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

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Artists Helping Artists...


I recently followed a link to a Podcast called Artists Helping Artists. This is because two exceptional Artists, Crystal Cook and Carrie Waller had been interviewed on the show and I was intrigued to find out what it was all about and of course having followed both for such a long time, to put the voices to the faces!


Carrie
Crystal

I hope they are still speaking to me when they see my sketches! ;0)
















Anyway, I am now a complete addict! It is a great show - so much so that instead of listening to music as I normally would whilst I paint, I have been listening to the soft American twang of Leslie and Dreama, who host the show (though I think Dreama has left now). 
I am sure that I painted for at least an hour or two more than I usually would in my last couple of sessions because I was truly absorbed. This can only be a good thing!

It has different shows about individual subjects - from selling art to dealing with galleries and also plenty of studio and blogging tips. The only down side of this is that I learned everything that is wrong with my blog - and there is A LOT! Oh well!

This brings me nicely on to the subject of blogging. What do you think makes a great blog?

After listening to the Podcast on the subject, I began to ask myself what draws me to certain blogs and away from others. If I can answer that question, then maybe I can improve my own over time.

I definitely think that plain backgrounds are less distracting. Apparently black or white is the best colour choice - but I LOVE PINK! And since it's plain I don't think it's distracting. Perhaps you disagree!
I also think that sometimes if there is too much going on in the side bar it can be a little confusing. This led me to cleaning mine up a little.

Anyway, how about you? What do you think makes a great blog? Is it the art work? Is it the writing? Is it just great art you are looking for or are you equally interesting in seeing somebody post the work they are not so proud of?

Another subject I listened to intently was on tips for Artists. 
They had all sorts of Artists from the land of blog phoning in and sharing their own tips. 
One good one was that an effective way of removing dust from an oil painting is with a putty rubber (kneedable eraser). I had never thought of trying that before, but. I will definitely remember that one!

I have my own tip for oils painters when it comes to avoiding dust landing on your painting in the first place.
Since my vintage bears are painted in such dark tones, the dust shows up really easily, so I have to avoid allowing it to settle in the first place. When I am working on one area I cover the rest with baking paper. This stops dust settling as I am working. And when I finish each session I lay it under my dust screen which Paul made for me. It's basically a wooden frame covered in tightly woven net. This allows the air to flow through but not the dust and since he made that for me I have little or no problem with dust on my work and I don't know what I would do without it!

Another thing I learned from the show - Did you know that if you leave Linseed Oil to dry on a rag in the open air it can set fire??? I had no idea about this, but apparently it can heat to a very high temperature as it dries and so unless it is deprived of oxygen, ie in an air-tight container, it is a huge fire risk! I would never have known had I not listened to the show and am just glad that I don't use it all that often because I am sure my studio would have burnt down by now otherwise!

I wonder if any of you have a tip you would like to share with us all?

I think I am pretty much half way through the bear now :0) But, I must get back in to some sketching too. Since I finished my old sketchbook I have been staring at the first scary blank page of the new one and for some reason I just freeze! Why do we do that?

Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend :0)

Back soon :0D


30 comments:

  1. Great likeness on both those drawings. Very simple and straightforward.

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    1. Thank you Nora. I will get around to using colour soon :0)

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  2. Une publication que je savoure délicieusement tant il est intéressant. Il a dû être passionnant de participer à une telle émission...
    Vous la résumer superbement.
    Vos croquis sont merveilleux et dégagent une grande générosité. Je le sais, elles le sont très généreuses... Elles sont des femmes et artistes extraordinaires.
    Je vous dis merci pour cette parution.
    Gros bisous

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    1. Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires très agréable! J'apprécie vraiment votre visite et je suis très heureux que vous aimez ce que vous trouverez ici: 0)
      C'est une question intéressante et nous espérons qu'il bénéficiera également d'autres blogueurs. C'est agréable d'être en mesure de partager des idées avec d'autres personnes: 0)

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  3. Really interesting post, Sandra. I shall have to go away and think about it if I'm to make a meaningful reply.

    Love the sketches - I can recognise both of them.

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    1. Thank you John! I think it's nice to bring up issues like this from time to time. And I am glad you recognised the sketches. That's a good sign! Phew! :0)

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  4. My dear, sweet, wonderful Sandra, I can't believe you sketched me!! I am SO thrilled! You don't even know, I LOVE it! I looked at the drawings before I read your post and I thought, "Hey, that looks like me!" :) Such an honor, thank you my friend! Do you know that no one has ever drawn me before? I'm just thrilled with it you big sweetheart. :) And Carrie's is beautiful too of course, but she herself is beautiful as well so I guess that means you nailed her sketch too! ;)

    And I know what you mean about being absorbed with the show, I do the same thing! It's wonderful to feel like you have company while you paint, company that doesn't require anything of you that is. :)) Can't wait to see the bear all finished up. It's going to be a smashing success I'm sure of it.

