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


Thursday, 29 December 2011

The day the fairy-lights went out.

I said I wouldn't post until the New-Year, but we find ourselves in bits following the most awful Christmas.

This post is for Codi, our dog, who died unexpectedly on Christmas day.

I have never felt such a loss in my whole life and this feeling is only amplified by the fact that as I work from home, we were virtually never apart and not only that, she was a dog that always made sure her presence was known.

Now, her presence is only 'felt' and earlier today I found myself opening the back door to let her in.  It's the strangest thing.

 When I have heard people speaking of  a 'heavy heart', I always thought that it was just an expression, but now I know that it is a true physical feeling. My heart feels as though it is being dragged down in to the pit of my stomach and I find myself constantly fighting back tears.

I am never usually a person to share negative feelings, but hopefully you will understand that just this once I can't do anything else.

I feel like I should be posting so much more but this is just too painful.

I hope that all of you had a much brighter Christmas.

'We love you Codi - and you will always be here, right by my side xxxxxxxxx'

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Ho Ho Ho...

Whilst on the phone at work the other day, I found myself doodling a  little festive pen sketch.
It was one of those things that I did without even thinking and it wasn't until later that I noticed it on my page at all as I scribbled down another phone number. I chuckled to myself and thought that it might make a rather cute and amusing Christmas Card!

Over the last few weeks I have been really busy, not only with Christmas preparations but also with preparations for my next oil painting, so unlike last year when I posted the Baubles and a Cocktail glass as my Christmas post, I haven't had time to produce any thing like it this year!
So, I decided to recreate my little doodle, a little bigger, with a little colour but minus the coffee ring and scribbled telephone numbers beneath! I thought that it would be the perfect Christmas card to all of you, my lovely bloggy friends!

Pen and Watercolour

It's been an interesting year for me. 
I made the decision to leave my course and it is only since I left that I finally realised how 'Sandra' paints. Now I can honestly say I have realised my own style at last and it feels like 'me'!
That in itself is one of my biggest achievements of the year and I now find myself with the backing of a Gallery too. Whether it progresses or not, I can not think of a more positive way to end the year than that!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of my followers, old and new, for your continued support and endless words of encouragement throughout the year. I have met such wonderful people!
Speaking of which, I was asked today by one of my American bloggy friends, what I mean when I speak of 'Boxing day'. I was really surprised since I ignorantly assumed that everyone has a Boxing day! So, for the benefit of those from across the pond, Boxing Day is quite simply the day after Christmas Day. But it has become like a second Christmas Day and it has it's own traditions that come with it. 

So, since we have two special days it gives us a chance to share our time around different members of the family and we usually alternate years as to who we see on which day.. This year we are spending Christmas Day with my parents, my Sister and her family. We will have some kind of starter, usually chosen by my Dad, followed by a traditional Christmas dinner as follows: (Vegetarians please shut your eyes!)

Pigs in Blankets (or chippolatas/mini sausages wrapped in bacon)
Sausagemeat Stuffing
Sprouts - I am one of those who LOVES sprouts!
Red cabbage with ginger, red wine and Cinnamon (which I will be making myself as it's my speciality)
Roast potatoes
Roasted parsnips
Honey glazed carrots
and a selection of other veg
Home-made Gravy (this can only be made by my Dad as he is the MASTER of gravy!)
Cranberry Sauce (though some strange people, who enjoy all things disgusting, prefer bread sauce!)

Hmmm, I think I've remembered everything...

Next, we will indulge in a traditional Christmas Pudding (my FAVOURITE!!!), which we will first steep in Brandy and then set fire to it at the table. Once the flames have gone out, we will cover it in fresh double cream (some prefer Brandy butter - I love both!) and devour it! We usually have an alternative pudding too for those, like my Sister, who dares not to like Christmas pudding! 
This is all usually washed down with a merry glass or two of wine along with some terrible jokes from the crackers, which we pull at the table!!

Then on Boxing day we are having Paul's Mum over, followed by his Sister and her family later on in the afternoon. We don't have another Christmas dinner on Boxing day but we will still eat lots of yummy things from the left overs of Christmas Day. Some people make a turkey curry and that has become the traditional thing to do over here. But - we tend to have cold meats, smoked salmon, a cheeseboard, some salads etc. And of course there will be mince-pies with cream too!

And Christmas simply wouldn't be Christmas without a bottle of Original Baileys Irish Cream and a tin of Quality Street or Roses chocolates... Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.. 

The day after boxing day is all about staring at our huge reflections in horror and trying to squeeze our newly gigantic bottoms in to our jeans having over indulged in a big way for the several days beforehand!!!

What will you all be up to I wonder?

Now I am off to wrap the final gifts so I can enjoy two solid weeks off with my lovely husband :0) (Of course I will be spending some of this time at my easel too)
So, this is my final post until the New Year and I am sorry in advance if I miss any of your own posts during this festive time!

Merry Christmas to you all and have a very happy, 'arty' New Year!!!!

Festive Hugs!!


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