Inspiration

Enjoy my newest paintings, inspirations, classes & events

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 […]
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 […]
October 17, 2015
Far from Blue, mixed media on canvas, blue aspen trees © Kellie Day, 30" x 40"

Far from Blue, mixed media aspen tree painting

I have been trying to figure out the meaning of life again. I do that every now and then. And with all these leaves falling, and the coming of winter, I remember on some very deep level, that things do have to come to an end, eventually. The only thing […]
August 13, 2015
Sea of Green, 24" x 24", mixed media on canvas $800, ©Kellie Day

Sea of Green, mixed media aspen trees

Hello aspen trees. This mixed media aspen tree painting began as something I was creating for a client. It started out with lots of intricate background details. Which ended up being covered by paint. Here’s how it looked in its early stages: I don’t know whether this is bad or good that […]
March 2, 2015
The foundation of most of my paintings, is interaction

The Foundation of a Painting is in the Knowing

Roots of an aspen painting – first the skiing, observing, driving my partner cuckoo by stopping to take photos. Then the rough, fun collage backgrounds… stay tuned for the paint throwing.
December 4, 2013
Where the Sun Sleeps, 61" x 30" diptych on canvas by Kellie Day ©2013

Where the Sun Sleeps

Just got back from a restful week in South Carolina, where I started this aspen painting in my parents’ garage. Their garage also serves as their art studios, as both my parents are artists. My mom paints horses, my dad paints cows. My mom uses wild, passionate brush strokes and […]
July 9, 2012
Summer Fire, 12" x 12", mixed media on canvas by Kellie Day, ©2012, SOLD

Library Art Opening to Feature Kellie Day & Sven Krebs

This Saturday, July 14 from 4pm to 7pm stop by the RIdgway Library to see the latest art works by Kellie Day and Sven Krebs. Kellie’s rough and bold mixed media paintings feature scenes and experiences from her life, including fire fighting, mountain climbing, riding bikes after drinking martinis, and […]
January 10, 2012
No Limits, mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30", SOLD

No Limits

Thanks to a friend for inspiring this piece. One of the beautiful scraps of paper on it reads: “Learn something new Try something different Convince yourself That you have no Limits” – Brian Tracy Which is funny, because the hardest part for me about starting to paint was convincing myself […]
July 11, 2011

Love

Here are the aspen trees from the Portland trail in Ouray, when you come up the first hill from the creek. In the morning this spot is enchanting. There’s an old cabin you can’t even see anymore it’s so overtaken by the ground cover. It’s a world of greens in […]
March 27, 2011

Spring Dreams

Spring Dreams was painted during a chaotic, sleep deprived week. I had promised the painting as an auction item to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Telluride. My dad was in the hospital, my son needed me, and I had my graphic design business to run. Life was […]
February 20, 2011

Magic Forest

These aspen trees morphed into at least six different paintings before they became Magic Forest. They are a place of comfort, imagination, joy, experiment and bliss. They are the reflection of so many aspens I’ve hiked through, skied through, or just stared at from wherever I was. Like yesterday, on […]
December 3, 2010

SHH

Shushing through soft quiet snow in southwest Colorado mountains, I brake trail and the work feels good. Edging over barely covered rocky drop-offs, it is early season and I am eager. Aspens lend long blue shadows over the rolling terrain, dark navy corners contrast sparkling crystals. It’s so still and […]
October 20, 2010

Desert Trees

Camping at Hittle Bottom, across from the Fisher Towers near Moab, UT this fall with my family, there were two trees wrapped around each other.  In the distance, desert towers I had once climbed called my attention from every view. The campsite was flat, and a peacock lived in the […]
September 8, 2010

Juniper

Solitary and austere. On the edge of a cliff above the Grand Canyon, on a rocky ledge in Indian Creek, or deep in the desert southwest. This juniper tree has been in so many of my adventures.