    I for one like a blog that reflects the author's personality. Posts don't have to be long, but they should be honest and real. I especially like it when someone writes the same way they would talk, too often I think people are overly formal when writing and just not themself.

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    1. Thank you SO much Crystal! I am SO glad you like it!
      As soon as I pressed publish I suddenly realised that maybe I ought to have asked for permission from you both first! I am very relieved that you are happy! It's a very good sign that you recognised yourself before reading. Imagine if you hadn't!!
      I can't tell you how much I love the show. Every time I go down to my art room I have to drag my self away! I used to spend less time in there before, not because I don't love painting, but because it can get quite lonely. You are right, this feels just like I have fantastic company, but I don't have to answer them or put the kettle on :0) It's just perfect for me! But I have made the rule that I am only aloud to listen to the show when I am painting.
      You raise such a good point about what makes a good blog. It can be quite intimidating when they're written in a formal way. I also love to feel as though I'm getting to know the real person, all be it the most well behaved version, lol! ;0)

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  5. Great sketches, I recognized them immediately! I have to think about the questions you asked. I hate blogs that take a long time to load for whatever reason, mostly commercials. And I like your pink very much, it's you!

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    1. Thank you Judy! Yes, I agree it can be frustrating. I think slide-shows often have that effect and also the size of the pictures. I make all of mine large and if people want to see them extra large they can just click on them :0)

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  6. Sandra!!! I love the sketch you did:))) I feel uber important:)) I'm sure Crystal does too! You are awesome!!!!

    I'm so glad you are now an AHA addict, isn't it awesome! And I'm so glad you aren't leaving linseed rags around, how scary! I changed my blog after listening to that show, I used to have a black background. I think that you're text is on a white body so you're probably safe. I'm the same way I can end up painting for hours and hours just listening to their show.

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    1. Thank you SO much Carrie! As I said to Crystal - I was worried at first as I wondered if I should have asked you first! I'm so glad you like it :0)
      I simply cannot get enough of that show. I make it a rule though, only to listen to it as I paint and since then I can barely drag my self away! Painting can be a lonely past-time and I feel just like I have company now. This completely eliminates that lonely feeling and so I paint for much longer than I usually would. I can't thank you enough for sharing the link :0)

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  7. I LOVE your post and LOVE your sketches, Sandra...I knew who they were before reading the post. Again, excellent job. I listened to the show when Carrie and Crystal were speaking and enjoyed it so much....I feel like I know you guys. I enjoy visiting blogs ..I focus on everyone's painting first..I've said it before but I feel as if I'm at an Art museum every time I visit a different blog. Everyone paints differently which is so wonderful. I would love to add a side bar to my blog but I'm afraid to touch certain things in fear of erasing my blog. LOL I just changed the "word verification" so nobody has to get stressed...but I don't know if I successfully did it.! I also love WIP...its very interesting and such a learning experience!! And lastly, I look forward to your next post on your bear!!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Hilda! I am so glad that everyone recognised them before reading. That is great to hear! :0)
      It is amazing how much you feel you can get to know someone through blogs isn't it? And the variety of styles out there can be nothing less than inspiring :0)
      It's fine to play around with the side bar but just make sure you save a copy of your template first - that way you can always go back to how it was before if you don't like it. I cleaned mine up a little - It's so easy to get carried away with all the gadgets you can add and some of them really don't do much more than distract! But I am always glad when there is no word verification in a blog - that really can be frustrating! I also like WIP's too. I feel like I'm learning so much from them :0)

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  8. A sketching tip for you, and one I think you have seen I do, turn over the first page and start on page 2/3. It's a bit mad but some how it the blank page isn't a scary as the 1st one.

    I think white backgrounds are a trend, I've been watching as peps change their blogs. I like a solid colour, not these busy patterns some have, and I think your background is nice.

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    1. Thank you Sue! Yes, that is a great idea! Perhaps I will do that :0)
      I also find the patterned backgrounds too busy and distracting, particularly when the post is transparent! And music suddenly playing is another one that throws me completely off my trail of thought :0)

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  9. Lovely sketches, Sandra! You've captured two great personalities there.

