Friday, January 28, 2011

Sky Mandala - Ready for your sacred space!



Finished just this week, "Sky Mandala" is illuminating, peaceful and transcendental-ish. Honestly to look upon it, you just feel so peaceful and content. It's ready to bring it's radiance to any corner or sacred space in your home. It named itself - "Sky Mandala". I was informed that it resembled an Yantra, which, according to wikipedia is "Traditionally such symbols are used in Eastern mysticism to balance the mind or focus it on spiritual concepts". It's done on an 8" x 8" professional oil on canvas board and it's truly a beautiful and uplifting piece. Whomever possesses it will be blessed indeed.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Some like it HOT!

Almost too hot to handle this little oil gem was the result of sitting down and wanting to paint something hot and joyful. Well it really feels hot, like you just did a hike in the Sierra's and are looking across the mountain range during the sun setting on a hot summer's day. Warming, gorgeous and well, pass me the canteen Samantha. See what happens when the cold snap in January lasts a bit too long? Enjoy the heat!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Constructing a Whirling Dervish


"Whirling Dervishes" 4" x 5" original acrylic © Gwen Duda
I have always found the Whirling Dervishes amazing and I finally had a reason to put them to paint and canvas. 


First we start with some palette work - which colours to use, what colour palette to construct. Also how to illustrate the whirling Dervish. Should he or she be solo or in a group? What colours and values to use? Note I started with a red/green idea but changed it after realizing it was not creating the right mood. Also I could see that we needed to have yellow (raw sienna/cadmium yellows) involved here. But it needed more than that.


Onward with the color workings. You'll see in the lower right hand area of the photo a color chart made of my yellow ochres to raw umber. Yes, I have a LOT of paints. I don't even want to think of the $$$ in paint I have but, this gives you some idea. In the upper left I am working out colour theory - and decide on a combination of a trapezoid for balance worked in with mother colour theory.


Here is the trapezoid. It's a yellow (raw sienna) with orange (burnt sienna) with alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue (combined for the violet). You could call it triangular but really and yes, in theory that would work, but I wanted to figure out how exactly this would work and ultramarine blue needed to be in the mix. 

So in the final art work, it appears to be a gold (yellow) violet and burnt orange (burnt sienna) painting but there is blue in there, oh yes there is. Good colour theory, good design and execution is crucial to a good painting and it takes careful planning to have a successful painting. Oh yes it does : )

To purchase a reproduction of "Whirling Dervishes" please go here

Monday, January 17, 2011

"Flying Without Wings" Creativity in Adversity

If you deal with a disability of some kind or have experienced losses over which you had no control to stop, then this book is for you. 

Imagine just finishing your internship, you're a full-fledged doctor MD and an aspiring tennis champion, about to take Europe by storm and within hours, you go from being in the best shape of your life with all kinds of opportunity open in front of you to the total loss of your body and are completely confined to an iron lung with decades of life still to be lived. How bout them apples - how would you cope?

Everyone has something to deal with in their life and it is exactly that, HOW they deal with it, what opportunities they see even in what might appear to be opportunity denied.

I highly recommend this book. It will change the way you think, and that, can be everything.

I include the link below of a documentary promo of Dr. Bessier's story.
http://livestrup.com/film/FlyingWithoutWings/

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Need Some Sunergy!? Here is "Sun Joy Burst" to the Rescue!


    Just in time for the new year, one of my "Healing Hues Art - positive paintings for healing, energizing and mediation" here she is all finished, my little power-packed oil titled "Sun Joy Burst"! 
    Do you need some surging summer energy? Packed with the strength of the pure positive energy of nature - this little oil 
painting contains a tremendous creative punch! It is light-hearted, playful, creative, positive, happy and unrelentingly so! Various shades of orange, gold, light greens, yellows, with turquoise sky blue and touches of magenta - these are the positive, strong yet light, energy colors. 
    Painted on a 5" x 7" canvas board in professional artist's oils this painting will outlast it's creator and then some with no colour fade. It's energy will continue for many, many years. Happy New Year!

Monday, January 3, 2011

When kid's monster drawings become REAL!


I came across this today and was just blown away! I love the kid's drawings and just love what this guy, Dave Devries - a comic book illustrator, has done with them! It's a project that started in 2005 and got 17 millions hits in it's first month! Wow - I am humbled dude!

Click on the link below to see more! Man I LOVE these!
http://www.themonsterengine.com/

Saturday, January 1, 2011

See my "first day at school" hair cut and my 2010 Art Year in Review!

Click on the link above to see my art year in review!