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 […]
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 […]
March 4, 2017
Adding watercolor to mixed media paintings on canvas - with Kellie Day

Adding Watercolor to your Mixed Media Paintings on Canvas

Add the rich washes of watercolor onto your mixed media canvases! In this bite-size e-class I’ll show you how to create watercolor washes you can add to your canvas. We’ll create a mini painting with these effects, and I’ll show you how to complete the entire painting.   Class Details: Description: Four videos that […]
January 30, 2017
20 Tips to loosen up your painting style

How to loosen up your painting style

Sometimes pushing the boundaries of what you’re used to painting can feel like writing with your left hand. Awkward, not fun, and definitely not pretty. But learning new techniques, taking risks and making mistakes are a great way to advance your style! This weekend I had a fabulous time teaching some very […]
January 14, 2017
"Wild in the Woods", 30" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day, available

Wild in the Woods, mixed media pink flower painting

It’s January. Deep in the heart of winter. Devoid of color. An unbearable whiteness of being. Maybe I need to admit I’m becoming less of a winter person. The only way I’ve found to love winter, is to embrace winter. Launch your ass out into the snow and exhaust yourself […]
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 16, 2016
Making Art Transfers on Mixed Media Collage with Kellie Day

Making Art Transfers on Mixed Media Collage

Turn art transfers into vibrant, mixed media paintings! In this bite-size e-class I’ll show you how to do art transfers and turn them into vibrant, mixed media paintings. Integrate your transfer with paint, canvas and collage into colorful works of art!  Watch the 1 minute preview video here: Class Details: CLASS PREP: You’ll […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 19, 2016
kellie day art exhibit telluride colorado

Summer to Winter, an Art Exhibit in Telluride

It’s always so exciting to hang months worth of work. Yesterday I hung my latest exhibit of mixed media paintings in Telluride, Colorado. Here are a few words about the art … The tension between summer’s bold bright flowers and winter’s quiet, white world is eased only by spring and fall, […]
November 14, 2016
Detail of Winter Bird painting, with Hafiz poetry scraps

Divine Juncture in a Winter Bird

“At each divine juncture my wings expand … ” – Hafiz I often quote Hafiz, my favorite poet. I don’t know if I’ve told you about the time my heart was broken, and I ripped up an entire book of his poetry (on loan from said person) and dumped the remains on […]
November 10, 2016
Do the things you can't. That is how they get done. - Picasso

Tapping the Soul by Sue Schlabach

From the blog of Sue Schlabach “Do the things you can’t. That is how they get done.” – Picasso LAST WEEK I HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION WITH AN ARTIST I WORK WITH. Her name is Kellie Day, and she is a collage artist from Colorado. She has this Picasso quote hanging […]
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 27, 2016
mixed media bird painting in progress ©Kellie Day

Boom & Bust on an Art Road Trip

I’ve been everywhere, man Crossed the deserts bare, man I’ve breathed the mountain air, man Travel, I’ve had my share, man I’ve been everywhere – Johnny Cash Last week I took a road trip to Escalante, Utah, which is in the middle of nowhere. Hours of driving through winding canyon […]
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 31, 2016
Paint Peekaboo flowers with me in this relaxed, mixed media painting class online!

Peekaboo Flowers Project – mixed media painting class

Join me in making relaxed, “peekaboo” flowers on a collaged canvas, in this bite-sized, mixed media painting class. Learn to paint these cheerful, mixed media flowers that make a great gift or art for your home.  In this bite-size art class I’ll take you through this flower-painting project that’s perfect for you and your creative […]
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 […]