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


Thursday, 19 August 2010

Glass on glass...

Whilst I continue to play around with my paints, I thought you might like to see a drawing I did a while back.

The idea for this drawing came to me when I was unloading the dishwasher. (Ideas come at the strangest moments sometimes, don't they?)

Anyway - I had rested some glasses on the black, shiny hob just prior to putting them away when I noticed their reflections, which I thought were rather interesting. I couldn't actually see the glasses themselves, but rather the refracted light which was reflecting from them. 

I immediately thought it might make an interesting drawing and was soon recreating the black shiny surface of the hob with three pieces of  black card and a sheet of glass, upon which I placed the glasses. 
I then directed a bright light towards the glasses, which gave me the exact effect I was looking for...

© Sandra Busby. Pastel pencils

It's quite effective, don't you think? 

Every line you see is the first laid down, because if I tried to erase such light pastel pencils from such black paper, it would have left a mark. I just started very lightly and then sharpened it up as I progressed. As you can see, drawing ellipses free hand, with no room for error is rather challenging!

What strikes me now is how much more interesting I could have made it if I had put another sheet of glass behind the glasses too. There would have been even more reflections!

It's a shame that I couldn't get a good photograph of the picture. Unfortunately the light is bouncing back from the black paper. So, you need to imagine it how it really is - the entire black surface of the paper is  jet black, and all of the lights are very sharp.

For this drawing, I used a sheet of large A2 black paper and pastel pencils, but I'd like to do something similar with acrylics.  - Oh there are so many things in a queue in my head at the moment!


  1. This is brilliant.. Not only because of the fact that it has been done so perfectly. One gets to see your vision also here and thats very important. That vision makes it such a masterpiece.

  2. Good work, I wouldn't have the patience to do anything like that. Anyway, glass scares me!

  3. Technically & creatively fantastic Sandra.

  4. Wow Sandra...... this is wonderful and so accurately drawn! Happy to here you have queues of work in that brain..... please lend me some? I need urgent inspiration!

  5. Thankyou Prabal - Brilliant? Wow! What a compliment!

    Hi Frank - Glass used to scare me too, and metal - until I had a go and realised its the same as drwing everything else, just shapes, lights and darks. You should try it, I bet you would surprise yourself!

    Sue - Thank you! I was in my comfort zone here. I suspect I will find our sketching day far more of a challenge!

    Hi Debbie - I frequently get bouts of Artist's block, then all of a sudden I get lots of ideas which all come at once - usually when time is an issue! Thanks for stopping by :0)

  6. Stunning, absolutely amazing! A great inspiration!

  7. It's really impressive, with a great synthesis using pastel pencils you have achieved a very interesting result! You could try to make a series with different subjects!

  8. It is amazing and so well done. You are a master of your craft and I am so glad I have found your blog.

  9. Thank you very much Laura. I am so grateful for your lovely comment :0)

    Hi Lucia - Another new face! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, they really mean allot :0)

    Hi Ralph - You are too kind :0) and with a wonderful blog of your own that I love to visit!

  10. Simply fantastic work Sandra. I really love your abstract and thoughtful compositions. This is a stunning success, absolutely beautiful!! :)

  11. love your original ideas.. I admire your versatility with different mediums..


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