought to write a post to explain my recent absence! 
I haven't stopped painting, but I have been painting things aside from canvas, such as woodwork!

Yes, we have been knee deep in decorating and re-doing the entire hallway and landing has been an epic task! 
We pretty much gutted it and started again.

Of course my favourite part was the 'styling' and I really love how it turned out!

...It's now the perfect place to sit with my feet up over a cup of coffee, with an Art book to browse through :0)

All but a few final touches it's about done, which means I can get back to painting on canvas! And if you read my recent Newsletter, you'll know that I am extra specially inspired to paint, as I'll be exhibiting in May 16 with The Worlington Artists, who I have recently been invited to join!

...That, however is another story altogether and I will be posting all about it soon. For now I just wanted to pop my head in and let you know that I'm still here and I'm buzzing with new ideas to paint. So watch this space!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Oil Painting of a Soft Boiled Egg and Soldier...

Well, as much I enjoyed painting the raw egg featured in my last post, I wouldn't particularly want to eat it! 
So, I decided to boil one...

'Taking a Dip'

8" x 8" Oil on Cradled Gesso Panel

Not that I particularly like boiled eggs either - particularly those with soft yolks! Yyyyuck!

I'm more of a Toast kind of girl... or Crumpets, dripping with butter and spread with a thick layer of Marmite... Mmmmmmm... 

My Husband on the other hand, HATES Marmite and won't come anywhere near me when I've eaten it! 
Nope, a soft boiled egg is right up his alley.
Well, they say opposites attract... I guess they're right!

So what do you like for breakfast?

Friday, 3 July 2015

Oil Painting of a Cracked Egg...

'Your Place, or Mine?'

8" x 8" Oil on Cradled Gesso Panel

I haven't eaten eggs since we had chickens.
My romantic vision of chickens grazing on corn and grass was rudely squashed when I found our three girls squabbling over a huge, mucous covered slug. From that moment on, I never ate another egg! 
That said, I am fine when they are hidden in cakes or biscuits... Just not in their whole form.

That didn't stop me from wanting to paint one though and I enjoyed every brushstroke of this!
Once cracked, there was no room for rearrangement, so I just had to crack and hope... Luckily it plopped in to the perfect position!

So, how do you like your eggs in the morning?

Friday, 26 June 2015

Oil Painting of Marbles

'Marble Mountain'...

20" x 24" Oil on Stretched Canvas

Having sold the first large painting in my 'Finding My Marbles' series (you can see it here), I decided to do another one, larger still, but this time with a warmer feel.

The first was mostly cool blues and cool greens, but this time I chose to focus more on the warm reds and oranges. They are similar but with a different feel I think.

So, have I found my marbles yet? 
I certainly think I have found most of them, though that's not to say I wont feature more marbles in future paintings... I'm just going where my head takes me :0)

Now... Where next?? Hmmm......

Friday, 12 June 2015

Oil Painting of a Pomegranate...

Sweetness & Light...

18" x 14" Oil on Stretched Canvas

...And I got to eat this beautiful thing... Nom nom nom... Mmmm...
I LOVED painting this. Those rich colours are a JOY to paint. And the tiny little details in the skin...

...Yes, every brush stroke was a pleasure!

It is bigger than it looks at 18 x 14 inches.
My fabulous studio assistant, Geoffrey, found himself having to look up at it with his brand new googly eyes!

It was one of those paintings I was actually disappointed to finish and I was very tempted to keep... 
I am still thinking about it!

So how about you... What's on your easel right now?

Monday, 1 June 2015

Belle of the Ball...

 'Belle of the Ball'...

8" x 8" Oil on Stretched Canvas

The question is... Am I finally all marbled out? Have I actually FOUND my marbles? Am I in danger of losing them again if I paint more?


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)


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