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

Friday, 5 February 2016

Work in Progress...

...Sometimes you have to be willing to take a huge step backwards, in order to take a baby step forward. 
This has certainly been the case with my latest work in progress, which I have now wiped off and started again, not once... but TWICE!!

As I was once told, paintings can't always fall off the brush! But it is frustrating when things don't go as planned and I have splurged more than a few four letter words over the last couple of days!!

 Never mind... when things go wrong, I just wipe it off and start again... as long as I am still liking the subject of course. Once I've fallen out of love then there is usually no going back!

In this case, I do still love my subject and I really just want to get it right. It's all about patience.

Right now I am working on what I call, the 'muscle' layer, though even this mid-layer is not yet finished! As you can see, some of the warm under painting is still showing!

This is what I find to be the 'scary' layer; when it is SO bad, that I can almost no longer visualise the end result.

Anyway, I am going to share this scary stage regardless. It is pretty 'dead' looking right now... but when I add the 'skin' layer, hopefully it will begin to come to life!


The Scary Stage!


...Oh, and by the way, I finally got a reasonable photo of the Rum & Lime painting!
Here it is...


'Nightcap'

9 x 12 inch Oil on Gesso Panel



Cheers!
See you next week!!





16 comments:

  1. Ah ha I have spells like that too.we all do..I agree when I do lose interest in the subject that is it for me too. You will turn out an amazing painting I know it, love to you, Diana

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    1. I hope so Diana! Thank you! I am slightly more hopeful that I was :0)

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  2. 'Nightcap' is a beauty, and I think the new painting will be too! Love to read about your stages!

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    1. Thank you Judy! I am looking forward to the final stages :0)

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  3. Sandra, I have nominated YOU to my group - the Royal Academy of Purists and Perfectionists!!!! Sorry you had to go through all that wiping and re-painting, but ... join the club :) I am positive the painting will be sublime!
    Kathryn

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    1. I'm loving your positive thoughts Kathryn, thank you! :0)

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  4. I absolutely love "nightcap" Sandra! You have magical hands!!!

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    1. Thank you! Lol, I wish that were true Hilda! Magic hands would be, well... very 'handy' at times! :0)

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  5. I know the feeling well, usually for me it's a result of adding just one more bit of paint and totally overworking it and spoiling what was there. I love all these different layers you do - I don't have names for mine, I don't think there is an official term for my style of applying paint, lol! I think this will be amazing when it's finished although you certainly make life difficult for yourself as achieving realism in an ordinary glass is difficult enough without adding this bendy one to the mix!!

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    1. Thanks Nic! Yes, I find that calling my layers 'names' helps me to understand where I'm at and it enables me to visualise better. I love the bendy stem! Fabulous to paint! :0)

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  6. This is going to be a fabulous painting and well worth the false starts. And I'm loving "Nightcap". Awesome. ;-)

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    1. Thanks John.
      It's almost finished at last! I can't wait to add those final touches :0)

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  7. Nightcap is STUNNING!! Gorgeous work! Looking forward to seeing the newest one! And thank you for the progress shots.

    Thank you too for your kind words on Plumline. Much appreciated!

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    1. Thanks so much Suz! I must say, I will find letting go of 'Nightcap' quite hard! I really like it myself too... Is that wrong? Lol!

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