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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Just Announced: Saturday, February 11th Transformation: Peeling Back the Layers in San Diego


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis in the Normal Heights Neighborhood of San Diego at a private studio (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.

Saturday, February 11th 
Transformation: Peeling Back the Layers 

Save the Dates:
Saturday, March 11th
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, May 13th

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

Payments for the San Diego workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

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!

Sign up for 
Saturday, February 11th Transformation: Peeling Back the Layers:






 

 
Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you have any problems with the paypal button.





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Transformation: Peeling Back the Layers 

What will be uncovered and revealed in this unique workshop?


Jump right in with layers of paper, paint and more. You will start by creating pages that are rich and full of depth. You will then step back and peel away the layers transforming your previous pages into something entirely new and fresh. Learn to rework, revise and transform your pages with layers of color, texture, text and pattern.


Create something that is truly one of a kind using your favorite every day supplies.

Be prepared to get messy and to walk away with a new journal, several finished pages and a desire to keep working.

Supply list: your journal, 
an apron, 
scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), 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 paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I hope to see you there!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Early June 2016 Journal Pages


These are two of my favorite pages from this journal. Simple but they speak volumes to me. 

This journal also reminds me how much I loved the washi tape that I bought from Paper Plus Cloth at the beginning of last year. I haven't been buying many art supplies (for various reasons) this past year, trying to use what I have. I do love my tape and I love how I used them in this journal...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

3 June 2016 Journal Pages


It's a very wet and rainy day here in Southern California. I am spending the day reading, working in my art journal, doing some prep work for next weekend's classes in Fremont and enjoying the sound of the (much needed) rain. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Just Announced: Book of Intentions February 5th, 2017 at Designing Letters in Mar Vista

 
I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis (January through May) 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.


Sunday, February 5th

Save the Dates:
Saturday, March 5th
Saturday, April 23th
Saturday, May 21st


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 email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you have any problems with the paypal button.





The Book of Intentions

As we welcome 2017 with open arms, I want to set the tone for the coming year, one of possibility, creativity and connection. 

We will begin this class with a bit of recycling. You will transform found ephemera, acrylics, some of my most favorite art supplies, as well as a few new tricks and techniques into a new and unique to you journal. I have never taught journal making quite like this before and I am excited to share it with you!

You will create entirely unique to you pages that set your intentions for the coming year. Think of it as a vision board meets planner all combined and rolled up into a very expressive (and impressive) art journal. Learn to combine the visual with the written to create soulful and inspirational pages.

Lao Tzu once said,"To see things in the seed, that is genius." What ideas will spark your interest in this all day, (painted) hands on workshop? Be prepared to have fun, get messy and leave inspired! 


Supply list: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

5 and 8th of May Journal Pages


Somehow I skipped these pages when posting my Remnants of Me Journal (after this, there are five pages left to share.) 

It is hard to look back at these pages from last May before David's surgery, before we knew what was going on and what the doctors would find. We were counting down to surgery. These pages smack me in the face. Hard. Yet, at the same time, this is what I'm after when I journal, emotion, thoughts, expression, connection. Always seeking a truth, my truth, your truth, some kind of human connection.

Looking back through the pages of this book, I'm eager to make some color copies (enlarging some of the images) and reuse some of these images on the new pages that I've been working on. I say it a lot in my classes, but it is interesting to go back and rework previous pages, opening yourself up to new ways of seeing.

A quick bit of housekeeping, I'm teaching this Sunday at Art Lounge 101 in Encinitas and then next weekend, I am trekking to Fremont to teach at Maria's studio. Hope to see you there...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Working Hands


I love this shot from my workshop yesterday. Lots of busy hands carefully selecting, cutting, tearing and gluing. This is before we got really messy and deep with the paint. 

January is usually a quiet month for classes. I am grateful that 2017 is starting off by keeping me so wonderfully busy. Teaching workshops fills my heart. What a fulfilling way
 to begin the New Year!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

An Artist's Study


Home from teaching my class, An Artist's Study, in San Diego today. It was my second class of the New Year. I always love seeing how people interpret the exercises. The thing about this class that is truly fascinating is how people meld their own style with the work of another artist and yet they are able to keep their own artistic voice. It was an invigorating day watching the artists unfold unto their pages. Lucky me as I get to do it again tomorrow!!! 

Here's an in progress shot of one of my pages. My work and O'Keeffe's... 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter


I set aside Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out and picked up Patricia Alber's Joan Mitchell Lady Painter: A LifeI had about a hundred pages left to go in the book. The Rothko book wasn't a bad book (far from it) and there are some true gems in the book. I also have a biography on Rothko to read and will return to both eventually. 

There's something that I'm looking for in these books about artists and I'm not exactly sure what it is or if I'll even find it but that doesn't stop me from devouring them. Most of the books that I have picked up are about artists whom I know absolutely nothing about. I may have heard their names, seen a painting, or this might be the first time I've heard about them. I might not even like or love their work but that doesn't stop me from wanting to know more about their creative process and their world. There is always something new to learn and glean.

I am saving this to watch, but you might be interested in viewing it now: Writer and art historian Patricia Albers presents "Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter," an illustrated lecture on Abstract Expressionist artist Joan Mitchell.

Read more about Joan Mitchell here.

Quick bit of housekeeping: 

I have a handful of classes coming up this weekend and into next month:


As always, if you have any recommendations on any recent art reads, I'd love to hear!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago at The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago

Last Friday, January 6th, David and I went to First Friday (free admission from 5 to 8 p.m.) at The Norton Simon in Pasadena, CA specifically to see Van Gogh's Bedroom exhibit. I had wanted to (somehow click my heels together) and see it in Chicago last summer but that was not meant to be. I am thankful that I was able to see one of the bedrooms in person and that I will be seeing it again before it leaves in early March.

Everyone made a beeline for The Bedroom once the doors were open. I went to the other paintings and stood in front of each Van Gogh several times poking my face as close as I could without getting yelled at by the guards. I walked the exhibit several times over the course of two hours. 

At one point, while David was exploring other rooms, I decided to reread one of Vincent's letters that the museum has on display. I burst into tears. David found me sitting on the bench in front of the letter, sobbing my eyes out. I never thought that I would see one of Van Gogh's letters in person. I have so many books of his letters, so many reproductions but to be standing in front of something that was written and signed by him really moved me. 





Head of a Peasant Woman with White Cap 1885


 


Van Gogh: Portrait of Patience Escalier; Shepherd in Provence 1888


 

The Bedroom 1889 (second painting of his bedroom in Arles though not painted in Arles)

"I had a new idea in mind... This time it’s simply my bedroom, but the color has to do the job here, and through its being simplified by giving a grander style to things, to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In short, looking at the painting should rest the mind, or rather, the imagination. The walls are of a pale violet. The floor — is of red tiles. The bedstead and the chairs are fresh butter yellow…"
-16 October 1888. Van Gogh Museum, Vincent van Gogh: The Letters, No. 704

The Mulberry Tree 1889  

The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in the Snow, 1885 - Vincent van Gogh

The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in the Snow 1885

Portrait of the Artist's Mother

Also in the exhibit were the following works: