The Art of Sandra Busby...
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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Sketching in Oils...




'Elevenses' 
© Sandra Busby


Since I usually work fairly tightly in oils, I suddenly felt the urge to let go and do a loose warm up sketch before yesterdays session on the bear :0)

This little 8" x 8" Oil sketch took me under an hour and a half to complete from start to finish, using just one flat brush. 
It made a refreshing change to just pick a few things I had to hand - in this case, my mid morning snack -  and not fuss too much about composition, which usually takes so much more thought!

I sketched the basic shapes directly on to the canvas with the brush and simply built it up from there. Once it was complete, I ate it!  - I mean the props, not the painting ;0)

Ideally I would like to do more sketches like this, but spend more time on them - perhaps up to three hours. It would be nice to end up with something that is still loose, but refined enough to call it a painting rather than a sketch.





Anyway - completely changing the subject; To my surprise I found myself nominated by Nicola from Pointy-Pix for a Liebster Blog Award!  Thank you Nicola :0)

Nicola specialises in pointillism and her favourite subject is animal portraits, though more recently she has embarked on a series of 'rainy windows' which are just amazing!

The Liebster award is for those blogs with under 200 followers and until a couple of weeks ago I just qualified! So we'll just pretend for now that I got the award before then ;0)
Anyway, on receiving the award I have to tell you five things about myself that you probably don't already know and then pass the award on to five other bloggers with less than 200 followers.

So, five things about me? Hmmm, okay...

1. When I was a child I was a dancer. I did Ballet, Tap, Modern, Greek, National and Character dancing. I had my first (illegally paid) dancing job at the age of nine! 

2. I climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis and back in six hours. I didn't find it that difficult - it was just a long hard slog. Surprisingly, coming down was much harder than going up!

3. In order to raise money for The Rocking Horse Appeal, my Brother-in-Law and I, cycled from John o Groats  to Lands End in seven days - that's 120 miles a day - ouch! 
Nine months later, I gave birth to a baby bicycle, therefore should you ever fancy having a go, I don't recommend that you attempt it in anything under ten days!

4. I have a fear of dead things. I can cope with most things when they are alive (aside from wasps), but I run screaming from anything dead! This stems back from the day I unexpectedly found my first (and hopefully last) actual dead person.

5. I got married in 1999 on a Catamaran named 'Sweet Liberty' in Naples, Florida. There were dolphins at our wedding :0)


So, any surprises? Lol!


And now for the five fellow bloggers I would like to nominate:-

Katja from Nordljus.
Katja's blog is a recent find for me but I just LOVE it. Amongst other things, she creates the most beautiful Art Journal entries and I always leave her blog feeling totally inspired :0)

Lynn from One I Made Earlier.
Lynn's blog is a feast full of crafty ideas with the addition of her 'Doodly-Birds' which have a life all of their own! :0)

Liana's blog is full of sunshine and light! From beach scenes to the hustle and bustle of a bistro! Her watercolours are lively, colourful and uplifting :0)

Hilda is such a warm hearted lady and she paints the most gorgeous pastel portraits. And just recently she emailed me the most beautiful pastel sketch - of ME! :0)

Kathryn from Studio at the Farm.
Between her day job as a Dental Nurse and the demands of farm life, Kathryn finds the time to post endless step by step paintings of all sorts of subjects, from dead birds, to portraits! I don't know how she does it! :0)


Okay - just before I go, I want to say the most GINORMOUS THANK YOU, to every single one of you who have either wished me luck, shared, or voted for 'Sherlock' to win the cover competition I entered. The paintings it is up against are exquisite, so my chances are tiny, but your support has been so far beyond my expectations and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate you all for being so kind and taking the time to get behind me :0)


36 comments:

  1. I love painting food and then eating the props.:) I like the loose feel of the painting! And congratulations on your award, well deserved!

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  2. I wish I could draw like you Sandra you are really talented.
    Congratulations on your award how lovely.
    Thank you for thinking of me, I have however already got the award. Not sure what I've done with my badge though. Will have to look for it.
    Lynn x x

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    1. I'm sure you can Lynn! I must admit that I rarely ever go straight in with a brush without some guide lines - but I enjoyed this way for a change! :0)

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  3. One and a half hours?? That's amazing Sandra!! I really love it, the quick spontanaeity is evident and sooo appealing. :)) And congrats on that wonderful award, I really loved reading those five things about you. :) The biking story just makes me hurt! Although I am curious about just what exactly your first paid (illegaly) dancing job was? ;)

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    1. Thank you Crystal!
      We used to do a Summer Show at a holiday camp. It was on in the evenings and at each following rehearsal session, we were handed a little brown wages envelope with some coins inside. We were told not to tell anyone though because it's illegal to pay children! :0)

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  4. Your painting is exquisite too, truly! 'birth to a baby bicycle'... That's too funny!

