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


Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas to All!

Well here we are, it's almost Christmas!!!
It's time to make plans and goals for the New-Year and soak up some inspiration for lots of new paintings!

Meanwhile I will leave you with my latest bear commission. 
I was asked by two daughters to paint their parents two childhood bears together. 
Isn't that a lovely idea? 
So they will be unwrapping it on the big day and I just hope they are as happy with the painting as the daughters are!

So I'll now be taking my annual Christmas bloggy break and will return briefly at the beginning of January before going on holiday with my husband for some much needed sunshine until February!

Until the New-Year, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy and creative 2015!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Just Drawing...

There are times when I forget how pleasurable it is, to just draw!

After posting my Ballerina, I was itching to draw another - and I will definitely be doing that. Meanwhile I chose another subject altogether - quite different than my usual cocktail glasses... 

This is for afternoon 'Tea and Scandal!'

I think this is most effective when viewed from a distance, as is the case with a lot of art...

I enjoyed drawing it so much that I broke out the watercolours and did another version - after all, how can we have tea and scandal when there is no one else to enjoy it with!

So, I have got the drawing bug again, but I haven't stopped painting of course!
In fact, I have just handed over my large bear commission and I couldn't have wished for a happier client! Their reaction made all the stress that comes with a commission well worth while! Hopefully I can share the painting with all of you soon.

Before I go, I thought I'd show you my cocktail glass all dressed in it's frame...

I love seeing them like this. I have always thought that choosing the right frame for a painting is so important and this warm, metallic frame really works well :0)

Anyway, as I mentioned in my last post, blogging will be sporadic for a while as Christmas approaches... I'll be back as soon as I can!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Birthday Ballerina...

 Today is my Mum's birthday. Happy birthday Mum!

 I scoured high and low for the perfect card, but couldn't find one that I liked enough. In the end I decided to draw the card myself. I don't know why I didn't think of that in the first place!

Mum has always liked ballet, so it was an obvious subject choice.
When she was little she wanted to be a Ballerina but for some reason she was sent to learn Tennis, so when my Sister and I were growing up, she sent us to do the Ballet lessons instead!

I used a reference photo for this, but changed the facial profile to look more like me.
But I never has such impressive, muscular legs - In fact as a young teenager my knobbly knees protruded more than my boobs did, which very uncool at the time!

It was so lovely drawing an entirely new subject. I rarely draw figures but this one has given me the bug to do more. So, watch this space!!

Friday, 21 November 2014

A sneaky peak...

'Where have you been?'

I have been asked that question a few times in the last few days! *Sigh*... It's so nice to have been missed, thank you!

Well, I had to forget about the last week of #Inktober when I realised how behind I was with other projects, like my bear commission. At times like that, somethings gotta give, right?
And this time of year is hard enough without adding on extra pressure, so I decided to step away, get on with what's important and get myself back on track.

But I have been painting. In fact, I have finally completed my large bear commission but it's unfortunate that I can't show it in case the recipient sees it!
Never mind, I can at least show you a few snippets that won't give anything away...

It's amazing what can become of just a few suggestive pencil marks...

It's hard for me to show these because small snippets don't really work, but as a whole, the painting really glows and I am confident that the recipients will love it. And of course you will see the whole painting, just as soon as the recipients have! :0)

In other news:

  I received a lovely email yesterday, letting me know that I've been selected to be featured in FASO's (Fine Art Studio Online) 'Informed Collector Newsletter'! I am honoured to be included! Apparently I am scheduled to feature on Tuesday 25th, but to see it, you'll need to subscribe, which if you would like to do, you can do by clicking this link.

Okay, that's all for now. Posting will be sporadic for a while, what with Christmas coming up, but I'll be back as soon as I can :0)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

#Inktober continued...

Days 15 - 21
Last week I had fun playing with perspective.

Well, this week I had the not so bright idea of sketching a few portraits of various bloggy pals, only I quickly realised that once I had posted them, I probably wouldn't have any bloggy friends left!!! 

