Framed pastel and graphite powder piece by Gretchen Woodman; 17″ x 13.5″
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Gretchen spent her childhood wandering the NH woods with her dog searching for natural treasures. At home, her collections became the subject of the sketches and drawings that helped hone her skills. Today she paints and draws to express her concern for animals in their natural world while the wild turkeys, hummingbirds and deer provide company and inspiration.
Gretchen Woodman’s drawings and paintings relate to the enigma of the human-animal relationship. Most often serious and thought-provoking, sometimes humorous, she works toward the side of the animal. Gretchen first makes dust of graphite pencils, colored pencils and pastel sticks. She then uses a brush to “paint” the powder on a smooth papered surface, often building up to 20 layers. This process gives a softness, extreme detail, and subtle transitions.