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April 15, 2018
Kellie Day and her painting of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado

San Juan Mountains Painting Commission

 This winter I was commissioned by lovely couple in town to do a large painting of the Mt. Sneffels ridge, here in our San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. When people hear I’m from Colorado they often ask me about the Denver area. The truth is, we are 6 […]
March 2, 2018
butterfly and tulip art by kellie day

Adding Light to the World – A few photos of my new show

This week I drove to Telluride, Colorado with a car full of colorful art, to hang a new show of eight months worth of work. Here are a few photos. This exhibition is a collection of my latest works created over the last eight months. The center of this show […]
February 20, 2018
The making of 2 butterfly paintings with Kellie Day

The Making of 2 Butterfly Paintings

 When I get going on a painting, I often go in depth on the subject, and experience it, and sketch it, and make a bunch of progressive paintings, until finally, the big loose paintings are accomplished. Sigh. I learn so much when I tackle a subject this way. In […]
February 20, 2018
Butterfly Playground, ©Kellie Day, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 24",

Trees, Wings and Petals – A March Exhibition

Here’s the skinny on my upcoming March 1 show in Telluride, Colorado. This exhibition is a collection of my latest works created over the last eight months. I enjoy taking the full journey into exploring a subject, and using it as a mode to push my knowledge of colors, process […]
February 17, 2018
Butterflies, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 12", ©Kellie Day, Available

Butterflies and Pain

With all the difficult things happening in the world right now, I present to you something beautiful. I give to you a moment to take a reprieve, enjoy a deep breath, and relax. The school shooting hits a deep chord with this mother, and I know I need a moment. […]
January 31, 2018
midweek painting inspiration - outtakes video from Kellie Day

Midweek Inspiration – Painting Outtakes Video

 Want to see a little mixed media in action? Check out this quickie, 1-minute outtakes video from the filming of my ART LIFE E-course here in Colorado.  Doodling,  collage, bikes, fish, and so much more! I opened my notebook this morning and realized I’ve been working on this 14-lesson class […]
January 21, 2018
1minute video walk through of kellie day's art studio

Take a Walk Through My Studio

I thought it would be fun to open my studio doors and give you a quick tour… Here’s where I make art and play in my little, mountain studio. Today it’s snowing hard and we are JAZZED for white fluffiness! If you’re interested in painting with me, but you can’t […]
January 14, 2018
Eternal Tulips, 36" x 48", mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

Art is Life – and how the creative process makes you face it

“If you want to Improve your Art, Improve your Life”. This quote really puts the pressure on. It’s so true. Art doesn’t lie. It is a reflection of who we are. We have to come to a very honest place with ourselves to make art, because when you are in […]
January 4, 2018
kellie day painting in her art journal on the beach in mexico

How I got Started in Mixed Media Painting

  When I first realized I wanted art to be a bigger part of my life, I was a single mother with a three year old child. I saw an ad for a class in Mexico on mixed media painting that would cost me, with airfare, almost exactly what I […]
November 30, 2017
telluride local art exhibit of winter art

A New Telluride Exhibit: Winter Art by Local Artists

What I dream of, besides making art, is collaborating with other artists. This exhibit is a gathering of some of my favorite local artists,  expressing their feelings about winter. What makes this exhibit even more exciting, is to see the words of several local poets on these walls, an honor often […]
November 27, 2017
4 ways to add texture to your paintings

Four Ways to Add Texture to Your Paintings

There are so many ways to add texture to your paintings beside paint! I’ve just created a video for Empty Easel where you can learn all about it … In this short demonstration video, I’ll show you four different ways to add texture to your paintings by using various acrylic products that can […]
November 14, 2017
Winter Tree 1, ©Kellie Day, 36" x 36", mixed media on canvas

Winter Trees, mixed media tree paintings

We have a park full of amazing, hundred-year old trees. Once their leaves drop, the shape of their trunks is all this glory. Every year, every day, I watch the transformation of these ancient creatures in our town park. In summer they provide a cool respite from the heat. In […]
November 6, 2017
Kellie Day art exhibit at ENO Cafe, Durango

Carson Jones Radio Interview with Kellie Day

I just came across this 2015 radio interview with Carson Jones, on my show in Durango, how I arrived in Colorado, life in a small town and more! Listen here:  
November 4, 2017

Playing with Interference Paints

Interference Paints have a reflective property when viewed in the light, much like butterfly wings or fish scales. Learn how to use Interference Paints in this free, quick art tip. In this Art Tip video, I show you the products I use to create a quick iridescent butterfly with amazing, […]
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 […]
October 11, 2017
Bliss in Red, mixed media on canvas, 18" x 18", $486 ©Kellie Day

Bliss in Red, Layers of Translucents

I decided to take it upon myself, like a dingle-dork, to learn a bunch of new acrylic techniques in a short amount of time. I created a self-imposed deadline of committing to teach local classes on how to use these amazing acrylic gels, grounds and pastes. I have used these products before, but this […]
October 2, 2017
Mixed media Flamingo on Canvas, ©Kellie Day, 18" x 18"

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

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 […]
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 […]
August 9, 2017
Red Mountain diptych, 60" x 30", mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

A show, a class and all the latest

I just hung an art exhibit of my latest paintings at La Cocina de Luz Restaurant in Telluride, CO. The feature painting is a five foot representation of Red Mountain, above Ironton, in our San Juan Mountains. It’s the view from the top of Red Mountain 3, looking down on […]