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

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Teddy Bear Times...



Anyone who might bump in to me over the next few days should be careful not to fall in to the huge gaping void in my face, that was once my mouth.

Seriously - I have a beam on my face the size of Manhattan at the moment! 

So, this is how my day started yesterday...

9am:                Start work

10am:              Whilst on phone, Mum pops in with six copies of the Teddy Bear Times magazine and plonks them on desk

10.01am:         Look alarmingly at Mum who is now fiercely prodding said magazines

10.02am:         Hurry customer off phone before Mum's finger pokes hole in desk

10.05am:         Convince self that it is indeed a double page spread and it is indeed about me

10.30am:         Read article for third time.

10.35am:         Imagine article framed on wall

10.36am:         Imagine sending signed copies of magazine to all of my adoring fans

10.37am:         Envisage self having casual and intelligent debate with the likes of Damian Hurst over a Martini cocktail

10.38am:        Wonder how to actually spell Damian Hurst Damien Hirst?

10.39am:         Imagine own series of 'sawn in half' teddy bears being unveiled at posh London Gallery

10.40am:         Read article for fourth time

10.43am:         Abruptly forced to return to real world as phone rings at work. How inconvenient - a customer!


...Teehee, I'm only kidding... I would NEVER saw a teddy bear in half ;0)


Anyway, joking aside, here it is - the 'Teddy Bear Times' magazine article, featuring four of my Teddy Bear oil paintings and an interview with yours truly :0)







 
It means so much to me that other bear lovers like my paintings and it is such a beautiful magazine to be featured in.

You'd think I'd be bored of bears by now - but actually I am quite the opposite. I have a further series of bears in mind once these eight are complete.

Bear six is well under way now. The under-painting is finished and I've started on the background.
Of course I'll be giving my bloggy friends a  a sneaky peak soon, I promise :0)

Anyway, I took this picture soon after I had started the under-painting...




Are any of you as messy as I am...?
I swear there is as much paint on my clothes as there is on the canvas!
Duh! Is that an apron hanging up behind me??

Meanwhile, my dad sent me this photo of yet another old bear who has been half eaten by a Boxer Dog...


  
Really...??

Or maybe Damien Hirst has beaten me to it ;0)
 

52 comments:

  1. Congrats Sandra, that double page spread looks fabulous!

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  2. Congratulations Sandra!!!!!

    Love the post too and chuckled throughout.

    Congrats again this is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks so much Sue! It wasn't too long ago that you were showing me your own article! Never imagined it would be me too :0)

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  3. Sandra, I am so happy for you!! CONGRADULATIONS! What a fabulous article on you and your bears. I think the Winnie-the-Pooh bear chewed by a Boxer would make a great Teddy bear painting. :)

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! Hes not actually too far off one of the bears I'm painting at the moment :0)

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  4. Sandra, Congratulations on the article. !! You've done it!
    and you deserve it! Your work is amazing.
    hugs, BJ

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    1. Thank you Barbra - You are so kind :0)

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  5. Sandra,
    Big hug to you. I am so happy for you.. Just wish to keep seeing this more often now. :)

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  6. Congrats!
    Isn't it fab being published? *biggrin*
    I know you'll be thrilled to pieces!

    and I like dad's photo! :)
    xx

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    1. I am Pat, thank you! It is lovely to have your work recognised :0)

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS Sandra!!!!! This is just so incredibly awesome and I am so very happy for you. It looks wonderful!!! :)))))

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    1. Thank you so much Crystal! I am very chuffed :0)

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  8. Oh Sandra!!! Congratulations!!!! I would have done the same thing as your Mom...how incredibly proud she is...I am so thrilled for you!!!! I could definitely see the chewed up bear in a future painting!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda! He is a mess, poor thing, but maybe there is a scenario I can see him in...

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  9. Oh congratulations Sandra! This is so fabulous! I can imagine your grin! :))

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    1. Thank you very much Judy! My grin is too big! Most unattractive, lol! ;0)

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  10. hugest congratulations and all that... so happy for you and sure it will lead to many great things... your work is too awesome for the likes of Hirst.... he should be lucky to sit around and chat to you...xx

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    1. Lol Tracey - Thank you! I'm not sure it will lead to anything at all, but still it's a wonderful feeling that people like my art enough to publish it :0D

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  11. No wonder you're smile is splitting your face - I would be the same. You must be delighted - who knew there was a magazine dedicated to bears (although from watching 'have I got news for you', I really shouldn't be surprised as there seems to be a magazine about every subject under the sun!) However, if you ever dare sit anywhere near Hirst I'll have to have serious words with you - he isn't fit to lick the paint of your messy sweatshirt!

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    1. Hehe! I was wondering what you would have to say about that, lol!
      Don't worry, I will make sure that next time I am dreaming big, I make your feelings known to Damien! ;0)

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  12. Lucky magazine I say! Every self-respecting Teddy Bear publication should be fighting to do an article about you amazing paintings. Love the painted clothes you are wearing too - it's all part of a true artists equipment!

