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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Beginnings...



Making art for others has always been a bit difficult for me. I'm trying to change it up a bit and am hoping that making art that will find their way into the homes of others will help push me a bit.

Spending the weekend working on my art journal pages (they are in books now but will be torn out later to send as individual journal pages.) I am excited about the possibility and eager to explore some new palettes. Above is an early work in progress shot.

If anyone watched any of the Wonder Woman premiere footage and thought that you may have seen me, you did. David and I won tickets through Golden Apple Comics to sit in the bleachers and attend the premiere. We were lucky that we dressed up and were picked to get tickets to the bleachers. We were also VERY lucky to have been in the front row of the bleachers. I posted several photos on Instagram.

For the little girl whose first (and only store bought) Halloween costume was Wonder Woman at age 3 in 1977, this was a dream come true. I'm still over the moon about the surreal experience. Loved the film and am looking forward to seeing it again when it is officially released. 

Here is Gal signing for me:


Now, back to work for me this weekend.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Art Pilgrimage 2017 Fundraiser: Original Art, Prints, Journal Pages as Mail Art, Postcards and More


"I don't paint out of responsibility. I paint out of need." Jim Dine

In early June, 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:
The Queen's Ink in Savage Maryland

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 original art, prints, journal pages as mail art, as well as postcards from the places I visit. 

Many of you know that my husband has been having health problems for the past year and a half 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 from not being able to teach as much as I had wanted to last year. 

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. 


Arms Wide Open
Original Art on Wooden Panel
Acrylics, Collage ephemera, Mixed Media
10 x 10"
Original Piece available (only one):
(price includes U.S. shipping)
$150







Arms Wide Open
Limited Edition (signed and numbered) 10 x 10" Prints also available. Price includes U.S. shipping. Overseas customers, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
$30







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The Stories We Tell
Original- SOLD! Thank you!

The Stories We Tell
Limited Edition (signed and numbered) 6 x 8" Prints also available:
Price includes U.S. shipping. Overseas customers, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
$30






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Find Your Eyes
Original Art on Wooden Panel
Acrylics, Collage ephemera, Mixed Media
6 x 8"
Original Piece available (only one):
(price includes U.S. shipping)
$125






Find Your Eyes
Limited Edition (signed and numbered) 6 x 8" Prints also available:
Price includes U.S. shipping. Overseas customers, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
$30







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Original Journal Pages as Mail Art from the Road
Approximately 5 1/2 x 7"

I rarely, if ever, sell finished work. My journals that I sell are work in progress books for YOU to finish so this is something very special and very rare. You will receive an original, one of a kind, double sided page (front and back) from my journal (in the form of mail art.) The page that you will receive will be art as you see it (fully finished) on my blog. Not a copy. Not a print. An original, handmade, one of a kind piece of finished (NOT work in progress) artwork. What I mean by that is, expect a fully layered (collage, paint, mixed media and journaling) finished art journal page. I have been working on these pages in advance and will finish them while on the road. Each day while on the road, I will take the time to add something personal from my daily experiences to your journal page (that means journaling, doodling, drawing, embellishing, noting date and location of where I am, etc...)

These are extremely limited and once they're gone, they're gone. Catch an original journal page from me while you can.

Please note: I will mail these ANYWHERE in the world. Even Antarctica.

$60 (finished front and back journal page) includes postage 






 


 JUST ADDED: 
By request, I've added a ONE sided journal page option (Please note that this is NOT a finished front AND back but a fully finished ONE sided journal page, front only.)

$30 (finished front journal page) includes postage 







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Postcards from the Road

While I'm on the road, I plan on visiting a handful of art galleries (including but not limited to MFA Boston (for Matisse in the Studio), Brooklyn Museum (for Georgia O'Keeffe Living Modern), Van Gogh, Matisse and more at the National Gallery in D.C. as well as the Art Institute of Chicago. 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. 

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. I will send them outside of the U.S. for additional postage (Postage overseas would be an additional $1 per postcard.).

One Handwritten Postcard from the Road:
$10





Three Handwritten Postcards from the Road:
$15






Five Handwritten Postcards from the Road:
$30







Thank you so much for your support!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Just Announced: Saturday, June 3rd Untold Stories in San Diego, CA


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, June 3rd Untold Stories

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!














 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Untold Stories 

This journal is the ultimate in play. I'm always looking for new ways to revitalize favorite techniques. Think lush layers of paint, paper, tape, stencils, pen work and more all bound into little bundles of creativity.

We'll start the class by creating rich layers of painted pages. We've only just begun as we step back, revisit our pages and start to think about how we can assemble them into books. Before the tearing and the binding begin, we'll go through and collage our pages (yes, I will show you how to collage them so that when you fold and assemble them you will have pages ready for you to work on.) 

After we've finished assembling the journals, you'll step back again and learn techniques for on the go or art journaling with minimal supplies. 

I've created many variations of this journal over the years and I think that this is my most favorite one yet. I'll be using what I've learned in the process over the next few weeks as I'll be on the go traveling to teach. I'll be sharing the pages on Instagram.

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!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Magazines


I have been trying to use what I have on hand for the past year (for various reasons as some of you already know.) That said, I am in need of new collage ephemera for both my own personal stash and my class stash. I am very picky about what I use and am feeling the need to rotate out supplies. Yet, I've sold, given away or recycled most of my collage material. 

I have been itching to visit the newsstand the last couple of weeks and on the way home from my class in Mar Vista today, I finally decided to stop in. I was rewarded with the above magazines  (both new to me.)

I bought copies of NR (European) and Yen (Australian.) After tearing them apart (I found lots of goodies in both, I thought about going to buy a second copy of Yen to read but nixed it (for now.) Both were full of yummy collage material as well as thoughtful articles. Yen was my favorite of the two. 

Have you found any new magazines lately?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

My Saturday


Working on art pieces that I hope to have more information about in a couple of days. Keeping my mind off of things coming up this week... Looking forward to my class tomorrow!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Henri Matisse On My Shelf


I love seeing what's on other people's bookshelves. Here's a peek at the side of one of mine. There are a few Matisse books missing from this photo that are too heavy for the shelf (or in the case of the Gilot book, elsewhere when I took the photo):

and what I'm reading now, Matisse and Picasso by Francoise Gilot.

I'm about to start an audio book of In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art. I'll let you know how that is when I'm done.

Books I'm Looking for:

Matisse, Picasso, Miro--as I Knew Them

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just Announced: Poetic Expressions of the Self June 17th Easton, MA








I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching one very special workshop at a private home in Easton, MA. The class is called Poetic Expressions of the Self and will be held on Saturday, June 17th from 11 to 3 p.m.
The home is five minutes off of Route 24.
 
This fresh, new workshop teaches 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 Easton, MA workshop must be made in advance. You will receive an email from me with the address and all important information within 24 hours of you signing up.



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 can 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!

Problems with the paypal button? Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net 

























Saturday, June 17th
11 to 3 p.m.


Poetic Expressions of the Self



Our journals hold bits and pieces of ourselves. So often they sit on our shelves ready to unveil their beauty and secrets to us. What if we took the book form and created an art journal that could be shared and displayed (if, and when, we wanted to share?) How do we let go and create authentic and vibrant pages that buzz with our creative spirit?



You will create an accordion fold book with layers of paint, paper, text and more. Learn how to open up authentically and visually onto your pages. We will also discuss other possible structures before we work on the pages. Step outside of your box and comfort zone in this creative and enriching workshop.
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 (if you have one), 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 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.)