Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cleopatra in Repose - original portrait in watercolor by Gretchen Kelly


15" x 22" - watercolor, gouache, gold leaf on paper

This is my annual Halloween portrait that I paint of my friend Lisa, who always does a costume worthy of an award every year. I will post more pics after tonight's debut- out + about in Hudson at the local parties where we all will be unrecognizable.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Nude #740 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

12"x12" watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on paper
Our model posed with her cute little pooch for a quick 10 minute pose.
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Morticia - Halloween 2008 - original paintings by Gretchen Kelly

Morticia posed last year. I thought I would re-post these because they are so much fun.
Morticia - 15.5"x30" - gouache on paper

She died on my daybed. Botero, my cat doesn't mind sleeping with the dead.
R.I.P. 19"x25" watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

A profile is always a must when painting one's portrait
Black + White + BLOOD- 19"x24" watercolor, gouache + graphite on paper

Morticia was always a fashion victim
Subterranean + Sultry- 17.5"x23" - watercolor, gouache + graphite on paper

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nude #739 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

 11" x 16" watercolor, gouache, graphite and pastel on paper

This nude is from the last 10 minutes of a 35 minute pose. The first one I did in 25 minutes from this same pose-Nude #737. I like to work fast and find that if I spend more than 45 minutes on a pose I ruin it when working in watercolors. I am definitely most comfortable under pressure and with fewer choices. Innate sensibilities come into play with color choices and linework. I put my lines in last with a water soluble graphite stick. This wonderful implement does all kinds of great things. It has a bleeding effect that I like, and sometimes it drowns under the wet white gouache that I use.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nude #736 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

12" x 19" watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper
She's Fauvist in color and what I am feeling these days in regard to this season of colorful foliage. One of my favorite things to do is to drive on the Taconic State Parkway in NY and space-out in the beauty of the colors and the terrain as I drive. I still have my mind on the road and know it like the back of my hand. My eyes are filled to the tippy top with the beauty of Mother Nature's creation. I get lots of inspiration on these drives and much serenity in the 2+ hour drive that I often take to Ct. I take random drive-by pictures out the window as I am steering with the left and clicking with the right...I've gotten pretty good at this task through the years.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nude #735 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

12" x 19" - watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on paper
I was so happy to get back to figure painting today. I have a whole bevy of new beauties which I will post this week. I am going to be away from my desk for a few days and I am prepared with a load of work that I can post. Also, check out my landscape blog for some Fall foliage at:
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One minute pose Mermaid III.1,2,3 - original sketches by Gretchen kelly

10" x 13" gouache + graphite on paper
SOLD to a collector in Maryland.

this is the third set of Mermaid quick sketches that I presented in my Goddess Salon

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mermaid + Moon - original watercolor portrait by Gretchen Kelly

19" x 25" watercolor, gouache, pigment, silver leaf on paper

This painting started with a live model pose and I was intending for her to transform into a mermaid but I didn't know where else the painting would go. I felt like I was being led to a mysterious place and I think that shows in the outcome. As I have been staring at it for several weeks, I see that I want to do another version of this with some changes.
Sold to a collector in Fla.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

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Nereid Goddess + Dolphin - original watercolor painting by Gretchen Kelly

watercolor + silver leaf on paper

I did this painting in response to a suggestion made by a collector who loves my nudes. He mentioned to me that the subject matter of these Mediterranean goddesses would possibly be harmonious with my ongoing painting of nudes. He was right about that. Through the summer I incorporated the water into many of my nudes. I started to look into the imagery of the Nereid Goddesses and did some minor reading up on the subject. I then tried my own hand at bringing forth what came to the surface in my own consciousness. I did a small series of the Nereid Goddesses which I presented in my Goddess Salon this past weekend. I will post them in the coming week, one by one. I was happy to be reintroduced to Ancient mythology and am now hooked on this new source (new for me) of inspiration for my ongoing creative path of painting the female figure. I see it as just the beginning of my Goddess genre.
Thanks, Pat- for being so astute.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nude #730 + #731 - original watercolor nudes by Gretchen Kelly

12" x12" watercolor + graphite on gesso coated paper
These two are from 10 minute poses

GODDESS SALON - presentation of paintings by Gretchen Kelly

On Oct 17th + 18th from noon - 4pm I will present my Goddess themed paintings, drawings + assemblages. I have been working with the the Goddess them all summer and have a collection of works that I am presenting this year in my Salon which I do every year here in Hudson, NY during Artswalk 2009. You will see Water Goddesses, Nereid Goddesses, Water Nymphs, Mermaids + Gilded Goddesses.  In addition there is a lot more to see on the streets of Hudson. There is an ongoing street show called Windows on Warren which I have done the curation for on four of the lower blocks. From the 100 - 400 blocks I have placed many fantastic Artists that are members of the Columbia County Council for the Arts. All works are for sale. It's a great town to stroll the streets and view the Arts during the infamous Hudson River Fall Foliage season. The restaurants are equivalent to dining in NYC and there are plenty of B+B's to stay at. The Cannonball Factory opens today with a large group exhibit. Yes, I have two pieces in there too - and they are already sold!  I will change them out tomorrow after they get they  have a chance to show off their red dots during the opening reception tonight. I have a lot more to tell you ---- but later, along with plenty of pictures. I have to dash out to make copies of  my posters, cards, announcements, etc. and drop them all off in town.
STAY TUNED for updates!
(BTW- it is intentional that I left the sketch lines all over my poster for now - I haven't had time to go back and clean it up and I kind of like the way it looks)

Nude #729 - original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

15" x 20" watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper
from a 25 minute pose

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

One minute pose series XLVI.1,2,3 - original sketches by Gretchen Kelly

This one is SOLD to a collector in Germantown, NY

SOLD to a collector in Md.

SOLD  to a collector in Ca.

10" x 13" watercolor, pastel + graphite on paper
This is another series of "Ones" that I did last Sunday at the Hudson Opera House

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

One minute pose mermaids I.1,2,3 - original sketches by Gretchen Kelly

 10"x13" gouache + graphite on paper
Here is a Mermaid tease- part of what I am presenting in my GODDESS SALON on Oct.17th + 18th during Artswalk 2009 this year. I have been doing this for 3 years now. I do a different theme each year. You can see what I did last year on my website here: on my Artswalk 2008 gallery page
I will be updating my site with this year's events soon and making regular posts about my various Artworks shown at the events. 

SOLD to a colllector in Va.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Nude #725- original watercolor nude by GRETCHEN KELLY

12" x 12" watercolor + graphite on gesso coated paper
This painting was a quickie done in about 5 minutes. I have a larger one that I did of the same pose which I will post at a later date.
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Friday, October 02, 2009