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


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Monday, 14 May 2012

Watercolour cocktail...


It has been such a long time since I picked up a watercolour brush.  It feels like at least a year!
Could it really be that long?
Quite possibly!

Anyway, on Saturday, I had the entire day and evening to myself :0)
This almost never happens and having worked on the bear for as long as I could without the risk of either smudging or overdosing on fumes, it was time to put him to one side.

The problem was, I just didn’t want to leave the art room! After all, nobody was going to be home until at least 8 o'clock. It would be criminal not to make the most of that time to myself, wouldn't it?

I have always both admired and envied those people that complete a small painting from start to finish in just one day and as I pondered on the fact that it was 3.30pm already, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could actually do that myself.

I knew that if I attempted it, I would have to pull out those dusty watercolours but, hmmm… did I really want to go back there? After all, my experience with watercolours under the guidance of a tutor was not good - at all!

Then I remembered a still life I had set up a long time ago. I still had the photograph I had taken of the arrangement, so I thought, why not have a go?

Three hours later I was washing my brushes having completed this painting...




Well it seems that sometimes it really does pay to walk away and come back at a later date.
The break I took from watercolours has enabled me to shed all of the influences that had been drummed in to me back then by a tutor.  I was so irritated by that constant pressure to paint 'loosely' - Ugh, I began to hate that word!

Of course I admire other Artist's that can work that way, but this time I picked up my brush with no pressure to throw the paint around. I simply painted something that I wanted to paint in a way that felt natural to me - and as simple as it is, I like it! :0)

Now, don't expect me to rush out and do a landscape any time soon because that's not going to happen, lol! But I love painting sparkly things like glass and water and so yes I will absolutely be doing more paintings like this from here on :0)
It was so refreshing to walk in to my studio and just a short while later walk out with a finished painting!



















My Vintage Bears take such a long time because I have to allow for so much drying time between layers.
But now I have something else I can do while my oil layers are drying. And I am surprised to say that I am actually excited about using watercolour again.
I just can not wait to do another one!

Yay!!! :0)




49 comments:

  1. Soooo beautiful, Sandra! And it is so right the approach you have taken, free from the impositions of others, free to be as you wish with the watercolors! and you can see, it has worked ... it is like a renewed love between you and watercolors! A big hug! Ciao!

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    1. Thank you Cristina! Yes, I am completely done with being told how painting should be done - it is ridiculous and entirely untrue. A true Artists paints from the heart, not from instruction :0)

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  2. It is beautiful Sandra! I am so glad you did this, and your positive attitude is evidence that painting the way that feels right to you is the ONLY way to go!! Bravo Sandra, you did wonderful work, can't wait to see more. :) And So glad you had the day to yourself, that sounds heavenly!!

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    1. Thank you Crystal. I really enjoyed this! It really is the only way to go - at least for me anyway. And as much as I love my family, having the day and evening to myself really was heavenly! Completely guilt free painting, without any feeling that I have abandoned everyone :0)

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  3. It is so wonderful that you discovered watercolour again, Sandra, and finding your own way, indeed the only way to go! It's beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Judy! I need to look out for some new set ups now so I can do lots more :0)

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  4. Well I'm totally impressed, it works really well, Sandra. You must be really over the moon with your new freedom.

    I don't have the same problems as you: no coats waiting to dry etc. My 'problem' is the length of time I take to finish a picture. People used to be constantly telling me that I didn't conform in my techniques. I learnt to ignore them.

    Nice to see you so happy, and producing wonderful pictures!

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    1. Thank you John! I'm glad you like it. It shouldn't matter how long your drawings take, because it's the end result that counts isn't it? I wonder who made up all of these silly rules, lol! ;0)

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  5. Marvelous painting Sandra. I like the word cool through the martini glass. Wonderful little cherry too!
    Happy Painting.

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    1. Thank you Nora! Yes, I love including text in my paintings, particularly when it's distorted through glass. Theres a little of that in my WIP oil painting. I'll let you in to a little secret... The cherry was actually an olive in the photograph, but I decided to change it to a cherry to add a little colour. And who doesn't love a splash of red :0)

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  6. Je suis très heureuse que vous ayez franchi le pas... maintenant il faut encore et encore travailler....
    Cette aquarelle est vraiment très belle. Toutes mes félicitations.
    Gros bisous

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    1. Merci beaucoup! Oui, je suis d'accord. Pratique, pratique et plus pratique! : 0)

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  7. Sandra, always paint the way you feel... and this looks like you felt pretty good!!!

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    1. Thank you Barbra! It was an odd feeling as I painted. I kept thinking, 'I might actually finish this today!' That's rare for me! So I did feel good :0)

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  8. Oh Sandra..this is truly beautiful! Watercolor is so so difficult and you make it look so easy...I hope to see more of these paintings...the glass looks so transparent ..perfectly painted.

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    1. Thank you Hilda! Trust me, I didn't always find it easy! In fact I hated it so much because of the way I was 'taught', that I never thought I'd use them again! But now I have shaken off all I was told and I just did it my way. I only hope it wasn't a fluke! ;0)

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  9. Olá Sandra,
    a aquarela ficou primorosa e autêntica!
    Fico feliz de saber que você se livrou da influência do professor para pintar como você sente, como é natural e espontâneo. Isso é arte!
    Parabéns e um grande abraço

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    1. Muito obrigado Antonio! Estou tão feliz que você concorda! É tão fácil ficar sobrecarregado pelas regras. Mas eu não acho que deveria haver qualquer regulamentação no art. Enquanto o resultado final faz com que o artista feliz, certamente ele vai fazer os outros felizes também: 0)