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  5. Dolphins at your weddings sounds perfect... and the others were fun to learn... wasps freak the bejeezus out of me and the only good wasp is a dead wasp... I smoke the suckers every chance I get...!!!!
    happy painting...xx

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    1. Lol, thanks Tracey! Yes, I agree, apart from even a dead wasp is not a good wasp! ;0)

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  6. Sandra...you have to be the sweetest person!..I feel so honored but I received the award in the beginning of the year and never knew how to retrieve it..I guess one thing about myself that I would have to say, is that I'm not very computer smart!! I truly get angry at myself for not learning...I don't even know how to get the side-bar with all my blogger friends on my blog....How sad is that? Knowing what you said makes me feel so, so happy and glad I know you. Thank you so much! Your sketch in oil is wonderful! Congratulations on your Liebster award! You certainly deserved it!! I look forward to your next post.

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    1. Thanks so much Hilda! Well, we may be able to draw, but it doesn't mean we are computer experts, photographers and whatever else we wish we could be to help us in blog world, lol! How I have managed to fumble my way through it is beyond me - purely fluke I'm sure, lol! I am happy to give you step-by-step instructions of how to do something on your blog if you like - as long as it's something I actually know! Just make sure you back up your template before doing anything :0)

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    2. that would be wonderful...first, I have to find out what a template is and make sure I "back" it up. LOL See what I mean?? My Nephew will be visiting soon so maybe I'll get him to help me...thank you, Sandra!!

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    3. Well, I am happy to help you any time :0)

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  7. Sandra. I love reading about your quirks. And I am glad you gave your props a good home afterwards. :) As for the Liebster, I have already done it. Bu ti will thank you most graciously for your nomination. You are such a sweetheart!

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! It seems that most of you have already had it, lol! :0)

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  8. Oh Sandra, thank you so much! I absolutely adore your work, you are so talented and skilled, and it really makes me so happy that my little journal pages inspire you! Love your loose sketch, and how you can see the brush strokes. It can be so difficult at times to "loosen up" in our work, I find. I just bought the second book of a German illustrator, on how to use watercolour in your sketches (the first one was about keeping a sketchbook), and he has such a great, fun loose style of drawing that just makes me smile. It looks so easy, but it isn't, really. (http://www.felixscheinberger.de/sketches/).
    How did you "find" a dead person? That sounds awful! Good luck with 'Sherlock' (I've voted too :) ). Have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you Katja! And you are so welcome!
      I used to wonder what 'loose' meant! It seems that as much as we are told to 'be loose' nobody ever seems to be able to explain what they mean by that, so those who don't understand, attempt to throw paint around with horrifying results! I have learned by my own means, that what it actually means is to make every brush-stroke count. If i doesn't mean anything, don't place it - that way you are left with something fresh and spontaneous - That's how I would explain it if I was teaching :0) And I LOVE the sketches you sent me the link to. It really is my kind of sketching style. Thank you for sending it :0)

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  9. I didn't know you still ate Farleys rusks! Time to give those up I think!!

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  10. Can I tell you how much your bear cover painting makes me smile when I open up your blog. Your bears really are fantastic!!! Love your little oil sketch. Makes me just want to go and play in paint today. Very interesting little facts you shared, finding a dead person,eeeeckkk!!--that got my attention. And best of luck with your cover comp. I have shared, and voted and am crossing my fingers, toes, arms, legs, eyes that you'll come out on top:)

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    1. Thank you Carrie! Every vote counts at this stage!
      I enjoyed playing with the oils for a change. I definitely want to do a few more like this :0)

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  11. Congrats on the Liebster Blog Award Sandra, and a massive well done for that bike ride. Wow, that was an awesome achievement. ;-)

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    1. Thanks John! It was an experience I won't forget in a hurry - I'd love to do it again, just in a longer time so it doesn't hurt so much. I doubt the opportunity will ever come up again though :0)

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  12. Hello Sandra,
    excellente sketch!
    Congratulations and a hug

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  13. So fresh and lovely! It's cool to see a different subject from you. Very versatile in your talents!

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    1. Thank you Nora! I really enjoyed painting in this way. I'd like to do more, but using subjects worthy of a wall rather than a few random things. Watch this space :0)

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  14. Congratulations! love your still life and esp. love your bears! Diana

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Dianna! Glad you like the bears too :0)

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  15. Sandra your "sketch" is amazing! I really like this loose style! How come you were painting on a Wednesday day? lucky you!
    thank you for the lovely things you said about me by the way!
    I love hearing interesting wee snippets about my blogging friends and your 5 things were definitely interesting! Your wedding sounds amazing-how fab to have dolphins at it! I am curious about how you found a dead body-I can imagine how that would make you afraid!

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  16. I had the Wednesday off to cover a day swap for my colleague - and now she's off for two weeks so I'm working every day - Humph!
    I enjoyed this loose style too :0)
    The dead body was my neighbour - He was about 96 though so I suppose it shouldn't have been such a surprise. I often wonder whether attempting to resuscitate him for 40 mins whilst waiting for an ambulance was the right thing to do - but then I suppose I'd be asking myself the same question if I hadn't! :0)

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