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


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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Studio time...



Okay - breaks over! Not that I wanted to take a break from my blog, but I needed too.
Sometimes it is so hard to fit it all in!

I always find setting up my bears to be so much more difficult than actually painting them.
I learned from the one I destroyed, never to rush this part but to take as much time as I need to get a good composition. If the composition doesn't work, the finished painting won't either.

In any case, though I have had a little break from my blog, I certainly didn't take a break from my studio time :0)

Bear five is now set up and ready to sketch. I am going to keep this one much more simple, like bear number one, 'Ted's Bear'.

I am still playing around with the arrangement for bear six. I'm thinking of going down a slightly more feminine route with this one. What do you think?

Anyway, here is a photo of the next two bears with various possible props...




...Aren't they cute?

I have also been sketching too and of course you can have a peek...





 I love sketching older faces. They have so much character!
...I sketched this young woman in pencil, which I rarely use.





















At the weekend, I toned my two canvases ready for the bears. 

I also toned four 8 x 8 canvases because I am planning to do some small and more colourful paintings between my larger ones. My only problem is that I need some new oil paints, which are expensive!

Through choice, the palette I use for my bears is quite limited because somehow it makes all of the bears feel connected, but when it comes to painting other things, I really want to paint with lots of bright colours for a change, which I just don't have at the moment. So, I am going to be trawling the Internet later on today to see if I can find some on-line deals.

If anyone has any suggestions of UK sites where I might find some good prices, I'd love to hear :0)

Meanwhile as I sit here listening to the thunder and yet more rain bouncing off the roof, I am wondering if we are ever going to get any sunshine at all this year! Usually at this time of the year, I have a little colour - but right now when I take off my clothes, it's like a neon blue light has been switched on! Yes - I am actually so pale that I'm blue!

And as for the long days - well, where are they? There is so much cloud coverage that they are just dull grey evenings!

Here's how spring and summer has been so far on the South Coast of England:
  • April - The wettest ever on record
  • May - The coldest ever on record
  • June - The wettest ever on record
  • July - Well, it's not even on record yet, but it seriously has not stopped raining!

I have honestly never known a year like this. So, is this a global thing? Are any of you experiencing extreme weather conditions?

Anyway, I'll leave it there for today. Back again soon :0)



24 comments:

  1. We have been experiencing very hot weather here in New York. Some days, with the humidity, it makes it very uncomfortable. Right now, its 84 degrees and partly cloudy..I'll take it.! I love your sketches, Sandra...you're so right..older folks have such wonderful "character" in their faces...I love painting them. I look forward to your next piece. (the feminine route would be wonderful...)

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    1. Thank you Hilda.
      Perhaps we could swap weather for just a few days! If only :0)
      I am thinking of including some flowers in bear 6 - possibly those wonderful giant daisies, that way the colour wouldn't stand right out from the rest of the series and so disjoint it :0)

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  2. Wonderful sketches, Sandra, and I know your bears are going to be wonderful too! The weather is the same over here, on the other side of the North Sea! :(

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    1. Thank you Judy. Wow - so your being rained on too? It's such odd weather and I never know what to wear in the mornings! Its too warm for a jumper but not warm enough for a tea-shirt! :0)

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  3. Hi Sandra, love your nice little sketches. Here in Italy we are experiencing a very hot and dry summer. Here, close to Milan, it is more or less a month that we reached from 32 to 35 °C every day!!! But someone says that starting from next Friday the temperatures will drop.....I hope so!! Hug!

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    1. Thank you Tito. It seems that everywhere is either very hot or very wet and there seems to be no in-between!

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  4. The bears are in the starting blocks (2012 prepared) The sketches look interesting; when I draw faces they always look 20 years older ...but not,alas, interesting.

    Our weather in Yorkshire is much like yours ...but with flooding! (see my next post)

    I use www.jacksonsart.com for my art stuff, but use use different materials to me ...worth a look though.

    I hoping for nice weather next week. We're off to view stately homes in Norfolk. I hope to come back with stacks of reference photographs

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    1. Thank you John. Wow - those pictures are amazing! Looks like you need a boat to get around! I also use Jackson Art - and also Ken Bromley which are often the cheaper of the two.
      Have a wonderful trip :0)

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  5. Interesting sketches and sweet bears! Arianna

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  6. First of all those sketches.. WOW.. They are mind blowing.. Secondly I wish I could come down and see how you set up your bears. Really the compistion is the most important thing in a painting and you must spend as much time on it to get it just perfect.
    I think globally the weather has been bad. In my hometown the temperatures went up to 47 degrees this summer. And here in Bangalore it is the peak of rainy season and it has not rained till now. Mother nature is just trying to teach a lesson to all of us. Only if we are listening..

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    1. Thank you Prabal, you are too kind! Really!
      If you ever do come down this way then you are very welcome to help me with my compositions, lol!
      I agree about the global problem we are having. It's hard to get everyone to do their bit though isn't it. Fingers crossed you get some rain soon and we get some sun ;0)

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  7. Sandra, your bears are SO huggable and sweet! I think a feminine take is a great idea. As for weather, I think we also had the coldest, wettest April, May and June on record. Thankfully, here we finally have summer. But i agree, I think these are some of the early effects of global warming. :(

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! They are cute aren't they? I like the one in the foreground best - but I am not saying it out load in case the other one is offended ;0)

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  8. Hi Sandra,
    thank you so much for popping by! I, too, have been off blogland for a while. It is fun to get back to your blog and see your cheerful little bears. Your idea of a more feminine one is fantastic and will be great for a little girl's room!

    I will try to find a nice sunny painting to post for you soon :). Cheers and sunshine to you, Sandy.

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    1. Thank you Sandy! Maybe you could get a ginormous ladder and climb right up to the top with you pastels and paint us a nice big sunshine! It's lovely to see you back blogging again :0)

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  9. I like the way the foreground bear is sitting. So adorable.

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    1. Thank you Nora - I agree, he has a little hunch back and he sits in the most characterful position! :0)

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  10. good to see u back...love ur sketches!

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  11. Your sketches are awesome! Although I am a fellow artist, I find it so difficult to sketch at times. I recently started teaching an art class and am making it mandatory that my students sketch on a daily basis. I guess that means that I better get on the ball with my sketching. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander!

    Thanks for sharing, and encouraging others (artists or not)!

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    1. Thank you very much! Hmm... well you best not let on to your students that you don't sketch, lol!
      Honestly, it took me so long to get in to it. I always had that fear of showing something quick and scruffy, but now I understand the charm of it and so now I try to sketch something at least five days a week :0)

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  12. Lovely sketches, you're so creative Sandra! thanks for sharing, hugs :)

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    1. Thank you very much Mari! So glad you came to visit :0)

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