Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nudes #1190, 1191, 1192 by Gretchen Kelly

I've been playing with new techniques and colors. I always have to keep myself engaged and by trying new ideas, I keep myself interested in the same thing that I've been doing for years. By starting with One minute poses, I had prepped surfaces with ombre watercolor backgrounds. I then used bleach to swish the gesture down and added graphite + pastel to define. It worked in some cases but not others. Some colors took the bleach and others did not. Later when the surface dried I painted white gouache to define the figure more. I wish it worked better for the instantaneous One minute poses, but the bleach is not swift enough for the short time slot of one minute.

Nude #1190
 11"x15" watercolor, gouache, bleach, pastel, graphite
 Nude #1191
11"x15" watercolor, gouache, bleach, pastel, graphite

Nude #1192
 11"x15" watercolor, gouache, bleach, pastel, graphite

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nude #1186 by Gretchen Kelly

From a recent live model session during a 25 minute pose

Nudes #1187 + #1188 by Gretchen Kelly

These two are from a 25 minute pose. The one on the bottom was the quick first sketch and later I painted in the background colors.

Nude #1187
13"x19" watercolor, gouache + graphite

Nude #1188
11"x15" Watercolor, gouache, graphite

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nudes #1184 + #1185 - watercolor sketches by Gretchen Kelly

Nude #1184 - 15"x22" watercolor, gouache, graphite
email me to purchase for $200.
Nude #1185
13"x19.5" watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on honey color paper
email me to purchase for $200.
 Both of these gesture sketches were painted during a 25 minute pose. I haven't been painting from a live model much lately. Not since last fall, about 4 months ago. I really haven't gone that long without painting from a model since, I don't know when. I am very
rusty and that is interesting to see how it's just like when you play an instrument.... you are
in fine tune with the instrument when you practice regularly. I will be diligent about attendance at my weekly sessions because I don't like feeling rusty.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Gesture sketches in watercolor by Gretchen Kelly

One minute poses CXVII.1,2,3,4 
I tried a new technique by painting grounds of watercolor ombre and letting them dry.
When at the live model session, I painted the gesture with bleach and then added minimal 
amount of black for hair and graphite for marks. 
The marks were definitely needed because the bleach did not work on all colors 
and it was hard to see clear bleach as I applied it. Slowly it whitened taking form and
sometimes it looked good and sometimes and sometimes not. 
Only the good ones appear below.



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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Nude #1183 live model pose by Gretchen Kelly

18"x23.5" watercolor, gouache + graphite painted on paper coated with acrylic

WOW, I can't believe how long it's been since I've painted at a live model session.
I am sooooo rusty. This is one of the better ones that I painted today.
I'll post some more in the next few days.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Couture Mermaids by Gretchen Kelly, watercolorist

These are my latest Mermaids listed in my Etsy shop

I have resisted doing Mermaids for awhile because I was bored with them.
 BUT THEY SELL! so I came up with a new technique to execute them and voila!
 I had a lot of fun and you can expect more of them soon.
All 3 are SOLD!