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


Friday, 29 April 2016

Fish out of Water...

'Fish out of Water'...

2ft x 3ft, Oil on Stretched Canvas

...I'm sure most of us can relate to that feeling at times?


...And in my case, never more so than when I'm in charge of a camera! 
It proved almost impossible for me to get a perfect colour match, so I am sharing two more photo's below, which are closer in colour than the ones above...

...I could actually call this a 'Self-Portrait'... after all, I painted it when I was feeling just as the title suggests! And I find no therapy like painting how I feel...

...Anyway, I have sploshed back in the water now and with that in mind, I will shortly be starting another even larger painting; This time a 'watery' still life and a highly complex one at that.

Might take me a while, but watch this space!!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Exciting News...

So there I was on Friday morning, casually opening the mail over a cup of tea... 
Nothing unusual (so I thought); a Bank Statement... a South East Water Statement... some junk mail...
...And then there was an envelope marked 'SAA' (Society for All Artists).

Well I almost spat my tea across the room when I opened it and read the first sentence...

'CONGRATULATIONS! Your painting entitled The Night is Young has been selected to go through to the next round of judging in the SAA, Society for all Artists, Artist of the Year Competition 2016.'

...It turns out that out of more than 3,000 entries, the painting was one of 160 chosen to go through to the next round... My jaw practically hit the floor! In fact I was so certain it wouldn't go any further, that the painting had sold... thankfully to someone who was really happy to lend it back to me for as long as I need. Phew!!

So here is the painting that is now on it's way to Nottinghamshire for the final round of judging...

'The Night is Young'

8" x 8" Oil on Canvas

...Regardless of whether it goes any further, I am so thrilled to be one of those chosen, because the competition is seriously good! And I know that the chances are tiny, but then again I thought the same about this bit, so who knows???

Anyway, I'll keep you posted! Meanwhile, wish me luck!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Painting of a Brandy Glass...

Ahh... Doesn't a drop of Brandy always look so smooooth, so sophisticated and so warming?

I've always fancied myself as a bit of a Brandy drinker, but it's pure fantasy, since every time I attempt to drink one it doesn't taste 'warming' at all... more like burning... yes, that's it... like the entire top layer of skin has just been stripped from my oesophagus... like I have just unwittingly swallowed a mouth full of  Nail Varnish remover, or accidentally swigged a mouth full of turps instead of tea (and I speak from experience there)!

The same applies to wine. It doesn't matter how expensive the bottle is, £5... £20... Have I ever detected a 'delicate hint of oak' or 'fresh spring meadows' or 'fruity citrus notes'...? Um... sorry, but nope! All I get is the taste of vinegar.

So, I might have the palette of an Artist, but clearly I don't have the 'palate' of a wine connoisseur!!
As uncultured as it might make me, I'm afraid the only alcoholic beverage I truly enjoy is a nice cold Lager! Straight from a bottle, straight from a can, in a glass, in a dog bowl, whatever - I am truly not fussed. That is just what I like!

So there it is.

Anyway, I may not be able to enjoy drinking Brandy, but that's not to say I don't love to paint it!

And here it is, the only way I would ever drink it willingly.
Purely for...

'Medicinal Purposes'

9" x 12" Oil on Museum Quality Gesso Panel

Available on my Website

(See? I can be cultured!)


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