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detail of a white painting by kellie day
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G-party, 4ft x 4ft, ©Kellie Day

G-party, 4ft x 4ft, ©Kellie Day, $3,600

G-party, 4ft x 4ft, ©Kellie Day

G-party, 4ft x 4ft, ©Kellie Day, Available

I’ve been taking a wonderful online class from Flora Bowley and experimenting with large canvases.

“G-party” is the result of my fascination with bikes and hispanic folk art and culture, thus, the low-rider/chopper bike. Also, I was listening to Snoop Dog, “Gin and Juice” when I started painting the bike, so a little hip hop involved here.

Mostly this was all about play and experimentation. I’ve been feeling for a long time like I need to push my boundaries in a very different direction than I’ve done before. Thus, this class, which encouraged painting with no plan, and layering on brilliant colors, playing music, and letting shapes evolve intuitively.

This was an exercise in complete trust, and really not liking what I was painting for a long time. But I just kept layering and layering, until I began to see things that really excited me. Of course the bike was the shape my subconcious placed on here. It’s spring, I’m feeling ornary, alive, happy to see buds polking up in my garden. It’s finally spring in the mountains – time to bike!

What an interesting journey. My painting will never be the same. Thanks Flora!


  1. jen says:

    i think you nailed it, kellie. way to let go and see what happens…..

  2. I do feel the hip hop influence. This painting is very gritty and has an urban look to it. Incredible work.

  3. pippin says:

    Lovely painting! I took Flora’s class two years ago in Boulder, and she kicked my creative doors wide open! I felt her class was a personal transformation, and my life hasn’t been the same since. Which is a great thing. I love your work, and am jealous that you live in my home state beautiful Colorado. Take a nice long bike ride on my behalf and send some cool mountain air my way.

    • Kellie Day says:

      Hi Pippin, thanks for dropping a line. Your work is so fun and whimsical! I especially love the paper wreath! Yes, Flora’s class was great in so many ways, especially stretching my graphic-design background boundaries. Have a creative day!

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