Sunday, January 30, 2011

Nude #996a,b,c - watercolor nudes by Gretchen Kelly

I am glad to be back painting nudes and today was the first day that our local session started up again after about 2 months. That's a long time for me to not being doing any nudes! Here are 3 from the same 45 minute pose.

12"x18" watercolor + graphite on paper
Nude #996b - 12"x18" watercolor, gouache, graphite + pastel on paper
8"x10" gouache on paper

Monday, January 24, 2011

Biba style portrait of Lila- watercolor portrait by Gretchen Kelly

12"x16" watercolor  - SOLD to a collector in CO.

It seems that every year at this time I start doing portraits. I take a break from doing nudes, I start doing landscapes and then I feel like getting back to the human body. I started day dreaming about stylized portraiture. I am having a renewed interest in retro looks circa early 1970's which are stylized versions of the 1920's flapper looks. There's something so romantic and beautiful and dreamy about this "Biba" style with the dark eyeshadow and thin eyebrows and pale skin.