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


Monday, 23 September 2013

Away with the Vacuum Cleaner...

As you know, I have been working on a bear that I am not allowed to show you just yet. 
It's almost complete, all but a few details. 
Ordinarily I would have posted the initial outline sketch, the tonal sketch, the under-painting and then finally the bear its self - so that's four weeks worth of posts that I haven't been able to blog! So, it's not so much that I haven't been painting, just that I can't show the results just yet.

I have also been held back significantly from painting by my vacuum cleaner, aka Sherlock.

The vacuum cleaner broke down    Sherlock has had a bad leg, which resulted in an operation :0(
This now means complete rest and NO walkies for six weeks minimum! 
It's a nightmare for me as well as for him - though if you read my last post, you will understand that having some time without him in the office has it's up side! ;0)

But - I feel SO guilty leaving him on his own when I work, that I've been spending much of my usual studio time keeping him company in the house instead of out there painting.

Anyway, desperate to at least draw something, I decided to bring my pencils inside and sketch the little guy again.
But this time I wasn't at all happy with the likeness. . . .

 . . .I just couldn't put my finger on what was wrong???

Hmm. . . wait a minute. . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . Aha!

. . . Yes!! That's MUCH better!! ;0)


  1. Sherlock est tellement adorable! :)

  2. The expression on his face is priceless. Great sketch!

  3. I love that likeness. LOL.. Your posts always make me smile.. Great sketch as always..

  4. You are WICKED!!! I am still laughing at the necessary addition to the sketch. Yup ... now it's finished, and it is Sherlock, Canine Vacuum Extraordinaire. :)
    Kathryn XX

  5. I am laughing too! Your sketch is fantastic!

  6. It´s such a nice dog and yes... That's MUCH better!

  7. Beautiful portrait of Sherlock! Arianna

  8. Beautiful Sketch!! Lucky Sherlock to have you! I'm so sorry he had a bad leg and operation. Glad he's on the mend. what would we do with out them!! ha ha.. love to you,Diana

  9. Brilliant sketch. I hope he is on the mend.

    You are as soft as I am, not wanting to leave hime alone. I keep getting told off for not going out as Degas will be alone :P

  10. Ah, but he looks so innocent! : ) Really nice drawing Sandra. And looking forward to seeing your bear! Have a good day!

  11. Adorable! I almost wish I had a vacuum cleaner just like him! With your tender care, I am sure he will soon be fully recovered and back to his usual antics!

  12. OMGosh, Sandra!!! He's too much!!!! I love him! He must keep you busy all the time.. His expression is priceless.!

  13. He's so lovely - and wish him a speedy recovery. xx

  14. A perfect post and a perfect drawing!! so adorable!!! just perfect. i hope things are going well for you and the hoover!


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