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


Thursday, 18 October 2012

I'll drink to that!

Well I am just about as excited as I ever get right now, because on the morning of the 21st of October, I'll be on my way to Gatwick Airport!
We'll be making our way back to the Maldivian Island, which we have been fortunate enough to visit several times before.

So, until some time around the 8th November, I will be spending much of my time doing what I love doing the most, which is Scuba-Diving 30 metres beneath the Indian Ocean, swimming with the sharks - so there will be no painting or blogging for me!

Until then, I'll leave you with another of my simple glass paintings, which I did on my day off last week...

10" x 10" Acrylic on Box Canvas

What I love about these paintings is that is that I can walk in to my studio to an entirely blank canvas and walk out just a few hours later with a completed painting! 

This is very different than my bear paintings, which I build up slowly in layers :0)


 I just LOVE painting glass...


 ...and there's plenty more to come :0)

So don't forget, I can't answer you're comments once I leave, which I always do, but I will really enjoy reading them when I get home :0)
Nor can I visit your blogs, but I promise to catch up with you all when I get back :0)

Ta-Ta for now my friends!

PS. My talented Ozzy pal is doing an unmissable giveaway on her blog!
Click on the link below to find out more :0)

Thursday, 11 October 2012


Hmm... Quite possibly from the frequent appearance of alcoholic beverages in my paintings, you might well be wondering if I have some kind of a drink problem!

Well, the answer to that is that I don't have a problem with drink at all - In fact I rather like it! ;0)

That said, though my art studio is totting up quite a collection of unusual bottles and pretty glasses - some of which are full - by the time I have finished painting them the beverage itself is more likely to poison me than make me tipsy!

Take 'Archibalding' for instance...
When I had finished that particular painting, the volume of wine in the glass had reduced by at least two thirds and had not only turned in to a thick syrup, but had also grown some rather scary looking fur balls on the top!

This glass of rather lovely smelling Brandy however, was a different story altogether, since it didn't take much time to paint at all.... 

8" x 8" Oil on canvas panel

It's similar to my whiskey glass which you may remember.  
You can see it here  if not :0) 

Anyway - there is something about drinking during the day that just doesn't seem right, so when I had finished painting, this glass was poured promptly down the sink - complete with the intoxicated fly, which was floating on the surface!

Where I come from, drinking at 11.59am is a no-no!  
However - just one minute later, 12 o'clock is known as 'beer o'clock!' 
But even then, 'beer o'clock' only exists at weekends. It  sounds silly, but there are just certain rules of alcohol related etiquette, aren't there?

There are two exceptions to this rule - The first one is Christmas, when it seems perfectly acceptable to indulge in a glass or two of Baileys Irish Whisky Cream, well before lunch time - which we always do ;0)
The second is when is when on holiday. I thank blame the difference in time zones for this, which throws us completely out of sync!

Most weekends at 'beer o'clock', I am painting anyway and though painting under the influence might be a rather fun way of loosening up, I doubt it would have worked for today's painting!

Monday, 8 October 2012

The Big Art Secret...

Before I put up my next post this week, I thought I would share this worthy cause.
There will be an ebay link on their Facebook page should anyone across the pond be interested :0)

'In a special fund raising collaboration Towner, the contemporary art museum for South East England, and St Wilfrid's Hospice are staging ‘The Big Art Secret’ - an exciting exhibition and secret auction of original postcard sized art by celebrities, regional and nationally known artists and by local people and hospice patients. 

The auction aims to raise much needed funds for the Hospice’s new campaign - Campaign Hospice Reach – a campaign to transform end of life care for every person in our community.

The Big Art Secret features post card sized art which is signed on the back so that the identity of the artist remains secret until the end of the auction, when all is revealed. 
 The exhibition and auction has attracted national attention, and now features works by David Hockney, Tracey Emin, David Cameron and even David Dimbleby. There are over 500 pieces being exhibited and auctioned as part of the initiative. You could bag yourself a bargain if you can spot a masterpiece!

The exhibition at Towner in Eastbourne runs from 13 – 20 October with the eBay auction of all works running from 11 – 21 October.


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