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, June 24, 2016

On My Shelf

Trying to figure out what to bring with me this weekend for distraction. Leaning towards the Van Gogh books. I started reading The Yellow House about Gauguin and Van Gogh's relationship. It has sucked me in. It begins with how each artist sent a self portrait to the other as a way of getting to know each other. I love that idea. Can you imagine creating personal pieces of art to swap with potential friends as a means of introducing oneself? Art that is supposed to represent you in the way that you see yourself and how you want others to see you?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bucky F*cking Dent



David's surgery is quickly approaching. We've been busy doing what needs to be done but we've also found some time to do some fun things. 

Last night, we went to Barnes and Noble at the Grove to meet David Duchovny who was there to read from and sign his latest book, Bucky F*cking Dent. Duchovny's daughter, West, also attended and she helped hold the book for him while he read (this is after he asked for a "volunteer" while looking right at her.) Duchovny said that it's not a book about baseball and that anyone angry should just yell, "Bucky Fucking Dent!" (this is even listed as an AKA on Wikipedia which made me laugh loud.) Duchovny was vacationing in Massachusetts and heard a worker talking about Bucky Fucking Dent and stopped to ask him what exactly that meant. He said he didn't stop thinking about the name and how great it was. He wrote a screenplay. Duchovny was frustrated that as a screenplay it couldn't get made as an independent film and turned it into a novel. I really enjoyed the passage that he read from last night and am eager to read the book. In the meantime, David won't stop talking about Bucky Fucking Dent and that game (he swears that he watched it on TV. I was four and don't remember it. I wish my Dad was around as I'd definitely ask him about Bucky Fucking Dent and I know he'd have a story to tell.)

Another interesting thing about the book is that Duchovny insisted that on the title. The publishers and Powers That Be were not happy as they worried that it wouldn't be searchable via Google (with or without the asterisk.) So, the title all came down to what could be found via a Google search. Insane!

It was truly a surreal night (it always is when you meet folks that you see on tv and in the movies.) David just said to me, "It felt like we were in the presence of Mulder." I appreciated that Duchovny was able to keep the focus on the book and that the fans respected that. I am kicking myself that I didn't ask him who his literary influences are. Hopefully he'll write a third book and we'll get to do this all over again.  


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Just Added: Friday, July 15th Juicy Journal Pages in Beverlywood, CA



I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching one very special workshop at a private home in Beverlywood (Los Angeles) CA. The class is called Juicy Journal Pages and will be held on Friday, July 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 Beverlywood, CA 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 contact me.


If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net)






Juicy Journal Pages
Friday, July 15th, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In this special workshop, work quick and fast, without judgment, the idea being to keep your inner critic silent. You will create a series of pages that are unique to you while learning a variety of new layering techniques involving collage, acrylics, markers, stencils, stamps and more.

After we spend some time creating this way, we will step back and think about our pages. Learn to look and process your pages with new eyes. We'll then rework our pages into all new original journal pages.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels, permanent black ink pad (only 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 paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

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.

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Creative Fire


Saying a very big thanks tonight to the people who make the art supplies that make me so happy and are keeping me sane. 

Thank you to the people that:


Make the paper that I use.
Create the thread that holds it all together.
Take the photos of the images that I reappropriate.
Mix, blend and name the colors of acrylic paints and mediums that I love so much.
Sharpen and assemble my scissors.
Create my metal rulers, bone folders and needles that rip, fold and sew my pages into something new.
Mix up batches of my favorite adhesive (Coccoina, I'm talking to you.)
Create and design perfect rolls of washi tape that layer and stick so well.
Name, pour and package my paint markers.
Design and carefully cut our stencils.
Draw, etch and heat our rubber stamps.
Design our ink pads.
Sharpen our colored pencils and crayons.

To those that labor to bring all of these tools and toys to us-

You are the magic makers. Thank you for your hard work creating the tools that we love so much. You put the spark in our creative fire.