      Thank you so Much Antonio! I am so glad you agree! It is so easy to get overwhelmed by rules. But I don't think there should be any rules in art. As long as the end result makes the Artist happy, surely it will make others happy too :0)

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  10. Hello Sandra,
    his watercolors was excellent and authentic! It's good to get rid of the influence of teachers, is the only way to make art!
    a hug

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  11. Sandra, it's beautiful, and I am so glad to hear that you listened to your own voice, and refused to worry about "painting loose". I really look forward to seeing more of the watercolors, done while you wait for Mr. Bear to dry. Wonderful post, Sandra. You sound so pleased and happy. :)

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! Yes, I loved just doing it my way, like I do wih the bears. I do question the modern way of teaching at times :0)

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  12. Congratulations on the nice painting & the rediscovery of watercolours. :)

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    1. Thank you Sue! It was nice to be able to watch something dry in seconds instead of hours for a change :0)

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  13. i love this! as you know, i also love water and glass reflections just a tad and this is beautiful! i still haven't really discovered how to use watercolour "properly" whatever that is and like you, i admire folk that can make it look all wishy washy and wonderful but your style is photo realistic and your tutor should surely have encouraged that amazing talent instead of trying to get you to paint in a style you weren't comfortable with. this is just perfect!

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    1. Thank you Nicola! I am glad you like it. I don't think there is a 'proper' way. It's about what you like and you alone. I really question the modern way of teaching at times. Of course experimenting should be encouraged, but if the art is coming from a book on technique rather than from the heart of the Artist, can it really be called art? Well, mine was never art while I was learning under the strong influence of tutors. I have only ever been happy with what I have neen painting since I turned my back on it all :0)

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  14. Wow! Fabulous!
    So glad you discovered your own watercolour voice again. I've missed seeing it.
    I love all aspects of watercolour, the defined, the botanic, the broad, the loose. But no one should try to fit a square peg in a round hole, which is what your tutor tried to do. Finding your voice should be the goal - and there yours is. Long live your voice! xx

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    1. Thank you Pat! I have always loved watercolours too whichever way they are painted. But yes, your description of trying to fit a square peg in to a round hole is spot on! My style was never going to be loose because that's just not me. I am really glad I tried them again with my own voice :0)

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  15. This is my own quote what I am going to quote now. So you can assume all kind of disclaimers. :)
    "Art is not about self actualization. It is about self realization". So it is not about being able to do what somebody else is able to do. But it is about doing that which makes you at peace. So WELL DONE.

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    1. Well Prabal I think that is a very wise quote and one which I shall print out and pin on my wall! Thank you :0)

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  16. Oh my, this is just wonderful! Love how you managed to get the glass and the liquid so perfect and real! So funny, I have spent the whole weekend painting with watercolours too, taking them out again after quite a while. I also like that loose, flowy, typical watercolour style, but I can't do it. But I think (although I'm sure that there are many traditional watercolourists who disagree) that it's perfectly okay to ignore the typical traditions and conventions and use them whatever way you want (and that includes using black and white!). You did a terrific job here.

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    1. Thank you so much! I completely agree with you. I've no idea who made these 'rules' but at the end of the day, if we all painted the same way, art would become rather boring wouldn't it? I am looking forward to checking out your watercolours :0)

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  17. A very lovely painting indeed, Sandra! I think it's very healthy and helpful to 'change lanes' from time to time in our exploration of art. Last summer, I did exactly the reverse to what you have just done - I had a brief flirtation with oils but returned to my watercolours later in the year with renewed passion !

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    1. Hi Michael. Yes, I remember that!
      I thought your oils were lovely too. My watercolour only worked because I just did what I wanted in the way I wanted and as soon as I tried it that way it absolutely renewed my passion too! :0)

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  18. Great stuff!!! You are so good at these Sandra. I've often tried to 'loosen up' when painting but find the discipline contradicts what I'm doing when I draw. What your painting does is prove that it's ok for watercolourists to be 'tight'. Fabulous work ... looking forward to seeing more. ;-)

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    1. Hi John
      Thank you! I completely agree that it's okay to be tight. There is a fine line between tight and overworked and that's what I have managed to avoid, so although it's tight, it still has a fresh feel. I can't wait to do more :0)

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  19. Greetings from Barcelona Sandra. Nice works. Nice header blog.
    If you like visit my blog.

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit. I will pop along shortly to see what your blog is about :0)

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  20. so good to see you painting and enjoying watercolours again sandra !!!

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    1. Thank you Jane! Well of course I am inspired by people like you :0)

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  21. absolutely lovely sandra! hope you are well my friend.

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    1. Hi Suzanne. Thank you so much for popping by for a catch up. It means a lot.
      I am really admiring your strength and it's lovely to see you back in the land of blog :0)

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  22. Seu trabalho é maravilhoso, fiquei encantada com sua pintura. Parabéns pela arte.
    Vou seguir seu blog pra voltar novamente.
    Um grande abraço!

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  23. Muito obrigado pela visita! Estou tão feliz que você gosta do que você encontrou.
    E obrigado também por seguir. Eu gosto de ver caras novas aparecem! Eu virá através de seu blog agora para descobrir mais sobre você: 0)

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  24. Obrigada querida pela presença. Fiquei muito feliz com sua opinião e seu comentário.
    Adorei sua aquarela. Beijos e obrigada!!

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    1. Que son muy bienvenidos. ¡Gracias! : 0)

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  25. Hi Sandra, finally, after my exhibition, I have found the time (not a lot indeed) to visit some of my blogs friends and I was dazzled by the beauty of this watercolor! A very lovely painting indeed. It is so nice that I think you should dedicate most time to watercolors!! Hugs!

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  26. I love pink and purple watercolour, and this one is perfect! Maybee you should try to sell this one as drink-menues?

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