Win Win, The Process of Painting

Win Win, mixed media wine painting, 36" x 24" ©Kellie Day, $1,500
Win Win, mixed media wine painting, 36" x 24" ©Kellie Day, $1,500

Win Win, mixed media wine painting, 36″ x 24″ ©Kellie Day, Available

Maybe some artists can pour their sorrows out on canvas, but not me.

I need to be in the mood. Some kind of mood that is not too funky at least. So I typically start a studio day with a run or some form of exercise to get me out of my environment. Then I can really settle in to what I’m doing.

Next: make tea, snacks, turn the heat up and get in my favorite painting shirt.

Before turning on the music du jour, I’ll often sit and meditate. I try to do this every morning. Meditation is another subject, but I feel that it has slowly had a quiet and profound effect on my life. For the sake of today’s conversation, I will just say that it quiets down the noise, and allows creativity to flow. It gets rid of the thinking brain, and allows for uninhibited movement on the canvas. Whenever I am in a funk, I’ll take five and sit quietly. In the sun if possible.

PROJECT RESEARCH: I can't claim responsibility for all of these empty bottles, fortunately my neighbor helped me out

PROJECT RESEARCH: I can’t claim responsibility for all of these empty bottles, fortunately my neighbor helped me out

I guess I should back up here. There is a deeper relationship with the subject that goes on far before a day in the studio.

Most of my paintings come from intimate interaction with the world. To paint the mountains, first I climb them and ski down. To paint the desert, first I go there, and sleep in the desert, and climb its red rock walls. In this way, there is a deep knowing and loving of the subject. So much so, that I have to paint it.

For this painting, the feeling of the dim lights, and the warm fuzzy conversation of friends, is the knowing behind the wine art.

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You can see the collage that went on, under the ink illustration

I have different ways of painting, but for this “lighter” subject matter, this illustrative style I am creating for my licensing company, I begin with free-form collaging.

Next, there is paint mixing to get the colors I want, paint layers, illustration layers, and the finishing touches on the wine labels. The time between these layers may be hours or days. Or on some paintings, weeks. Occasionally I’ll even put one away for months before pulling it out again. And of course, some just never work out.

Voila –  another fun exploration, another sparkling painting on my kitchen wall.

I’m gearing up to create an online class. If you are interested in learning more about my painting process, sign up for my blog or newsletter to receive notice.

This painting is available. Email me here to inquire.

2 Comments

  1. wanda miller says:

    I would be interested in knowing what your on line class would entail. I dig your work! thanks, wanda

    • Kellie Day says:

      Thanks Wanda, I will be working on the class in the new year. If you want to sign up for my blog or newsletter, you can receive more information as I develop it. Please feel free to let me know what you are interested in via my CONTACT page. Happy Holidays!

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