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


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

For me...???

 Just LOOK at what was delivered to me this week...

 Aren't they just beeeeeeautiful???

As I opened the gate to the bell, I was greeted by an eager Delivery Man peering from behind this gorgeous bouquet!
Since this is not an occurrence I am used to, as I scratched my head I could only imagine that he had come to the wrong house!

'Are you sure they're for me???' I asked, taking one step back as he proceeded to pass them in my direction.
He looked at me, quizzically... 'You are Sandra?' He said.
'Yes!' I squeaked! In an unexpectedly ridiculous voice.
Thrusting the bouquet forth again, he replied, 'Then, yes madam, they are most definitely for you!'

It's been a very long time since I have had flowers delivered to my door. 
I quickly opened the little card which was peeking through the foliage. Who could they possibly be from?  

Inside the card, read...

'Dear Sandra. 
Thank you so much for the lovely painting of Jack. 
We all absolutely love it! 
Love from Julie, Steve and Eleanor xxx 
P.S. You're a star!'

How lovely to receive such warm thanks for a painting! 

Since there are some rather gorgeous purple blooms within the arrangement, I think they sit just beautifully in my purple kitchen, don't you?

It's so lovely to know that another of my paintings will be treasured!

I'm sorry that I haven't posted any art for you today. I must admit to going through a bit of a dry spell of late. This will quickly pass and I will be back on track shortly.

Meanwhile, I have a very special post coming up this Sunday, so be sure to pop back then!!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

For my Dad...

This is a pencil drawing of my Dad and It's my Dad's birthday today, so I'm blogging it as a special happy birthday post! 

© Sandra Busby. Graphite pencils

Before I go on, here is the photograph I worked from...

The photograph was taken some years ago and strangely, the drawing looks far more like he does now than it does the photograph. Perhaps it's because I wasn't just copying the image in front of me, but I was also visualizing him in my head as I worked. 

It was quite a challenge really because when I was handed the photograph, I was told that both my Mum (who can draw very well) and my Uncle Danny (an established Artist) had attempted to draw my Dad, but neither had managed to get him quite right.
Anyone who knows me well, will tell you that when I am presented with a difficult challenge, I simply have to take it on! 

Once I had established the position of the features and distances between, the hardest part was over.
I found the eyes relatively easy  - I mean, I've been looking in to them my whole life! But the mouth? Well, that really was a challenge! 
It's not the shape that I found difficult, but there is a particular way that he holds his mouth that I can't explain - it must be just the use of one tiny muscle and that makes all the difference to the likeness should I have got it wrong.

It is surprising that by simply placing a single highlight in the wrong place, can mean the difference between a capturing a good likeness, or not. I suppose it must be because the way the light hits the face determines the shape of the skull and muscles beneath.

Whether this drawing of my Dad is anymore successful than my Mums or my Uncle Danny's attempts, I don't yet know as I have never seen them.  Perhaps the best person to judge is my Dad himself...

...Happy birthday Dad!!!


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