Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Nude #246 - pastel nude by Gretchen Kelly

12"x12" oil pastel & graphite on paper
Mid-summer markings. Tan lines are like resist areas that an Artist creates by using a liquid mask on a surface in order to keep the white of the bottom-most layer as each color is layered into the Art.
Sold to a collector in Fla.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Nude #240 - 12"x12" graphite & watercolor on gesso coated paper

I have been having fun with creating new surfaces to draw and paint on lately. I am also focusing a little more on drawing incorporated within my paintings. Although, this is really a drawing first with paint added in. Usually I do it the other way around.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Perfect Day on the Hudson - 18"x24" oil on cardboard

Today's plein air painting was done along the Hudson River in Columbiaville. I could not have been doing anything better with myself on a day of such beauty. The presence of the strong wind was that of a fifth person in our group today, as it played whirling games with my hair and the tree branches. But it never blew the clouds away. The same clouds remained for 3 hours slightly changing shapes and moving stage left and right just a little bit, always claiming their space in the sky and on my canvas. I felt pleased with my on-going effort of breaking away from what I always do with landscapes. Really, what I mean is that I am trying to reach into myself for what I have YET to do when painting landscapes. It has to do with what I see, then how I break it apart and put it back together and onto the canvas. Dan is teaching me to see color better (yellow in the clouds). Again, I paint on an underpainted canvas with alizarin crimson. He is teaching me to get simple, to lay down a drawing with the brush of darks, then lights.( sometimes I forget and automatically go into forming shapes. He wants me to delineate with outlines.)Start from the background and layer towards to foreground. Cools in the back and warms in the front.


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Friday, July 20, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Nude #236 - 12"x12" graphite on gesso coated paper

This is part of a series of 2 minute poses that are done on wet gesso coated paper. I wanted to make a 2 minute gesture pose more substantial. By setting up prepared paper wet with gesso taped down to my table - 4 in sequence- these pages are ready for my attack with the graphite.


Venice Canal - 8"x10" watercolor

Tonal study. NFS

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Begonia - 12"x15" oil on cardboard

This is another underpainted board with the color magenta. It is a quick sketch painting to get the feel of the colors and the light.


Monday, July 16, 2007

Leaves against Sky - 10"x11" - oil on cardboard

This is an excersize in color. It brings aspects of fun and using my eye muscles into play. I love color and I am trying to bring that to the fore in my work with landscapes. Some of what I have been doing with my landscapes, lately, does not necessarily show that -to my surprize! Or at least that's what I think- so I have the need to address that issue. It is helping me to change my direction and grow and expand.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Periwinkle Atmosphere - 14"x20" - oil on board

This is a plein air painting done today in Claverack with instructor Dan Rupe. I am thoroughly enjoying his influence and look forward to doing this each Sunday. This board was underpainted with magenta. I am still trying to break myself down when painting landscapes- to be more spontaneous, to paint more simply, more naturally. As Dan says," it is to tell the Truth" with my brush and paint.


Birds of a feather - 6"x24" watercolor, gouache, pastel on paper

Owned by a collector in Canada
The idea of birds has been inside my head wanting come out for a while. It is an expression of freedom and color and a flight of fancy - purely whimsical.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Nude #234 -19.5"x20.5" - pastel & gouache on paper


Patty's favorite hour - 6"x24" oil on Arches paper

This oil painting is on Arches watercolor paper coated with gesso. I did an underpaint of cadmium red light. Then I painted the landscape over that brilliant fire red color. It takes on a low glow that is likened to warm dusk light.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Overexposed Still Life - 8"x10" oil & graphite on cardboard

In this still life I am under the influence of Dan Rupe, who I mentioned the other day. I am interested in his underpainting technique. I am finding that it is a good way to break my "usual" approach to painting. I am always interested in finding ways that help me to grow and change and to dig deeper and wider into my own creative process. This cardboard is underpainted with alizarin crimson.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Summer Fields-16"x20" acrylic on canvas

This plein air painting is done with a new technique that I am trying. I went out today to be instructed by Dan Rupe, who is a well known Artist in Hudson, Provincetown & L.A. He is known for his special technique of under painting the canvas red. I did not underpaint my canvas red this time because I already had an underpainted green canvas - which is what is seen here. I welcome this influence. I like Dan's wild color usage. This one is just a loosening up first-go. It was fun and I felt taken away by the process. I look forward to more of this as the summer goes on. Cheers to Dan....google his name to see his work!

Nude #232 - 14"x20" oil, pastel & graphite on cardboard