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

Thursday, 19 July 2012

And so a new vintage teddy bear begins...



Dare I say, on Tuesday I actually hung my washing out! And not a single alligator in sight - Phew!!

Yes, once again between the big, puffy clouds we enjoyed a visit from the sun - It was even warm!
I had almost forgotten that feeling :0)

It's raining again now, but regardless of that I'm feeling so inspired at the moment :0)
But do you ever think that it's possible to become too inspired?
I do! I have so many projects in my head now that I don't know where to start!

Well, actually yes I do - The bears always take priority :0)
And I have Bear 5 sketched out in large format, just to see if the composition will work...


Charcoal composition sketch


...Although the glass is empty in this tester sketch, as you may have already worked out I'm actually a glass half full kind of Gal ;0)
So, in the actual painting the glass will have a little brandy in it with lots of ice. And It's the lights hitting the ice, mingled with the Brandy that I am most exited about painting!

Meanwhile, I have to find ways of earning some extra money to pay for my materials!
At the moment I'm doing this by means of simple pencil portrait sketches, like this one, which I did over the weekend...




I don't charge much at all for these because they are just sketches, but it keeps me in paint (almost) :0)


Aside from all this - I must tell you about the most wonderful surprise I had when I opened my emails yesterday!
You may already know of Hilda, at 'Paintings by H. Muxo'. Well Hilda paints the most beautiful pastel portraits. I recommend that you visit her blog if you haven't already :0)

Anyway, by her own admission, she doesn't sketch at all. But somehow, what with me going a little sketch crazy over the last couple of months, she says I have inspired her to start! Well, if I have been of any inspiration to Hilda or anyone else, then that makes me really, very happy!

This is what I found when I opened my email from Hilda...


© Hilda Muxo

...A sketch of ME, by Hilda!

Hilda said that since I was her very first sketch, she wanted to send it to me!
Well I was SO chuffed! And she has been very kind indeed ;0)

THANK YOU HILDA!! :0))

And I must say it puts my own sketches to shame, so for that reason I chose not to post one of mine today!! Nope! Absolutely no way!! ;0)


Anyway, back to the bears!
The next step is to pick up my brush and dip it in to those beautiful, buttery oils - Bliss :0)


Have a wonderful and creative weekend everyone :0)

Oh, and one more thing - I want to warmly welcome my new followers too! I appreciate all of my followers SO much, so a HUGE thank you :0)


40 comments:

  1. What a lovely post - I know exactly what you mean by being too inspired - I'm so into my painting at the moment after a pretty severe slump that my head is buzzing with things I want to paint or draw - but just not enough time in the day and of course I need to find time for my other passion hill walking during which I seem to be getting soaked to the skin with all the rain - doesn't stop me though lol!!!

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    1. Thank you Sharon!
      It's funny - I prefer walking if the weather is really bad than I do if it's a nice day. Somehow it makes me feel more in touch with nature and so give walking more of a purpose. I climbed to the top of Ben Nevis a couple of years ago - that was a lovely walk; a long, hard slog, but worth it! :0)

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  2. Tienes una hermosa visión del arte, he leído lo que escribiste y aunque la traducción no siempre es la mejor, puedo sentir ese amor por lo que haces.
    Maravilloso tu Oso, solo espero no beba todo el Coñac.
    Un saludo especial para ti.

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias! Si yo hubiera bebido todo el coñac, creo que mi dibujo podría haber sido muy inconstante! Pero también podría haber sido muy divertido; 0)
      Estoy tan contenta de que vino a visitar y realmente me aprecian y me dejó un comentario. Gracias: 0)

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  3. I love your new blog header!! I like the composition of the new bear painting and look forward to seeing it progress to canvas. You put me to shame with your productivity - I feel like all my get up and go has got up and gone recently. Since we got back from Donegal last week I haven't so much as lifted a paintbrush despite having 2 works in progress and a million other ideas I want to do - the 9-5 just seems to suck the creative life out of me. Hey ho, I'll make up for it this weekend in my art studio. Hilda's portrait of you is wonderful - such a nice thing to find in your emails! Your pencil sketches are fab - are you getting lots of commissions?

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    1. Thank you so much Nicola!
      I go through slumps like that too. I think we all do at times. And I find that it takes very little time at all before a pencil feels completely alien!
      It's very hard to juggle being a secretary with being an Artist isn't it? Since we both do the same I can relate. It's hard to jump from right brain to left and back again at the drop of a hat!
      I find writing down a few goals makes me want to cross them off the list and so sometimes that helps me to get back in to the swing of things :0)

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  4. So glad you finally got a taste of summer!! Your bear sketch is wonderful; I love the idea of ice twinkling in the snifter. :) And that was so good of Hilda to send that beautiful sketch!! What a sweetie! You have so many reasons to be "chuffed".

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! Sumjmer was short lived - just a few hours, lol!
      But fingers crossed at least the rain has settled today :0)

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  5. Just love that tilt of the head of the bear in the sketch.. All the best with this one. And congrats on the sketch from Hilda. She really does amazing portraits..

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    1. Thanks so much Prabal! It gives him a certain charm doesn't it? Hilda is very talented - She did a wonderful job. I'm honored :0)

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  6. I know the problem of having too many ideas in your head! I'm glad the bears take priority, I love the sketch and the idea of ice and brandy in the glass! What a wonderful present from Hilda!

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    1. Thank you Judy! I'm hoping that this one won't take very long, because I'm trying to keep this one all about the lights and not so much about clutter :0)

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  7. An incredible sketch of these bears, Sandra. I can see already that it will be an amazing painting when finished! I think Brandy would be awesome and can only imagine how it will look with ice. Your sketch is wonderful!! and of course, thank you so much for posting the sketch that I did for you. You're so sweet. You have inspired me to do more of them.! I look forward to your next post.

