Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Nude #667- original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly


9.5"x 12.5"- watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper -SOLD
This is from a 5 minute pose. It is the kind of quick gesture painting that has become my signature. If I was to put together some of my 5 + 10 minute pose paintings in a group, that would show where much of my strength lies. It is in capturing gesture with the bold brushstrokes and limited color, and graphite lines that define musculature. The nuances of the watercolor, which bleeds and blends on its own in and out of the intended line, shows the swift time frame in which I work. I love doing short poses and being constrained by the clock. It forces me to simplify and take action, not to mention I produce lots of work.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Nude #665 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly


15" x 20" watercolor + graphite on paper
This is from a 25 minute pose of my favorite model, Kathe. The session last night was in Mary's summer barn under the dark sky with a few twinkling stars and some late night birds having conversations with each other. The summer nights are filled with ambiance out in farmlands in Germantown. Lots of mother nature and it was the night of the solar eclipse....not seen here but visible in India.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nude #663- original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly


13" x 17" watercolor, pastel, gouache + graphite on paper
This is another colorful male nude from the session a coupla nights ago. I like the abstracted quality of this painting.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nude #662- original pastel nude sketch by Gretchen Kelly


9" x 12" pastel on sandpaper

I prefer to female nudes over male nudes, so when a session has a male I get through it by adding in lots of color and I so much less attached to the outcome which makes for something different. But I don't know exactly what that something is.....
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Monday, July 13, 2009

One minute pose series XXXI.1,2,3,4 - original one minute sketches by Gretchen Kelly





12" x 18" gouache + graphite on paper
This is a set of one minute poses in which I added white backgrounds at a later date. I would not have been able to do that in a one minute time constraint.

$100/4




Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nude #661 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly


12" x 16" watercolor + graphite on paper
I love to bring flowers into my figurative paintings. You can see this same floral fabric in many of paintings from last summer.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nude # 659 + #660 - original quick sketches by Gretchen Kelly



9" x 12" pastel on sandpaper

These two were from 5 minute poses. They are drawn with oil pastels on sandpaper which is made for chalk pastels - but I was curious to know how it would go with the oil .... don't think I would do it again because there is not flow with the medium. It was a bit like scratching on a chalkboard.
#659 - SOLD to a collector in Tx.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Nude #658 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly


15" x 20" watercolor + graphite on paper
I was debating as to whether I should make the black fabric solid with gouache paint. That is what I would normally do. Instead, I have left the watercolor effect show itself.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Nude #657- original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

12" x 16" watercolor + graphite on paper
The last figure painting session I painted loose and simple. I was keeping the pages spare and it really shows up here on this 15 minute pose.
SOLD to a collector in NY

Friday, July 03, 2009

Nude #656 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly


13" x 17" watercolor + graphite on paper
The reflection in the mirror is rendered simply just in graphite contrasting the color of the seated body. I have made an effort to simplify with color and add more focus on drawing when it's neede.
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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Nude#655- original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly


13" x 17" watercolor, graphite on paper
Here is another painting that I did last night. I found that I was keeping my strokes simple and finishing my paintings earlier than the finish of the pose. I can easily ruin a painting by trying too hard to do the features on the face or too much color. I like the point which I stopped here.
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