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!