What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for almost twenty years now. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!

-Kelly

Thursday, January 18, 2018

13 and 14 March 2017 Journal Pages


Spending the next couple of days doing prep work for my workshops this weekend and next. If you live near a Blick store, the Blick Matte acrylics that I use are $1.18 a bottle (half price) so I bought several last night (sorry, West Los Angeles people.) They're on sale until February 4th. 

I have a question, does anyone have a favorite silver pen for glossy surfaces? I'm looking for something that's not a sharpie that I don't have to pump or shake before use and is permanent. I've tried Sharpies and Pentouch markers and am wondering if there's one I'm missing. Again, it has to write on glossy surfaces and be permanent. It's not for my artwork. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

12 March 2017 Journal Pages


If you've enrolled in my latest online workshop, An Artist's Study, you should be receiving emails from me. If you haven't received the information (videos and pdf) and you have joined the workshop, please drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net I want to make sure that everyone who is in the workshop has what they need...

My first in person workshops of 2018 are this weekend! I'm so excited to be teaching:


I hope to see you soon!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday with Jodorowsky


Yesterday we visited Blum and Poe Gallery on La Cienega for the first time. David and I went to see pascALEjandro Alchemical Love, the collaborative work of Alejandro Jodorowsky and his wife, Pascale Montandon Jodorowsky. These are the photos that I took of the afternoon.



















The artists.





Later that night we went to The Egyptian theatre in Hollywood to see Jodorowsky, a book signing and his two films, The Holy Mountain and Sante Sangre (in 35mm!)


Jodorowsky signed for everyone in line who bought a book (I know that they quickly ran out.) He got through the entire signing line in about 23 minutes! 






Just when I thought that the night couldn't possibly get any better... I kept telling David that Nicolas Winding Refn would show up and BAM! who was the moderator? Nic Refn! 


“We need to discover the taste of life, really what we are. You have a big marvelous emotion when you start to love yourself. You recognize who you are. The cosmos put millions and million of years into you. You’re a masterwork.”-Jodorowsky


“An artist is a person who opens his perception and sees something you don’t see- for a moment...Poetry still exists.” -Jodorowsky

It's not every day that you get to meet a true maestro and we waited a long time for it to happen. So grateful to live where we live to and for the opportunities that we have. 

Of Interest

Friday, January 12, 2018

What I'm Reading


My sister fulfilled my Christmas Wish List this year by gifting me with the book that I wanted the most, The Spirit of Abstract Expressionism by Elaine de Kooning. I've been reading it the last couple of days and I'm finding it hard to put down. Pages like this one:


I've been on a kick reading books about artists, art and their lives much more so than fiction the last few years. What about you?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

10 and 11 March 2017 Journal Pages


My latest online workshop is slowly beginning. I'm trying a new way of teaching online (for me) where I'm not presenting all of the information at once but in small bits. It's a bit of a challenge at times. That said, I've found that I am really enjoying teaching this way. I've been a little slow to start because I haven't been feeling well (I'm still not myself but I'm trying to do what I can when I can.) I can tell that I'm going to enjoy working alongside with everyone and solving problems and brainstorming ideas as we go. It's what art and creativity should be about... Not, "this is the only way" but, hey, let's try this and see where it takes us. Now, if I could only shake this cold completely...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Odyssey Journal


I haven't been feeling myself since the end of December. I'm slowly getting over what I have but am still coughing, sore and tired. 

That said, Tristan is back at school (his junior year at CalArts), the holidays are over and it's time to get back into the groove. I thought I'd start January with a look at one of my journals that I began in February of last year. I'll be sharing the pages of my Odyssey Journal here over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for taking the journey with me.

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."- Neil Gaiman



Thursday, January 04, 2018

Shinola Detroit 18 Month Planner Late 2016 and 2017


For years, I've used a small, inexpensive pocket planner that I toss in my purse to record my classes, appointments and what not. In 2016 with everything going on with David, I decided that I needed something bigger to document our daily lives in. I am not a big moleskine fan nor am I a fan of the planners I've seen at Michaels and the like. They just didn't work for me. I stumbled upon the Detroit planners at Book Soup in Los Angeles and they've been a game changer for me. 

Above is a quick flip through of my planner that I began in late 2016 and worked my way through 2017 in. It's not a replacement for my art journal (nor will it ever be.) It's my place to make note of any daily events, take notes and document what's important to me. It's far from art making for me but it's exactly what I need it to be in recording life with a pen or pencil. 

I've already started a new Shinola Detroit Planner. My goal for this year is to hopefully add more about my process of art making in them as well as to be able to record expenses. I'm going to try to make it a catch all for every bit of my daily life in the coming year. We'll see how far I get with it but so far, I'm off to a good start.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2018 Workshops: CA, OR, FL, MD, CO and France (in 2019)



Here is my current list of classes for 2018. Please check back often as I will update this list often.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note the small supply list for each class.


Thank YOU for your interest!

*Please note that I can also send gift certificates for workshops via email. Why not give the gift of creativity?*
May 

Early May on the East Coast and possibly elsewhere as I drive across the US

2019

Just Announced:Fragments of the Self Sunday, January 21st Mar Vista



 

Let's begin 2018 with a burst of creativity!

I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis at DeAnn Singh's Studio, Designing Letters in Mar Vista (Los Angeles) classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.

Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Just Announced: Fragments of the Self Sunday, January 21st Mar Vista







 



Save the Dates:
Feb 4th
March 18th 
April 8th
May 27th


My workshops aim to teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more. Please note there is a small supply list.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things are: 

  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.

I do not travel light to my classes at all!

Please note that this class is for ALL levels: Beginner to advanced are welcome. There is something for everyone in this unique workshop.
















Fragments of the Self
We'll begin the workshop by constructing a simple (but fun) journal. The majority of the workshop will be spent learning some of my favorite techniques in composition, design, color theory and more. We'll take a playful, what if approach on our pages as we step outside of our comfort zone to create fresh journal pages.
Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.

Supply List: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

 


I hope to see you there!