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7174 Squam View in July

7253 Vibrant Colors

Gretchen Warsen
Gretchen Warsen’s pieces are all abstract, water-based mixed media and pencil on Yupo paper (a synthetic, waterproof, recyclable paper).  For Gretchen, there is something about working on paper that seems full of possibilities, “Like when I used to make art as a child.”  Gretchen’s father is an engineer, inventor, sculptor, metalsmith and someone who can fix pretty much anything. When she was a child, watching her father work out ideas on paper and then move ahead with a project was powerful, like catching a glimpse of how his mind worked. “The fact that paper is so inexpensive, abundant and light, makes the combination of drawing, mark-making, experimenting and problem-solving come together effortlessly—like floating down a river, or a balloon drifting upward. I celebrate that moment when an idea gets fleshed out on paper—from a quick sketch to a work of art—that’s what keeps me coming back to the studio as often as I can.” Many of her pieces were inspired by something small, or seemingly-insignificant yet beautiful, that caught her eye that morning—a new leaf, the lines on a bridge, insect wings, etc. While she is painting and drawing, Gretchen likes to ask questions like, “What if God designed a mailbox?” or “What if a building had moth wings?

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Even in Winter

Even in Winter

Fall's Gold

Fall's Gold

Fluffy Little City

Fluffy Little City

How to Catch a Cloud

How to Catch a Cloud

Over the Deep

Over the Deep

Moth

Moth

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