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


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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Work in progress...



Last week I was asked to do a series of glass paintings for our local pub restaurant.
It's a beautiful old pub with lots of history and a lovely old and cosy feel - Perfect for my style of painting!

The last time we popped in that particular pub for a quick drink was at the weekend. 
Hmm... Well, it was meant to be a quick drink, but it turned in to almost an entire evening, since a couple with a very distinct American accent approached the bar and being the inquisitive gal I am, I couldn't help but to ask them where they were from. 

It turns out that they were from Colorado. 
So many of my bloggy friends are from America and I was racking my brain cell as to whether any of you are from that part! 

Anyway - it triggered a really long conversation with the couple, who were on their first visit to England. 
And as intrigued as I was by their accent, it seemed that they were equally intrigued by mine. Apparently I sound very English, lol!
Poor things - I hope I didn't scare them off with all of my garbled nonsense!

They said that their favourite thing so far was that some of the buildings were so old. They then told me the entire history of our other local pub, which was built in 1348. 
What struck me was that they knew far more about it than we did, even though we have been going there for years!

It's always lovely to meet new people from such a different place. And they were such nice people too :0)
But anyway - getting back on to the subject - there is lots of glass painting to come and I can hardly wait to get started because it's one of my favourite things to paint :0)

Meanwhile, I will of course still be painting the bears.
Here are a few progress photo's for those of you who, like me, love to see a W.I.P.

This is after I had washed a few basic shadows over the bears...




Next, I washed in some background shadows...


...Hmm... This photo and the ones below show it as rather orange - but in fact the above image is much closer to the actual colour.

This is how I work. 
The set up is clear to see and I refer to that for textures and the general feel. But also, to the right, just below my easel is my charcoal sketch. This is what I work from when I am painting the shadows because this way they remain consistent and don't move as the day progresses!





It's already moved on a fair bit from here. The background overlay of depth and colour is complete and I now get to start on those bears and all of the little treasures that they appear so interested in!












So, what's on your easel right now?



38 comments:

  1. It is looking fabulous Sandra! I love the shadows on these bears. It's a different kind of lighting for these pieces and it looks so beautiful! I love it. :)

    Your weekend at the pub sounds so great, I wish I could hear your accent!! That would be cool. I'm close to Colorado (our states border each other since I'm here in Utah), my brother lives there.

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    1. It is a little different isn't it? But as it progresses, the darks will become richer and deeper and hopefully the lights will sing out - Well, that's the plan anyway, lol!
      Hmm... My accent? Well, I'm from the south-east, so my accent is like the Queens English - but not nearly so posh! Like Harry potter, or Bridget Jones - that's pretty much my accent! Paul on the other hand sound a little more like the London area - not cockney, but just Londonish! He was raised here but his family moved down from London, so he's picked it up from them along the way. I find it fascinating how people from different areas in the same country can sound so different. Of course I've heard you on the radio, so I know what you sound like! :0)

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  2. Magnifique! On peut déjà ressentir toute la magie de cette peinture...

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    1. Olivier - Merci beaucoup de votre visite et de prendre le temps de commenter!
      Je suis très heureux que vous l'aimez: 0)

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  3. Congrats on being asked to do the glass paintings but I have to check - initially I assumed you meant paintings on glass but then I wondered did you mean paintings of glass(es)? Like the amazing whisky glass you painted before? Which is right?!
    It sounds like you had a great night gabbing with your new American friends. I think those are the best nights when you don't mean to stay long and aren't expecting to meet anyone!
    The new bear painting is coming along really well - do you use oil boards as opposed to cavasses - I gues they would look better with wonderful old frames round them in keeping with the lovely old fashioned compositions of your paintings!

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    1. Thank you Nicola!
      The glass paintings will be like the whiskey glass, but I'll be doing lots of different glasses and bottles; Some cut, some plain, some full, some empty...
      I've never tried painting ON glass before!
      I use the flat W&N canvas panels for my bears. Mainly because the larger deep canvasses can sometimes bag over time. Also, I have had problems in the past, even though I use high quality canvas's, where the wooden support in the centre pushes the canvas and shows through the front. So I personally think the boards are better quality and last much longer than a box canvas. Also, they fit nicely in a frame :0)
      Once the whole series is done I will get them all framed in gorgeous, thick, vintage style frames. Hmm... Bet that's going to be pricey - eek!!
      And by the way, you're right - the best nights are almost always unplanned!

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  4. Hello Sandra:) You already started wonderful! I love the shadows and the composition. The bears are looking so cute to the little subjects. I can't wait to see the next steps or the finished painting. Good luck with it!

