Letting Loose in Mixed Media with Kellie Day
March 3, 10:00 am-3:00 pm at Montrose Field House
Learn to make colorful, upbeat mixed media paintings – even if you’ve never painted before. Both experienced artists and newbies will enjoy this free-flowing exploration of painting, with local mixed media artist Kellie Day.
Learn to make colorful, upbeat mixed media paintings – even if you’ve never painted before. Both experienced artists and newbies will enjoy this free-flowing exploration of painting, with local mixed media artist Kellie Day. Students will collage an artful base layer onto canvas, and then learn to create a loose composition on top. Learn to build up fun layers in your painting, that combine glorious paint colors with collage. We'll use scraping and scratching tools to let loose our designs into the paint. Then continue to use the intuitive process to choose decorative papers as accents. Once our paintings are dry, we’ll embellish with rubber stamps, pastels and metallic paint markers. Explore your creativity, and “letting go” – letting go of how the subject should look, and simply following what you find beautiful as stepping stones. One by one, we’ll choose bits of beautiful papers and paints that lead to a final painting. This class is about trust, love, and personal, creative exploration. “Letting Loose” is about letting go of preconceived notions of what things should look like, and finding unexpected beauty. Tuition is $90 and includes all materials.
Kellie Day Biography:
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.