Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lost and found post of a Bevy of Nudes by Gretchen Kelly

Somehow this post from earlier this month got deleted and another older post from this winter was sent out anew today.....
Oh well I will repost these nudes for the record.
Posted: 03 Aug 2014 08:04 PM PDT









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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Original Botanical Watercolor paintings by Gretchen Kelly







This is my summer project: The Botanical Project -Summer 2014
I joined a flower CSA (community supported agriculture) and I pick up
 several bunches of flowers each Friday night. 
I started painting last week.
But today in earnest I did several more. 
Below are some flowers from the CSA 
and some from my own yard.
Daisies and Wild Strawberries from my Yard
11"xx15" watercolor, gouache + graphite
I signed this painting a little too quick. It looks much better this way not the other.
I guess it makes for a conversation piece if it were to be
framed and hung upside down. I'd do it.
Queen Anne's Lace
11"x15" watercolor, gouache, graphite
These are farm raised Queen Anne's Lace, not wild ones from the side of the road.
Tomorrow I'll post some photos of my CSA haul .

Kale, Brassica aleracea
11"x15" watercolor + graphite
I grew this Kale in the alley garden that I have a small patch in and where some
neighborhood people also garden.



Monday, July 07, 2014

Mini oil paintings of the Hudson River by Gretchen Kelly

I have been looking at these for months.... wondering if I was going to go back into them with more glazing. But no - I like them like this - done.  There is an under painted color of cerise or black. These are inspired by my photos taken while traveling up and down the river to NYC from Hudson.  All measure 5"x7" and I am selling them on the Daily Paintworks starting on July 8th.










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Friday, June 27, 2014

Hudson River Exchange Summer Sale down by the River in Hudson, NY

I've been painting textiles all month in preparation for the event on Sat and Sun June 28th, 29th. 
Hope to see you there and hope to sell out of all my colorful textiles.


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Hand painted Pillows by Gretchen Kelly

Prepping for the Hudson River Eschange Summer Sale down on the Hudson River next weekend- stay tuned for updates... Follow me on my FB page- Gretchen Kelly Art. I'll be selling hand painted pillows and totes.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Three takes on the same One - Nude #1264a,b,c by Gretchen Kelly


These were all painted during a timed pose of 40 minutes.
It's fun to see the similarities and the differences between them.
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Nude #1265a
11"x14" watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite

Nude #1265b
11"x14" watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite


Nude #1265c
10"x13" watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on terracotta color paper

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Monday, June 02, 2014

En Plein Air painting by Gretchen Kelly

Last issue of Plein Air Magazine - April/May - I was featured in an interview -


 En plein air painted at the Hudson River down below Bard College in Annondale last Monday. The day was magically warm and breezey. below is the waterfall just a few yards up from the river. It was my first day out painting plein air.







Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Little Apple booklet is out and about in Hudson!



You'll be seeing this awesome booklet all around Hudson  & Nyc. Cheryl Lickona wrote some interesting interviews with some local characters- one of which I am. There's an amazing photo by Lisa Durfee that transcends time and Holly Northrop did the great graphic design as well as putting it all together with the support of so many from my favorite little city- Hudson....and much much more.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Naked Lunch at Woodstock School of Art -Nude paintings by Gretchen Kelly


Works from this morning at the Naked Lunch studio session in Woodstock.



Nude #1260a 10"x13" watercolor, gouache, graphite on heather grey paper

Nude #1260b 10"x13" watercolor, gouache, graphite on heather grey paper

Today I traveled over to the Woodstock School of Art for a day of figurative work called "Naked Lunch". But no, I did not eat lunch in the buff. No one did, I am happy to report. There were two models in the  morning and two in the afternoon. I left a bit early because the afternoon was a loooong pose or else a male model....neither of which I am into. But, I did enjoy myself and got some nice paintings which you can see two of here....more to come.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Little Apple poster!

Wow! Look! My Art is on the poster ....and the cover of the new Little Apple book designed by Holly Northrop- it looks super and I am so honored to have my work on the cover. There's also an interview by Cheryl Lickona with me inside the cover along with other local heroes like Lisa Durfee, Chris Freeman, and much more. The booklet will be released soon.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Latest live model session by Gretchen Kelly

Here's a photo from Sunday's session painting from the model - 
it just occurred to me that I have never taken a shot in the studio 
of my paintings laying on the  floor as I finish them at the Hudson Opera House.

Below are a series of One Minute Poses: 76.1-9
all are 10"x13" watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on
 warm grey and slate grey papers
More paintings to come from the session....

 









Thursday, May 01, 2014

Flower Power Tulips by Gretchen Kelly


I love the SPRING and painting flowers fills me with light and I feel tuned in to these plants created by Mother Nature that grow from the Earth and the Sun.


White, Red, Yellow Tulips
11"x13" watercolor


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Tulip Splay watercolor flowers by Gretchen Kelly

I love flowers. There is a distinct difference in my painting of flowers when I am in awe of their beauty and they are posing right in front of me! This is evidence of my celebration of how beautiful these tulips are. They are so alive - they move and dance. They want to bring on the Spring.
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Tulip Splay
15"x20" watercolor + graphite