The Art of Sandra Busby...

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

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Shhhhh... It's a secret...!


Be warned - cup of tea and slippers required as now follows an EPIC post....................

My Dad has been banned from my Blog until Sunday, when I will finally be posting the oil I have been telling you about! 

It dried far more quickly than expected and so I have been able to varnish and frame it already!

The painting is going to be my gift for my Dad for Fathers Day, which here in the UK is this Sunday - and I will be explaining the reason for my chosen subject on the day.
It's a nice story, which I'm sure you will like :0)

Anyway, I decided to share the process with you, a step-by-step, of how I went about the painting from the very beginning, right the way through the under-painting... but - I will be missing out the final stage, which I will reveal, only on Sunday!

So, here goes... 

After setting up my subject, I made a sketch to the size I wanted...


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Next, after shining a lightly strongly from one side, I added some shading to establish the dark areas...


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Now it was time to prepare my canvas. 
I needed to warm it up a little and get rid of that stark white....


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At this stage I set my easel up with everything close to hand...


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...and was ready to transfer my sketch to my canvas...


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 Next, I used both the bear and also the sketch as a reference to under-paint the darks of the bear...


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...and the background...


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At this stage I wanted to make sure I was happy with the lights and darks and decide if anything needed changing. 
But I was quite happy...

So, now I began to really re-enforce the under-painting with a much richer tone....


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So, that's the under-painting finished! And I'm happy! :0D

Next it was time to begin the over-painting, which involved several layers of subtle colours, allowing each layer to dry before adding any more. 

Once dry, I added two coats of varnish and a frame, very carefully chosen to form a very important part of the painting.....

.....But, you can't see any of that until Sunday! 

And it looks very, different than what you see at this stage!

I really hope you will like it!

See you then ;0)

19 comments:

  1. What a cliffhanger! Can't wait till Sunday!

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  2. Great Post,it's nice to see how your works, I'm curious now :-))
    a hugs!

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  3. Dad will be happy :D Arianna

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  4. wow! Great to see an oil WIP.. looking forward to seeing the finished painting! xx

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  5. Dad will love it! And thank you for the step-by-step.

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  6. Looking good already - can't wait to see the framed, finished piece :)

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  7. Wow - I LOVE it at this stage! Can't wait to see Sunday's post!

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  8. I loved your WIP. I always love it when people share the WIP pictures. Thank you. And yes.. I too am waiting for Sunday post..

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  9. Delicious post: I waiting for.

    Ciao.

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  10. Wow! What a nice post, Sandra. I'm waiting for Sunday to look at the final version...which I'm sure, will be amazing!!

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  11. This is indeed a very interesting post . I have been taking pictures of my last artwork in progress. I am looking forward to seeing the end result of this one. One thing for sure you father will love it because I am sure he loves you.

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  12. Hello Sandra,
    what a beautiful job. He has his mark!
    to cleaning, organizing and lightness!
    My sincere congratulations

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  13. Looks great so far, can't wait for Sunday.

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  14. This is adorable Sandra, I know your Dad will treasure this! love,Diana

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  15. Fabulous post and it's great to see your WIP. Can't wait to see the finished article.

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  16. i love what you've done so far and can't wait to see the finished painting. it was great to see your step by step and how you prepare. i love these old teddies and am intrigued on the story behind this.

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  17. It promises to be a masterpiece, Sandra! I love to see every step of your creative process!

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  18. It's SO beautiful Sandra!! I can't wait to see the finished piece. Just one more day!! :) It looks like it was a ton of fun too. Your enthusiasm in your writing is infectious.

    :D

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  19. Thank you so much everyone for your comments! I hope I haven't built it up so much that you're disappointed!
    Of course I have read each comment and appreciate every one of them, and I hope you don't mind if just this time I answer all of you at once, because it's Fathers Day today, I have just woken up and I am off to see my Dad in One hour. I want to put the finished bear on before I go but I always like to respond to the comments I receive before putting up a new post :0)
    Anyway, thank you so much, and now here it comes..................! :0)

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Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Where possible I will respond via email. I really do love to read them! They always make me smile ;0)

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