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March 30, 2018
butterfly painting class with kellie day

NEW! Butterfly Painting Class

 I’m so excited to show you this new Butterfly Painting Class! It’s one of my “Bite-Size”, online classes, with three videos, and an extra long session on learning how to take risks and fix mistakes … When you paint this picture, dare to dream. In this class we will […]
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. […]
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 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 […]
May 7, 2017
Gospel of Birds, mixed media bird painting, ©Kellie Day, 30" x 40", available

Gospel of Birds, spring bird painting

This painting is a tribute to the delight of the senses provided by the arrival of spring birds. Flitting from branch to branch, puffing up chests and mating like there’s no tomorrow. –  their energy contributes to the beauty of the world. “Gospel of Birds” is a 30″ x 40″ mixed media […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 2, 2015
sit.stand.fly. from start to finish, 15" x 30", ©Kellie Day

Screw Your Passion, Follow Your Bliss – mixed media birds

I just read this article, “Screw Finding Your Passion”, by Mark Manson. He starts out like this: “…(When you were a kid) If you loved looking for bugs, you just did that. There was no second-level analysis of, ‘Well, is looking for bugs really what I should be doing with […]
May 30, 2015
Making handmade stamps, a free tutorial with Kellie Day

Creating Handmade Stamps

I thought it would be fun to show you how to make handmade stamps. Here’s a tutorial that shows you how to make simple stamps, and all the materials needed, along with a peek at more complex stamps that border on print making… Enjoy!   If you’d like to learn more about my mixed […]
February 21, 2015
SING, 48" x 24", mixed media songbirds on canvas, Available, ©2015

Finding my Voice in a Songbird Painting

I have been staring at an older painting of mine and having urges to rework it. Since I’m trying to get better at following my intuition, I went ahead and started painting over it. Risk ruining a painting? Yes, because RISK is what it takes to make good art great. […]
February 12, 2015
The Bird Family, 48" tall, mixed media on canvas ©Kellie Day

The Story of the Bird Family

“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.” – Hafiz I grew up knowing my mother’s side was the Bird family. But it was my cousin Kathleen, who reminded me after I finished this mixed media bird painting, that her middle name was Bird. I have […]
January 14, 2015
Today, purple bird print on canvas, ©Kellie Day

Valentines Art, Just for Fun

Here are a few sweet little Valentine’s ideas, if you’re already thinking of that special someone… or yourself! “Today”, one of my favorite bird prints. A sweet little Valentine’s gift, with collaged details of hand-made papers, butterflies and poetry, this purple bird print will warm up any wall with unspoken comfort. Canvas […]
January 4, 2015
Little Bird, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 48", commission ©2015

Japanese Bird Painting Video

A wee bit of painting and india ink, and my first attempt at video blogging  Happy New Year! Little Bird, this Japanese-style songbird painting, was a fun exploration of letting india ink drip all over the place. My grandparents traveled the world many times, and I always remember these prints […]
November 24, 2014

SING, Mixed Media Raven Painting for a Cow Dog

All These words Are just a front. What I would really like to do is Chain you to my body, Then sing for days And days and Days – Hafiz This painting is dedicated to my dog, Jesse. I will always love you.  
November 16, 2014
Tadasanacrow, 30" x 30", mixed media on canvas by Kellie Day ©2014, available

Tadasanacrow, mixed media crow painting

My mom left me a tub of Pyrolean Red paint on her way home to South Carolina. This is the first summer I felt really misty eyed when they drove away. Every summer, mom and dad come to mean more to me. I don’t know if it’s a sense of […]
September 30, 2013
Cacophony, 48" x 24", mixed media on canvas by Kellie Day ©2013, Available

Cacophony

These Birds The tiny thunder of their little wings as they move together These birds Rushing onto my dying sunflowers in one winged movement At the slightest stir the entire band swoops into the sky One hundred wings Onto the long wood fence rows of them, waiting for the next […]