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

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Watercolor Nudes by Gretchen Kelly

This group is part of the 20 paintings from last weeks studio session with the model at the Hudson Opera House where I attend each week to paint. I've been doing this for about 10 years on and off through the seasons. It is a practice that serves me well and is quite like a weekly meditation on the beauty of the human form- the female form. If you are interested in purchasing any of these, please click to email me with inquiries.


Nude #1234 - 9"x12" watercolor, gouache,pastel

One Minute Pose series 75.1 - 10"x13" watercolor, pastel
One Minute Pose series 75.2 - 10"x13" watercolor, pastel



Nude #1235 - 11"x15" watercolor,
Nude #1236 - 11"x15" watercolor, gouache

Nude #1237 - 11"x15" watercolor, graphite, gouache
Nude #1238 - 15"x22" watercolor +  gouache

Nude #1239 - 15"x22" watercolor +  gouache

Nude #1240 - 15"x22" watercolor +  gouache

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Flowers - YAY! watercolor flowers by Gretchen Kelly

Ahhhhh - I am meditating on Spring Flowers. I need relief from the lion in March. I need sunlight on my skin and in my brain. I need a Spring breeze, need to see a sprout pushing through. I hear the birdies in the morning but yearn for the bees and the butterflies and the blossoms.









Sunday, March 23, 2014

Four Watercolor Nudes painted by Gretchen Kelly

During 25 minute poses, I painted doubles. 
I hope to get to the studio session tomorrow and will post some more soon.
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Nude #1232a
11"x15" watercolor + graphite
Nude #1232b
11"x15" watercolor + graphite


Nude #1233a
11"x15" watercolor + graphite
Nude #1233b
11"x15" watercolor + graphite




Friday, March 21, 2014

Panoramic of the Hudson in watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


Painted from snap shots taken from my weekly train ride down to NYC along the Hudson River.
I have been shooting lots of pics of the river year in and year out from the train window. 
I am in awe of the beauty of the riverscape and the sky and the weather patterns. 
It is a changing theatre of scenery and I am always recording it with my iPhone camera. 
The archive of snaps serve as a wealth of inspiration for paintings and altered photos.
This series is sold as one complete Artwork made of four paintings 
each measuring 8"x10"painted in watercolor and gouache on Stonehenge paper.
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Color on the Hudson- altered photos by Gretchen Kelly

Happy Spring!
I am ready for the color and sunlight that the Spring brings to us. 
I had to post something outdoors and vibrant to infuse some energy today.
These are photos taken with my iPhone and altered with 
an app whilst on my journey to NYC. Taken last summer. 
This is how I occupy my time on my ride - it's my train game.
I printed them on canvas and stretched the on stretchers. 
6"x8"- They are available for purchase -
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Three nudes painted in watercolor by Gretchen Kelly

Back in the Hudson Opera House studio on Sunday mornings painting the female nude.
I am posting the best of the bunch. I'll get around to posting the others later this week. 
I really need to get back in shape - I feel rusty.


Nude #1229 - 11"x15" watercolor + graphite on white paper
Nude #1230 - 11"x15" watercolor + graphite on white paper

Nude #1231 - watercolor + graphite on white paper

Monday, March 03, 2014

Boudoir Session #6 painted watercolor figurative works by Gretchen Kelly

This was my Sixth Boudoir Session with a senior friend who modeled. We had talked about doing this several years ago and finally we did it. I hope this is seen by some of my other older female friends and that they sign up for a session…
Directly below are the quicky gesture poses and they all measure 6"x9"
 and are watercolor on white paper.




Boudoir Session 6.6 - 10"x15" watercolor on white paper
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Boudoir Session 6.7 - 10"x15" watercolor on white paper
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Boudoir Session 6.8 - 11"x15" watercolor on white paper
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Boudoir Session 6.9 - 10"x15" watercolor on white paper
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Boudoir Session 5- lingerie poses painted in watercolor by Gretchen Kelly

I had the best blonde model (friend) from the 1960's! -not really she's a lot younger than that. She was a natural born poser. I'd say from the side, reclining, rear view and she'd strike the pose perfectly. It was a breeze and I produced what I usually do in two hours rather than three. I'll def get her to come back! I love the blonde Bridgette Bardot feeling of this session.

Boudoir Session 5.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - quick gesture sketches
6"x9" watercolor + graphite
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Boudoir session 5.8
10.5"x15" watercolor, gouache, graphite
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Boudoir session 5.7
10.5"x15" watercolor, gouache, graphite
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Boudoir session 5.9
10.5"x15" watercolor, gouache, graphite on Stonehenge paper
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Boudoir Session 4 by Gretchen Kelly

Boudoir Session 4 with a good friend this past Saturday. 
I started with a series of gesture sketches to warm-up. Then onto some larger reclining poses. 
The suggestion of features on her face are my generic markings, I am rarely trying to paint specific features resembling the person. I prefer for the poses to be anonymous. I like the way the bottom pose came out---a bit like Egon Shiele maybe...


Boudoir Session 4
1-5 quick warm-up sketches
5"x7" watercolor + graphite
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Boudoir Session 4.6
watercolor + graphite
9"x11"
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Boudoir Session 4.7
watercolor + graphite
13"x18"
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