(Affordable) Art Crush: gretchen Kelly Studio

As of late I’ve been on a “only buy original art” tear.  I’m kind of over prints and reproductions, however, my bank account isn’t exactly of Picasso proportions.  So per the usual I turn to Etsy to find great original art- I am currently focusing on a bright and loose nude sketch for my bathroom.  I fell madly in love with these one minute sketches by Gretchen Kelly. From the artist herself …”These original sketches are from 1 minute poses, which are the warm-up exercise for longer poses. In a series of 10 poses, usually done at the beginning of a 3 hour session with a model, I quickly sketch + paint in multi-media of watercolor, pastel, gouache + graphite. I like to paint the female figure in quick poses to capture the gesture and the feeling of the beauty that I see. I use swift colorful strokes and finish off with defining marks in graphite.”

Against my black wall one of these would be perfect- and at only $50-$60 a piece it’s completely doable!


  1. Great find!! We’re looking to buy our first nude very soon. There’s an artist who displays at fair here in Rio each weekend. The nudes are huge canvases, more than life-size, but what I LOVE about them is the texture of the paint. Big, bold slaps of acrylic in crazy colors.
    I don’t have any kind of art background, but I do know that art makes me all kinds of happy and tingly – so that must be a good thing!

  2. buying affordable original art was one of my new year’s resolutions, and i’ve not yet satisfied it! but these are so great. love the one with the palest blue background. thanks for sharing. xo

  3. Hi there, all is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing information, that’s genuinely good, keep up writing.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing the work of this artist! I’m trying to start my own little original art collection myself,and I’ve been on the hunt. This is truly gorgeous work.

  5. YES!!! I’ve been buying Gretchen’s art for years and I am so excited to see her on your blog! I have one of her nudes I’m putting up in our gallery wall and my husband bought me one of her landscapes for our anniversary a long time ago. I still need to get it framed!

  6. I too only buy original art and I am a huge art collector Etsy being one of my favourite places to buy I love to support up and coming talent. These nudes are stunning especially done in those incredible colours!

  7. Those are so beautiful!!! I’m always looking for figurative art like this for my apt, thanks for introducing me to Gretchen Kelly!

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