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!

-Kelly

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Journal Experience

Having a great time teaching at The Queen's Ink. Taking a quick break betweeen classes to post and wave hi.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Waving Hi From The Queen's Ink

I forgot to take a photo before I left The Queen's Ink tonight. I'm all set up and ready for my classes in the morning. Really looking forward to the classes there this weekend. I unpacked, ate supper and dove into my journal. Happy. Happy.

♡.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Doors Away From Home-Doors Back Home

My sister, niece and I went to the MFA Boston for a couple of hours today. I could have spent days there. I'd love to go back before we head home on Tuesday. 

When I visit a museum, I try to buy postcards of artwork that I've seen during that trip. Here are some of my favorite pieces from today. I was thrilled to see a handful of Van Gogh paintings on display. Vincent's art always sets my heart aflutter so this was a treat.

We specifically went to the exhibit to see the Mega Cities Asia display. It was well worth the trip. My favorite piece from the exhibit was Xu Xiangcheng's Doors Away From Home-Doors Back Home. I could have spent hours just engrossed with the doors, windows, bits of paper, stickers and watching how the lights reflected on the floor and ceilings around the exhibit. It was truly spectacular.

When I am home (and on the desktop) I will post more photos. I hope that you will enjoy the journey with me.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

3 November 2015 Journal Page

Lots of things here to keep us distracted. I'm typing this from my nephew's Jiu Jitsu lesson (something I know nothing about.) I've made two appointments for David to see a hematologist and neurologist before his surgery. Still trying not to think about things while we do what needs to be done.

All prepped and ready for Maryland. We'll be leaving early Thursday morning from Massachusetts.

Monday, May 23, 2016

2 November 2015 Journal Page



Back in Massachusetts for a few days. I'll be trekking to The Queen's Ink in Maryland this weekend. I'm very happy to be going back there.

This week will be full of family time. I'm going to try to get to the MegaCities exhibit at the MFA in Boston. They posted a video clip of artist, Hu Xiangcheng's doors part of the exhibit that looks intriguing (I'll post a clip when I can use something other than my phone.) Fingers crossed. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

When Students Are Left Unattended

I had a wonderful time teaching at The Ink Pad in New York City yesterday. Great people. A great space. One inspiring store run by some of the best people around. I'm still laughing when I noticed what one of my students was doing with my rolls of tape when I wasn't looking. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

1 November 2015 Journal Page


I was up late last night making art and reading Georgia. I was trying to stay awake for a short documentary on the making of Vincente Minelli's Lust for Life (about Van Gogh.) Alas, I didn't make it but I figured out how to work my sister's Tivo and recorded it. I love behind the scenes bits, photos and stories about film. I'm starting my day with it. It's an interesting documentary watching them remake the world according to how Vincent saw it.

Art is about remaking our world, bringing to life what we see and transforming it with color, line and shape. Taking bits and bobs of what delights us and molding it into something else. I'm always grateful to be able to sit down with my scissors, glue and markers and see what unfolds onto my pages.

Headed to New York tomorrow. I'll be dropping Tristan off at his Grandfather's for the weekend. Then my mom, sister, the kids and I will head into New York City. I'm looking forward to teaching at The Ink Pad. David has given me a short list for The Strand. I'm hoping to find something to surprise him. Looking forward to the weekend.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

31 October 2015 Journal Page


Tristan and I are on the East Coast. Right now we're having some time with the munchkins (my niece and nephew.) I managed to get some journal time in on the plane yesterday between the bumps. 

Last night I started reading Dawn Tripp's "Georgia" (I posted about it the other day.) I'm fifty pages in and it's interesting so far. I really appreciated the book references in the Author's Note though it will probably send me down the rabbit hole.

Monday, May 16, 2016

What I'm Reading


Apologies for all of the workshop posts but Tristan and I are leaving for the East coast tomorrow and I needed to get the information posted before I leave. I will be blogging from my phone for the next two weeks. I'm teaching this coming weekend at the Ink Pad in NYC and the following weekend at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD. Looking forward to it. I'm going to be taking some time off in late June and throughout part of July to help David after his surgery so if you're interested in a class, my schedule is alyways posted here.

I'm packing for our trip and trying to choose a book. I'll be packing at least one of the above books in my carry-on. Decisions. Decisions. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling Session One Sunday, June 12th Designing Letters in Mar Vista

 

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling - Session One
Saturday, June 11th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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.
**You can take just one session, two sessions, all four sessions. It's up to you. Each session stands on its own and nothing is repeated.**


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 descriptions.


Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my 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 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.







 

 

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling Session One

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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.
As noted above: You can take just one session, two sessions, all four sessions. It's up to you. Each session stands on its own and nothing is repeated.


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


-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,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!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling Session Two Saturday, June 11th San Diego

 
Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling - Session Two
Saturday, June 11th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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.
**You can take just one session, two sessions, all four sessions. It's up to you. Each session stands on its own and nothing is repeated.**


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 descriptions.


Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my 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 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.








 

 



Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling Session Two

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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.
As noted above: You can take just one session, two sessions, all four sessions. It's up to you. Each session stands on its own and nothing is repeated.


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


-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,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!

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Woman Who Says No: Françoise Gilot


 
I had a very hard time putting down my copy of The Woman Who Says No: Françoise Gilot on Her Life With and Without Picasso - Rebel, Muse, Artist. I devoured about 130 pages of it yesterday and finished it late Wednesday night. Gilot is my new hero!

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"You must try out different things. Put a stroke here, draw a line there. Then you will suddenly notices that something appearing on the paper in front of your eyes begins to fascinate you. You notice a line you just didn't see before, and you begin to work with it. In the end, a mistake is no longer a mistake, because you have given it its own space and significance in the larger whole."

Another quote that resonated with me:

"What would happen if we were to understand chaos as possibility? If we were to simply allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, because they give rise to the new and unexpected?"


Francoise Gilot (French, b. 1921)

Truly inspiring and well worth the read. I'm going to read her book, Life With Picasso as well as Lisa Alther's About Women: Conversations Between a Writer and a Painter this summer.

Francoise Gilot (French, b. 1921)

More about Françoise here and the Archives here.

Color Signed Lithograph by Françoise Gilot (French b. 1921):  

francoise gilot art | Lithograph - Francoise Gilot:  

Francoise Gilot: