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

Friday, 1 June 2012

A Right Royal weekend!



On the lead up to the Queens Diamond Jubilee this Sunday, the entire country has gone all patriotic!

There are Union Jack Flags flying just about everywhere you look; on cars, on buildings, in windows... even the products on the supermarket shelves have turned red, white and blue! 

This weekend there will be street parties, carnivals, festivals - you name it!

So what could I possibly put on my blog today other than a 'Right Royal Post'?




(Yes folks - I have finally started my new sketchbook - Hurrah!!)

I happen to really like the Queen.
She is the only member of the Royal Family who really fascinates me.
Maybe it's because she reminds me so much to look at, of my Nan.
And I have never been in this world without her being 'The Queen'. So, unlike the other royals, she has just been around forever :0)

Or maybe I get it from my Dad. 
He just LOVES the Royal family and will no doubt be glued to the telly this weekend while waving his Union Jack flag and singing 'God Save Our Gracious Queen...!'



Anyway, I will be celebrating this weekend by spending my first ever day in my NEW Art Studio, which is now finished! Yay!!! 

So, on my next post I will share with you the photographs of it as it is now :0)

Until then, what ever you're doing, have a great weekend!! :0)







51 comments:

  1. Love your sketches of the queen, Sandra! You've lovingly portrayed her at 86 years young, still "strong of heart and stout of spirit"! Congratulations on your new studio too!

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    1. Thank you Sandy! Still going strong isn't she! :0)

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  2. Lovely sketches, Sandra! Enjoy the weekend and your first painting day in your new studio!!

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    1. Thanks Judy! I cant wait! He won't get me out of there! :0)

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  3. A little bit of trivia for you - our flag can only be called the Union Jack when being flown at sea, on land it is simply the Union Flag.

    I too love the Royal family and am feeling very patriotic - I will be putting up my bunting tomorrow and pouring the Pimms lol!

    Have a great long weekend :)

    Much love

    Trudy :)

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    1. I had no idea about that Trudy! Thank you! And have a great weekend!

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  4. Lovely patriotic sketches Sandra!

    Enjoy the newly improved studio.

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  5. Lovely picture! And yes she also reminds me of Nanny too. She always has done. I would love verrry much to spend the weekend with Dad as he is so patriotic and enthusiatic but Cowfold Jubilee party on the green beckons. It would be bad form not to be there!! Albeit with a massive umbrella.

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    1. Teeheehee!!! Poor Dad will be cringing when he reads this, lol!

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  6. Bravo pour ces merveilleuses illustrations qui sans aucune doute flatteraient la gracieuse reine...
    Gros bisous

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  7. I'm a Royalist through and through. I was lucky enough to fly them around the world for many years - my last flight was 1n 1979 when I flew HM The Queen, HRH Prince Philip and Prince Andrew around Africa for two weeks. They always come across as 'nice' on TV but in fact they are really ...really .. very nice people.

    Talking of flags, we always flew the flag of the country we were visiting plus the Royal Standard as we taxied in to the dispersal point. Once, in Hawaii, Air Traffic asked, "Ascot 1000, why are you flying flags?"
    Our reply, "We claim these Islands in the name of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second!"
    They replied "'Er.. Roger...copied, Ascot 1000"
    The 'Union Jack' is a part of the State flag of Hawaii, as it happens. We dis a swap with the USA ... We GAVE it to the USA and in return they gave us McDonald's!!! :0))

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    1. Wow John, that's quite a story to be able to share! I don't suppose many people ever actually meet them, let alone be responsible for their lives! As always you've made me laugh - especially the bit about McDonald's!! :0)

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  8. I really loved that WC sketch of yours. I cant explain, but it gives such a cheeerful feeling. And Enjoy your 'NEW' studio. :)

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    1. Thank you Prabal! So glad you enjoyed it :0))

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  9. HI Sandra, have a wonderful patriotic weekend.
    Love you sketches and enjoy your new studio. Yes, please do show us photos of it. BJ

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    1. Thank you Barbra! And pics coming soon :0))

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  10. Sounds like one fabulous celebration of a weekend! And I agree with Prabal, I love that WC sketch. You really captured her. :) And I really like the flag too. And HUZZAH for a new studio!!! :)) Bet you are loving every single minute of it, can't wait to see the photos.

