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

Thursday, 13 September 2012

'Not' so Still-Life... (WIP)



Since the holidays are now over, it has been quite a relief to get back to a normal routine at last!

On the first day Charlie returned to school, not only did I manage to set up bear 6 - or should I say bears 6, since there are two of them in this composition - but I also managed to sketch them out to full size and transfer the basic lines to my canvas, all in one day!

I shouldn't really take any credit for my composition in this case, because it happened almost by accident! And I am quite sure that when I wasn't looking, the bears came to life, leaned in toward each other - clearly fascinated by the vintage props strewn around them - and then froze again when I turned around ;0) 

Anyway, the sun was streaming through the window and though once again, these bears will be before a dark, gloomy back ground, the bright streaks of light hitting the wall behind will form an important part of the composition.

So, here is my initial charcoal sketch...




As usual, there are a few adjustments to be made. I want to shift the light up a little so it isn't in line with the bears ear for one thing... But that's what these sketches are for - to spot problems before they are set in stone.

I am most looking forward to painting the buttons and pearls in this one. I just love painting that kind of thing :0)

This, I feel is along a slightly more feminine route than the other bears in my series so far. What I want to avoid is a cliche and though the theme could be leaning that way, I doubt that many people would choose to paint bears quite so dilapidated as these! The one on the left has a hole in his nose, which you can literally see right through and out the other side - poor thing!





So, now I have frozen the light in my sketch, I can refer back and forth between it and the actual Still-Life whilst I paint.

I'm not sure I can really call my bears Still-Life's at all. I swear that every time I walk in my art studio, something has moved!

I wonder what those bears get up to when I'm not there...??


47 comments:

  1. wonderful reference and sketch sandra .. i like the two bears together ..i'm smiling i've just posted a sketch of a tape measure ! ciao j

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    1. Thank you Jane! I'm on way way to check it right now :0)

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  2. Ha ha love the idea of the bears moving when you are not looking and stopping in this pose.

    Can I suggest the dish in bottom right is angled down (leftside) a little? The composition appears to tilt downhill a little from the watching bear to that corner.

    I look forward to seeing the final painting!

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    1. Thanks sue! And your quite right about the angle. I also picked up on that - which is why these sketches are so important!
      Can't wait to get stuck in to the real thing now :0)

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    2. Thought you probably would have. :)

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  3. Great idea of having two bears. Your sketches looks to be very nice, Sandra..... and it will surely become a fabulous painting. Ciao!

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    1. Thank yo Tito! I really hope it turns out as I hope :0)

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  4. I think this is my favorite one yet. :) You know you and Carrie really inspire me to try more still lifes. I love the thought and planning you put into your compositions. Something that maybe lends itself more to objects than people and animals who move around a lot. Except for your bears here who seem to do the same thing! ha!

    I love the light and the way they are leaning in together. It is going to be so AWESOME!!!!! I'm excited for you to finish it!

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much Crystal! If I can inspire then that makes me SO happy!
      You have proved how exceptional you are at Still-Life's. The iced tea on the book with the wolf sketch springs to mind - that was SO amazing! I just hope this takes a lot less time to complete than the last one now the holidays are over :0))

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  5. The way they lean to each other is great, such an exciting composition, Sandra! I like the idea of them moving when you turn your back. :)

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    1. Thank you Judy! It was a happy accident! :0)

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  6. What you might not know is that in bear land; buttons are worth more than gold; tapes are a measure of importance; cotton reels are fought over whilst pearls are only fit for throwing before pigs!! Is it any wonder therefore, that the bears can hardly sit still ... be sure to lock the studio at night, as they may be tempted to run off with the riches. Don't say I didn't warn you!

    Looking forward to #6, Sandra.

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    1. Really John - you should be writing books! Maybe I should publish my bears along side your bear stories! Hey - this time next year, we could be miwionairres!!!

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  7. This will be a favorite, Sandra! The idea of sewing notions all around..is perfect for this piece...reminds me of my mom fixing my dolls when they had a tear! Love this one.

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    1. I'm glad you like it so far. I hope it's a hit! I have a few hours to spend on it tomorrow so hopefully the under-painting will be complete by the end of it :0)

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  8. And I see with pleasure that the teddy-series continue...Arianna!

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    1. Yes it does Arianna! You'd think I'd be getting bored of it by now wouldn'[t you? But actually I feel quite the opposite! :0)

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  9. Uh, Sandra??? Maybe you've been hanging around the bears too much? I mean ... if they're MOVING!
    KIDDING!!! This arrangement looks super! I can hardly wait to see it with some color.

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    1. Lol! Kathryn I have often wondered if I'm spending too much time with the bears - or maybe it's the other props such as brandy and wine! I love the stage when it's time to start layering colours. It's magical!

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  10. So glad you are back in the studio more often... these sketches are beautiful in their own right and maybe that is why the paintings turn out so well.... they are gorgeous from the beginning... xx

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    1. Thanks so much Tracey! I learned the importance of these large sketches the hard way after I ended up putting my foot through one of my earlier bears! Rushing just doesn't work, so now I have specific stages I go through - this being the most important of all for spotting mistakes :0)

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  11. Quite beautiful work and a lovely blog, thank you for following my blog xxxx I found you on Pinterest :)

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    1. Thank you so much Rosa for popping along for a visit!I'm so glad you like what's on offer. As you can tell, I can be a little random at times, lol! Hope to see you again soon :0)

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  12. Wonderful to see that you stay inspired with these little cuties! Have fun with it.

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    1. Thank you Nora. I'm not bored just yet, lol!

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  13. No wine or spirit in sight and bears that move??? It can only mean you've drunk the props again. ;-)
    I'm loving this one already, and really enjoy the way you share your thought process and idea's. Thank you for letting us look over your shoulder again. ;-)

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    1. John - You caught me out, HIC!! :0)

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  14. Fab sketch, those two bears look like they are deep in conversation, about mischief, no doubt! :)

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    1. Thank you Pat! They do don't they :0)

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  15. Hello Sandra,
    very beautiful sketch!
    A hug

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  16. The bears are magic like your paintings:)

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    1. You are very kind cathy. Thank you! :0)

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  17. Hi Sandra. Your bear sketch is really lovely. I love the way the charcoal give it some texture. Well done.
    Interactive Presentation

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    1. Thank you Mia! I really appreciate you coming to visit and for taking the time to comment :0)

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  18. Your bear sketch is fantastic!! good job! :)

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  19. Your bears certainly do have a life of their own - and the little threadbare parts add to their charming personalities! I love this composition and look forward to seeing the painting!

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    1. Thank you Susan! Yes - these ones 'bearly' have any fur at all! ;0)

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  20. Love your bear sketch! They definitely look as if they have a life of their own. And I love all the buttons and things, it looks like they're trying to patch themselves up. Looking forward to see the finished painting, I know it's going to look fabulous!

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    1. They do look like that don't they! I'm looking forward to painting all of the shiny bits the most :0)

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  21. I love the idea that those gorgeously 'lived in' bears come to life when you aren't looking. I really like this composition and I see what you mean about a more feminine take on it. It'll be another masterpiece I can tell already!

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    1. Thank you! There's something about a really old, well loved and tatty bear that new bears just don't have. Character maybe? I really hope it does turn out as I hope :0)

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  22. These are truly fascinating i couldnt wait to see more post from your blog =)This is such an interesting and informative article to share with others.
    Thanks for this wonderful site.!

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    1. Well I thank you very much for your lovely comment. So glad you enjoyed :0)

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