Inspiration

Enjoy my newest paintings, inspirations, classes & events

October 13, 2016
Wilson Peak in Telluride, Colorado, mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30", ©Kellie Day

How to Always make a Beautiful Painting and Be Generally Comfortable in Life

The recipe is easy: Stay in your comfort zone. Do what you know how to do, what you’ve always done. Be safe. Pay attention to the details and do them carefully, making sure everything is just right. Voilà! Beautiful painting. Great paintings or great art is not made by staying […]
September 27, 2016
mixed media bird painting in progress ©Kellie Day

Boom & Bust on an Art Road Trip

I’ve been everywhere, man Crossed the deserts bare, man I’ve breathed the mountain air, man Travel, I’ve had my share, man I’ve been everywhere – Johnny Cash Last week I took a road trip to Escalante, Utah, which is in the middle of nowhere. Hours of driving through winding canyon […]
September 10, 2016
Poppy Sketches ©Kellie Day

Rambling Woman

I love lollygagging. You know, not having to be cracking the whip at work, pushed by production. But instead, letting projects blossom in between morning meditation, coffee, research on pinterest and maybe a load of laundry. Things that some might consider “idle time”. But really, this idle time is the […]
August 31, 2016
Paint Peekaboo flowers with me in this relaxed, mixed media painting class online!

Peekaboo Flowers Project – mixed media painting class

Join me in making relaxed, “peekaboo” flowers on a collaged canvas, in this bite-sized, mixed media painting class. Learn to paint these cheerful, mixed media flowers that make a great gift or art for your home.  In this bite-size art class I’ll take you through this flower-painting project that’s perfect for you and your creative […]
August 27, 2016
Butterfly Dance, mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

Butterflies in Progress

Cheryl Strayed wrote a book, one of my favorite books, called Tiny Beautiful Things. It was a book of snapshots of human life in turmoil, as she responded to readers in her advice column, Dear Sugar. The readers who wrote in were people struggling with their humanity, their differences, their isolation and their […]
August 14, 2016
Endless shapes, forms, patterns, and textures found in nature

Ways to Draw Flowers

  Here in rural southwest Colorado, I’m greatly influenced by what I see in the mountains. I know the flowers like my own toes, how they will change with the altitude, and how they will bloom in order with each month of the summer. I know the best place to […]
August 6, 2016
Spanish Homework, 36" x 36" mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day

The Story of the Spanish Homework

What I really liked about the Spanish teacher last year, was that she had the kids draw out their vocabulary words in pictures. Of course I’m partial to that, being an artist. Last spring my son came home with a picture of an entire house, with every room including the garage […]
August 5, 2016
Butter blossoms, mixed media on canvas, Available ©Kellie DAy

Butter Blossoms, mixed media blossom painting

It’s raining cats and dogs. And I want coffee. But the problem with drinking coffee on a rainy day is, you can’t take a nap. And a nap on a rainy day, well that’s one of the best things ever. Especially if it starts to thunder. We’re going to have flash floods […]
July 29, 2016
Fun painting flowers with the lovely Quinn this week, Who made a great bold red and black piece for her new dorm room at Georgia Tech!

The Importance of Not Doing Anything Important

One thing I notice in the art classes I teach is that it’s usually the person who says they have no creative ability that creates the most amazing work. They have no expectations of themselves and are utterly relaxed, playing with the materials as their “true selves” flow, uninhibited. This is […]
July 24, 2016
Experiment with my son's Spanish Homework ©Kellie Day

Are You Having Fun with Your Art?

Is your work suffering because it’s lost its sparkle? Having fun with your art is a key ingredient in making great work. Here are four ways to make the process more delightful! … Take time to screw off – Being playful in our everyday lives transfers to our spirit, and in turn to our […]
July 23, 2016
Creating a collage background for a mixed media painting, an online class with Kellie Day

Creating a Collage Background for Mixed Media Painting

Lesson 4 of my mixed media e-course, Pedal to Petal is now available as it’s own class! This bite-sized, collage class will teach you how to collage a canvas, and to become familiar with the materials you’ll need. Class Details: Description: Are you ready for an easy way to start your next painting? Learn to create a […]
July 12, 2016
Banana Seat Bike, 36" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day

Banana Seat Bike

Whatever happened to the banana seat bike? It came with an era of thick-frame eyewear, wide ties, polyester slacks and blue eyeshadow. I was 10 and summer was hot. The neighborhood pool was the main attraction and I can still remember trying to stay above the water while lifting my leg straight […]
June 4, 2016
pedal to petal mixed media painting e-course with kellie day

Pedal to Petal, mixed media painting e-course

What is it that lights you up in life? Is it waking up in a fancy hotel and getting away from it all? Or having a latte with a good friend in a chic cafe? Is it biking or climbing a mountain and pushing yourself physically? Or taking the day off and strolling through […]
June 4, 2016
Illustrating over paintings, a painting e-course with Kellie Day

Illustrating Over a Painting – an online painting class

This bite-sized, online painting class will teach you how to illustrate over an unfinished painting. Do you have an old painting that you never finished or don’t know what to do with? If it’s not too heavy with paint texture, you can illustrate over it and make it into a entirely […]
May 9, 2016
10 tips on how to live a more creative life

Ten Tips on How to Live a More Creative Life

Igniting your life as a creative person doesn’t just start when you put the brush on the canvas. It starts before that … It begins with those little habits of how you go through your day. By beginning to carve little treasures of time for yourself, you will start to […]
May 9, 2016
layering textures and paint with kellie day

Layering Textures & Patterns into a Flower Pot

This is the first of the Bite-Size Classes I’m developing for all of you to enjoy! These are colorful online, mixed media painting classes in video format that are affordable, uplifting and informative. Each class will contain little tidbits that you can incorporate into your own painting. Some will be for beginners, […]
April 12, 2016
Ode to a Juniper Tree ©Kellie Day poems

Ode to a Juniper Tree

Ode to a Juniper Tree You.Luscious.Beast. Meet me at the topOf a stark desert landscapeAnd I will worship your thirsty barkWe can scream at the clouds“Come! Come!”Cool me with your puffy petalsAnd your Blue.Gray.Wall.Of rumbling disgruntledness.Terrorize me with your fiercebolts of lightningAnd I will scream back into the whipping windYou.Don’t.Scare me.
April 10, 2016
In progress ... Chirp chirp... Making backgrounds based on intuition

How I found time to be an artist

I went to dinner with one of my most pizaaz-iest friends last night. Brilliance is so sexy. I hadn’t seen her in years and our lives had been through divorce, single parenting, wild child stories, several businesses and relationships. And here she was, looking better than ever at 50, surrounded […]
March 26, 2016
Gustav Klimt Portrait of Ria Munk III

Klimt’s Portrait of Ria Munk III and Unbridled Doodling

This is what I believe in, and what I teach my students: prepare thoroughly, do multiple sketches, KNOW your subject and then when you approach the canvas – completely let go. What I like about Gustav Klimt’s unfinished “Portrait of Ria Munk III”,  is his unbridled doodling and dazzling, mismatched […]
March 18, 2016
"This Wild Playground", mixed media on canvas, 4' x 4', $3600, ©Kellie Day

This Wild Playground

The town of Ridgway, Colorado is run by creative, forward-thinking people who are highly supportive of the arts. They recently asked me to write about why I came to Ridgway, why I love this place so much. Here is my story… I live in a wild playground. A valley full of […]