Sunday, October 9, 2016

Beatifically Beaming Sunflower Painting done in Watercolour Sticks and Acrylics on Paper!

"Floral Exaltation" 12" x 16" acrylic and watercolour on 140 lb hot press watercolour paper

Thought I'd update this blog by putting my latest on. I am looking for even more ways to make my work more immediate, more expressive while still leaning towards eco-friendly ways to do so. I have discovered Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith watercolour sticks. They are actual watercolours that are formed so that you can draw with them. So they are still pretty pricey BUT it's totally worth it. For the artist who still wants to draw when they paint, it's a dream come true! Look forward to more works like this. Love it! To see more about it go here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

She's Leaving

"She's Leaving" 16" x 16" acrylic on stretched canvas, artist Gwen Duda, ©2015

You think you are prepared for it. My mother, who has been dealing with Alzheimer's for over 10 years is leaving, I can feel it and hear it in her voice. This painting was the result of a call I had with her earlier this week. I knew there would come a day when she wouldn't know who I was and I was okay with that. My Mom was such a fun lady, and so kind that I was okay to just be a friend to her and enjoy her company. But what I wasn't ready for, was the loss of her spirit, her character, her spark. It's like there is a different person altogether on the other end of the phone and she has no interest in talking to me, or anyone else for that matter. I don't blame her one bit. The disease is winning..again. 

To read more of the personal story behind this piece please go here. I wish all of you, who are struggling with loss, grief and transition strength and grace for this journey called Life. My love goes out to you. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First Painting of 2015 - Feelin' the Love of Oils

"Sublime in the City" 9 1/2" x 6 3/4" oil on gessoed watercolour paper, artist Gwen Duda, ©2015
Well here's the official first painting of 2015 and it's a lovely one in oils. I wanted to do a study that particularly focused on beautiful, colourful grays with just a few hits of more pure hues. This is the result.


Study of gray mixes from pure hues, leaning blue, green, yellow and purple.
But first I did a some mixing of pure hues and mixed down with white. Just look at how beautiful some, if not most, of these are!


This is the designated oil area of the studio. Sadly these aren't all the brushes either. 

And above, is where the oil magic happens - in one corner of my studio. I use NO solvents what-so-ever in producing my oil paintings so what you see in the jars above (besides brushes) is pure (expensive) artist grade walnut oil to clean my brushes. I then wash them out with soap and water. Depending on the amount of brushes I use (well over 40 sometimes) it can take close to an hour and a half. Anyone interested in a no-paying internship being my brush washer? 

And that's the latest from Gwen Duda Studios!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The NEW Gwen Duda Studios official website!




And here it is! www.gwenduda.com 
Here you will find all my original works not only by year but by colour as well. Coming to it will also be "Collector's Corner" which will have spotlights on the collectors of my work and informative articles on art collecting, a blog, video and specials so if you want to be up on the lastest pieces and special offers come to my website and sign up for my periodic email newsletters (which you can do by going to my "contact" tab at the website. See you there!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Spring Colour in Winter - Greens Original Abstract

Titled "Move Me Green" 12" x 9" Original Acrylic Abstract
 artist Gwen Duda  2014
I've been very busy as of late - with surviving this most cold winter and trying to keep the studio warm breaking down chairs to burn. Nah, just kidding about the chairs but dang that studio gets frosty!

Well to warm our hearts this little number was done just the other day as I was wanting to just do a swatch chip chart of greens (green gold, phthalo greens yellow and blue shade, viridian hue, emerald green, etc.). Well one thing led to another and painting was born. So much for the chip chart! Hah!

I really love the flow of this piece and the warm and cool greens that interplay like they are swimming together in a delightful spring stream. Note the white accent in the lower left corner which is reminiscent of a water lily. My work is always nature-inspired, on way or another and I love the shape and colour of water lilies.

If you want to see more of this piece or to purchase please go here.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Painting A Day Challenge!

I've entered into the daily painting fray. Why? Well it's a way to keep one's artistic chops up and be able to get through the huge backlog of images in my mental rolodex. So, here's the first painting as a result. To see more or purchase click here.

"Blue Above, Gold Below" 5" x 7" oil on panel, artist, Gwen Duda, 2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Art, Artist and Social Media - the Reality

I have come to a decision - that in order to actually get work done in the studio I have to spend less time doing social media. I know it's completely opposite what all the social media gurus (self-appointed and otherwise) are saying but the reality is this - if I don't paint, there's nothing to talk about. Period.

Like many artists I have to do all parts of my art business (and don't kid yourself, it is a business) myself and after several years of trying to make it all work I have realized, it doesn't. The thing that has suffered most is my ability to actually get a body of new work done. If I haven't told you, I have permanent health issues that greatly impact my productive time so I have had to take a hard look at things as they are. This is the result.

So when I do have something to say that actually matters and is important to the art I will post it here, at my website www.gwenduda.com and on my facebook page. You can continue to purchase the work directly from my website and also at my Etsy shop.

I love to speak with people so don't be shy, if you have a question or want to talk about something feel free to go to my website and send me a comment here. I greatly cherish meeting new people that are as excited about the work as I am.

That's it for today. Take good care of yourself and I'll be back!