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


Thursday, 19 June 2014

'Alla Prima' Bear...

'Will you pick me...?' 


This little dude, along with several others, has been staring at me from my studio shelf for some time.
I think he was wondering if he was ever going to be painted!

As you know I've been wanting to paint some more bears for a while, but this time I decided to do a more impressionistic series at a much smaller size. This one is 8" x 10"

I really enjoyed the freedom that impressionism allows. Instead of blending my brushstrokes as I often do, I embraced them!
But regardless of this, whether it's to do with my palette or the familiar subject I chose, I think that my style still shines through the lively brushstrokes!

How refreshing it was to walk in to my studio to a blank canvas and walk out with a completed painting from just one sitting!!  
 So, I am definitely going to do a lot more paintings like this!
That's not to say I will abandon my more realist style anytime soon. In fact, I'll soon be starting another cocktail painting... But I like to think there will be room for both.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Portrait in Oils...

This gorgeous, gorgeous boy is Chris...

And having met him before, I can tell you that along with his heart-melting good looks, came intelligence, charm, manners, promise...

I found this such an emotional challenge to paint.
 Chris passed away less than a year ago and since I have a Son around the same age, I had to make a conscious effort to detach, which I found to be extremely difficult.

As I painted him, I tried to play the kind of music that I thought that he might like, I painted him in a style that I thought he would like and even though he is not here in the physical sense, Chris is the one who I wanted to like it the most.

  With this in mind, once I had completed the painting, I asked my Son Charlie to approve it - and he said that he would be really happy if I painted him in the same style. I think it's because the monochrome has quite a modern feel, don't you?

Anyway - Chris's painting will shortly be on his way to his family who have no idea of his pending arrival or even that I have painted him at all. I won't be there when they see the painting...
...Probably just as well, I have cried so much already...

'Just because we can not see someone, it doesn't mean they are not there'


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