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


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Latest Cocktail Painting in Progress...

I thought you might like a sneaky peak at my latest cocktail glass (with a sparkler) as it's in progress.
(In case you missed it, you can see the first layer by clicking here)

So, This is the beginning of layer 2....

 ...Looks a little scruffy here, doesn't it? 
But it quickly progresses in layer 3 to look a little more refined...

In layer 4, I have begun to add more colour, which at this point looks a little harsh.
In fact, yyes - It's definitely at its 'skanky teenage stage' right here! But that's quite normal and will change as I add further glazes...

...I like how the cork is looking as it just catches the light, but I want that umbrella to really glow where the light shines through the thin, translucent paper.

Next I'll continue with glazes of transparent colours over the entire canvas, until I achieve the depth I'm looking for and that the glow from the sparkler is a little softer.
 Then will come the really fun part... adding the 'sparkle' to the sparkler, which at this point is far from how it will look. I want it to 'moVe'!

Finally I'll add detail, such as the reflected light across the cherry and of course the glass, so it pops out from the darkness. This is when the glass will look 'glassy'.

The next time you see it, it'll be complete. 
Meanwhile I hope you enjoyed a peak in to my process :0)

On another note, if you haven't already,  I would be SO grateful if you would take a moment to vote for my painting 'Art, Short for Arthur' to win the Ken Bromley Cover competition!
It's really easy and takes just a few moments. Just click on this link to be taken directly to the page. Thank you so much - I appreciate every single one of your votes :0) 


  1. I'm always so amazed at the different stages and glazes your pieces go through-a lengthy prices but so worthwhile when we see the final result. I'm looking forward to seeing it completed. Out of curiosity what do you use to get the nearly white but not quite glide if the sparkler-I struggle when trying to create the colour of the sun in a landscape as I can never quite get the glaring color right. I know yours is oil but I'm sure the colours are similar?

  2. I love your progress shots. You have already nailed the translucent paper in the umbrella. I can't wait to see how you're going to paint the sparkler! Sounds complicated but I'm sure you have it all figured out : ) Looking forward to the next instalment!

    1. Thanks Kim
      I'm going to leave the sparkler til last because that should really spring it to life.
      I'm looking forward to that bit too! :0)

  3. Great to see the steps, Sandra! Adding the sparkle seems very difficult to me. Can't wait to see!

    1. Thanks Judy
      Yes, I have a plan in mind so I hope it works! :0)

  4. Thank you for sharing this progression! I so enjoy seeing your work come to life! so looking forward to the finished piece too!

    1. Thank you Suzanne!
      I like seeing other peoples progress shots too, so sometimes it's nice to share my own...
      Hopefully it'll be almost complete this weekend when I get back behind the easel! :0)

  5. The progression of a painting is so interesting Sandra....I look forward to your next post...

  6. looks like it's coming along really well.

  7. Wonderful work Sandra. It's always great to see the various stages.

  8. I enjoy the steps - always, and look forward to seeing your painting as an "adult", not a "skanky teenager".
    Kathryn XX

    1. Hopefully Kathryn, it'll have come of age by the weekend, hehe! ;0)

  9. Show better every layer. One good painting may need more than 4 layers.


  10. Wow! What a challenge and you pulled it off beautifully, Sandra!

    1. Thanks so much Sandy. This isn't the finished version though... But once I had added some sizzle to that sparkler it really did set it off :0)


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