Saturday, May 05, 2018

Maplebrook School Kentucky Derby Art Show, Reception and Plein Air Event

8 Artists including myself are showing art which is for sale 
in a fundraiser for the Maplebrook school. 
The annual event successfully raises money for this great school. 
The Artists are also out in the fields painting and on view
 in the afternoon for all to view as they work their magic on easels.
The Kentucky Derby is up on the monitors and a catered champagne
 gala gets into full swing as colorful flamboyant hats float about the rooms.
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 as I post my paintings from the fields.

On view and for sale at Maplebrook school in Amenia NY
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Botanical Paintings at Casa Urbana, Hudson, NY

Last week I dropped off 8 Botanical paintings in 
watercolor/gouache at Casa Urbana in Hudson, NY. 
Perfect timing for Mother's Day - they make a special gift. 
I chose herbs and plants that relate to the scented products in the shop - 
Lavender, Calendula, Mint, Camomile, Eucalyptus, Aloe, Dog Rose, Tea Tree.
It's a great place to shop for all kinds of gifts or to get a gift certificate 
and they have a beauty spa in the back of the shop. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Portraits of WOMEN

I have listed a lot of new portraits of females on my Etsy shop 
in keeping with the zeitgeist today,  this week, this month, this year.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hudson River Observations watercolor paintings by Gretchen Kelly

Through the years of living here in the Hudson River Valley I have painted the river over and over. The weather and the season change the color so that I am never bored with the subject matter. Painting the Hudson River has become intrinsic to  what my calling is as an Artist. I must always represent the impressions that I feel and see. 
My work evolves as does the landscape. These paintings are available on my website shop. Click to view and purchase.

Citrus on Highlights on the Hudson - watercolor and pastel

Distant Green on the Hudson - watercolor + pastel

Twins on the Hudson River - watercolor and graphite

Catskill Observation - watercolor + pastel

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Warm and rich color Original Watercolor Nudes by Gretchen Kelly

I have just listed all these and more on my Etsy shop- ☜click to go there. 
I coordinate a live model sketch session each Sunday morning at locations in Hudson, NY.
We have been warm and cozy by the fireplace at one of the Artist's home the past two weeks. I think the comfortable location has influenced my paintings in that I have chosen warm colors and included a lot of pattern.

You can see my work each week as I post it to my Instagram feed

Monday, January 08, 2018

Threads and Yarns

I love to do hand stitching, mending, knitting, embroidery and many other kinds of hand work with a needle and thread. I have been doing it since I was a child, sewing my Barbie doll clothes. I preferred making her clothes than playing with her and my other friends who wanted to play house and make relationships between Barbie, Ken, Midge and what was her boyfriends name? Anyway - that would be telling about the grown up me 50 years later.....HA! 

Above is the tray filled with yarns and needles and threads on my coffee table. That's what I do in front of TV especially during this hibernation period in the Hudson River Valley. Below are some of my works in progress: re-embroidered nordic sweater that is extra special because it is a beloved friend's sweater who passed away. I am embroidering a celestial border on a black cashmere ruana that was my mothers- that will bring it to life and I will wear it enthusiastically. The last item is a leg warmer which is what I have been obsessed with wearing this winter- one down another to go. 

Tonight I am opening the doors at Instar Lodge in Germantown for Mending Monday which is the first monday in the month (normally). Menders, stitchers, sewers join around a large table to do their handy work and chat. Many new friendships have formed around this mending session. If your interested check out the website for Instar Lodge

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Huge pile of recent paintings

I have my work cut out for me with the listings that I have to post to my Etsy shop.
All new paintings from the past couple of months at life sketching sessions that 
I conduct on Sundays. You can follow me live when I post these every Sunday on
my Instagram feed. 

