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


Monday, 29 April 2013

Emergency Mouse!

Oh my poor blog! 
I have been neglecting it so much!

For those of you who don't know, we have a new puppy and this has meant my art has had to take a back seat for a bit - just while I need eyes in the front, back and sides of my head!

But I have been getting a twinge of withdrawal and so as I sat in the lounge on Saturday afternoon, while Sherlock was fast asleep, I sketched my 'emergency mouse', just so I had something to post :0)

It's funny, when ever I'm short of art to show, I always seem to draw a baby or a mouse. What's that about??

Anyway - at the weekend I did finally manage some time in the studio and began working on the new bear. 
I have pretty much finished the background - all but the shadows - and now comes the fun part; the fabric of the curtains. 
For some reason I'm really looking forward to conveying the folds and the way the light hits them :0)

You can expect some more 'emergency' posts for a while - but I hope you at least enjoy a change from glasses and bears :0)

Meanwhile, here is a photo I took of Sherlock sleeping the other day....

 ... Seriously - that pup has NO dignity!!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Baby Drawing...

It seems that the arrival of our new baby has brought out my maternal instincts and although our baby is of the furry kind, I had the urge to sketch another squished up baby face :0)

Sherlock is taking up a lot of my spare time at the moment while I'm house training him - so sketching is about all I have time to do right now.

He's doing really well so far. At just 9 1/2 weeks old he knows 'sit', 'come here', he knows his name and he wees on command :0)

We need to work on the word 'drop' though. He is obsessed with picking things up in his mouth and yesterday I seemed to have my fingers permanently wedged in his mouth, trying to remove something he shouldn't be eating! And he doesn't seem in a hurry to learn that word at all, lol!

But it's hard to tell him off...

Just look at that little face........ Dawwwwww.... :0)

Oh - and I managed a very quick sketch of him as he lay by my feet the other day...

...I had to do this one fast because he kept wriggling :0)

Anyway - What's new with you?

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Bear 7 tonal sketch and some Puppy love...

You wouldn't believe how hard it has been to get a chance to sit down at my computer and write this post! My time has been slipping through my fingers at an alarming rate, ever since we went to Yorkshire to choose our Puppy a couple of weekends ago!

After that there was lots of preparation to do. 
Apart from shopping for bowls, toys, grooming stuff, a bed... you know - all the usual things - we also had to redecorate the back coat room which makes a perfect space for him to feel safe at night.

Of course you know how when you decorate even one tiny room, somehow the entire house is affected? And alarmingly, my nesting instinct kicked in, which is the strong urge to clean everything in sight! I only remember that happening twice before and both times I was pregnant!
Luckily, the cleaning Fairy showed up to help, in the form of my Mum - who was equally excited about the pending arrival  :0)

And of course then there was another trip to Yorkshire last Sunday, which is 5 hours each way to collect him. And once he'd arrived - well... I might as well have had another baby, lol!

So - I have literally not done anything 'arty' what so ever for about three weeks!!!

Anyway - before all of this, I had completed a full size tonal sketch of bear 7, which I can show you, while making the most of the Puppy snoozing at my feet!

Hmm... I need your opinion - With or without the curtain tassel? 
What do you think?


I honestly don't know whether to announce a bloggy holiday at this point, because  I have no idea how quickly I will be able to progress with this or anything else! All I do know is that I am getting twitchy to paint!

Hmm... maybe I should just say that my blog posts may be a little sporadic for a while... 

Anyway - here are a few photo's of little 'Sherlock'...


...How could I possibly not be distracted???

Wednesday, 3 April 2013


It wasn't meant to be so long between this and my last post - but I have been SO busy over the Easter, that I just haven't had the time to sit at the computer! In fact, I haven't even had the time to do any art at all for more than two weeks! 

Anyway, before I explain why - here is the Apple, which won the vote as to which to share next...

8" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel

I thoroughly enjoyed painting the apple its self.
All of those final glazes, each bringing out different colours and markings...

In case you missed them, click on the links for layer 1, layer 2, layer 3 and layer 4, which came before these final few glazes.

Anyway - why have I been SO busy?

You probably remember when our dog, Codi, passed away, a year ago last Christmas day... Well, I didn't deal with it very well at all and I vowed never to get another dog.

Codi was a dog who made her presence known - admittedly much to my dismay at times!  But she had been by my side almost every day, all day for ten years and when she was gone, I was overwhelmed by the hole she had left behind.
Still, I never wanted to replace her and that was that. My mind was completely closed to the idea of another dog.

But for the last few weeks, Paul has been bringing it up from time to time.
My first reaction was to flatly refuse to even entertain the idea. But then he kept on talking about it to other people, looking at puppies on the internet and generally bothering me about it...

Eventually, I agreed to give it some thought and the more persuasion I had from Paul, the more I warmed to the idea. But this time, it would have to be a completely different breed and a different sex - this way it would be easier to detach a new pup from being any kind of replacement for Codi - because he won't be. He'll be an individual all of his own.

Anyway -  within days of agreeing to think about it, we were travelling 4 1/2 hours up north to the 'chocolate box' village of Pickering in Yorkshire, to view some puppies... and of course once I saw them, how could I possibly refuse???

It was SO hard to choose - but in the end, out of six little boys, we picked the one who was really content to have a lovely long cuddle - just as content to play amongst the other pups and equally content to wander off on his own, generally entertain himself and find things to bring back; first, a twig, then a leaf and then a small lump of moss!

Here he is at six weeks old...


...And we're picking him up on the 13th April, when he is ready to leave his Mum :0)

This was much less time than we had expected and since this new pup might not be quite as reluctant to wander off as Codi was, we are using all of our spare time to prepare... securing fences, shopping for supplies, clearing the garden of anything that might be dangerous etc...

So, that's why my blog is slow at the moment - and it will be for a little while, because the next two weekends will be taken up with more preparations and another trip to Yorkshire to collect him - then of course I'll have to put some time in to training him to pass me my brushes etc ;0)

Anyway - if I where to give you 3 guesses as to what we've named him, you'd probably get it right!
No - it's not 'Ted', though that was one we were toying with....

...We've named him 'Sherlock' after one of my bear paintings :0)
 But not only that, it's a cool name for a 'Fox Red Labrador Retriever' don't you think?

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my news! I must be completely BONKERS!!!
Next up will be the charcoal drawing of Bear 7  :0)

See you then!


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