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


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

WIP, Stage 2...

Okay, so following on from my previous post, which shows the first stage of this portrait - 
As promised, here is stage two...

The difference is subtle, but he has begun to look more three dimensional, don't you think?

I was actually tempted to leave it here. I like the sepia look - like an old photo almost.... 
It needs very little really, at least if I'm to maintain it's 'edgy' feel. 
So far so good!

In other news:

Don't you just LOVE receiving a parcel in the post?
Even when I have a pretty good idea of what is inside, there is something about opening a box that makes me feel like a kid again :0)

Last week I was excited to receive TWO things in the post that weren't bills!

Ooh... I wonder what these could be...

...Yay! It's my new sketch pad that I have been dying to try out...

And a hand made post card from my lovely Swedish friend Kay...

Isn't it gorgeous?

Kay makes all sorts of beautiful art work, usually in her journal. 
You can find her blog here, if you'd like to see more of it :0)
Thank you Kay!!

Anyway, the next post will be the completed portrait, so don't go away! ;0)


  1. Bonjour ma chère amie,

    Un portrait qui s'annonce déjà très prometteur... Vous êtes vraiment très talentueuse.
    J'ai hâte de voir son évolution finale.

    Je peux imaginer la joie que vous avez pu ressentir en ouvrant ce paquet. Que du bonheur !
    Tout comme à chaque fois qu'on entrouvre la porte de votre monde...
    Gros bisous

  2. Sandra, this is a terrific painting and I also love the sepia tone, but I can't wait to see the finished piece.

  3. Oh, what I forgot to say is.... what I like most. The light , the light, the light !!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hi Sandra,
    I love the sepia look to your painting. Couldn't agree more, receiving things by snail mail that are not bills, is wonderful... :)

  5. The portrait is beautiful, what more do you want to do? Great mail! :)

  6. I'm intrigued to see how it ended up.

  7. Hi Sandra, I agree with Judy, to me the portrait looks really beautiful. I do not know what else is missing......Hug!

  8. The portrait looks so cool now. It looks 99% complete to me. Just a touch here and a touch there it should be done. And I think those touches are going to take this a notch further.

    Toned sheets are great for quick sketching. No need to build up that mid tone. Good for lazy ppl like me. :) And the card really looks awesome.. Like the quote in the card too.

  9. Bonjour,
    Je découvre ton blog, j'aime beaucoup ton travail! Des aventures et de très belles photos.
    Je suis artiste peintre, photographe amateur; je me suis inscrite pour suivre tes publications!
    Je t'invite à me rendre visite sur mes blogs et voir mon travail, merci beaucoup et bonne journée!

    HI, I discover your blog that I like very much! adventures and very beautiful photographs.
    I am french amateur photographer; I was registered to follow your publications
    Do not hesitate to visit my blogs and see my work, thank you, have a nice day! Cath.

  10. VERY subtle differences, Sandra! I had to flip back and forth twice to catch them :) That toned gray looks interesting. I hope you post something with it soon.
    Kathryn XX

  11. I do think the monochromatic sepia tone of this portrait does add to its edginess. It's so well done, Sandra - a few final touches and you will have a masterpiece!

  12. I've been flipping up and down comparing your first pictures with this one and I can see the little difference but boy do they make a huge difference. I love the sepia colour. Have fun with your new pad. I'm off to see your friends blog now.

  13. Wonderful chiaroscuro!
    Congratulations and a big hug

  14. Love to see the different stages of the painting, and I can't wait to see how the finished piece looks! You always make me want to finally try out oils, and one day, I will. It seems quite different to acrylics. I love the monochrome shades, the light and the edginess of it.
    So glad you liked the card! And thanks for the linking. I really had such fun making these cards, I'm sure I will make more of them.

  15. This is going to be incredible!! i wish i could begin and work like you do. i try to create the colors without building on them! i love this and the way it's developing Sandra!! and i can see what you mean, leaving it at this stage must be very tempting, it is really wonderful!


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