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


Thursday, 30 September 2010


Fellow blogger Sue Pownell contacted me a few days ago and said that the 'Urban Sketchers' theme will shortly be dogs. She challenged me to draw a dog, post it on my blog and she would do the same.

Sue will have a hard job trying to find a dog where she is - but I am lucky enough to have the perfect model right here! Her name is Codi.

I took an opportunity this morning to sketch her face in charcoal whilst waiting for the weekly shopping to arrive. I could have gone on to draw her whole body too, in fact, I could have done a lot more with just her face and created something far more special, but I have another painting waiting for me to complete and I have very little time today in which to do it, so I decided to just sketch her best bit - that beautiful face :0)

© Sandra Busby. Charcoal

Hmm.. I should have suggested her neck - Oh well.

I have done a full pastel drawing of her before, which you can see here. But this charcoal sketch didn't take me much time to do at all, maybe 25 minutes? 

I forget how much I love charcoal and all of those other mediums which are well within my comfort zone. I miss them! For now, I will struggle on with watercolours until I have significantly improved :0)

Anyway - before I go, here are some photograph's of the real Codi, which I took on our woodland walk yesterday...


And as Autumn settles in, the leaves are turning...                                                                                                                                                                       

 Aren't they pretty?

Saturday, 18 September 2010

My Tardis....

Here's the latest colourful addition to my sketchbook - my handbag!

© Sandra Busby. Pen, Ink and watercolour

I'm off to my little room at the bottom of the garden now to start painting some shoes - by the end of the day I will either be feeling really happy or the complete opposite! Wish me luck!!

Don't forget - time is running out  to enter the competition that is being held by Crystal Cook. For a chance to win a portrait painted by Crystal, just for you, click on the link at the side of my blog beneath the link to The Showcase. Good luck to everyone who enters! Hurry - entries end on the 30th September!!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Sandraws Colchester...

A few weeks ago I was contacted by fellow blogger Sue, from Art of a Nomad. She was going to be in the country for a while and wondered if I'd like to meet up for a day out sketching.

Those of you who have been following me for a some time, will know that I don't like sketching in public. For this reason it would have been very easy to make my excuses, but bearing in mind that some time ago I set myself a challenge to be sketching in public regularly by the end of the year (something which I have still managed to avoid), I decided to just go for it! 
It was also so nice to get an opportunity to actually meet a someone from the blog in person! Sadly, most of my bloggy friends come from so far away.

We arranged to meet in Colchester, which is apparently the oldest town in England and what a great choice that was. It really is any sketchers paradise - There was something to sketch everywhere we turned! Our meeting place was the George Hotel on the High Street. I was relieved to see that Sue really is who she appears to be on her blog and not an 'axe murderer' as my husband had put to me on the way there!

After a quick cuppa, we made our way to Colchester Castle Park and sat by the ornamental pond. Sue perched herself on a bench and I decided to sit right next to the pond, where it would be more difficult for somebody to sit next to me and put me off! This was my first experience of sketching with other people around. I was surprised just how friendly and nice they seemed though as they stood first over Sue's shoulder who was thankfully taking 50% of the attention and then over mine. Hmm...

This is the sketch I did of the water feature...

© Sandra Busby

I hadn't realised that Sue had also been sketching me, whilst I was sketching! 
So, this is Sue's sketch....

© Sue Pownall

...Isn't it lovely? 

She took a photo too....

© Sue Pownall

Next stop - lunch at The Mineries for a bowl of warming and surprisingly spicy Butternut-Squash soup. Afterwards, we made our way to Hollytrees Museum, where Sue did an amazing sketch of an old fashioned camera and I did a pen sketch of an old iron. We then made our way back to the George Hotel for a drink and sketched a lovely big lantern, which hung above the courtyard alley way.

I did both sketches on one page. Here they are....

© Sandra Busby

Whist sketching the lamp, a boy stood watching over my shoulder, totally intrigued it seemed.

© Sandra Busby
Next, I set off to find this lovely palm tree in amongst one of the many flower gardens...

You can see Sue's sketches of our day here.

Thanks Sue!!


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