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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
January 6, 2017
mixed media video clips highlighting the year in my studio, from collecting papers to painting to laughing and doodling.

Mixed Media Painting Inspirations

Here’s a little Art Inspiration for you to spark your creativity in the New Year! Enjoy these mixed media video clips highlighting the year in my studio, from collecting papers to painting, collaging, laughing and doodling. Enjoy!
December 11, 2016
Mermaid Magic, mixed media on canvas, 24"x24", $500 ©Kellie Day

Magic and the Arrival of Dreams

I always thought I would feel I’d arrived as an artist with an exhibit in a hot, NYC gallery. Smiling, black dress, people milling about viewing my latest creations … but something clicked this weekend about success, and the arrival of dreams. An artist I admire was telling me why she hadn’t […]
November 7, 2016
My friend Kristen enjoying a peaceful moment in the desert morning

Blasphemy in a Beer Can

“The fire … One breath of juniper smoke, like the perfume of sagebrush after rain, evokes in magical catalysis, like certain music, the space and light and clarity and piercing strangeness of the American West. Long may it burn.” – Edward Abbey A friend has been trying to get me […]
October 23, 2016
Kid in a candy store

An Artful Week in New Orleans with Golden Paints

My sister drove down the packed French Quarter street. Sunday afternoon in October and it was still hot and muggy. A tall man in a mesh miniskirt sauntered down the line of cars. As he passed, he ran his finger along my sisters’ arm, which rested on the open window. We watched […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 10, 2015

Art Trippin’ in Denver

I live in a small town. And by small, I mean 1,000 people. The nearest big city is six hours away. And the importance of getting-the-hell-outa-Dodge cannot be underestimated. This weekend a dear friend and I rented an adorable Airbnb Bungalow in the RiNo District of Denver (River North Art), and hit […]
September 29, 2015
Canyon exploring in southern Utah this weekend

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 […]
August 22, 2015
spray paint and stencils

Teaching kids to spray paint, hmmm

I’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 […]
August 9, 2015

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 […]
July 5, 2015

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 […]
February 12, 2015
The Bird Family, 48" tall, mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

The Story of the Bird Family

“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.” – Hafiz I grew up knowing my mother’s side was the Bird family. But it was my cousin Kathleen, who reminded me after I finished this mixed media bird painting, that her middle name was Bird. I have […]