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


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Monday, 11 June 2012

Vintage Bear number 4...


Here is Bear number 4...




As much as it might seem that he took a long time to paint - he really didn't at all. I just had a lot of breaks between painting time allowing layers to dry, working on other things, re-designing my Art Studio... But really he took very little time to paint at all; at least half the time that Sherlock-Wilson took. 

The beautiful glass and decanter belongs to my Uncle Danny. The decanter is very old and I loved the way it's slightly wibbly surface distorted the straight edge of the box, the wording, and the ellipse of the wine. 

Me and 'Archibald' (I Call him 'Archibald' because his name is 'Archie' and he is mostly 'bald'), seemed to gel so perfectly - just like lemon and ginger.

We sipped wine together and talked about the beauty of all things 'old'.......... Oops, there I go again, back to the world of boggle... ;0)


42 comments:

  1. Totally and utterly brilliant, Sandra. The way the candlelight draws out the otherwise almost invisible wallpaper. The distortion through glass of wood and lettering ... all master strokes. Your gift with calligraphy (my downfall, alas). The port decanter, gleaming... it's all there.

    Well worth waiting for ... another Busby Bear (hic) joins the ranks!!

    Well done, Sandra, I'm so glad you've hit a purple patch!

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    1. Thank you so much John! I am so glad you like him. I love painting glass. It's amazing just how much it distorts what's behind and it's surprising what you find when you look hard enough :0)

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  2. He's gorgeous, Sandra!

    I too love the way the candle illuminates the wallpaper.
    You certainly have found your painting niche and your happiness shows in your work.
    xx

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    1. Thank you Pat! I think all Artist's are best at painting what they enjoy. It comes so much easier doesn't it? :0)

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  3. Bear nr. 4 is gorgeous, Sandra! The candle light, the beautiful decanter... fabulous! What more can I say, another masterpiece!

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    1. Thank you Judy! I'm glad you like him too :0)

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  4. How absolutely delightful! Love your bald Archie! And what a gorgeous decanter. The glass and the wine looks so real. The whole painting is just absolutely gorgeous. Perfect lemon and ginger.

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    1. Thank you! I just love painting these bears and in this style. Now I need to find a new model! :0)

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  5. This is really cool.. All that red wine, the box through the glass, the candle, and of course the bear.. Its just so cool.. BRAVO..

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    1. Thank you Prabal! It's funny, because by the time I had finished this painting, the red wine in the glass had turned in to syrup and reduced by about two thirds! :0)

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  6. Sandra,
    I love Archibald, and the decanter and the candlelight illuminating the wallpaper. Great job! It all comes together so beautifully, like it's always been there and we've just happened upon it. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! Yes, it's funny, this painting was in my head for so long that I forget that it's only just become real :0)

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  7. Archibald is lovely. Well done Sandra!

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  8. Great job Sandra! Everything looks perfect, the bear, the candle light, the glass, the reflections.....what can I say : BRAVISSIMA!! Hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much Tito! I am glad you like Archibald! :0)

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  9. Sandra, it sounds like you and Archibald have had some good times together while he's been posing for his portrait. Those trips to the land of boggle sound very tempting! As for your painting, it is SUPERB! The richness of the wine color, the decanter, all against that glorious moss green wall-paper - all make such a perfect setting for Archie! :)

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! It's funny - I will have to sell Archibald (the bear) now... but I will actually miss him! How 'land of Boggle' is that?? Lol!

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  10. What precision to writing on the box! I adore this painting! Arianna

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    1. Thank you Arianna. I love including text in a painting. I think it seems to make it a little more interesting :0)

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  11. I absolutely love this painting, Sandra! Incredible glass decanter and the wine glass!!!! but best of all is this outstanding Bear!! I have to tell you,.. your post was so emotional and beautiful! When you write a book, I will be the first on line!! Congratulations of this piece!!!

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    1. Ah, thanks Hilda! I've always fancied myself as a bit of a writer! Once in a while I immerse myself in a post and my husband looks at me as if to say... 'What planet are you on today?' Lol!

