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


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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

WIP - Cocktail Glass...

Okay, well it's not actually in progress anymore because the completed painting is now spending some time drying out in the studio! But meanwhile I thought I'd share the process with you :0)

Stage 1-4:

So here it is having toned my canvas, drawn out my glass and completed two tonal layers to establish my lights, darks and mid-tones...



Stage 5-6:
 
At this point I have painted two further monochrome layers in various shades of greys. I use a black which I mix myself because I find the pre-mixed ones to be too flat and dull.

You can see that some of the earthy warmth from the toned canvas still glows through these layers... 



Each layer has to be allowed to dry before the next, so it does take patience!
I'll be posting the completed painting next, so watch this space :0)


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25 comments:

  1. i remember your last cocktail glass sandra .. it's good to see your WIP

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    1. Thank you Jane!
      Will post the completed version in a few days :0)

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  2. Looking great, Sandra! I love looking at processes. And I'm glad to read that you make your own blacks - me, too, for the same reason. They are so much more alive.
    Looking forward to seeing the final version!
    Kathryn XX

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    1. Thanks Kathryn.
      Yes, they are aren't they? But I'll be damned if I can mix my own white! So I just tint those instead ;0)

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  3. I drink a toast with you, great work.
    Regards.

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    1. Why thank you Sergio! You are very kind :0)

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  4. Ahhh ! Sandra your still the best at this glass painting. I'll look for your finished piece..
    Your paintings always glow and I know that's what we look for whether it's oil or watercolour.

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    1. Hi Barbra
      How lovely of you to say that! Thank you so much! :0)

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  5. I think it's amazing how you do all those layers - out of curiosity, what would happen if you just started painting the final colours straight onto the canvas without doing these layers first?

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    1. Thanks Nic!
      That is a good question with a long answer, so I will email you :0)

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    2. Actually, I decided to put my answer on here in case anyone else is curious...

      I use almost all transparent colours, which means the layers beneath glow through. So, the light shines through the layers to the ones below and then the light bounces back through each layer creating an effect that is far more interesting than it would be if the colour were just mixed in the pallet. It gives it a depth it wouldn't otherwise have. If I put the mixed colour directly on to the white canvas, not only would it be flat, but it wouldn't have the warm glow either.

      Also, the initial monochrome layer is a fabulous way of being able to manipulate and establish the composition before plunging in with the colour.
      And lastly, a painting that is created like this, will last for many years longer than a painting that is created in one sitting. So this might be a long winded way of painting, but there are very good reasons for doing it :0)

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  6. Oh and no, I can't hear any music!

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  7. Bonjour Sandra,
    C'est toujours un plaisir de suivre la progression de tes merveilleuses peintures!
    Merci pour ce beau partage.
    Bises :)

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    1. Merci beaucoup Olivier! Je suis heureux que vous ayez plaisir à regarder les différentes étapes: 0)

      (Thank you very much Olivier! I am glad you enjoy looking at the different stages :0)

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  8. Your process is so interesting, Sandra. I enjoy seeing the painting come alive and begin to glow from within.

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    1. Thanks so much Susan.
      I like looking at other works in progress too :0)

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  9. I'm so glad that I stumbled across your blog! I love seeing works in progress and your technique is impeccable! I look forward to seeing the finished piece and am looking forward to scrolling through your past posts. :)

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    1. Thank you very much Rebecca! It's always lovely see see a new face pop up!
      I'm really glad you like what you found :0)

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  10. This is so gorgeous and rich in colour, as always. I feel like I can pick up the glass and drink from it, but then I might be hearing music ;)
    Von.

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    1. Thanks Vonny!
      The final layer will be more colourful than this one :0)

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  11. This progression is amazing...however, I would love to stand over you to see how you work! lol
    Your work is always beautiful, Sandra! you have mastered painting glass!!! I look forward to your next post!!

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    1. Thank you so much Hilda...
      It's quite therapeutic. I like painting this way because each layer makes a significant difference :0)

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  12. I LOVE your martini paintings Sandra! It's really the composition of the olives that get me ; ) Such an interesting element. Look forward to more progress shots! p.s. I really enjoyed your newsletter!

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    1. Thanks so much Kim!
      Yes, I enjoy the distortions in the olives too...And making the top one look wet and oily rather than magnified beneath the liquid... It really does force you to look carefully at what you're drawing :0)
      I'm really glad you enjoyed the newsletter. I wasn't sure I would have much to say - Turns out that I wouldn't shut up, hehe ;0)

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