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November 14, 2017
Winter Tree 1, ©Kellie Day, 36" x 36", mixed media on canvas

Winter Trees, mixed media tree paintings

We have a park full of amazing, hundred-year old trees. Once their leaves drop, the shape of their trunks is all this glory. Every year, every day, I watch the transformation of these ancient creatures in our town park. In summer they provide a cool respite from the heat. In […]
November 6, 2017
Kellie Day art exhibit at ENO Cafe, Durango

Carson Jones Radio Interview with Kellie Day

I just came across this 2015 radio interview with Carson Jones, on my show in Durango, how I arrived in Colorado, life in a small town and more! Listen here:  
November 4, 2017

Playing with Interference Paints

Interference Paints have a reflective property when viewed in the light, much like butterfly wings or fish scales. Learn how to use Interference Paints in this free, quick art tip. In this Art Tip video, I show you the products I use to create a quick iridescent butterfly with amazing, […]
October 31, 2017
Tea with Granny, mixed media tea cups, 18" x 18", ©Kellie Day, available

Tea Cups, new mixed media painting

I have been making patterns. Patterns from stamps, from acrylic paint, illustration, rice paper and so on. All for a class I am teaching this month at night, at the local historic theatre, for Art Bar (that’s when you get to have a glass of wine and paint). It’s social […]
October 11, 2017
Bliss in Red, mixed media on canvas, 18" x 18", $486 ©Kellie Day

Bliss in Red, Layers of Translucents

I decided to take it upon myself, like a dingle-dork, to learn a bunch of new acrylic techniques in a short amount of time. I created a self-imposed deadline of committing to teach local classes on how to use these amazing acrylic gels, grounds and pastes. I have used these products before, but this […]
October 2, 2017
Mixed media Flamingo on Canvas, ©Kellie Day, 18" x 18"

Painting a Flamingo in Fall and a bit about Life as an Artist

This is the second time I’ve painted a flamingo, they are rather decadent birds. I mean, first of all, they’re pink. I received a phone call that a company wanted a pineapple (this is for a licensing project – meaning the company buys the right to use my art, the company […]
September 27, 2017
how to paint a pineapple with kellie day

How to Paint a Pineapple

Practice layering acrylic paints and collage in this new instructional video, “How to Paint a Pineapple”. Do an acrylic pour, play with stencils, get wild and let the paint fly! This class includes a supply list, instructional video and step by step instructions on how to paint a wild and […]
September 16, 2017
Trees with Wings, 30" x 40", ©Kellie Day, $1800

Trees with Wings

In the fall, the light is magnificent in southwest Colorado. The heat has dissipated, the snow has dusted the mountain tops, the river has slowed, and the trees are turning gold. So why paint red trees? There is no planning in art, and if there is, it is a different sort of art. […]
August 28, 2017
Mixed Media Aspen Forest class with Kellie Day

Mixed Media Aspen Forest Class

This week I taught twelve lovely ladies to paint large scale aspen forests with collage, paint and more. Painting on this size canvas was so freeing, for everyone. Endless amounts of paint and collage filled up our spaces, and each and every one was different. We could have made this class […]
August 9, 2017
Red Mountain diptych, 60" x 30", mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

A show, a class and all the latest

I just hung an art exhibit of my latest paintings at La Cocina de Luz Restaurant in Telluride, CO. The feature painting is a five foot representation of Red Mountain, above Ironton, in our San Juan Mountains. It’s the view from the top of Red Mountain 3, looking down on […]
July 3, 2017
Opening night party at Mountain Girl Gallery in Ridgway, CO

A New “Mountain Girl Gallery” Opens in Ridgway, Colorado

This summer myself and three women opened an art gallery in Ridgway, Colorado, the Mountain Girl Gallery. A space opened up, right on the corner, with brightly lit windows and wood floors. Just across from the popular Colorado Boy Brewery, and on a lovely walking street, we couldn’t say no. Potter […]
May 21, 2017
My latest show at Cimarron Coffee and Books in southwest Colorado. ©Kellie Day

Small Art and Big Heart – Report on a Local Show

My very first art exhibit was at Cimarron Coffee & Books in sw Colorado. When the uber-chill, blue haired Matron named Sara with glitter eye shadow asked me to do another show under new ownership, I thought it would be a hoot. I sketched a chalk mural on the display […]
May 7, 2017
Gospel of Birds, mixed media bird painting, ©Kellie Day, 30" x 40", available

Gospel of Birds, spring bird painting

This painting is a tribute to the delight of the senses provided by the arrival of spring birds. Flitting from branch to branch, puffing up chests and mating like there’s no tomorrow. –  their energy contributes to the beauty of the world. “Gospel of Birds” is a 30″ x 40″ mixed media […]
April 29, 2017
Tequila painting ©Kellie Day

Being OK with Messes and the Unknown

I always dream of having a luxurious amount of time to get ready for art exhibits, and doing an amazing body of groundbreaking work. Pshaw. The truth is, it never happens. The time gets filled with work and family, and someone gets sick or a vacation comes up, and inevitably […]
April 16, 2017
mixed media painting workshop in montrose colorado with kellie day

June Art Workshop: A Unique Painting Weekend in a Private Colorado Garden

Painting the Essence of Flowers – a playful mixed media workshop with Kellie Day Montrose, Colorado, June 10-11, 2017 from 10-3pm “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend […]
April 8, 2017
"No Limits", Wilson Peak painting, mixed media on canvas, 5' x 3', ©Kellie Day

No Limits, a Wilson Peak Painting Commission

This painting started with a phone call from a man who loves these mountains where we live. He was starting new with some home redecorating out east, and wanted a piece that reminded him of southwest Colorado. I ordered a five-foot canvas and when it arrived, did several sketches and […]
March 25, 2017
Wilson Peak Painting, Telluride, ©Kellie Day

How to Start a Commission – Wilson Peak, Telluride

I’m getting ready to do my biggest commission ever, one of Wilson Peak. I’ve painted Wilson many times, and my latest version, “Wilson Fog” is on display at the Telluride Library now. My favorite of all times is just called, “Wilson”, and it lives in New York I believe, with […]
March 16, 2017
Homage to Color, ©Kellie Day, 30" x 40", Available

Everything is Waiting for You

Today is pajama day at the school. You are allowed to bring one stuffed animal, that you can fit in your backpack, and wear your pj’s all day. Pretty much, it’s gonna be a great day. Back here at home where I work, it’s pajama day every day. And even though […]
March 4, 2017
Adding watercolor to mixed media paintings on canvas - with Kellie Day

Adding Watercolor to your Mixed Media Paintings on Canvas

Add the rich washes of watercolor onto your mixed media canvases! In this bite-size e-class I’ll show you how to create watercolor washes you can add to your canvas. We’ll create a mini painting with these effects, and I’ll show you how to complete the entire painting.   Class Details: Description: Four videos that […]
January 30, 2017
20 Tips to loosen up your painting style

How to loosen up your painting style

Sometimes pushing the boundaries of what you’re used to painting can feel like writing with your left hand. Awkward, not fun, and definitely not pretty. But learning new techniques, taking risks and making mistakes are a great way to advance your style! This weekend I had a fabulous time teaching some very […]