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Print Sets available on Gretchen Kelly Art Shop

 I have opened a shop on Gretchen Kelly Art website. I have these 3 print sets available @$75 each. They are digital prints on archival paper. Each set comes in a sleeve tied with a cotton ribbon. They are perfect for a unique gift this Holiday Season. Ready to purchase and mail out now for last minute holiday shopping.
Also, check out the original art for sale on my website shop 

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tiny Book "HOME"

There's a great show of TINY BOOKS at Drop Forge and Tool until June 25th. See 80 tiny books beautifully displayed including one the I made titled "HOME".

 I've always made little folding doohickies since I was in high school. Now there is a real category for them. This was an homage to the comfort zone in our HOME when I was growing up. I have many nostalgic memories from then.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Ready for Spring - Flower Painting begins

I am in the groove for my Spring flower paintings. The farmers market flowers are my weekend joy. Painting flowers brings a state of calm to my practice in the studio. Things start to flow.

studio work this week

Studio work last week

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in Hudson NY

Getting ready to go out with Lisa Durfee, the champion of Halloween costumes. She had this idea to do the Picasso portrait of cubist nudes for a few years. Below are the ladies in full form, which included friends: Claudia, Lina, Val and Tom. Hudson was filled with many parties and people roaming the streets in costumes. We won for most Artistic costumes at the 2nd Ward building and danced to awesome music by DJ Ted Patterson. Unfortunately, my costume didn't survive the dancing.

deux Demoiselles
my fave part in the back is a version of the Picasso flowers upside down.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Adirondacks Plein Air Festival 2015

I had a great time as usual in the Adirondacks last week during the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. A collection of 50 Artists participate painting the landscape. There are awards and honors for different categories. One of my watercolors took the prize for Outstanding Watercolor and I won 2nd place in the Quick Draw contest. Below you can see all my work during the days that I painted. The show was juried by Kirk Larsen, an accomplished plein air painter himself. I enjoyed his commentary on the works that he chose for different categories and appreciated his enthusiasm. He donated some of his own money for extra prize categories that he felt were needed. The time spent doing this event every year is so refreshing and energizing.  It's so good to get away out in Mother Nature.

Display of paintings at the show up for sale. The third from left won for "Outstanding Watercolor" in the show. 
"Passage"at Paul Smiths

a warmup sketch under the bridge looking towards Tupper Lake from Bog River Falls
"the Rock at Bog River Falls" larger painting done in the afternoon

Morning Mist at the Fish and Game club in Saranac Lake at the crack of dawn

smaller study looking towards the mountains from the Fish and Game club

My dear friend Inge and myself posing in front our work at the show

"Quick Draw" painting done within 2 hours for the contest - took 2nd prize!

Kirk Larsen selecting my painting for Quick Draw 2nd place

just a lil ditty of the next door house porch

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Last day of plein air painting at the Olana event 2015

....and SOLD to the bidder over there!....
This post is a bit late, but better late than never. About three weeks ago on July 11th all the participating 30 Artists at Olana got ready to turn in their plain air paintings framed in prep for the viewing before the auction. A lovely cocktail hour takes place and then it is time to be seated….here is the painting I did that went up for auction. See the spot where I painted from and the warmup sketch too. I thought I would show my new makeshift easel that worked better than the professional one that I have, which I  never like using because it’s so unsteady. The following day for the first time during the plein air event we had a tent sale, which was very successful. It brought back buyers from the night before as well as others. As painters, we all have loads of paintings to sell and this was a great opportunity to do just that. I was fortunate to make some additional sales of local landscapes as well as some of my recent botanical paintings. It was a successful venture and I think we would all like to have two days of selling in the tent next year and not do the auction! Ha! I say that because quite a few paintings were passed over and did not sell due to not meeting the minimum reserve price. Good ones too! That is very disappointing for the artist who spent so many hours in the heat painting their masterpiece. See post below for more about the Olana Plein Air event.

A fuzzy shot of the final framed painting approx 20x28"
watercolor + white gouache on Kraft color Stonehenge paper

painting on site in front of the Moorish castle

this was my warmup sketch

here you can get a glimpse of my makeshift easel
 which is actually a painting display rack

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