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

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Arty Exploration..

I thought I'd share with you, something very different to my usual work today.
My Sister and I decided to do something a little 'outside of the box' to celebrate our parents birthdays. 

They are both very much in to their family tree, so we decided to embrace that and create a portrait of the two of them, using only the finger prints of the two of us!


My Sister and I with the portrait :0)

Then, when we had completed the portrait, we added a row of finger prints in genetic order of who came next, starting with my Daughter who was their first Grandchild, then my Sisters eldest, then my youngest and my Sisters next two... ending with my Daughters Son, who is their first Great-Grandchild who arrived last year! Crikey - It seems we've been busy creating in more ways than one!

We had great fun doing the portrait. I had hoped expected that I would be having to 'place' my Sisters fingers where I needed them to go... but it turns out she had an eye for it too. I was quite put out impressed!

Anyway, here's a close up version...

Portrait made with only fingerprints

It's certainly not something that can be 'tight'... But I think that's what I like about it!
It's nice to experiment sometimes and this was a really fun way of doing that.

Well, that's it for today. I'll be back on Tuesday with one last post before we go on holiday!

Bye for now :0)




22 comments:

  1. Sandra, what a fantastic idea, and how well it turned out.. Your parents will love this forever..

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    1. Thanks Joan! Yes, they really did love it! It was well worth it :0)

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  2. Sandra what a great idea-I'm sure they loved it! How on earth did you do the facial features with fingerprints-they look amazing!

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    1. Thank you Nic! We used the edge of thin paper to mask areas where we needed to make thin lines. Then just the very edge of our fingers along the mask... The teeth were very tricky! And we were black from head to toe afterwards!!

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  3. What an original idea! Brilliant! The only thing my kids painted for me was my 'flying-boots' which they did with gloss paint when they were very young ... it impressed the RAF ... but not a lot. The memory sticks with us, just as yours will with your parents

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    1. Thanks John!
      Heehee... the joys of parenthood!
      And just as mine have either flown the nest or are entirely independent, what do we do? Get a dog!! So these days, though we don't have crayon up the walls - nor do we have a single 'pair' of socks between us... I have gone through four pairs of slippers in as many months... the list goes on! ;0)

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  4. What a fun, personal portrait! I know your parents will cherish it x

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    1. It was fun Pat - and something a little different. Exploring new techniques is something I rarely do but really enjoy... I should do it more! :0)

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  5. AWESOME portrait, Sandra!!! SO unique and a great painting to start off the year with!! I knew your parents would love it! I look forward to your paintings in 2015 !

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    1. Thank you Hilda! Yes, I'm looking forward to experimenting more this year - but with my brushes and oils :0)

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  6. What a lovely idea and tribute!!! and so beautifully done! i'm sure your parents will treasure it forever! here's looking forward to feb.

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    1. Thanks Suz... Yes, me too! My mind is buzzing! :0)

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    2. Thanks Suz... Yes, me too! My mind is buzzing! :0)

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  7. What an original idea, and so beautifully executed. I can imagine you two girls had a heap of fun and it gives a whole new meaning to 'finger painting'. ;-)

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  8. Un précieux cadeau !
    Bravo Sandra.

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  9. One of the most original and fascinating works of art I have encountered - and did I mention thoughtful? I think they will not only love it but will cherish it forever and ever!

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    1. Oh you are really kind to say that Susan, thank you! I'm glad you like it :0)

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  10. Bonjour chère amie,

    De l'originalité +++ et incroyable, j'aime ça ! Je suis certaine que vos parents ont été plus qu'heureux de recevoir un tel présent.
    Cette oeuvre d'art restera un souvenir merveilleux pour chacun d'entre vous.
    Bravo !

    Gros bisous

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