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!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Art Odysseys November 3rd-5th at B. Strong Studio in Taos, NM

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching at Art Odysseys at B. Strong Studio in Taos, New Mexico. This is my first time teaching in Taos. I have been wanting to visit the area for many years and am over the moon thinking of the possibilities and inspiration that awaits us there! Three days of art making in New Mexico! How amazing is that?!
November 3rd-5th:
Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling - THE SESSIONS at B. Strong Studio in Taos, NM

These sessions are a SERIES of separate, but related workshops that teach a variety of NEW ideas in 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) acrylic paints and mediums, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note there is a small supply list below the class description.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my classes.

Interested in signing up? Please contact Mikki at Art Odysseys for more information.

Questions about the workshop? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling THE SESSIONS 

Art journaling is about discovery and self expression. Your journal is your safe place to explore, express and experiment. It's your place to get lost as you repeatedly find yourself between the layers of paper, paint and pen. 

In these unique series (or SESSIONS) of workshops, you will learn new ways to approach your pages using paper, paint and pen. Learn how to push yourself out of your creative comfort zone. You will create cohesive pages that are completely unique to you.
Each session stands on its own and nothing is repeated.

Here are just some of the things that this class will cover:

-Making a Journal from scratch.

-Techniques to layer paint and paper.

-Ways of putting colors together (there is no such thing as mud!)

-Ideas for adding line, shape and text.

-Journaling to express and experiment. 

-Lettering tips and tricks.

-Self Expression

-Creative Courage

-How to push past creative block.

-Where to find and glean ideas that you can translate to journal pages.

-How to find images and papers to suit your tastes.

and much, much more.

Please bring your journal to class (email me if you have any questions) as well as the small supply list below. 

I am known for not traveling light. That means I will be bringing my favorite art supplies to share with you: acrylics, gel medium, stencils, pens, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads and some collage material.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on (even if you are making a journal in the Friday AM class it is nice to be able to work back and forth between two books if you like to do so),a small flat detail paint brush, a full pack of regular baby wipes, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (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 glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Filling the Walls

I've been collecting postcards of art that I've seen for some time now. A couple of years ago I decided to start taping them to my walls, doors and cabinets. These are just some of the ones that I brought home from my cross country trek in June. I'm slowly filling all available wall space with these mini works of art. They make me happy and keep me inspired.

We're home from San Diego Comic Con. We're in re-entry mode now. I posted a ton of photos over on Instagram. I'm hoping to do a blog post within the next week or so with a few videos as well (if I can figure out how to share them here.) 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Good Morning from San Diego Comic Con Day 2

Good morning from San Diego! Above are the goodies that I bought last night, Barron Storey's latest book of his journal pages, an empty paint marker (which I immediately filled) and the acrylic ink from Holbein. I love their paints so I am very excited about their newly formulated acrylic ink.

I'm hoping for some time to dive into Barron's book as well as a few minutes to play with the new acrylic ink in the paint markers while we're waiting in line. I'll post my thoughts as soon as possible.

In the meantime, I'll be posting to Instagram throughout the day.

Monday, July 17, 2017

August 2017 Workshops


Here is my list of classes for 2017.

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.

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!




MORE TBA in 2017!



I hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Visiting The Fogg Museum at Harvard Cambridge, MA

On June 19th, I visited the Fogg Museum at Harvard in Cambridge, MA. I had a very limited time frame (about an hour) so I was only able to see one floor. Here are some of my favorite paintings from that trip. 



a double sided painting by Picasso 


Van Gogh


more Matisse






Rubenstein and LeBrun


Smullyan Sloan






I loved how intimate the museum was and how unlike many of the other museums I visited, it was quiet. There were times when I was the only person in the gallery and I cherished every moment. I am looking forward to visiting the museum again.