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    1. Thank you Crystal!! I love my new studio and it was finished today:0)
      Now all I need to do is fill it with 'stuff'!! Pretty things and painty finger prints :0))

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  11. WOW! Sandra, do you ever have a fabulous weekend ahead of you. I can't believe your lads finished already. You MUST post photos. :) I like the queen, too. She seems to be a most truly "royal" royal, if you know what I mean.

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! First day painting in the studio coming up tomorrow! I can't wait!!

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  12. Tthe queen is a remarkable woman,intelligent and active. Sketch is fun and have a great celebration. Enjoy that new studio!

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  13. Brilliant Sketches Sandra. I'm flying the flag too this weekend ... literally.
    Looking forward to seeing photo's of your new art room and thanks again for helping with the easel. ;-)

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    1. Thank you John! You have a great weekend!! :0))

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  14. Wow, magnificent sketches. She looks great! Very happy.
    Have a blast!

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    1. Thank you Nora! I deliberately chose a smiley picture :0))

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  15. This season it's fashionable: you can find the british flag (along with the american) everywhere! On shirts, jewels, shoes etc. Good sunday, Arianna

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    1. Wow, even where you are? How lovely! Thanks Arianna :0))

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  16. Sandra. Felicidades a la Reina y también a tí por ser inglesa.
    Espero ver pronto las fotos de tu estudio. Para un artista el estudio es "su mundo"
    Saludos desde Barcelona

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    1. Blanco, much as gracias! Mi Nuevo estudio ha hecho una diferencia maravillosa :0))

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  17. What great sketches! The one of the queen is very impressive. :)

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    1. Thank you Alexandra so much for dropping in and for leaving your lovely comment! Hope to see you again soon :))

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  18. You are a fantastic sketcher and have a lovely blog. Well done
    Lynn Holland
    One I Made Earlier Today

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    1. Thank you Lynn! I am smiling from ear to ear! :0))

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  19. This is fantastic and could easily become a 'collector's item' ~ lovely illustration ~ Happy Celebration to you all ~ ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much! And what a great thought!! I'm so glad you like it :))

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  20. your work is beautiful! I am looking forward to following you -
    Love your studio below too!

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    1. Thank you so much Heather! And thank you for following too. I have a big smile on my face :))

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  21. I love those shoes in your banner! Joined as a follower as soon as I saw them!
    Your Queen(s) are quite wonderful too. Love your style very much! Happy Sunday sketching.

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    1. Thank you Lynn! It's funny, I was thinking about changing my banner a few days ago! Maybe I will leave it as it is then, lol! :0))

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  22. Thanks for visiting me and the naughty Doodly Birds Sandra. It would appear that I have no control over them. I hope they are better behaved when they fly off to new homes.
    It's lovely to have you following along.
    Lynn x

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    1. It was fun to visit! You really have given those little guys a personality!! :0)

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  23. great pages... Jubilee fever is pretty big here in Australia as well at the moment, and my daughter is fascinated by the Queen also... it certainly is a great tribute... have a great jubilee weekend...xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey! It has been a weekend full of all things red, white and blue, lol! :0)

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  24. Wow! Sandra!! Dead on! You did an incredible job with sketching the Queen. Enjoy your new studio...now, I have to clean my old one...LOL

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    1. Thank you Hilda! I really enjoyed sketching her. Good luck with the cleaning up! :0)

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  25. Lovely pages, full of life and energy! xx

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  26. I have to agree with Pat. The excitement and energy of the jubilee is seen in your drawing. What a great way to remember it.

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