Inspiration

Enjoy my newest paintings, inspirations, classes & events

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 […]
December 7, 2016
Deidre and I hung our collaborative mountain show in Telluride yesterday

The Mountains are Calling, a collaborative art exhibit in Telluride

Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much – Helen Keller Yesterday I hung a long awaited collaborative Mountain Art exhibit at the Telluride Library, with my good friend Deidre Krois. Here is a little about the show… Ridgway based mixed media artist Kellie Day and potter […]
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 23, 2015
I created this painting completely out of Kahtoola brochures for their marketing materials

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 […]
March 2, 2014
Dulce Vita

Dulce Vita

This painting is a visual, layered journal of the last few months. The most important thing I’m learning is that painting isn’t about forcing beauty to come out – what’s going to emerge on the canvas is going to emerge – what I learned is that painting is about giving […]
November 5, 2013
The Sun Never Says, mixed media on canvas by Kellie Day, ©2013, 6' x 3'

The Sun Never Says

Inspired by a ski with a dear friend, we hiked to 13,000′ feet in the San Juan Mountains, over Red Mountain Pass, to find a glimpse of my soul. I had been buried deep in our little valley, in life, in bills, in work, dishes, heartache. To rise above it, […]
September 12, 2013
Up 2 Wilson, mixed media on canvas by Kellie Day, 30" x 30", Available, ©2013

Up 2 Wilson

Just out of treeline, working so hard, the rush of the altitude, busting up into the free world where you can see forevor and it’s all white. That’s what’s happening here, high on Wilson Peak in Telluride, Colorado. Such a stunning view as you head up the valley, or ski […]
April 29, 2013
"FREE", a mountain painting by Kellie Day, is in the current issue of Alpinist Magazine

Alpinist Magazine

I love Alpinist Magazine, a super-quality climbing magazine. This issue you can see my painting, FREE, depicting Red Mountains I, II and III, here in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado!
February 3, 2012
Wilson, by Kellie Day

Wilson

Wilson Peak Telluride strikes the sky with it’s pyramid peak glorious, sensuous knife blade ridges falling away Calling the climbers to come Come to the sky with me.
May 23, 2011

FREE

Red Mountains I, II and III from Ironton. The views of these are never ending. The spectacular feeling of emerging up out of the canyon to see them gives me a great sense of expansiveness – the endless possibilities for recreation and beauty in all seasons!  I can still feel […]
March 2, 2011

South Lookout

South Lookout Peak. I have seen you from afar many many times and longed to get close to you. Ski, hike, climb, whatever needs to be done. You are on my list.
January 17, 2011

Storm King Reflection

Skiing on a spectacular sunny day above tree line, on a mountain ridge outside of Silverton, Colorado. It was warm enough to sit and paint, to feel the stillness of the scene – the brilliant blue, the stunning white ridge lines, their perfect curves.
August 27, 2010

Brown Red

Two weekends ago Michelle and I hiked to the top of Red III at over 13,000 feet to look down on one of my favorite ridge lines in the area – the three Red Mountains. Two of these I have skied extensively, and therefore love. They have fantastic ridges connecting […]
February 1, 2010

Why

MIXED MEDIA, WATERCOLOR, PASTEL, INK, STAMPS, POEMS, ETC. Red Mountain Pass, Colorado For those of you who live around here, this is a rough painting of Sultan, Bear and Anvil Mtns – some of our favorite skiis. I did the painting first in plein air from a trail on the […]
February 1, 2010

Dead Cow, Good Life

MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE, WATER COLOR, INK AND PASTEL, Telluride, Colorado This piece was inspired by a Cow Skull brought to a Susie Billings Class from her property in southwest Colorado. It is a print made from a rubber block and stamped on rice paper. The aspens are as well.