Sunday, August 26, 2018

Adirondacks Plein Air Festival 2018

Last week I got back from my annual trip to Saranac Lake where I participated in the Adirondacks Plein Air Festival. Every year I look forward to seeing friends that I 've made through the years and revisiting old sites to paint like Lake Placid, St Regis Falls, Monument Falls. There's the view from our house over Lake Flower, where I painted the nocturne. It's fun to go with my painting buddies and sit in nature without talking and paint for hours on end. I got caught in a torrential downpour. I sat in a new spot that my friend scouted out and we named it Secret Spot. I painted my fourth bridge over the river in Saranac Lake for the Quick Draw. I added new quick sketches to my sketchbook that document my travels through the course of the years as they go by. I will surely be going back next year.
Click below on my Instagram to see me painting on site for each of these paintings! 

Trestle in Saranac
Upper Saranac Lake

Saranac Beach on the river

Nocturne over Lake Flower

St Regis Falls
Roaring Creek in Secret Spot

Lake Placid

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Maplebrook School Kentucky Derby Art Show, Reception and Plein Air Event

8 Artists including myself are showing art which is for sale 
in a fundraiser for the Maplebrook school. 
The annual event successfully raises money for this great school. 
The Artists are also out in the fields painting and on view
 in the afternoon for all to view as they work their magic on easels.
The Kentucky Derby is up on the monitors and a catered champagne
 gala gets into full swing as colorful flamboyant hats float about the rooms.
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 as I post my paintings from the fields.

On view and for sale at Maplebrook school in Amenia NY

Below are the plein air paintings done during the day which were then exhibited
and sold during the Kentucky Derby cocktail party.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Botanical Paintings at Casa Urbana, Hudson, NY

Last week I dropped off 8 Botanical paintings in 
watercolor/gouache at Casa Urbana in Hudson, NY. 
Perfect timing for Mother's Day - they make a special gift. 
I chose herbs and plants that relate to the scented products in the shop - 
Lavender, Calendula, Mint, Camomile, Eucalyptus, Aloe, Dog Rose, Tea Tree.
It's a great place to shop for all kinds of gifts or to get a gift certificate 
and they have a beauty spa in the back of the shop. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Portraits of WOMEN

I have listed a lot of new portraits of females on my Etsy shop 
in keeping with the zeitgeist today,  this week, this month, this year.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hudson River Observations watercolor paintings by Gretchen Kelly

Through the years of living here in the Hudson River Valley I have painted the river over and over. The weather and the season change the color so that I am never bored with the subject matter. Painting the Hudson River has become intrinsic to  what my calling is as an Artist. I must always represent the impressions that I feel and see. 
My work evolves as does the landscape. These paintings are available on my website shop. Click to view and purchase.

Citrus on Highlights on the Hudson - watercolor and pastel

Distant Green on the Hudson - watercolor + pastel

Twins on the Hudson River - watercolor and graphite

Catskill Observation - watercolor + pastel

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Warm and rich color Original Watercolor Nudes by Gretchen Kelly

I have just listed all these and more on my Etsy shop- ☜click to go there. 
I coordinate a live model sketch session each Sunday morning at locations in Hudson, NY.
We have been warm and cozy by the fireplace at one of the Artist's home the past two weeks. I think the comfortable location has influenced my paintings in that I have chosen warm colors and included a lot of pattern.

You can see my work each week as I post it to my Instagram feed

Monday, January 08, 2018

Threads and Yarns

I love to do hand stitching, mending, knitting, embroidery and many other kinds of hand work with a needle and thread. I have been doing it since I was a child, sewing my Barbie doll clothes. I preferred making her clothes than playing with her and my other friends who wanted to play house and make relationships between Barbie, Ken, Midge and what was her boyfriends name? Anyway - that would be telling about the grown up me 50 years later.....HA! 

Above is the tray filled with yarns and needles and threads on my coffee table. That's what I do in front of TV especially during this hibernation period in the Hudson River Valley. Below are some of my works in progress: re-embroidered nordic sweater that is extra special because it is a beloved friend's sweater who passed away. I am embroidering a celestial border on a black cashmere ruana that was my mothers- that will bring it to life and I will wear it enthusiastically. The last item is a leg warmer which is what I have been obsessed with wearing this winter- one down another to go. 

Tonight I am opening the doors at Instar Lodge in Germantown for Mending Monday which is the first monday in the month (normally). Menders, stitchers, sewers join around a large table to do their handy work and chat. Many new friendships have formed around this mending session. If your interested check out the website for Instar Lodge

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Huge pile of recent paintings

I have my work cut out for me with the listings that I have to post to my Etsy shop.
All new paintings from the past couple of months at life sketching sessions that 
I conduct on Sundays. You can follow me live when I post these every Sunday on
my Instagram feed. 

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Print Sets available on Gretchen Kelly Art Shop

 I have opened a shop on Gretchen Kelly Art website. I have these 3 print sets available @$75 each. They are digital prints on archival paper. Each set comes in a sleeve tied with a cotton ribbon. They are perfect for a unique gift this Holiday Season. Ready to purchase and mail out now for last minute holiday shopping.
Also, check out the original art for sale on my website shop 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tiny Book "HOME"

There's a great show of TINY BOOKS at Drop Forge and Tool until June 25th. See 80 tiny books beautifully displayed including one the I made titled "HOME".

 I've always made little folding doohickies since I was in high school. Now there is a real category for them. This was an homage to the comfort zone in our HOME when I was growing up. I have many nostalgic memories from then.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

Ready for Spring - Flower Painting begins

I am in the groove for my Spring flower paintings. The farmers market flowers are my weekend joy. Painting flowers brings a state of calm to my practice in the studio. Things start to flow.

studio work this week

Studio work last week

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