Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nude#282- 18"x24" watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper

This nude was painted with warm and cool colors. That is what I am focusing on much of the time when painting. The colors are garish but the fluidity of the lines and the pose balance that garishness and give it a beauty and tension.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Nude #281- 12"x18" watercolor on paper

This is another male nude that I painted about 2 years ago. I was looking in my archives and found him. This was painted the same time Nude#279 was painted.

Nude #280- 8.5"x12"- watercolor & graphite on paper

This is a quick 5 minute rendering of my version of L'Origine du monde, originally by Gustave Courbet.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Nude #279- 7"x9" watercolor on card

This nude was sold yesterday. It is a painting I did over a year ago. I think it is one of my two favorite male nudes that I have done. The other being- nude #98. I am happy that the buyer searched back in my archives and selected this one.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Nude #278a,b,c- 12"x12"x3pc - watercolor, gouache & graphite on paper

These 3 sketches were done tonight at my figure drawing studio session. They are 5 min sketches each. I like the way they look as a threesome.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Nude #277- 9"x12"- pastel & graphite on sand paper

The quickness that I have to work with shows here. This is a 5 minute sketch and what I like is the way she looks as if she is just about to turn away from you. (and the suggestion of a foot)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Nude #276 - 12"x18" - pastel & graphite on paper

This nude is the other of a pair that were drawn at the same time - nude #266. You can see the similarity. Each was a 10 minute sketch.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Nude #274- 12"x16"- watercolor, gouache, pastel & graphite on paper

What I like most about this nude is the pose. It is whimsical and feminine and filled with ease. All these are qualities of the model herself- it truly embodies Susie.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Blush Sky- 12"x12" - gelatin monoprint on cotton


This is the second print-off from the one I posted on 9/17 - "Pink Sky Reflection". Traces of the pink remain and I added more sea blue color and then printed this one on cotton fabric to see how it would come out. I like the way the clouds look. This effect was achieved by scraping the white off the blue, and quite by accident.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Nude #273 - 12"x12" - gelatin monoprint on rice paper


This is the second print-off after doing nude #271. I have added red to the wallpaper and golden too the floor along with more detail in the face and body. The background has become more distressed and textured.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

GK's Poster for NUDES ON VIEW

Artist Gretchen Kelly establishes Salon des Refuses

Hudson, NY - Just as Manet, Whistler and Courbet set up the Parisian Salon des Refuses in the 1800s painter Gretchen Kelly has created her own gallery after her paintings of nude figures were excluded from the annual Artswalk juried show.

"My nudes are my primary focus when painting," Ms Kelly said in reply to the decision that art depicting the explicit human form was not selected for the Griffen Warehouse juried exhibit at Artswalk.

Ms. Kelly will exhibit her acclaimed landscape paintings at Artswalk in the Pocketbook Factory and at the Landmark Visitors Center at 345 Warren St., while art lovers and aficionados can view the nudes in the privacy of the artist's homemade gallery.

"It is much the same as in Paris in the 1800's when artists such as Manet, Whistler and Courbet set up the Salons des Refuses when they were excluded from the established Paris Salon," Ms Kelly said, adding part of the charm of the "Nudes on View Exhibit" will be the hand-made frames she has produced for the artwork.

"I had already listed myself on the Artist Studio Tour during this event," she said, noting visitors can get a peek into her design and painting studio where she creates her works. Ms. Kelly’s landscape paintings will be exhibited at the Pocketbook Factory building at Artswalk. But the nudes will be exhibited and sold in a special, more private ambience. "Now I will take advantage of this opportunity to steer the traffic to my gallery of nudes! So Voila! - A homemade gallery with a handmade touch by the Artist."

There will be something for art lovers in all price categories. "I will also have Art Cards for sale, which will be more affordable at $5-$10. This allows people to easily own a small-scale work of mine."

The artist's website: and

Ms Kelly also is a member of the Daily Painters Art Gallery:

Artswalk is scheduled in Hudson, NY on Sept. 29th through Oct. 7th.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Pink sky reflection- 12"x12" gelatin monoprint on rice paper


The subtle tones of colors and textures are what come out so beautifully in this printing technique. As I was going along printing one after another the delicate gelatin starts to break down and tear, leaving scars. I like the primitive effect of the those traces of printing history as I go along.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Summer field & sky- 9"x13" gelatin monoprint on paper


This is a summer landscape that flowed out of my brain off my brush onto the gelatin plate. When you look closely at the detail, it is delicate and shows movement of the blades of grass blowing in the field.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Nude #272- 12"x12" gelatin print on rice paper

This is another gelatin print. Same process as what I mentioned yesterday.
I never get tired of the "odelisque".
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Nude #271- 12"x12" gelatin print on rice paper

This is a new technique for me. It is a very simple printing process using gelatin as a plate to print off from. It is gelatin -just like jello- but a double dose to make it firmer. The plate is created on a glass pane by surrounding it with a mote of clay to hold in the gelatin as it sets. I used water based inks and created background motifs using ferns and grasses as resist shapes. I painted the odelisque. Each print is a one-off, but you can continue onto shadow prints and add in, thereby creating a series that changes but maintains characteristics of the previous print.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Nude #270- 12"x12" pastel on paper

This is the second sketch of the pair of five minute poses. I like the color combination. Again, the choice of colors is unconscious - I just choose warm or cool colors and put them where they belong.
PS - I am going away for an Artist workshop in Maine. I will not be posting for the next 5 days. You will see some of my work from this trip when I return......

Friday, September 07, 2007

Nude #269- 12"x12"- oil pastel & graphite on paper

This is one of 2 very nice and spontaneous pastel sketches. It was a 5 minute pose. I like the use of colors. When I am doing my nudes, because the poses are timed, I am rushing to get as much down on paper as possible. I am usually never thinking of what color I am choosing in any kind of precise forethought. I am grabbing the colors. My only thought is should it be a warm or cool color. Often times a model requires a certain color because of their skin tone or hair tone and often that color is dictating the background color too.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Nude #268- 19.5"x25.5" - watercolor, gouache, pastel & graphite on paper

This is another 25 minute pose. I started off with diluted white gouache and a huge 3" brush to get the movement of line and form. You can see some of that original brushwork on her behind. I like seeing the paintbrush work in a painting.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Nude #267- 19.5"x25.5"- watercolor, gouache, pastel & graphite on paper

This is from a 25 minute pose that I did last night. Where you see watermarks on her thigh, when you look closely, that is what I like about this medium- the accidents, the imperfections, that which is uncontrollable.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Nude #266 - oil pastel & graphite on paper

I am very into the neon colors lately. I like the electricity that vibrates from them. I also am using a lot of pale blue and aqua as cool shades to create reflective highlights.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Rows of lettuce ll - 7"x9" watercolor & graphite on paper

This is a second version where I have gotten looser with the flow of paint as well as my attitude towards painting this landscape. When I look at the first painting from yesterday and compare these two - I prefer this looser hand. I have been doing several versions of some of my paintings lately in order to get a looser effect the second try. It's a good exercise for me.

Rows of lettuce - 7"x9" watercolor on paper


I am in need of breaking away from the usual. I am painting from photos and magazine tears, anything that strikes my fancy right now. I will use some different painting muscles and see where it takes me. I am also wanting to paint far off places or what is not real. Because that is what an Artist can do- paint fantasy, right?