The Art of Sandra Busby...
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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Hic!



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!





49 comments:

  1. Quel réalisme! C'est très impressionnant. Bravo Sandra :)

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    1. Je vous remercie beaucoup Olivier! Je vous remercie de votre gentillesse: 0)

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  2. He, he! I love how your personality (fun and happy!!!) comes through in your posts. :) Please don't ever change that!! This painting is absolutely lovely, the light captured in the glass is beautiful! Poor intoxicated fly, at least his last moments were probably enjoyable eh? ;)

    And did I just see that you speak french above? How awesome is that. I speak a little spanish but just enough to say this, "Donde esta la biblioteca?" (where is the library?) and "Donde esta el banjo" (where is the restroom?)

    Both valid requests to know in a foreign language right? ;)

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    1. Ah, thank you Crystal! :0)
      Hmm... I could pretend that I speak fluent French, lol! But actually, I only speak a little. I know 'Tourner à droite après la banque', though I say it like 'tornay a dwat apre la bonk!' (Turn right after the bank). Lord knows why that's always stuck in my head! I rely heavily on Google Translate when someone leaves a comment in another language. Sometimes I can work it out myself, but it's the spelling that throws me! I speak a little Spanish too. And I know how to say 'I love you' in German (don't ask ;0))
      And I can speak American too - cool, huzzah!!

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  3. P.S. I totally spelled bano wrong, there's no j in it. :)

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  4. A fun post Sandra and a lovely painting.

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  5. Well the glassware is off the scale, totally brilliant! I'd have no idea where to start.

    Well I'm not a big drinker but I might grow a bit bigger yet.. who knows?

    I have a strict set of rules with booze, but the main one is ice! I never have ice in my drinks in remembrance of Titanic.

    Other peoples languages feel foreign to me ... do you know that Crystal says Guvvnah!?

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    1. Tee-hee! No I didn't know that, but my brother-in-law in a Londoner and says it all the time!
      I'm glad you like it. It's very easy to start.
      Just pour the drink and offer it as a reward to yourself for finishing the painting. That alone makes the painting part very simple indeed! ;0)

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  6. this is just so beautiful... I wish I could paint glass like that... just stunning...xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey! Oh but you could! Its very simple really. I don't paint the glass itself - only the light that hits it and the distortions it creates. Easy-Peasy! :0)

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  7. Beautiful painting Sandra.....and fun presentation too. I've never been able to paint the glasses as you, and.....I would really like to do! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Tito. I am sure that you could paint glass yourself just as easily!
      As intricate as this seems - close up you'd be surprised how crude the brush strokes actually are :0)

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  8. Gorgeous crystal glass... and not a hiccup in sight :) xx

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    1. Thank you Pat! The hic-cups came later ;0)

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  9. It is a fabulous glass, Sandra!

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  10. Gorgeous painting, Sandra ... "hics" or not! I had a giggle about your poor intoxicated fly. :)

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    1. Well Kathryn, it's not a bad way to go, lol! ;0)

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  11. Hello Sandra:) This is so beautifully painted. I think I'll try to drink while painting. Maybe that gives me such a nice result:)

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    1. Lol, Renate! Good luck with that - and don't forget to post the result ;0)

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  12. Come on, admit it .. you're just an alcoholic, and all this 'art' nonsense is just an excuse to get you out of the house and into your garden 'shed' where you've stashed your supplies. And you know no shame as you even groom poor innocent Teddy Bears to be your accomplices.

    This is another wonderful glass painting Sandra and it certainly doesn't look as if it took no time to paint. Love it!!

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    1. You got me John! I am a bad bear influence, Hic! ;0)

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  13. Wow Sandra! so realistic, this is a wonderful job! congrat! Hugs

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  14. great crystal sandra ! enjoy your w-e beer !

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  15. Hi Sandra.Good work and very interesting your comment by way of introduction on it.
    Hugs from Barcelona.

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    1. I am glad you like it Blanco - thank you :0)

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  16. Sandra this made me laugh and laugh then just sit and smile. I love the painting. I tend to stay well away from alcohol while painting but have been known to indulge in a nice ale once it is all finished.

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    1. Thank you Ralph! well, it's nice to get a reward for our work isn't it? :0)

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  17. It's always a pleasure to see it! Arianna

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  18. Hermosa copa, pero esta vacia, que pena!
    felicitaciones toda una obra de arte su trabajo

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    1. Je vous remercie beaucoup! Je n'ai pas pu résister; 0)

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  19. Ooooh, I'll drunmk to that :). Seriously, though, your glasses are amazing!!

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  20. Hello Sandra,
    Table Bear is doing great!
    The cup is fantastic, a work with your brand, hyperrealist.
    Congratulations and a hug

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    1. Thank you Antonio. I'm glad you enjoyed :0)

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  21. Beautiful painting, Sandra. Your post is fun to read, as always, too.

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    1. Great to see you Laura! Thanks so much for stopping by :0)

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  22. I already 'liked' it on Facebook but had to pop by and tell you again how fabulous I think this is! I wish I could paint photorealistically like this!

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    1. Thanks so much Nicola. Actually quite a few people leave their comments on Facebook these days, but it's always nice to get them on the blog because my parents love to read them, neither of whome are on Facebook :0)

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  23. Oh Sandra!!! First of all LOVE your post...what can I say except "a Gorgeous piece!!". This glass looks so incredibly realistic...I remember the whiskey glass very well...and now! You've tempted me to have a little brandy!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda! I think I like this because it has a warmer background rather than the deep black. I'll be posting another shortly :0)

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  24. How wonderful! The light and the glass are just superb.
    Happy Painting.

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  25. Wow Sandra, what a stunning piece - at first I assumed it was a photograph!! I especially like that little smudge of blue - amazing.

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  26. This is a little gem, Sandra! I almost feel like I could pick this glass up right out of the picture. Its just great!

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