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  12. He's adorable, and I like all of that red contrast. Lovely.

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  13. Wonderful painting,Archibald has so much character! beautiful, love,Diana

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    1. Tank you so much Diana for visiting. I am so glad you like him :0)

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  14. love his baldness and patches ... no 4 tells another story sandra ... wonderful !

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    1. Thank you Jane! Yes, bless him, he is very patchy! He has lovely furry legs and a completely bald tummy! I love his little face :0)

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  15. I love him!!! he's just perfect. beautifully done sandra, just incredible!

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    1. Thank you so much Sue - it's so lovely to see you back :0)
      He is a cutie and I really enjoyed painting him :0)

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  16. Oh my word Sandra - this is simply beautiful - the decanter is just fabulous! And what a truly lovely composition! I loved this post and I love that your mind takes you down very similar meandering paths of wonder and what ifs as mine does! Imagination is the best thing to be given to us freely and the thing I lament that so many children today lack because they have so much technology that they don't need to think for themselves :0/ Still, I'm not going to complain about technology because despite the bad things that the internet has brought us it has also brought us the ability to share our art and meet wonderful like minded folk that we may never otherwise have come across in our real lives!

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    1. Thank you so much Nicola! Yes - these are the posts where Paul looks at me like I have completely lost the plot, lol! I keep telling him that it's a good thing to think more deeply sometimes. He's a black and white guy whereas I am multi-coloured!
      I really enjoyed this bear and I think those are always the ones that turn out the best. I have a new bear on its way to me now in the post which my mum spotted and my dad brought for me! He is SO cute! :0))

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  17. By the way, I think you had asked if anyone had bears for your next paintings - I did have one like that - a small one mind you - that my aunt gave me when I was about 6 (in the 70s)I think so although it's not totally antique it is still pretty ancient (hell, even the 80s is considered vintage these days!)If its still lurking around in the attic I'll happily send it to you if you need another subject?

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    1. Wow, thanks Nicola!! I have found bear 5 of eight, but I will still need three more so if you do come across him, then yes a photo would be great. But please don't be offended if he's not quite right! I'll give you a reminder when I'm on the hunt :0))

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  18. happy to discover your blog!

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    1. Thank you ashock for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment! :0))

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  19. Sandra this is INCREDIBLE!! I love him, and that wine and the glass. *sigh* I think this is my favorite one yet. :) I love the story you are telling with these. They are so fascinating, and Archie looks so cozy, like I could just reach out and give him a squeeze. :)))

    And I don't know what marmite tastes like, but it sounds like varmint. . . Which I know it's not since you told me what it was before. But still, describe the taste please! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Crystal! I had a feeling Archie would be your kind of bear!
      I fell in love with him the moment I saw his face :0) I really enjoyed painting this one - but now I need to get on to bear number 5. I have a bear but I need to think about my new theme. Hmmm.....
      Anyway - Marmite! You really don't have Marmite??? And what ever is varmint? It sounds like some kind of insect repellant, lol! I LOVE Marmite. It's a very difficult taste to describe other than it is savoury, salty and very strong. You have to taste it! I will send you some :0))

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  20. Sandra, I'm in awe. This is amazing. Archie is fabulous but it's the distortions through the decanter, the lettering on the box, the 'drinkability' of the red wine and the inverted reflection of the candle in the decanter stopper that really make this a masterpiece. It doesn't seem that long ago you were struggling with the decision of continuing to do things the way you were being taught, or going your own way. You made the right choice. I love your work and I love it done YOUR way. Kudos.

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    1. Wow, John thank you! I love working with oils. They feel really natural to me now. Leaving my course was the best thing I ever did! That said, I really need to play with watercolour too because I haven't mastered that at all. So I'll be doing some more of that too over the next few weeks.I have a commission of a dog to do. Hmm.. I am not good at those because once again I am being told what to do. So, not sure about that one, lol!

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  21. This has blown me away... it is just gorgeous and you have captured the fur so perfectly... and the wine glass as well... fantastic work!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Tracey! Now I just need to get to grips with watercolour too :0)

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