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


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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Seeking 'The Light Side of the Moon'...

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for leaving me such heart-felt comments on my last post about Codi.

As you know, I almost always answer comments individually at the end of the comment roll, but this time I hope you will understand that though I read and absorbed them ALL, I really couldn't go back and type an individual response to each one, because I just found it too emotionally difficult.

It took me a while to make my way down to my art room because Codi would normally come with me and so I knew I was going to really feel it... I think they call it 'self preservation'.
But knowing I needed to get my next bear on the go I finally made a start a few days ago.
Ordinarily I would have been doing this all over the Christmas holiday and so it would have been nearly finished by now. Instead I was curled up in my bed with a nine roll pack of tissues - But, at least the ball is now rolling.

Anyway, I thought I would give you a little preview.
I have got the under-painting down now, most of the background and even part of the fiddle, but in this photograph it shows only the first layer of under-painting, where I begin to establish my darkest and lightest areas...




Though it looks quite light at this stage, like the last bear, this will also be very warm and very dark once it's complete.

Meanwhile, I found that painting really helped to take my mind off of what's happened. In fact, it has been the only time that my head has rested since... well, just... since :0(
Painting is a really therapeutic way of passing time isn't it?

The problem with concentrating on a series of large paintings is that I have little to post between. This got me thinking about sketching - AGAIN.
Anyway, I came across this wonderful book called 'An Illustrated Life', by Danny Gregory. Every page is crammed full of sketchbook excerpts, from both amateur and professional Artists. There are hundreds of them and I've never yet read a book that has made me want to rush out and fill a sketchbook as this book has. It's totally non intimidating and shows not just carefully thought out sketches, but also carefree and hap-hazard ones too, just as I like them!

I am now on the look out for a decent sketchbook, which I have never yet found, so, if any of you have managed to find a good one, I'm sure we all want to know about it!

Before I go, this year I thought it might be a fun idea to put some sort of fact about my day at the end of each post, such as, what music I listened to today, or what's for dinner tonight. So, here is this years first fact...

What music I listened to whilst painting today? 

'PINK FLOYD', because it suits my current mood - Both 'The Wall' and 'Dark Side of the Moon', twice each - and both at at least 100 decibels as this is the ONLY way to listen to Pink Floyd. 

Back soon...

28 comments:

  1. so good to see you working. it really helps. thinking of you at this very sad time. suz

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    1. Thank you so much Suzanne. It is helping :0)

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  2. Glad to see you back, Sandra. Painting is really good therapy! Looks great already!

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    1. Thank you Judy. Hopefully the result will be as I hope :0)

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  3. Hello Sandra,
    I also hear rock, sometimes Pink Floyd. I like Led Zeppelin, Elvis, Yes, Dire Straits, Frank Sinatra, Deep Purple ... I quite liked the paintings of Bear. His technical care is amazing! That secure line!
    Wishing you a great 2012 for you!

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    1. Thank you Antonio - You too! :0)

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  4. Sandra, I'm happy to see your finding your way back. It takes a bit of spunk and you have it.
    hugs, from BJ.

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    1. Thanks Barbra - and I hope you're feeling well enough to paint again really soon :0)

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  5. Passei para conhecer aqui,
    adorei..
    beijos

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    1. Muito obrigado pelo seu comentário lindo. Abraços: 0)

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  6. Sandra,I'm happy to see you again here and to see that you have found the spirit to start painting again. Your little bear looks already very nice! Hug! Tito.

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    1. Thank you Tito. I hope that it goes to plan! :0)

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  7. I'm sure that Codi sits beside you as you paint, soothing your soul.
    The bear and violin look good. The the end result will undoubtedly be fabulous.

    I received a Hahnemulle sketchbook for Christmas, lined one side and blank the other. Make sfor a great spread :) xx

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    1. Well, 'undoubtably' is a wonderful word and I can only hope! I will just get lost in the painting and hope that the end result is good enough. Thank you for your kind words about Codi. I really, really miss her. I have never heard of that sketchbook brand before :0)

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  8. I love what Pat said about Codi, I think that is exactly what she must be doing. :) So glad to see you back friend. And I absolutely adore this new painting! I love the variety it has from the other two, but still in the same style and theme. I think they will all look so awesome in a group showing. You do such beautiful, tender work dear Sandra. :)))

    And you know I have felt like sketching again myself, it's been a while since I did that. Shame on me!

    And yes I agree 100 decibels is the ONLY way to listen to Pink Floyd. :)))))

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    1. Thank you Crystal. I'm glad you like the look of it so far.
      It's funny that the music I play reflects so much how I feel. So, I suppose it must be a good sign that I am listening to mellower music now :0)

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  9. Pink Floyd takes me well back to our childhood with Dad listening to it!! Hopefully wont be long before you are listening to something a little bit less deep and dark!!Bear looking good! Can't wait for a sneaky preview unless you have finished by the time I get down to see you again! x

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    1. Thanks Mam-Mams. I doubt very much that I'd have finished it, but I hope to be a lot further on with it and more sure of where it is going.
      The latest CD I have brought is... wait for it... BONEY M!!! But shhh... don't tell anyone! It's far too embarrasing! :0)

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  10. It's lovely to see you posting again Sandra, and your next painting is already well on its way to being another masterpiece. I'll follow your pursuit of a good sketchbook with much interest. ;-)

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    1. Thanks John. Yes, I have yet to find a good one. If only there was such a skechbook as one filled with a variety of diffent paper. Wouldn't that be great! :0)

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  11. This is going to be beautiful, Sandra!! So glad you're back painting...I missed you!!! Painting is therapeutic and will be wonderful for you. I look forward to the next WIP with this awesome bear.

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    1. Thank you Hilda. It is lovely to be missed ;0)
      It is therapeutic isn't it? It's the one time where all thoughts other than the painting melt away. Bliss...

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  12. Nice to see you painting again Sandra. As for Pink Floyd, I liked their earlier works best, like "See Emily Play" etc.

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    1. Thank you Frank. I'll have to look that one up as I've never heard of it :0)

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  13. sandra glad you're focusing on your art..and back to your bears ....super interview with carrie .... have a good w-e

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  14. sandra, i'm so glad you're back in your studio. i tried you leave a comment the other day but my work pc wasn't playing ball. i know it must be so difficult to be in your studio when codi isn't there physically but she'll be there with you nevertheless, in your heart and inspiring every amazing painting you create. i am always so humbled by your work and how you do the undercoat colours building up layers-i have so much to learn from you as your paintings are outstanding. don't forget to send me an invite to opening night of your exhibition which will surely follow when you show the gallery your bear series!

    as for Pink Floyd-my husband is a huge fan and i've tried to like them, i really have, but other than wish you were here and comfortably numb, i just don't get a lot of their stuff! the Eagles would be more my thing!

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    1. Pointy-Pix, thank you, you have made me smile! I find my self feeling quite surprised when someone says they can learn from me. How ever did that happen! I am still learning all the time. With each painting comes new lessons learned but also new mistakes made, some can be corrected and some can't. It can be frustrating can't it?
      I completely know what you mean by Pink Floyd. My Dad used to play their albums when we were kiddies so I suppose I just grew up with it. Mind you, he also used to listen to 'Boney M' too, so I have a whole variety of music I like. I like the Eagles too. Didn't they sing, 'Hotel California'?

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