Thursday, August 28, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Nude #415 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


15"x20" - watercolor + graphite on paper
SOLD to a collector in NJ

The not-completely-drawn wicker chair creates the shape that holds the model in this space on the page.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Nude #414- original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


13"x17" watercolor, graphite on paper
$100.


Fresh from the session of figure painting that I attend on Tues. nights. My fave model, Kathe, who is a modern day version of one of Klimt's models was posing tonight.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Nude #412- original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


12"x20"- watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper
Sold to a collector in Canada


Today, the colors coming off my brushes were like laser beams filled with high energy. Maybe it has something to do with the full moon or the lunar eclipse from yesterday. In any, case the Fauvist in me came out of me as naked as the woman in these paintings....more later.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

One Minute Poses #1- #7- by Gretchen Kelly


#1 #2


#3 #4



#5


#6 #7

approx. 9.5"x 12.5" - gouache + graphite on paper
$250. for the series of 7


This series is how the session of figure painting always start off - quick gesture poses for one minute each. I prepare myself now with good paper and gouache and graphite at the ready. They are getting better and better and inspire me further with my other works. I love the demand of time on me to capture without thought and that I have to put on paper my "interpretaion" of what I see in the present moment. It is action filled.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nude #409- original painting by Gretchen Kelly



16"x 24" acrylic on wallpaper
$200.


I was given this nice wallpaper by a friend and have been anxious to try it out. This is with acrylic- which is an easy segue from watercolor. The watercolor will not adhere.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nude #408 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


10"x13"- watercolor, graphite on paper
$100.


Fresh from figure painting class this evening. This is from a 10 minute pose. I did a few others that need some tweaking + then I will post them.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nude #407 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


10"x10.5"- watercolor, graphite on coated brown paper
$100.


This is another treated surface with absorbant coating for watercolor application on recycled brown paper.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Nude #406- original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


5"x10.5" watercolor, graphite on gessoed brown paper
$75.


Here is another spontaneous sketch on experimental paper which is treated with an absorbent gessoe. I like the carefree hand that is determining the linework.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Nude #404 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


10"x10" watercolor, pastel, graphite on gessoed brown paper
SOLD to a collector in Fla.

I am always inclined to paint quickies on experimental surfaces like this absorbant coating that is good for watercolor and has a slightly coarse texture- good for pastels. I always love a quick study with a sketchy spontaneous hand.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Nude #403- original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


SOLD to a collector from Massachusetts

watercolor, gouache + graphite on paper

This has a vintage look to me. It looks like I dug it out of a pile of work from the 1940's in Paris.

Monday, August 04, 2008