Painting a Flamingo in Fall and a bit about Life as an Artist

Mixed media Flamingo on Canvas, ©Kellie Day, 18" x 18"

Mixed media Flamingo on Canvas, ©Kellie Day, 18" x 18"

This is the second time I’ve painted a flamingo, they are rather decadent birds. I mean, first of all, they’re pink.

I received a phone call that a company wanted a pineapple (this is for a licensing project – meaning the company buys the right to use my art, the company uses the art for products like pillows, rugs, shower curtains, etc…). Then I received a message that the company wanted a similiar flamingo. Similar to the pineapple. In a “painterly” style.

Mixed media pineapple painting

A little pineapple fun

Hmmm. I am a collager, play with paper scraps, not into just heavy paint. Not really into pineapples and flamingos. So this was a challenge.

That said, I always learn something from these projects because they push me to do something new, and out of my comfort zone. And getting out of your comfort zone is always good. Right?

As humans we’re laaaazy… We want to stay in our routine because it’s comfortable. I don’t wanna go outside and walk on a cold day when I can sit my arse in this chair and dick around on my computer. Not good choices, Kellie. (Do you talk to yourself too?)

So, life went like this recently: Produce an online class on how to paint a pineapple, paint a flamingo, meet with a client about creating poster art, wrap up a website project, WANT to get to my personal painting but not happening…

Then some art marketing: social media posting,  update the website, send out an email to subscribers …

Then some self care: meditate, exercise, have as much fun as possible on the weekend so I’m PSYCHED to paint on Monday…. (hike, soak in natural hot springs, beers with friends…) etc!

v

Weekend hike in southwest Colorado

So here we are on Monday. House is not cleaned. Studio looks like a paint bomb went off. Yard is not mowed. But, dishes are done, child had breakfast, dogs are fed, I made soup and quiche this weekend.

Sigh… Life is good.

To purchase either of these paintings, contact me here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *