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

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!! 


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

#Inktober

  ...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:

Eggs...


...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:

Cutlery...


...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...?



...Shocking!!!


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)





Friday, 10 October 2014

Abstract meets Realism, part 2...

Remember a couple of posts ago when I posted a new Whiskey Glass, which I painted using Acrylics? Well, here is the oil version...

'To Warm the Cockles...'


  SOLD

 The two have quite a different feel, don't they? 
This one is warmer, more subtle and slightly less abstract, whereas the other is cooler with more contrast. Both look equally realistic when viewed from a distance, as you can see...



I'm not sure which I prefer. They are the same... but different!

Anyway, for those of you who haven't already signed up, 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

#inktober...




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!


Friday, 3 October 2014

Abstract meets Realism...

 'Purely for Medicinal Purposes!'

I suppose you could call this kind of painting either abstract or realism.
Close up, it is just a lot of abstract shapes...




 ...but when viewed from a distance they look quite real...




...Yes, you can see two Whiskey glasses on the drying shelf and yes I have done a similar one before which you can see on my blog header! I enjoy painting them though and since the light is always changing, they are always very different :0)

The one I'm featuring today is painted using acrylics on a box canvas. The other is painted using oils on a stretched canvas and I'll be sharing that with you next week. The two have quite a different feel to them! 

It's quite a back track from the bright, colourful cocktail painting that I featured in my last post, but I do plan to do more just like that over the coming weeks, not least because they are a breeze to photograph! That last one I posted was caught perfectly in one shot! But taking photo's of these glasses on darker backgrounds never fail to leave me tearing my hair out and I have to settle with the best of a bad bunch!

Meanwhile most of my painting time is being taken up while I'm painting the large bear commission I'm working on - but I can't share it until the recipient has seen it at Christmas! Can you believe it's October already..? 

...Gaaagh... I'd better get cracking!!

 
 

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