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    1. No, thank YOU Hilda!
      I am so glad you will be doing more sketching. It took me an age to understand the importance of it! I can't wait to see some more :0)

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  8. Wow that is an amazing surprise and I am sure you will treasure it... and lovely that you have inspired her as well... you certainly inspire me and maybe one day i will even venture into trying to paint glass... maybe....xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey! That's the most wonderful thing about Bloggy Land isn't it? A garden of inspiration! :0)

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  9. I LOVE your teddy bear paintings, Sandra and am looking forward to seeing this new one develop. What a lovely surprise from, Hilda!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan. I really hope he turns out the way I see it in my head! And it really was a lovely surprise :0)

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  10. I LOVE the new bear sketch! That cocked head adds so much charm. :)) And the portrait sketch is lovely, though I don't think it is legal to call such a polished drawing a sketch! lol! It is beautiful.

    And Hilda is the BEST!! What a beautiful sketch of you and what a kind thing for her to send it to you. :)))

    Also. . . have tasted marmite. . . will give full and detailed report. . . soon. . . still. . . mulling. . . it. . . over.

    :D

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    1. Thank you Crystal!
      Still mulling it over? But that's not possible! It has to be either love or hate, lol! I could dip my whole face in the jar if only it would fit :0)

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  11. Crystal MARMITE is delicious and I get really fed up if we run out and none there for breakfast!! Yummy stuff. Though I understand there are some people who really cannot stand it and unusually some are not sure. Hmmm?

    That aside! Love that Teddy! It is really cute. Hopefully I will see it in the preliminary stages when I come down!

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    1. Thank you Mam-Mams! Yes - Lets make a date asap! I should have my work days over the holidays by early next week, so I'll let you know :0)

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  12. Hi Sandra, your last bear sketch is wonderful, I'm sure it will be another masterpiece! What a beautiful surprise from Hilda, your portarit is really nice! Hug!

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    1. Hi Mischy - It's lovely to have a new visitor! Not sure why your lovely comment has gone, but luckily I have it on email - so thank you :0))

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  14. Oh My Gosh. You sketch so well. I can see that you are very particular to details. It can be seen in your work. Its so beautiful.

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    1. I thank you SO much for your lovely comment! And for visiting too! I really appreciate you popping in :0)

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  15. I also know what you mean about too many idea's. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. I'm loving the new bear picture already and remembering back to your whiskey glass (with much affection, hic!) I just know you're going to make an awesome job of that brandy. ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much John! I'll be starting on the Brandy today - then I might paint it....Kidding! I just hope it turns out as I see it in my head, so fingers crossed :0)

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  16. Your portraits and just magnificent. Very delicate.
    Have a wonderful art filled weekend.

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  17. Reading these comments....marmite?! I've read so much about it but never had the pleasure...lol Some day! Sandra, when you say you're not charging much at all because they're "only sketches" I went back and looked again. It's a beautiful finished drawing to me! Please don't undervalue your hard-earned skills! : O
    Okay, now on to say that your pre-lim sketch is looking wonderful and I can't wait to see the brandy over ice too. And Hilda's portrait of you is great ; ) What a nice surprise.

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    1. Hi Kim! I was so surprised to learn that the USA doesn't have Marmite! It is just about the most famous spread over here and the nation is entirely divided by those who love it and those who hate it, lol! I sent some to Crystal a week ago and she is going to come back to me with her verdict. My guess is that she will hate it, because I think she has a sweet tooth, lol!
      Thanks so much for your thoughts on pricing. I always find pricing Artwork to be the most difficult part! On the one hand, I don't want to over-price because I want to sell, but on the other I don't want to under-price either. It is such a fine line isn't it? I wish someone would decide that bit for me :0)

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  18. Je tenais de suite à vous remercier pour vos différents gentils commentaires... Vraiment cela me touche.

    Vos nounours m'émerveillent toujours. J'en ai acheté deux anciens lors de mes escapades à la brocante. L'un se prénomme Arthur et l'autre Martin... Je les aime parce qu'ils ont une âme.
    Dans vos dessins, je retrouve un peu l'esprit de mes nounours ! Ils sont magnifiques.
    Dans ce dernier, le travail du verre et de la bouteille est extraordinaire. L'atmosphère est donnée, à nous de se l'approprier et de rêver... Et quel doux rêve! Merci.

    Je risque parfois de m'absenter durant cette période estivale. Je dois partir pour mes diverses expositions dans le sud de la France... Mais je serai présente régulièrement dès la mi-septembre.

    Gros bisous.

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    1. Martine Je suis tellement contente que vous aimez mon Teddy! Qu'est-ce un commentaire belle, je vous remercie! Il ya quelque chose au sujet d'un vieil ours en peluche que je trouve irrésistible - si plein de charme et une joie de peindre: 0) J'ai été dans le Sud de la France à quelques reprises. Il est l'un de mes endroits préférés dans le monde - si beaux! Je vous souhaite beaucoup de chance dans vos expositions, mais je suis sûr que vous n'en aurez pas besoin parce que votre travail est très spécial en effet: 0)

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  19. J'oubliais de vous dire une chose importante également... Le portrait que Hilda a fait de vous est extrêmement beau. Elle est une artiste très talentueuse. Elle avait croqué mon petit-fils Nathan d'une manière exquise. Je lui adresse un grand salut et je lui envoie de gros bisous. Elle est une personne très généreuse, je l'aime beaucoup.
    Encore des bisous à vous...

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    1. Hilda a un bon cœur et une nature magnifique et encourageant. Je suis très heureux de l'avoir rencontrée à travers mon blog. Étreintes à vous: 0)

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