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    1. Thanks so much Jerry! Lovely to see you back!
      And wouldn't that be nice? Though I think my imagination has run wildly enough for now ;0)

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  13. Sandra! How exciting! Congratulations on the big spread and numerous photos and the interview! Wow - you have hit the big time! Your teddy bear paintings are so charming and each one tells an intricate story - your success is very much deserved!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan! Lol, well I suppose if I look back at my original goals, I have made it big! If this is as good as it ever gets then I'm proud. Meanwhile I'll just keep painting as much as I can and enjoying :0)

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  14. Congratulations Sandra! That's an awesome long (!) article.
    Happy Painting.

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    1. Thank you Nora! It is isn't it? I must admit - I thought it might be half a page, so I nearly fell off my chair when I saw it! :0)

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  15. Congratulations Sandra! It must be a great satisfaction to see your pictures in a magazine. An acknowledgment of your art and your mastery. I'm happy for you. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Tito! Yes, you are right. It really is lovely to be acknowledged in some way for the art we create. It's a feeling of validation, isn't it? - Yes, that's the best way I can describe it :0)

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  16. 8.17am having scraped myself out of bed after a night in London, I am reading your blog and I've got to wait until Monday to read the article!! My Sister in a magazine article that big! Well I wont have any trouble with my autographed copy will I.

    Really proud of you. x

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    1. Thank you Mam-Mams :0) It's a shame that the image is to soft to be able to read! I tried sharpening it, but then it hurt my eyes! Hope you are having a fab time in the smog :0)

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  17. Many congratulations, Sandra, on your well-deserved fame! Enjoy - We all know how hard you have worked for this!

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    1. Thanks so much Michael! 'Fame' - Lol - Now who's head is running away with them? But there is no harm in dreaming big is there ;0)

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  18. There are good days....and then ...there are GOOD days!!! Well done, Sandra, I told you that you were going to be famous didn't I? Great buzz for you, enjoy it, you worked hard enough for it. Will you be live broadcasting on the TBC?

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    1. Well John, I suppose I'm famous in teddy bear land, LOL! Thanks so much!! :0))

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  19. Toutes mes félicitations pour cet article dans cette revue. Vous pouvez être fière mais sincèrement votre travail mérite cet honneur. Toutes mes félicitations.
    Un grand merci aussi pour votre aimable commentaire. Après de si longues semaines d'absence je me réjouis de vous retrouver et de vous lire.
    je vous fais de gros bisous et vous à très bientôt.

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    1. Merci beaucoup Martine. J'apprécie vraiment votre gentillesse: 0)

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  20. Hello Sandra,
    Congratulations on the article in the magazine! Your work is very good and you have an exemplary dedication. Deserves the honor!
    So brave, a hug and a good weekend

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    1. Thank you Antonio! I'm glad you think so. It is nice when hard work is recognized! Hugs back :0)

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  21. Hello Sandra:) First of all: congratulations with your article. Almost famous!!
    I'm a great teddybear lover my self. I love your art and keep following you:) The way you write, with a lot of humor, I like so much. The half eaten teddy is so cute. Love it en love your blog!

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    1. Hi Renate :0)
      Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving such a lovely comment!
      Famous? Well, maybe a little in teddy bear land ;0)
      Only a true bear lover would find this bear cute! Hope to see you again soon :0)

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS Sandra !!! ....wish i could read the article .

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    1. Hi Jane - Thank you! If only I could get it a little clearer! So frustrating!

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  23. Wowee!!! How great is that?? Congratulations Sandra. Having followed your growth for a while now I have to say that a day like this always seemed fairly inevitable. Loved your post which made me laugh. Well done you!!!

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    1. Hi John :0)
      Thank you so much! Yes - How long has it been since I started my blog? Almost three years maybe? And you were one of my first followers :0)

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  24. Oh wow I bet you are still smiling now. I know I would be. Congrats onthe painting and the article.

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    1. Thank you very much Laura! Yes, my face is aching now ;0)

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  25. Your post just made me laugh :). The article looks just wonderful, congratulations! You must be so excited. I'll have to see if I'll manage to read it on my huge monitor at work, or else see if I can get a copy somewhere. I'm so glad that your work is so appreciated. I really love your teddy bears, and that old poor teddy in the photo is just adorable. Are you going to paint him too?

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    1. Ahh.. Thank you! It is exiting to see it in print, but also it is nice to know that people like what I do - that's the most important thing to me. I'm not sure if this old bear will be used or not - but sometimes it just takes a while for the right scene to come in to my head for a particular bear :0)

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  26. You are so much tidier than I would ever or even could ever be even if I tried. I have paint everywhere and it is thick on my easel. I do not think I own a piece of clothing that does not have paint on it. Messy?? you? Never!!

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    1. I am not very good at being surrounded by mess. I don't mind the paint all over my clothes but if things aren't clean and tidy around me, either in my studio or at home, I feel quite stressed! That's probably why I paint in the style I do - neat! ;0)

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