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


I HAVE NOW MOVED!
YOU CAN FIND MY NEW BLOG AT: http://www.sandrabusbyart.com/blog

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'


26 comments:

  1. Oh Sandra, it's a beautiful painting and I'm sure they will treasure it. Heartbreaking.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. It is Kim... But I have always believed that there is more to life than what we know and I'm quite sure he is in the know and nothing is over for ever.
      As I said once before... Sometimes when we can't see beyond the clouds, we just have to trust that the sun is still shining as it always has...

      Delete
  2. Oh my goodness, Sandra, I got goosebumps reading this post. That is so terribly sad. This is a gorgeous portrait and you're right - the almost sepia feel to it contrasts wonderfully with the modern pose and it just works so well. I'm so sorry to hear about this poor boy and you're absolutely right too - just because he isn't here physically doesn't mean his energy isn't still around. His family will love this so much. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Nic
      They will get the portrait on Monday evening I think - I really hope they like it - and that they think I have done their Son justice. I only met him the once but I remember him clearly. This always helps enormously when trying to capture someone on canvas...

      Delete
  3. His parents are going to cry buckets of tears when they get this precious gift.... It is a wonderful memorial... You are a magnificent human being Sandra Busby!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw.. thank you Tracey!
      Though I'd love to be a magnificent human being, really I'm just a fellow Mum...

      Delete
  4. A lovely and loving tribute. There is goodness all around us.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Susan. I hope they think so too :0)

      Delete
  5. It's always so sad to hear stories like this, Sandra!!! but you painted this portrait so beautifully and his family will absolutely treasure it! I love the sepia look as well. ...somehow it fits this handsome boy! You are SO special to paint this for them!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Hilda
      I am sure all of your comments will mean a lot to his family when they eventually learn of this post.
      Being that I painted him in oils using the same technique as the old masters used to use, I'm quite sure that his portrait will out live all of us! :0)

      Delete
  6. What a beautiful portrait, the sepia tones work so well. Oh but what a sad story, he looks so young. I'm sure his parents will be so happy about this special gift, and the way he touched your heart when you met him.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Kay. Yes, sometimes you meet someone and just think, this guy is going to go far... He was one one those guys...

      Delete
  7. Oh Sandra, that is so very, very tragic! I am sorry. I don't know what to say - it must have been extremely difficult for you, but you were strong and did it!
    The portrait is most definitely COOL!!! And if Charlie approves, that's it then. I am really looking forward to seeing Charlie's portrait, too. :)
    Kathryn XOXO

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kathryn.
      For me it was relating it to my own Son that I found difficult. It was very hard not to do that.
      Also the fact that I'd met him and he was so nice.... Magnify that feeling by a gazzillion and I doubt it's even close to how the family feel going through it for real. It really doesn't bare thinking about...
      (P.S, Your comment came through twice, so I deleted one)

      Delete
  8. Chère Sandra,
    Félicitations pour ce magnifique et émouvant portrait.
    Vous êtes une talentueuse et généreuse artiste, et je suis sûr que sa famille sera très touchée par ce bel hommage.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies

    1. Merci beaucoup Olivier. Je l'ai trouvé émotionnelle à peindre ... Je peux seulement imaginer ce sera émotif pour eux de recevoir xx

      Delete
  9. How lovely. I'm sure they loved it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sue. They'll get it on Monday eve :0)

      Delete
  10. Oh Sandra, this portrait is really beautiful and I'm sure that for the Chris family it will be a great emotion to receive such a lovely painting. You have been so kind to paint Chris for them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Tito. I'm so glad you like the painting...
      I find that sometimes giving something like this gives me greater payment than money ever could :0)

      Delete
  11. A lovely work of art Sandra, I'm sure Chris's family will treasure it. How very sad. I love what you said at the end, it is so very very true.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Sue.
      Well, you of all people should know, with all that you have been through xx

      Delete
  12. Wow Sandra, what a great portrait, it must have been so hard and emotional to paint. His family will love it, I am sure.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Judy - It was emotional that's for sure. I really hope they do :0)

      Delete
  13. Oh my gosh, Sandra! What a wonderfully lovely thing to do - and to do it so beautifully and with such heartfelt emotion! This portrait will be treasured forever and ever. And I love how you paint using those gorgeous sepia tones - there is something so intimate about it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Susan. I am glad you like it since you are so clever at portraits!
      I hope they liked it too...
      xx

      Delete

Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Where possible I will respond via email. I really do love to read them! They always make me smile ;0)

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...