It was too late to catch up by replacing my sketches with other things. So I stuck with a few but quickly moved on to our dog, Sherlock, who I can practically draw with my eyes shut and our Grandson, Casey-James - Neither of whom knows how to be offended! :0)

So, these were about getting a vague likeness in a short time. Usually I spend hours on a serious portrait - these sketches took minutes - Forgive me!!

Day 15:  I quite like this one...

Day 16: But this one, I aged her by about 10 years! Oops!...

Day 17: I like this one...

Day 18: This one went catastrophically wrong... (sorry!)

Day 19: Easy-peasy...

 Day 20: I'm reasonably pleased with the likeness for such a short sketch...

 Day 21:

Day 22: This is Hubby's favourite...

I haven't written any names, for fear of getting sued! Next week, I'll do something less risky!!! ...What was I thinking?? Gaaaagh!! 

My next Quarterly Newsletter is coming out on November the 1st and I will be offering a generous discount exclusively to my subscribers for a very limited time during the month of November! So, if you are looking for a special Christmas gift this year, don't miss out! You can sign up by clicking the link below :0)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


  ...Days 8-14

I had fun with this weeks sketches for Inktober
This time, instead of just copying what I saw, I decided to sketch from unusual angles, exaggerating perspective! Trouble is, otherwise I will bore too easily!

Day 8:


...I haven't been able to eat them, ever since we had chickens!!

Day 9:

A Cheese Grater...

...I am a cheese lover! 
Not boring old Cheddar, but rather the creamy or stinky blue variety - In fact, the stinkier the better!!

Day 10:

A bottle of plonk...

 ...Quite enjoying the odd glass of red lately... 
Blurry marvellous! Hic!

Day 11:

Some hand wash...

...I am trying hard to find something interesting or witty to say about hand wash... Hmm...
Nope! I got nuthin'!

Day 12:


...I almost poked my eye out with the damned things while I was holding them up like this!

Day 13:

A liqueur glass...

...My favourite being Baileys... Mmmm!

Day 14:

A bear...?


So there it is, week two. Hope you enjoyed! 
And don't forget, if you are also doing the challenge, feel free to link on the comments roll so I can come and take a look :0)

My next Quarterly Newsletter is coming out on November the 1st and I will be offering a generous discount exclusively to my subscribers for a very limited time during the month of November! So, if you are looking for a special Christmas gift this year, don't miss out! You can sign up by clicking the link below :0)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


It's 'Inktober'! 

#inktober  was created in 2009 by Mr. Jake Parker. 
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. I found out about it from Kim Rempel and she encouraged me to take part. I didn't take much persuading as I enjoy the freedom of a quick sketch, but am rarely disciplined enough to do it regularly. 

Instead of posting one sketch every day, I decided to post seven sketches every week instead. Not sure which is the best way to do it really. What do you think? A post a day? Or a post a week?

Anyway, here are my sketches for week 1:

1. A cotton reel...

...Damned ellipses! Chuh!

2. The humble toothpaste tube...

...Must add to shopping list!

3. The Teddy Bear...

 ...Well, it would be all manner of wrong if I didn't include at least one bear!

4. Oh go on then...

 ...Make that two!

5. My shaving brush 


...I use it to dust off my oil paintings between each layer. Jolly good job of those bristles, even if I do say so myself! ;0)

6. A few buttons...

...I seem to have mysteriously accumulated quite a few over the years, even though quite frankly I'd rather rip my own arm off and eat it, than actually sew one on! 

7. A selection of clothes pegs...

...I have three varieties... two of which are next to useless!

So, are you taking part in the challenge? 
If so, feel free to post a link to your own sketches on the comment roll below, so we can all pop by and have a look!

 Happy sketching everyone!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Alla Prima Cocktail Painting...

'Something for the Lady...'

There is something enormously satisfying about painting 'Alla Prima'. So much so, that I didn't even have to drink this one! ;0)

I did a watercolour sketch of this a few years back and have been meaning to do an oil version for some time. Luckily, I still have the cocktail recipe book - and of course the glass itself is quite famous on my blog as I have painted it many times!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

And the Winner is...


