Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm not here

If you are wondering what's with no new paintings being posted - well I am away, to visit with my Mom prior to, and to support her after her surgery. First Alzheimer's now a hysterectomy. There is no doubt in my mind that life is suffering. I think the Buddha was on to something there....

I hope my American friends had a very happy thanksgiving and may we all receive the blessings we need.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I seem to have this recurring theme in my art work of women, night scapes and the moon


Maybe it's all the sleepless nights I have had in my life so far but I feel an affection for the moon. It bears witness to our silent nights of solitary insomnia, when doubts or illness keep us up and all we have for company if the skies are clear are the moving stars and the moon. I wonder how many women have sat or stood before her, silently speaking their plight while she listened and tried to comfort us with her luminescent soft rays. If she could speak, the stories would fill tomes I am sure. So this little ACEO original oil painting is my homage to la lune.

When's the last time you spoke to the moon?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Oh those little abstracts


This is another one of those "just follow the paint" experiences. I am always amazed at what happens when I leave any preconceived ideas of what I should paint behind. Oil paints are just so, so, luxurious to work with.

This little piece is 5" by 4"small format original oil painting on canvas board titled "A Small Genesis" as it looks like energies emerging or gathering. It reminds me of a science fiction creation.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEW Collector's ACEO Oil Painting!


Inspired by one of my favorite things, heart-shaped lockets, I did this ACEO sized original oil painting. I think lockets are a thing of beauty and there is such emotion, such sentimentality, enwrapped within and without them. I think I use to have a locket when I was really young but I can't remember clearly enough. Have you ever had one?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I have heard so much about the ACEO paintings that I decided to look into and see if the format would be condusive to my work, and it is so here is my FIRST EVER ACEO original oil painting! It measures 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches and is done in professional artist grade oil paints and support. I just love it! It took 4 hours to do. Yep, that's right. It's the oil version of the acrylic painting I did earlier. I love both mediums but there was just something so sumptuous about painting in oils. I have this little dittie up for sale on my Etsy.com shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/GwensArtDreamscape or you can purchase it from my gwendudamcbride.com website. Enjoy this little gem!

Sunday, November 8, 2009



I did this little painting for a friend of mine whose birthday has just passed. She had just gotten her wee one not too long ago and I had a few images of him so I decided to make her a one of kind little painting. Here it is! She was kind enough to take a shot of her Link with the painting to show the resemblance. She's a pretty awesome photographer too, by the way!

This painting is on a 4"x 5" canvas board acrylic original painting. Sometimes you just have to be silly and cute and, well, just let out the love. : )

Had to repost my "A Pear Triumvirate"


The image was so washed out that I went back in and worked on the image to make it more closely represent the original acrylic painting. So here it is again. It looks much better. Ah, the internet, so much to learn...

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Ah this little winter gem of a piece was a nordic experiment. In an  5" x 7" small format oil painting I wanted to convey the color we see in winter even though we are unaware of it because, usually, we're freezing! So in this nice little freeze frame (oh yes I did!) it is caught and one can gaze at it's beauty in the warm fuzzy comfort of their own armchair. Ahhhhh.

Being involved in the fantastic shopping adventure called Etsy.com I have to watch myself or I would buy so much stuff! There are so many beautiful items by so many talented artists/artisans. Here is one of them.

This beautiful necklace is available on Etsy by Janewearjewelry and there are a few more noteworthy items you'll fall in love with when you get there. Happy viewing!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009



I just had to repost the image for "Ember Escape" because the first one I posted (framed) was so washed out. There is much to learn in photographing one's art and then more to learn about how images then appear online. So the above unframed image is much closer to how the original looks.

Here is some of my latest art! I can't post these on Etsy yet as they are on their way to a show where they may be sold BUT you can see them here!

You have seen "A Pear Triumirate", which I was really happy with. It's an acrylic but could pass for an oil as well, it is so luminous. The other painting that I shipped to the show is this one that kicked it all off again, "Ember Escape". It's a framed 12" x 12" acrylic in a sleek black floater frame that perfectly showcases this contemporary, immediate piece. It reminds me of a Goya or Velasquez in the dramatic lighting, the almost violent upsurging of reds and oranges on the bottom like fire reaching, threatening to consume those pieces of smoldering embers disloyal enough to escape. I love the golden luminosity of it all.

Now I am wondering what to paint next. I think it will be an ACEO but I need a muse. Any volunteers? : )

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A shot of my Studio


Here's a view of my studio that I finally reorganized about a month ago. There's a lot packed in there alright. What I really need is a studio with concrete floors (so I don't have to worry about paint going wherever it damn well wants) and a huge, stable mother of an easel. But for now, this is where the magic happens : )

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hello Everyone!


   Welcome and I hope to make this a fun and useful site for you to come visit! You can see more of my work at gwendudambride.com along with a whole lot of information such as my official artist's biography, educational background, art creds and all that formal stuff. Here I hope to keep you up-to-date with the latest art fresh off the easel and any showings or other noteworthy happenings (like the Pope bought a piece of my work and then exorcised it successfully). 

   Here is my latest painting "A Pear Triumvirate" which I hopefully will be finishing tonight as it has to be securely packed and out the door tomorrow!!! It will be fully framed so that will protect it and no bubble wrap shall touch the painting surface! It will have the needed 24 hours to cure. I love acrylics, usually. *laughing*

   I'll post the finished piece up as soon as I get a good shot of it tomorrow. I like it. Gawd pears are sexy!