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, April 19, 2018

2018 Workshops: CA, MD, NYC, MA, WI, NM, CO, AZ and more TBA 2019: FRANCE!



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?*


June 11-18th La Cascade Durfort, France

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Let's GOGH! Dear Vincent, My Art Pilgrimage 2018 Fundraiser: Collage Sheets, Self Published Books, Postcards and More While on the Road

(work in progress will be finished while on the road as part of my Dear Vincent Series) 


"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Van Gogh



I have a confession, I've developed a bit of what could only be called a passion for the artist Vincent Van Gogh's work. It inspires and calls to me like no other has before. My dream is to see as many of Vincent's paintings as possible in a lifetime. You can help to make that possible and receive something in the mail in the meantime.
 
This weekend, I will be hitting the road for three weeks trekking thousands of miles from Los Angeles to the East Coast (and back.) I'm driving to teach workshops at:


Hanover, MA (please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net for more info)

I'm planning on taking you with me on my adventures. I can't pack you up and put you in my suitcase but I can share my travels with you via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and here, on my blog. I can also share some things with you while I'm on the road including postcards from the places I visit. When I'm home after my travels, I can share some other things such as collage sheets, and collage packs.

I am not offering original art for sale this time around (if you're really interested, you can drop me an email as I do take commissions) as I would really like to spend some time while I am on the road working on my three journals that I am calling: Dear Vincent: A Travelogue (that will become one journal...more to come on this later.) These will later be printed, assembled and bound into a very special journal that I have been planning for quite some time now.

Many of you know that my husband has been having health problems and is still under doctor's care. Thankfully, he seems to be on the road to recovery but still has been having problems and is not where he is supposed to be health wise yet. We're still struggling to get back on our feet. I'm the sole provider for our family and I have been spending most of my time trying to play catch up. 

This has been a longtime dream of mine, to drive to teach across the country teaching and to be able to stop at places of interest (art museums, used bookstores, film locations, etc... along the way. Would you like to help me get there (and get home?) 

Please note that the following items are limited and that I may stop taking orders any time at my discretion.  

PRE-ORDERS: 
SET OF 8 PROFESSIONALLY PRINTED COLLAGE SHEETS 


A set of 8 full color, high quality professionally printed 8 1/2 x 11" ready for you to use collage sheets. Please note that this is a pre-order and you will receive them in the mail late May.
I usually sell these for $5 per sheet but I'm offering them as a set of 8 only with a special price of $25 plus $5 shipping:
 








Overseas? Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net and I can get you a shipping quote.


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Postcards from the Road
(These were very popular and well received last year.)

As you can see from the above photo, I like to collect postcards of the art that I have seen. This is my front door full of art that I have seen in my travels. I have more postcards like these in other areas of my home and they are a constant source of inspiration and memory for me when I see them.

While I'm on the road, I plan on continuing my quest to see as many Van Gogh paintings as possible by visiting as many of these museums as possible in three weeks: Barnes Foundation PA, PA Museum of Art, Kreeger Museum D.C., Phillips Collection D.C., The Met NYC, Toledo Museum of Art OH, St Louis Art Museum MO and the Wadsworth Antheum in CT. I'm still in the planning stages of where I am going but these are my Must See Destinations for this trip and one of the main reasons why I am driving and not flying. 

I will select postcards from my favorite pieces that I've seen and send them to you along with a personal handwritten note (it will be more than, I wish you were here!) I will purchase, write and mail them while ON the road. 

The cost includes a postcard selected and purchased by me at the museum and U.S. shipping. (Please note that I will send them outside of the U.S. for additional postage fee of $1 per postcard.).

One Handwritten Postcard from the Road:
$5





Three Handwritten Postcards from the Road:
$15 






A Handwritten Postcard from Every Museum that I Visit (including, if dreams really do come true, the Johnny Cash Museum!) from the Road (This could be as many as 8 museums!):
$35 





 



An Artist's Study (Extremely Limited Self Published Book) Available NOW

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Finding Diebenkorn at The Crocker




Some of Diebenkorn's Friends 



Elmer Bischoff (like Diebenkorn and David Park was a first generation members of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. )
 Wayne Thiebaud 
 Nathan Oliveira

I love how artists influence and inspire each other but at the same time, each piece remains the artist's  own work even if it is influenced by another...


Roland Petersen ("Bridge generation" or second wave of the Bay Area Figurative Movement Artists. Thiebaud and Oliveira were third generation artists of this movement.)

Friday, April 13, 2018

"Expanding Beyond What We Know We Can Be"



I'm in Sacramento teaching for the weekend. Before our workshops begin, a group of us decided to meet at The Crocker (I *love* this museum. It's my second time here.) I was over the moon when I walked in and found NINE people waiting to explore the museum!! (I can't wait to talk about what we saw together over the weekend!) I definitely left inspired and eager to get messy!

Some of you may know that Corita is one of my biggest influences and inspirations. Her teaching principles as outlined in Jan Steward's wonderful book, Learning by Heart is the Bible of creativity  (in my opinion.) I have referred to it many times over the years. It is my favorite art book and one that should be on the shelf of every artist.

When I found out that the Crocker was having the exhibit of Corita's work, I jumped at the chance to go. Here are some of my favorite pieces from today. Thank you to everyone who came out today and to our wonderful docent guide at The Crocker!

 The funny thing about this piece is that I didn't notice the influence... until the docent said it. Ben Shahn! The moment he said it, I felt as if I had been slapped in the face with a "BUT OF COURSE!" moment. (Artists influencing and inspiring each other yet making it entirely their own...)







I'm sure others can think of additional examples of word art... I'm tired, inspired and off to dream of color and text! Good night from Sacramento.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Just Announced: The Three Color Palette: Adventures in Color Theory Saturday, May 19th San Diego


The Three Color Palette: Adventures in Color Theory Saturday, May 19th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.





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. 

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.




 



The Three Color Palette: Adventures in Color Theory
 
Many of you know that limiting your color palette is one of my favorite ways to explore ideas in my journal. I've found over the last year that by limiting not only my choices in color but how and where I apply it, I can push my pages (and my work) in a new direction.
 
In this new workshop, we'll explore a variety of different (and new to us) color palettes. Learn how artists make the choices that they do and how one tweak of a color combined with a second color can make your work vibrate and feel alive.

Bring your journal (or favorite paper) to class and be prepared to get messy and play with color!
 
Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.
 
Supply List: your journal, 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!

 

Just Announced: Mar Vista, CA Landscapes of the Mind: Expressive Art Journaling Saturday, May 26th

 
Landscapes of the Mind: Expressive Art Journaling 
Saturday, May 26th (YES! A Saturday in Los Angeles!)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 





 

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. to 2 p.m.


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 workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling 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!

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

 If there are any problems with the paypal button, please email EGorey99@sbcglobal.net Thanks!
 
 
  
 
 
 
 


Landscapes of the Mind: Expressive Art Journaling
 
Both professionally and personally, art journaling has opened many doors for me over the years. The structure of doors is something that pops up in my own work repeatedly. It is a part of my visual vocabulary and a format that I have revisited many times over the years in my own journal construction and creation.
 
Using a variety of my favorite techniques, tips and tricks, you will create pages that are truly unique to you. Explore how you can use what's on one page to inspire another. Learn how to create pages that flow and relate to each other, creating an interactive book whose page play off of each other. 
 
Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.
 
Supply List: Your Journal, 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.)

 




Hope to see you there!