    Everyone's perception of a great blog is different. Personally I like a clutter free, ad free blog, so you can concentrate on content. Yours looks fine to me :)

    Who knew about Linseed oil being a fire risk? Artist's life isn't easy is it? All that chemistry you need to know :) xx

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    1. Thank you Pat. Yes, clutter free is a must! Tidy blog, tidy mind :0)
      You're right though, what one person likes another may not.
      As for the linseed oil? Well I am sure if I hadn't listened to the show I'd never have known! Who really reads those labels? :0)

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  10. Two very good likenesses, Sandra! Lots of great tips too - thanks for sharing. My only tip is to never throw anything away if it looks even only slightly useful. I use a lot of old glass and plastic food bottles, trays and other packaging for use when I'm painting!

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    1. Micheal! Great to see you! What happened to your blog?
      Thank you so much for dropping in! And that's a great tip about using things you might usually throw away. My recent idea was using an ice-cube tray with a lid for my oil pallet to dip in as I need. I heard that putting oils in the fridge or freezer keeps them from drying so it's a good tip which I will be using - as long as Charlie doesn't plop one of the cubes in his drink! :0)

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  11. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog and for following me back :).
    Very interesting post, it sounds like a great show. Unfortunately, I don't have much of an idea of what makes a great blog, unfortunately, though I'm still hoping to improve mine - I'll definitely have to listen to that show! I don't mind coloured background at all, as long it's not too cluttered. I have a coloured (and patterned) background too, but have been thinking about changing it to white. Mainly because it sometimes can make a better background for photo collages etc. I think yours likes good (I like pink too :)). I think it's interesting to read about and see processes, including what goes wrong, instead of just seeing finished works.
    I've never tried oil painting, but always wanted. But if I ever do, I think I'll stay away from linseed oil. Sounds scary!
    I recently bought a book that encourages the use of sketchbooks. The artist's advise to overcome the fear of the first page was to start it not with the first page, but somewhere in the middle, and just work randomly, instead of one page after the other. My problem is not so much starting a new sketchbook, but finishing one. I have a whole pile of different sketchbooks for different projects, but never seem to get further than the first few pages.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have to say that yours was a blog that attracted me instantly. I know it is patterned but if I remember rightly its just tiny spots or similar isn't it? And the colour is subtle. I loved it! And I really enjoyed the way you took the photographs too - not just head on like mine. I found it inspiring and was very glad to see it! I think I only get away with the colour because my post background is white :0)
      It's always encouraging for me to hear that people like to see the failures too. When I first came in to the world of blog, I felt a little intimidated by the art but soon realised that it was because for the most part, people understandably only post their best work. I try and share a little of everything. I'm not always sure that's a good thing for me though! It's a great tip about the sketchbook. I will make myself complete the entire book once I start because I had the same problem of so many sketchbooks with just a few pages filled! :0)

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  12. Hi Sandra, great sketches indeed, I do not know both Crystal and Carrie, but I'm sure you have captured their personatily.
    I have found very interesting what you say about the quality of blogs. I really would like to know how it is perceived my blog, I never thought to ask.
    To me, your blog is fine, one of the best. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Tito! :0)
      Like Pat says, I'm sure everyone likes different things in a blog but I suppose the less clutter and distractions the better. I'd never really thought about it myself before now but before I was so busy trying to make a pretty blog that I wasn't thinking about whether it showed off my art in the best way possible! I'm glad you found today's post an interesting one. It's nice to give people something to think about once in a while :0)

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  13. Thanks for the info on the podcast. As for what draws me to a blog the answer is simple, it's the art or my other love the design.

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    1. Thank you Cathy! Enjoy the Podcast! :0)

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  14. Hello Sandra,
    is very interesting to exchange ideas with other artists on the blog or painting.
    But at the end of the blog and our painting, despite the adjustments have to continue to have our man!
    A big hug

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    1. Thank you Antonio! Yes, I think that at the end of the day, the art is the most important thing of all :0)

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  15. Well, I bet AHA gets a whole bunch more listeners now, thanks to your huge plug! I have mentioned the show before and have their link on my blog, but, nothing like your great post, which AHA totally deserves. I am a huge fan.

    One reason why I keep coming back to your blog is because of the thoughtful content. I love how honest you are and the great discussions you bring up. You are truly an open book and put your heart out there to share with everyone.

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    1. Thank you so much Liana, that is really lovely to hear!
      Sometimes I waffle on for ages and then wonder if anyone really wants to know half of it, lol! I think my blog has become a diary too :0)
      That show is so addictive isn't it? I just can't get enough! :0)

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