Monday, June 20, 2016

26 November 2015 Journal Page


Lots of waiting around here. There's plenty of stuff to keep us busy and distracted. I am hoping to announce my new self published book sometime very soon. It originally was supposed to be an online class but then David got sick. It morphed into something else completely. (I'll share the sample pages soon.These pages aren't from that book.)

Looking back through the pages of this passionate book full of color and raw emotion, I can see how my artistic voice changed again. I always find it fascinating and artistically stimulating. It also really makes me wish that I had dated my earlier journals from twenty plus years ago. That's how we learn, I guess...

The page here isn't one of my favorites but it is interesting to me, the playfulness of the combined images. Not every page has to be a masterpiece. My pages take longer these days and each and every one of them serves their purpose of artistic expression, meditation, play and focus.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling Session Three Sunday, July 17th San Diego

 

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling - Session Three
Sunday, July 17th 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 Three

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, June 18, 2016

Saturdays...


Saturdays are for putting the pieces together. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Adios, Johnny Bravo



Top left to right: Erin (my sister), our cousin (Andrea),and Missy
 in my bedroom on Beale Street in Wollaston, MA (look at the collaged walls! I had posters everywhere); Missy and Carrot Top; Missy at KISS; (Tiny insert photo of Paul Geary from Extreme at the softball game I mentioned below) Paul Geary and Missy; Paul Geary and Pat Torpey from Mr Big; Missy holding an umbrella for Russ Irwin; Missy being Missy

Earlier this year, we lost a ball of sunshine, Melissa Scales Bejer. We met during the summer of 1991 (I believe it was) because of her brother, Roger. I met Roger at a softball game for the Boston Band, Extreme. Roger said, "I think you'd get along great with my sister, Missy." That was an understatement. Missy and I became fast friends. We had a lot in common, we both loved music (hair bands), stupid tv shows, cartoons, our love of York Beach Maine and how much we loved to laugh. I spent more time at her house the next couple of summers than my own (thanks, Mrs. Scales for always being a gracious host -and Mom- always with an open door and especially for taking me out for dinner and chocolate milk on the night of my prom while Missy was at work.)

I will admit to completely cracking up as I looked through these photos. (I can't believe I don't have a photo of Missy and PJ from Trixter.) I love that she's still making me smile and laugh. Her expressions in some of these photos are priceless.


Pete Loran (Trixter) and Missy; Roger (Missy's brother) and Steven Sweet (Warrant); Jani Lane (Warrant) and Missy; Steve Brown (Trixter) and Missy; Missy's Mom and Mark "Gus" Scott (Trixter); Roger, Missy and Joey Allen (Warrant) 

The memories I have of Missy and Trixter. Driving hours to Maine to see them open for KISS, running into them at the rest stop on the way home, friendship labels (Missy had PJ Farley, I had Bobby Rock) and the rock concert that was supposed to be on stage but was turned into an acoustic show in the cafeteria at the amusement park because of lightning and rain. Oh, and Missy's obsession with the Spock cardboard cut out which she brought with her everywhere to take photos.

Can you believe we took our Mothers to see Britny Fox for Mother's Day? Our Moms with Michael Kelly Smith (Britny Fox); Johnny Dee (Britny Fox) and Missy; Mark Davis (from Ugly Kid Joe) signs Missy's shirt after Missy, Roger and I spent several hours talking to him in the lobby of the hotel; Randy Castillo (one of my absolute favorite drummers and a thrilled looking Missy); Mark Davis (UKJ) and me. 

Missy and I loved UKJ and saw them as often as we could. One funny memory is trying to throw a copy of Metal Edge magazine up to the band who were on the second floor sticking their heads out the window talking to us. Either I couldn't throw it high enough or Whit couldn't catch it. They finally came down and hung out with us. 


