Hidden, Mixed Media Stencil Experiment

Hidden, 24" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day
Hidden, 24" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day

Hidden, 24″ x 24″, mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day

Today was a rough day, for whatever reason. So I took a break, made some ice coffee, and stepped back into the studio.

It was one of those days I would have loved to taken a two hour nap and thrown it to the wind. But I heard the voices of my colleagues saying, “Just show up”.

I had spent more money than I should have this weekend on stencils and spray paint. And as it turned out, it was very soothing to just paint thick paint over stencils, over old canvases that never worked out.

It was too windy to spray paint. But it was fantastic to paint heavily over these “ruined” paintings, then lift the stencils and find what was hidden underneath. Only then did I enhance what had been revealed.

Detail of Hidden, ©Kellie Day

Detail of Hidden

There is so much hidden in all of us. I feel I had sweet surrender with this tender painting today – that it somehow, without my permission, revealed my frame of mind.

Bless you sweet little thing.




  1. wanda miller says:

    I love SEEING when this happens to others as well as myself, and that you SHARED this Kellie. So much of my best work has been when I’m purely playing! This is such a COOL ONE! XO

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