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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