Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nudes #828, 829, 830 - contemporary watercolor nudes by Gretchen Kelly

Nudes #828,829,830 from top to bottom.
Each one is 10"x13" and painted in watercolor, gouache, graphite and pastel on paper.
Each is painted from a 5 minute pose.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nudes #826 + #827 - original gesture sketches by Gretchen Kelly

Nude #826- 11"x13" watercolor + graphite on paper

Nude #827- 11"x13" watercolor + graphite on paper
I did two sketches of the same pose about 10 minutes each. One is slightly to the right of the other....

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nude #822- original watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

11"x15" watercolor + graphite on paper
from a 10 minute pose. The color of the background does not show as vividly as it really is. It is a deep magenta color.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Nude #812 - contemporary watercolor nude by Gretchen Kelly

9"x12" watercolor, gouache + graphite on paper
This is a 5 minute study of the same pose as yesterday's post. Sometimes I get done before the pose is over so I do another mini study sketch of it again, during the longer 25 minute poses....people have asked me or sometimes think I go home and finish up my figure sketches....but I don't do that. I actually rarely add into the figure part of my painting. What I do is add in a background color or a stencil pattern. I found that trying to perfect the figure afterwards leads to ruin more often than not, so I don't do that often. If anything sometimes I will add an electric color line to pop a curve of the hip or the highlight of a shoulder. After about 5 years of regular figure drawing/painting, my process has informed me rather than me directing my process. And what it tells me is that, I like to work "live" with the energy in front of me...I just finished a commission portrait and shipped it off to the customer today. I worked only from a photo of a person I never saw in real life. When working with photos my paintings are not filled with the same vibrant energy as when working live. Sooooo ~ I won't do that again ~ I must work from the living posing human. Actually, in this particular case that would have been impossible because it was a posthumous portrait. (I hope my customer is happy with it )