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My artistic medium is mixed media on canvas. I like the way words mix with images, and often add Chinese take-out containers, chocolate wrappers and torn pages of books to my paintings that can be serendipitous to the viewer. If you look closely, you’ll find all kinds of surprises. I am an experiential artist, meaning, I typically develop a relationship with my subject before painting it. To paint snow-covered mountains, I hike to the top and ski down. To paint aspen trees, I run through their shimmering leaves on mountain trails. To paint ravens, I watch them fly overhead in a desert canyon, and listen to the sound of their wings. When these images start simmering in my brain, this is the seed of my work. I hope that my work will bring joy to you. Or inspiration, or sweetness or something meaningful as you look around my site … Thanks for stopping by. READ MORE

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Canyon Exploring in Southern Utah, and Wilderness

Canyon Exploring in Southern Utah, and Wilderness This weekend I hiked up a quiet, water-filled canyon in southern Utah that was on the same road I'd camped on for years – right under my nose – and I never knew it was there. I've been coming to the desert of southern Utah every spring and fall since I was 21.  It's always good to know I can never run out of places to explore. My friend Char brought lamb curry, and with a little wine by the campfire, with the stars, next to [more]

Kahtoola T-shirt Art – Appealing to Clients at a Heart Level

Kahtoola T-shirt Art – Appealing to Clients at a Heart Level These days, corporate branding for the outdoor industry needs to be a lot more than the standard fair. It needs to appeal to clients at a heart level. That's why Danny Giovale, of Kahtoola Inc, approached me to create three paintings for his company branding. Kahtoola founder Giovale not only designs snow-travel products, such as crampons and snowshoes, he also lives the outdoor lifestyle in Flagstaff, Arizona. With a deep knowing [more]

Dia de los Muertos Mini Paintings - An Art Tutorial

Good morning! We are enjoying a glorious fall here in southwest Colorado and are about to head out into the desert today to visit the wild horses and stay in a cabin. As many of you know, one of my favorite folk art holidays is approaching, and I am already unable to contain myself with excitement over making Day of the Dead calavera (skull) art! Today I wanted to share with you one of my Dia de los Muertos art projects, mixed media [more]

Flowers for John, mixed media sunflower painting

Flowers for John, mixed media sunflower painting How is it a 40-something year old woman wakes up and wants to fingerpaint? Good living I guess... Pyrolean Red, Iridescent Gold, Cadmium Orange – I scooped big fingers full out of Golden Paint jars and slathered them on an old canvas. I mainly just used my hands for this painting, and some scraping tools. An old espresso pot painting sat in my garage for years and I was going to gesso over it to create these sunflowers that had [more]

First-Ever Family Art Exhibit

First-Ever Family Art Exhibit As long as I can remember, mom has been creating art. From her first experiments in etchings in our yellow house in Holland, Michigan, she created sweeping scenes of sand dunes on the edge of Lake Michigan, and geese, with long, elegant necks, dangling their legs into cool clear water. Later, as she became fascinated by the wild horses of the American west, mom (Karen Keene Day) would travel from Montana to Wyoming, to the [more]

Teaching kids to spray paint, hmmm

Teaching kids to spray paint, hmmmI've been a big fan of street art for a while now and, truth be told, would love to drop in on the scene and follow the greats around for a bit. We're a little deprived of culture here in southwest Colorado – other than cowboys. I love the passion, the freedom, and the rebellious nature of the art. As a mixed media artist, I also love seeing those who've taken these techniques to the canvas. I finally picked up some spray [more]

Hidden, Mixed Media Stencil Experiment

Hidden, Mixed Media Stencil Experiment Today was a rough day, for whatever reason. So I took a break, made some ice coffee, and stepped back into the studio. It was one of those days I would have loved to taken a two hour nap and thrown it to the wind. But I heard the voices of my colleagues saying, "Just show up". I had spent more money than I should have this weekend on stencils and spray paint. And as it turned out, it was very soothing to just paint thick paint over [more]

Sea of Green, mixed media aspen trees

Sea of Green, mixed media aspen trees Hello aspen trees. This mixed media aspen tree painting began as something I was creating for a client. It started out with lots of intricate background details. Which ended up being covered by paint. Here's how it looked in its early stages: I don't know whether this is bad or good that all of these lovely details were covered. Several times during the process my intuition, which I usually listen to, told me to do another [more]

Summer Flowers, mixed media flower painting

Summer Flowers, mixed media flower painting Inspiration is everywhere and I was deeply moved by a quick camping trip we did this weekend to Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado. It rained like Vietnam the first night and I was so happy I sprung for the cabin, not the tent! We played monopoly all night, and got the fire going JUST enough to make s'mores and - it was OUT! The next day it cleared and ... We were OFF! Scrambling on gorgeous granite boulders and riding our [more]

Sandwich, Coffee and a Cupcake – I'm Good to Go with this Restaurant Triptych

Sandwich, Coffee and a Cupcake – I'm Good to Go with this Restaurant Triptych Lots of work and no idea of where I was headed on this one – the colorful restaurant painting took on a life of it's own. The joy of being able to create every day is what really lights me up. Commissions are one thing that allow me to do this. And they’re usually pretty straight forward – I create something beautiful in a style of my own. For this piece – the new Roast & Toast cafe in Ouray, Colorado – three food [more]

How's it Going Cupcake?

How's it Going Cupcake? Cupcakes are not sexy. There’s just no way of getting around it. Yet when the new local café in town asked for a three-panel work of restaurant art, it included a sandwich, an espresso, and a cupcake. It was during this process of painting this cupcake that I realized I’ve got to get real with this pastry. If I paint a pretty cupcake that doesn’t have grit and a bit of ‘tude, I give them a sterile work of art. But if [more]

Quench, mixed media lemonade and a street artist

Quench, mixed media lemonade and a street artist Back from a month of teaching, I'm warming up for some new paintings with little ones. Quench, a lemonade pitcher painting, is a quick, loose, illustration with gold paint markers and Chinese newspapers. (Along with many more hidden treasures, of course). I'll be donating this piece to the AHHAA School of the Arts auction, this July 17 in Telluride Colorado. The event features more than 100 artworks and a myriad of services and [more]

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