Inspiration

Enjoy my newest paintings, inspirations, classes & events

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 […]
March 12, 2016
Pizza and Beer, mixed media, 30" x 30", $1200

Bicycle paintings, pizza and beer, OH MY!

I’ve been remiss at blog posting the last couple of months, balancing my graphic design studio, single parenting, and continuing to build my art career. In an effort to catch you up, here are some recent news and events … Latest Work: Bicycle for Trader Joe’s Greeting Cards This painting was so […]
February 22, 2016
The Sanctuary, 40" x 20", mixed media on canvas

Fingerpainting, Stencils and Weightlessness –  A Telluride Art Exhibit in March

I was recently asked to write about my upcoming March exhibit in Telluride Colorado. Here are a few thoughts on some of the pieces I’ll be showing from aspens to sunflowers to stencil experiments … This collection of mixed media paintings is just an experiment of me trying to be free. Free […]
January 17, 2016
Vase of Peonies, 20" x 20", mixed media on canvas, $500

A few things I found marvelous this winter break

This winter break, I took a hiatus from writing and basked in the light of other stimulating artists, music, books and more. Here are just a few … Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work – This book is so inspiring and bite-size. If you are an artist or trying to get up the courage […]
December 22, 2015
Chaco Canyon on winter solstice

Winter Solstice at Chaco Canyon

This week I had the urge to go to Chaco Canyon in northern New Mexico. I packed up to head down there and realized the beautiful coincidence – I would be there on winter solstice. I LOVE winter solstice not because its the shortest day of the year, but because it […]
December 10, 2015
Myself with poet Erika Gordon

Noel Night – a Holiday Evening of Art

Thanks to Michele Follis for writing this lovely post on our recent Holiday Evening of Art… One of my favorite holiday events is Noel Night in Ridgway! This year 28 businesses participated in the festivities. Noel Night is an invitation for folks to shop locally, connect with friends, watch the […]
December 6, 2015
In the studio - watch me painting mixed media poppies on this art tutorial video

In the Studio Video – Painting Poppies

I’ve been meaning to start posting more “behind the scenes” clips from my studio for all of you interested in the process of making art. Here’s a glimpse of me painting mixed media poppies with pen and ink, and collage. This work of art is a playful piece with sketching, line art, […]