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    1. Hi Renate! Thank you very much for checking in. I'm really glad that you like it so far :0)

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  5. My daughter is in Colorado at the moment! At least she was - at the moment they are driving to Yellowstone Park (2+ days drive). She spends 3 months a year with her boyfriend (if you're reading this Louise & Carl - they are very nosy :0)- ...keep your eye on the road). It's OK he's her boss as well if you are wondering about time off.

    (whisper) You should be careful about drinking in front of the bears ...

    They're looking grand, thanks for the update!

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    1. Thanks John! It's a small world isn't it? Wow - how lucky Louise is!
      Can you imagine if I tried to paint under the influence of Alcohol? Lol! Maybe that would be one way of loosening up! ;0)

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  6. Well, it's already looking fantastic! I like this one a lot! Great light.

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    1. Hi Nora
      Thank you! Yes, I've been a little more dramatic with the light this time and I'm suggesting day time rather than a gloomy evening light :0)

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  7. I loved getting that glimpse into your workspace and the progress of the painting... the results and finished product you get are always so incredible that it is nice to get a taste of how you get there...xx

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    1. Thanks Tracey! Yes, I just LOVE looking at W.I.P's, so at times it's nice to share my way of working too :0)

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  8. Hi Sandra. I must admit, when I was in Europe, I was totally gob-struck by the old buildings! I wasn't sketching and painting then - how I wish I could be there now. :)
    Your latest bears look fabulous. The composition is brilliant. I so look forward to seeing more of the two of them. :)

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    1. Thank you Kathryn. I know what you mean - When i was a teenager I went to Venice. I had absolutely no appreciation of the place at the time and what struck me the most was the alarming number of pigeon and cats! At no point do I remember marveling at the magnificent buildings or sunlit canals! I could kick myself now because it's known as an Artists paradise! :0)

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  9. tailors or seamstresses teddy bears ? WIP looking eexcellent sandra

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    1. Thank you Jane. Hmm... Well that's a good question! Why do bears always look like boys? The one on the right is most definitely a boy. He told me! The one on the left I must remember to ask ;0)

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  10. It's coming along beautifully Sandra. I look forward to the glass :)

    Me - just scrapped a portrait. It's been in pencil form for a month, but it's on larger & different paper to usual & I just don't want to work on it. oops

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    1. Thanks Sue!
      Ooh, can't wait to see that one! Just go ahead and eat the frog! It's almost always tastier than you expect! ;0)

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  11. And new teddies arrive! Happy we, Arianna

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  12. Sandra,
    Thanks for letting us peek into your studio. It looks awesome by the way.
    Once I had talked to an Australian lady during a train journey for 6 hours. That was the length of the journey. It was very interesting and one of the most enjoyable one.
    All the best with your glass paintings. Will wait for it.

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    1. Thank you Prabal! Yes, it's surprising how a complete stranger can become a friend in such a short time isn't it? :0)

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  13. Congratulations on the Pub commission. I just LOVE peeping over your shoulder and it's great seeing your set up.
    My easel? Nothing :-( I'm bogged down in a load of redecorating. But it keeps my wife happy, and when she's happy she stops hitting me. lol ... only kiddin' ;-)

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    1. I like seeing the way other people work too john. It's surprising how different we all are!
      Okay - well, why not put a canvas on an easel and decorate that? Something nice for the wall and for the wife? ;0)

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  14. It's going to be beautiful Sandra, I'd like to see your bottle painting too! On my desk now is the painting of an old boat in Wachapreague, a little fishing village. take care and have a nice weekend, love,Diana

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    1. Thanks so much Diana! I'm glad you like it so far :0)
      I will be nipping over to your blog to see if the boat is there! :0)

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  15. Hi Sandra, this last painting already looks beautiful, great idea to paint two little bears togheter. Another masterpiece is coming soon!! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Tito! Well, one of the bears has no eyes, poor thing. So the other one likes to help the poor fellow as much as he can ;0)

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  16. I love your bears and to see the WIP makes me SO happy! The models look so cute just sitting there like they're almost real!!! LOL. I love the shadows so far and the layout is perfect! Have a wonderful weekend, Sandra.

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    1. Thank you Hilda! I love painting the bears too. And when it all goes to plan it puts a massive smile on my face! I just hope it continues to go as planned :0)

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  17. Looking good so far, Sandra! xx

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  18. Sorry for my late comment, Sandra. The dramatic lighting of this painting is wonderful, looking forward to the finished painting!

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    1. Thanks so much Judy! Hopefully I can get quite a bit further over the weekend :0)

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  19. Lovely to see some of your work in progress Sandra. You could almost stop right there except that I know the finished product will be stunning as all your other bears are! I don't have anything on the easel but I have started another harp today.

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    1. Well thank you Jerry! That's good to know!
      Paintings are like children - they go through a skanky teenage stage before they hopefully blossom, lol!
      Ooh, a harp? I'm off to check that out :0)

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