Tito won my limited edition teddy bear print giveaway and I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the contest! (Well done Tito!)

I used to pick my winner and I had a lovely warm feeling when Tito's number came up. He has been a follower of mine from very early on and has his own blog, full of gorgeous watercolours.

Tito and his wife have picked their favourite of the eight bears, 'Archibalding', and he is on his way to Italy as we speak... 

...Good choice, he is one of my favourites too :0)

I'll be back soon to share what I'm working on right now.
Meanwhile, happy painting everyone!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop!

 'Don't Worry, They say the Best Things Come in 
Small Packages...'

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel


 I have been nominated by my lovely and talented friend Vonny of VonnyK Art, to take part in the Creative Blog hop which was started by Erin

The Creative Blog Hop happens every Monday and hops from Artist to Artist
We all answer the same questions and nominate 3 people to hop on too so here goes:

1 - What am I working on?

I am working on several things at the moment. I've just been commissioned to paint a large bear painting using two beautiful old bears in the same style/size as my first series. But it'll take a while deciding on a composition before I can actually pick up my paint brush! Meanwhile I have just started two new glass paintings.

2 - How does my work differ from others in my genre?

mmm... that's a tough one!
I have never had felt the need or desire to follow the current trend. If it  doesn't come naturally to me, then it really isn't! As much as all Artists learn from each other, however much I might love their work I try not to be over influenced by it. By thinking this way, it has been easier to develop a style of my own, which I'm sure will continue to evolve. If we all painted the same way, art wouldn't be nearly so interesting!

3 - Why do I create what I do?
side from Scuba-Diving which I love to do but don't get chance to do very often, painting and drawing is the one activity where I get completely absorbed and my mind is focused on one thing only. I'm a person who thinks a lot - probably way too much! To have all thoughts fade away aside from my subject, is incredibly relaxing for my busy brain!

4 - How does my creative process work?

I have to be inspired! Something like a flickering candle on a pub table, the oily sheen of an Olive, or even the smell of a log fire will do it. I see something in a certain light and think - I want to paint that!
Once I've decided on a composition, I will sketch it out on the back of an old roll of wallpaper. When I'm happy with my drawing, I'll transfer my basic lines to the canvas and then try to capture the light I'm looking for using a camera, just so my shadows remain consistent. The rest is usually painted from life. Next, I tone my entire canvas. Once that's dry and the drawing is in place, I will continue using just one colour mix over several layers to create a basic monochrome painting. Once I am happy with the tonal values, I go in with colour glazes, mainly transparent ones. I do this in several layers, so the colours beneath glow through the ones above. I'll often use complimentary colours - so the under-layer of a red book for example, might actually be green. It's an interesting process. Colour theory sounds boring but in my opinion it is very important to understand.

Now it's time to nominate 3 people for the Hop to hop onto. It's been very hard to choose as I know so many wonderful Artists. So, I've chosen 3 Artists, each with very different styles...

Nic and I have followed each other for a long time and have become genuine friends. Hopefully we will get to meet in the flesh one day, but meanwhile we often have a good old rant to each other when we need to! We offer each other encouragement, tell each other about opportunities, competitions... generally mentor each other really. She specialises in painting animals and Scottish Landscapes and she has an unmistakable and unique style.

Suzanne Berry 
You know sometimes you get a new follower on your blog and you think 'Wow! what could this person possibly learn from me?' Well, Suzanne is one of those! I have been in awe of her work for years and if only she lived closer, I am sure I'd be stalking her in some lunatic fashion in an attempt to learn some of her secrets! She emailed me once to ask me to share with her some of mine... That was one of the biggest compliments I've ever had!
Susan is one of those Artists who will post a masterpiece on her blog every week and make it seem completely effortless! Her mark making is wonderful and from an abundance of colours and brushstrokes appear the most amazing paintings! I could tell a painting by Susan anywhere, they are very unique in both style and subject! Her subjects are highly original - my favourite series being her very voluptuous ballerinas!

Keep an eye out for my next post, when I'll be announcing the winner of my Limited Edition Teddy Bear Print Giveaway!

Happy Hopping everyone x


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