Johnny Gioeli and Missy; Johnny (Hardline) and Me; Our Moms and Joey Gioeli (Hardline); Missy (look at the face) and Deen Castronovo (Hardline); Johnny

The back of three of these photos all crack me up, as they say, "ON THE BUS!" Missy and I went to see Hardline every time they were on the East Coast. We'd schlep ourselves and our Moms (if we couldn't drive) to New Hampshire, Springfield MA or anywhere else they'd be willing to go. Sometimes, we were even dropped off (as in the case with these photos) in Rhode Island and got in the car with strangers (!) to have the above happen! We went to a radio station in Rhode Island to see Hardline because we couldn't get into the 21+ show. There we not only met the band (again) but we met a couple of new friends (the "strangers" mentioned above who later on became fast and lifelong friends with Missy) who had a birthday cake for Johnny and Todd. Well, the guys invited all of us onto the bus (note that Neal isn't in any of these photos) to celebrate. I ended up sitting next to Johnny (how the hell did that happen?) and I love the photo above of Missy sitting next to Todd Jensen eyeing Johnny G. The photo of her also looking up at Johnny's brother, Joey, with cake in his mouth cracked me up, too. I wish I could find my photos from the last time we saw them perform in Boston. I had finals and my parents said I couldn't go. Well, I remember leaving the house (I only ever did anything like this one other time when I wanted to see Paul Geary from Extreme and my parents wouldn't let me stay late, but I did...) to take the T into Boston to meet Missy, Roger and their mother. It was well worth the screaming that I got that night because not only did we meet the band but we also had front row center and Johnny sang to me (I turned bright red and he cracked up onstage.) When we weren't together, Missy and I would spend hours talking on the phone and I remember our very late night phone conversation after that concert!

Missy and I had great memories of Johnny and Hardline. A couple of years ago she even started a facebook group for Johnny (before he was on social media) to try to keep the fans in touch with each other and informed.

If you can't tell from the above photos, Missy had a knack of making people not laugh but also open and honest enough to be themselves. These are some of my favorite photos (as well as hers) of Musician and Vocalist Extraordinaire, Johnny Gioeli. A glance at her facebook page with the many people that she would go out of her way to meet shows you just how many people would open up to her (she had a great story of meeting Robin Williams. There was a clean version of the story and the raunchy one with colorful language.)

When she got sick, she kept it private. I'd try to make her laugh by sending her goofy things like coloring books, books on Hall and Oates or the Brady Bunch. Since February, I keep finding tapes (both cassette and VHS) that Missy would make for her friends. They were collaged audio or visual bits of goofy things that cracked her up. I love finding tapes that say things like, "Roscoe's (from the Dukes of Hazzard) Greatest Hits" to "Johnny Bravo's Groovy Tunes" and just remembering Missy and what she loved.

Missy knew how to laugh and enjoy life. I have never met someone who radiated life so well and so much that she GLOWED. Those of us who were lucky to know her in real life were made richer by having the privilege of being able to call her a friend. 

Nanu Nanu, Missy.

Stupid Stuff that Made Missy Laugh or Smile:











And so much this:



Thursday, June 16, 2016

What I'm Reading


Seeking some balance and direction. Feeling out of sorts with everything and not able to truly focus. I've been reading multiple books the last couple of months searching for something. I picked up, "Out of Her Mind: Women Writing on Madness" at one of the used bookstores and am quite eager to dive in. 

I'm also feeling out of sorts with my journal, not happy with the new book that I started and wondering (out loud here) if I should push back or start a different journal. Usually I push right back if I have problems but lately I'm tired of fighting (saving that energy for David's health.) It will get better, a deep dip in the roller coaster and for now, I'm just holding tight.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

An Update


David's surgery has been rescheduled for later in the month. We found out yesterday when we had a presurgery check in with his urologist. The urologist's receptionist neglected to call us and inform us of the date change. I'm trying not to lose my temper but it is extremely frustrating.

Thanks for all of the kind wishes and good thoughts. They are appreciated. 



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

11 November 2015 Journal Page


More doctors' appointments this week. Probably a trip to the hospital to pre-register. Lots of things on the To Do List. Making time to do what we love, take walks, watch films and work in my journal. Trying to do more than just survive.