Mixed Media Aspen Tree Forest with Kellie Day
August 25, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Have you fallen in love with an aspen tree forest in Colorado? Now you can paint one – large scale – on an oversized canvas to hang on your wall at home.
Local mixed media artist Kellie Day will take you through the process of using fun, uplifting, and playful mixed media techniques to build up layers on your canvas, and turn them into an aspen tree forest. Learn to spray paint colorful stencils, layer brilliant paint colors with gels, and top it all off with fluttering leaves made of all sorts of mixed media methods. Join us for this one-day workshop to experience the freedom of working large, and create your own Mixed media aspen tree forest.
About Kellie Day: I am an experiential artist, meaning, I develop a deep interaction with my subject before painting it. To paint snow-covered mountains, I first hike to the top and ski down. To paint aspen trees, I run through them in my sneakers, in a world of shimmering leaves. To paint ravens, I first have to see them fly overhead in a deep desert canyon, and hear the sound of their wings. These interactions with nature, these amazing moments, are what make me have to paint. I like the way words mix with images, and often add Chinese take-out containers, chocolate wrappers and torn pages of books to my paintings that can be serendipitous to the viewer. If you look closely, you?ll find all kinds of surprises. My artistic medium is mixed media on canvas. I love losing myself in collage and acrylic, and then adding pastel and india ink, handmade stamps, and all sorts of elements as I tear through boxed of scraps in my studio. I am constantly exploring the painting process and combining intuitive (unplanned) painting with premeditated painting. Most of my paintings are images that come to me as a result of something I experienced outdoors. I feel it?s my job to spread beauty and love in my lifetime. I have lived in Ridgway, Colorado since 1998. Before that I traveled to third world countries, climbed around the world and worked for the U.S. Forest Service surveying, fighting wildland fire, and being Wilderness Ranger in Alaska, Idaho, Arizona and California. When I'm not painting, I am raising my son and two rescue dogs and running my graphic design business, Dayzign Graphics, in Ridgway, Colorado.