Monday, August 31, 2009

Nudes # 693,694,695,696 - original watercolor nudes by Gretchen Kelly

8.5" x 12.5" watercolor, gouache + graphite on paper

10" x 12.5" - watercolor, gouache + graphite on paper
These are all from 5 minute poses.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Water Goddess of the Hudson River - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly

12" x 16" watercolor + graphite on paper
The Rip Van Winkle bridge is in the background. The water which is all around me is taking center stage in my figurative works lately. Since the rainy season has let up and the heat wave has taken up, I can't get enough of the water. I want to dip into it, I want to paint it, I want to observe it. It makes a strong statement with the figurative works. It is filling me with awe and wonder as I record the movement, the colors + reflections and find new spots to dip into.
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Nude #686 - original pastel sketch by Gretchen Kelly

9" x 12" pastel on sandpaper.
This is from a 10 minute pose.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Water Goddess 1 - original watercolor by Gretchen Kelly

12" x 16" - watercolor on paper

This is the beginning of my studies for several new series of Goddess paintings. I went with my lovely muse to Taconic Lake to paint her in the water nude. We went early before anyone else was there and found the perfect spot to capture the kind of reflections that I was looking for. I did several paintings that I will show in coming days and snapped some great pics too. These paintings are to exercise new gesture strokes and aspects of nature that tie into the paintings that will be the more finished ones that I do later. As a painter that works with live models and nudes, I have innate strokes that have all been indoors. These outdoor poses require some practice on my part to get the fluidity and the new language or water into my brushstrokes. It feels really good to be doing this in the heat of the summer. We finally have some sunny, hot days. I wasn't able to do this prior to last week.

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Nude #685 - watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

19.5" x 24.5" watercolor, gouache, pastel +

This is from a 25 minute pose.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nude #683 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

15" x 20" watercolor + graphite on paper
This painting is from a 25 minute pose. I like the way this came out tonight. But I wasn't as happy with some of the others that I painted. I will be posting some of them during the rest of the week.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Nude #682 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

15" x 20" watercolor + graphite on paper
I added in the ornamental frame on the side because there was a space that was needing to be filled. I threw off the balance with an unexpected element and in graphite which adds contrast.
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One minute pose series XXXIV.1,2,3,4- original quick sketches by Gretchen Kelly

XXIV.1,2,3,4 - 10" x 13" gouache + graphite on paper
These were done at the same session as the hula hoop poses.
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Friday, August 07, 2009

One minute pose series XXXIII.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8- original sketches by Gretchen Kelly

10" x 13" gouache, pastel + graphite on paper
I wasn't so happy about the way these were coming out when I was doing them at the time but when I looked at them again today I do like them. They are very loose and abstract. The colors are different than I usually do....I just grab the colors from the box without making a thoughtful decision. It is only based on warm + cool colors and how I interpret that in the moment.

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Tahitian Flower - original painting by Gretchen Kelly

19" x 24" gouache + gold leaf on paper
This image is based on a beautiful photo of a friend of mine. She posed for this about 20 years ago. The original photo is ethereal and very pale sepia tones with hints of rose blush. There is a feeling in it that is other-worldly, and timeless but harkening back to another era.
I have been fooling around with this image and creating different graphics from it. I have been drawing it, repainting it, photographing it, looking at it and refining it. It still is not what I want yet. But, I did create my ad for the upcoming Artswalk brochure from this. I also want to keep going with this theme of black painted lines and flowers in gold leaf.
SOLD to a collector from CO.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Nude #676- original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

12" x 16" watercolor + graphite on paper
I added the colors into the background after I got this one home. I have been staring at it not knowing if I like it or not....but I'm leaning to liking it.
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