Thursday, July 31, 2008

Nude #396-original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


Sold to a collector from Pa.
12"x18"- watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper
This is another treasure from the other night's session. I was loving what I was doing and in return it is my hope that the viewer sees the beauty that I have translated and that is real pay-off for me.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Nude #395- 15"x16" - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


SOLD to a collector in Hudson, NY
15"x16" - watercolor + graphite on paper
This is from a quick 10 minute pose. In the action of doing this so quickly, at the moment I added in the snake-like shape of the wicker chair's arm, I knew this would be a special painting and that I must stop there. I did not want to go much further in defining anything in the composition, it was complete and told me so. My friend came over today to buy last night's painting and upon seeing this one she decided that she wanted this instead.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hampton Bays waterskier

Hampton Bays, waterskiing

These are quick sketches done while sitting on the porch looking over the Paconic Bay in Hampton Bays at my friend's house this past weekend. There was a storm system all day on Sunday and the sky was constantly changing. It was fun to quickly sketch impressions of colors changing in the sky and bay. I have come here on and off through the years to visit a friend from childhood whose family still owns this lovely old house from yesteryear. There are many happy memories for me from our time spent together during that long ago decade of the '60's when we were younger.
Storm system over Paconic Bay

Hampton Bays view #1

Hampton Bays view #2

Hampton Bays view #3

Hampton Bays view #4

Hampton Bays view#5

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Nude #393- original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


SOLD to a collector in Ca.
19.5"x24.5" - watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper

This "Starry Night Slumber" is akin to Rousseau's "Sleeping Gypsy" which is one of my all time favorites since I was a child.

Nude #392- original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly



12"x16" watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

from a 5 minute pose with background added later.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Nude #390 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


11"x14" watercolor, gouache, graphite on cardboard
This painting is from a timed pose of approx. 15 minutes. It is painted on a board that has been treated with a surface that has a fine sand texture.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Nude #389 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


SOLD to a collector in Salt Lake City

14"x20" watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

Some days, when I do figure painting I am on and some days are not so good. Today tho - right ON. I am sure a lot has to do with how much figure painting I have been doing each week and also, it is the model- my current muse- Kathe - loving her! She has that last century look that Klimt and Schiele were painting.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Turquois house on Union St. Original oil painting by Gretchen Kelly


7"x10" oil on wood- SOLD

This is the cheeriest house in Hudson. I have been wanting to paint this for awhile. I will probably do some more of it. My fellow Artist, Dan Rupe, and I went out early this morning to paint it. (I will post his painting in a few days) It was too hot to stay past noon - so I hurried it along. and voila!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Nude #388 - original painting by Gretchen Kelly


12"x16" watercolor, gouache, pastel on paper
$100.

This is a mixed media where I am playing with color, composition, pattern and layers.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nude #387 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


owned by a collector in Norway

12"x16" watercolor, graphite on paper-

When it is thick in the summer with humidity, at night, when getting into bed, nothing beats cool white sheets- right?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sea in my mind- original pastel sketch by Gretchen Kelly


SOLD to a collector in Davidson, NC
12"x16" - pastel sketch on paper

This is a sketch of the Atlantic ocean and the beach I have been on the past 3 days. Sometimes I like to do some of my Art from memory rather than actually looking at the subject. I also did a sketch plein air but did not like it as much as this one.

Scrabble in the sand


SOLD to a collector in Springfield, Mo.
pastel

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Monday, July 07, 2008

Bordello Madam - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


12"x16" - watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper

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The subject matter is a bit hot and steamy, much like this summer day in July. I am recreating the bordello boudoir for my models to pose within. Sometimes I am the director and sometimes it directs me. In both cases I am overtaken with intrigue for a long ago era of Parisian nights.

Two minute pose series-5,6,7,8,9,10 - original sketches by Gretchen Kelly

#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10
 - 8.5"x11" -
black gouache + graphite on grey paper

This is a continuation of the same quick poses as seen in my post yesterday.
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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Two minute pose series - 1,2,3,4 - original painted sketches by Gretchen Kelly

#1
#2
#3
#4
8.5"x11" each- gouache on paper

SOLD to a collector in Tulsa, OK

This is a series of poses, two minutes each pose, as a warm-up exercise to go onward painting longer poses. Often times I like the consecutive animated poses that move one into the next gracefully. It is never planned by me and that is another aspect that I like about quick figure painting.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Nude #384 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


19.5"x24.5" - watercolor, pastel + graphite on paper - $100.


The green and cerise make this painting of a male nude more juicey and luscious as well as contribute to the abstraction that I like to create in my paintings.

Nude #383- original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


16"x21.5" - watercolor
As in yesterday's painting, again my model poses in retro garb. This time looking more like the black and white Playboy icon seen in vintage issues.

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