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


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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Preperation for bear number four...


First of all, thank you all so much for your lovely feedback on my latest bear.
I'm so glad you all like him :0)

I have now started bear number four!
This bear is going to be sitting on a shelf in an antique shop, nestled amongst other antique items. 

When I am working on a serious painting, there has usually been an awful lot of preparation work involved.
It is often a long time before I actually get to the stage where I can apply brush to canvas. 
I find it all too easy to become impatient, but I have learned that the longer I spend on this, sometimes frustrating stage, the better the end result will likely be. 

Preparation is most definitely the key to a successful painting in my own experience!

Once a new idea creeps in to my head, my first task is to get hold of the items I envisaged. This often means borrowing, sometimes several trips to second-hand or antique shops, trawling e-bay...... 
Preferably I like to paint things I have some kind of connection too :0)

My next task is to figure out how to make the items work together on canvas. I try lots of different set ups but sometimes they simply don't work and if that's the case, I might be forced to lose an item or two or even have a complete re-think! 

I use sketches and photographs to help me decide on my final arrangement...




...Once I have my sketch, I might decide that an adjustment is needed. In this case I felt that the bears head was a little straight on, so I decided to tilt it to one side, which I think works better...




And now I can finally transfer the sketch to my canvas!

Actually, I am past this stage now and have in fact just completed the under-painting, but I will keep you posted!

Back soon :0)






29 comments:

  1. Oh I love him!! I really like his face, he has the look of innocence of childhood that is so endearing. :)) Your sketch looks like it was a lot of fun to do. Can't wait to see him painted. :))

    And blogger has been acting strange lately, I got locked out of my blog the other day! This is the first time I've tried to comment since. HOpe it works. I don't see any words linking anywhere else though. Where are they?

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    1. Thank you Crystal! Hmm... That's odd - I can't see any links either now! Seems that blogger is playing games with me :0)

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    2. your bear series isjust wonderful. i love how you come up with the ideas and play around with composition. because my subjects are generally alive i always work from photos but someday i'd like to try this still life malarkey-you do it so wonderfully!

      btw i've nominated you for a versatile blogger award. the details are on my latest post.

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    3. Thank you! I really enjoy painting from life, but I still refer to my original photo for shadows so they are consistent!
      I SO appreciate the award! It means a lot that you would think of me so I really thank you for that. The thing is though, I was already nominated for the exact same award just a few weeks ago, so maybe you could give it to somebody who hasn't yet had one? Wow - all these awards! My head is about to explode!! :0)

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  2. Sandra, I am amazed at your preparation; that's a lot of work before you set brush to canvas.
    Teddy's head is so much better at an angle.
    I don't see any marked links on my page. Maybe it's just at your end?

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    1. I never used to spend much time at all on preparations, but I think that it shows when I look back. That said, it doesn't matter how much preparation I do, it still may not work! Fingers crossed, this one will :0)

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  3. A lot of preparation, Sandra. I already love him!
    I don't see any links either.

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  4. Lol, those links have disappeared! This calls for a quick edit! :0)

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  5. Hello Sandra,
    see your new bear starting with a great composition and distribuition of values ​​claroescuro. Good start! I'm rooting for the success of another of his works. So far all have been very good. You're a great artist, designer and painter.
    A big hug

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    1. I am trying a new pigment this time Antonio - Red Ochre, which is beautiful but VERY slow drying! So it looks like it will take a while before I can continue! I was told a while back by an Artist, my Uncle Danny, that not every one of them will be a success - I am forever hoping that each bear won't be 'the one', because so much work goes in to it before I realise that. So, fingers crossed! Thank you for your ever encouraging words :0)

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  6. Well said Sandra about the preparations. I have the same opinion. And yes the second sketch works better. Okay one suggestion if I may give. The toop of the lamp, bear and the newspaper are in aperfect straight line. May be you can break it up a tad.

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    1. It is always great when somebody spots something that I haven't. It gives me a chance to adjust it! Thank you :0) Having said that, I can't actually see what it is you are refering to...? Maybe I am missing something. The perspective of the lamp is a little off which I'll adjust during the painting process... That's one thing that oils have over water colour - adjustments can be made :0D

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  7. Love the new bear sketch! He's going to be fab!
    Perhaps Prabal meant the line was diagonal?
    xx

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    1. Oh yes, maybe he did! I never noticed, thank you! I am always glad to hear peoples opinions throughout. I think that straight line is not so straight in the second sketch - Maybe that's partly why it works better :0)

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping in and for your lovely comment :0)

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    1. Thank you! You have made me smile :0)

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  10. It's so fun to see these beginning stages, Sandra. I'm looking forward to watching "Four" grow ;).

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  11. This is going to be another wonderful bear painting, Sandra!! I look forward to the next post.! It's amazing how good the second sketch looks just by tilting the bear's head..! I like it so much better.

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    1. oops pressed publish too soon.

      Wanted to add - thank you for your continual support of my work and your kind comments you leave on my blog.

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    2. You are SO welcome! I really admire the amount of time you put in to your sketching - It's no wonder they are so good! You must have a shelf full of completed sketchbooks by now. It must be lovely to look back at them :0)

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  13. I admire your way of work Sandra, a lot of preparation and a lot of thinking..... and the final results are always fantastic. I already like your bear Nb 4! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you very much Tito! He's going to be a little different from the others - A lighter background because he's a dark bear. Then bear 5 will be moving away from the oranges and perhaps on to a cooler colour. Anyway, let's hope this one works! :0)

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  14. Here we go again!! I've pulled up a chair and can't wait to see the next post. I'm excited already .... this is looking great. ;-)

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    1. Lol, John. You'll get a numb bum! Glad you like it so far :0)

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  15. I like this passion for bears! Arianna xx

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