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 over seventeen 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!


Monday, July 06, 2015

Frida Kahlo at the New York Botanical Gardens

On June 23rd, my Mom and I made our way to the Botanical Gardens in New York for the Frida Kahlo exhibit. We spent a few hours (we could have spent all day but I had a class to teach at the Ink Pad that night and you know, New York traffic!) If you are lucky enough to go, search online for discount codes as they are available. Also, wear good walking shoes, use sunscreen and bring a bottle of water to refill. You can easily spend all day there.


My only disappointment that day (other than losing my Spock button in the gallery somewhere!) was that The Two Fridas was not actually on display. There was a very cool paper recreation by Humberto SpĂ­ndola as shown above. My conversation with one of the young staff members went like this, 
Me: "Where is painting, the Two Fridas?"
Staff: "Right there." (pointing.)
Me: "I'm looking for the actual painting."
Staff: "It's right there!" (pointing again.)
Me: "That's not a painting!"

No photos were allowed inside the gallery. If you were to step inside, you would see the following paintings by Frida (along with several of her sketches):

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)

Flower of Life (1944)

Still Life with Parrot and Flag - by Frida Kahlo 
Still Life with Parrot and Flag (1951)

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait
inside a Sunflower, 1954

Private collection 
Self Portrait Inside a Sunflower (1954)

Some of My Previous Posts about Frida:

Saturday, July 04, 2015

What I'm Reading: Magazines

I picked up the latest issue of Darling at Skylight Books in Los Feliz last night. The night before I was quite happy to find one of my favorite magazines, Happinez, on the stand and in English. My friend, Nathalie, sent me a couple and I loved the imagery. I'm looking forward to reading both magazines!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Bringing Home the Goods: Frida at The NY Botanical Gardens

I kept saying that Frida would be laughing at the thought of people buying anything with her image on it especially socks. It didn't stop me from buying what you see above (socks, a heart shaped wall hanging, a magnet, t-shirt and postcards.) I would've bought books but I had them all. Frida is definitely a favorite of mine.

I've been buying postcards from the various exhibits and shows I've gone to lately. I tape them to my walls to create a mini gallery. When I see them, the memories of the exhibit come flooding back (as well as the inspiration!)

I will have a separate post as soon as possible with photos from the NYBG. I took a ton of photos. I'm now prepping for my New Mexico and Colorado workshops. Lots of things to print, buy, cut and organize. Busy. Busy. 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A Closer Look at My Summer 2015 Classes


Here is my list of classes for Summer 2015.
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 at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and 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.

* July 5th Book Arts LA An Artist's Playground

* 15th Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps Santa Fe, NM

* 16th Blue Twig Colorado Springs, CO 


Pieces of Me 
followed by  
The Pages Within

* 17-19th Masonville Artists Studio Loveland, CO


Fri July 17th A Journey in Black and White

followed by
An Open Heart Journal
Sat July 18th Visual Poetry
Sun July 19th Here in My Head


* Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ I'm teaching August 5-8th


Wed Aug 5th Essence of Me: Layers of Paper and Tape
Thurs Aug 6th Love Your Lettering
Fri Aug 7th Painted Visions
Sat Aug 8th Layers of Me: Lessons in Unraveling

* August 16th Book Arts LA A Gypsy Heart Journal

I hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm Home

and in desperate need of a nap. If I haven't responded to your emails (which I am usually quite prompt about), please give me a day or two this week. 

Unpacking clothes
A nap
All on my To Do List today and not necessarily in that order! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Monkeys

I'm going to miss my monkeys! Tristan and I are flying home in the morning. It's been a very good trip. Thanks again to my students for all of their support, store owners for hosting me and my family for their help and patience.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bringing Home the Goods: Kept Creations and The Great American Stamp Store

Loved the new stencil wall at Kept Creations! Then there was the wall of alphabets at The Great American Stamp Store. 

The top row is from Kept Creations (stencils and tape) while the bottom row is from The Great American Stamp Store (stamps and pencils.) 

I can't wait to play with my new toys!