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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

An Artist's Study

Home from teaching my class, An Artist's Study, in San Diego today. It was my second class of the New Year. I always love seeing how people interpret the exercises. The thing about this class that is truly fascinating is how people meld their own style with the work of another artist and yet they are able to keep their own artistic voice. It was an invigorating day watching the artists unfold unto their pages. Lucky me as I get to do it again tomorrow!!! 

Here's an in progress shot of one of my pages. My work and O'Keeffe's... 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter


I set aside Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out and picked up Patricia Alber's Joan Mitchell Lady Painter: A LifeI had about a hundred pages left to go in the book. The Rothko book wasn't a bad book (far from it) and there are some true gems in the book. I also have a biography on Rothko to read and will return to both eventually. 

There's something that I'm looking for in these books about artists and I'm not exactly sure what it is or if I'll even find it but that doesn't stop me from devouring them. Most of the books that I have picked up are about artists whom I know absolutely nothing about. I may have heard their names, seen a painting, or this might be the first time I've heard about them. I might not even like or love their work but that doesn't stop me from wanting to know more about their creative process and their world. There is always something new to learn and glean.

I am saving this to watch, but you might be interested in viewing it now: Writer and art historian Patricia Albers presents "Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter," an illustrated lecture on Abstract Expressionist artist Joan Mitchell.

Read more about Joan Mitchell here.

Quick bit of housekeeping: 

I have a handful of classes coming up this weekend and into next month:


As always, if you have any recommendations on any recent art reads, I'd love to hear!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago at The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago

Last Friday, January 6th, David and I went to First Friday (free admission from 5 to 8 p.m.) at The Norton Simon in Pasadena, CA specifically to see Van Gogh's Bedroom exhibit. I had wanted to (somehow click my heels together) and see it in Chicago last summer but that was not meant to be. I am thankful that I was able to see one of the bedrooms in person and that I will be seeing it again before it leaves in early March.

Everyone made a beeline for The Bedroom once the doors were open. I went to the other paintings and stood in front of each Van Gogh several times poking my face as close as I could without getting yelled at by the guards. I walked the exhibit several times over the course of two hours. 

At one point, while David was exploring other rooms, I decided to reread one of Vincent's letters that the museum has on display. I burst into tears. David found me sitting on the bench in front of the letter, sobbing my eyes out. I never thought that I would see one of Van Gogh's letters in person. I have so many books of his letters, so many reproductions but to be standing in front of something that was written and signed by him really moved me. 





Head of a Peasant Woman with White Cap 1885


 


Van Gogh: Portrait of Patience Escalier; Shepherd in Provence 1888


 

The Bedroom 1889 (second painting of his bedroom in Arles though not painted in Arles)

"I had a new idea in mind... This time it’s simply my bedroom, but the color has to do the job here, and through its being simplified by giving a grander style to things, to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In short, looking at the painting should rest the mind, or rather, the imagination. The walls are of a pale violet. The floor — is of red tiles. The bedstead and the chairs are fresh butter yellow…"
-16 October 1888. Van Gogh Museum, Vincent van Gogh: The Letters, No. 704

The Mulberry Tree 1889  

The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in the Snow, 1885 - Vincent van Gogh

The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in the Snow 1885

Portrait of the Artist's Mother

Also in the exhibit were the following works:
 





Monday, January 09, 2017

Back to Reality...


Tristan starts school again tomorrow. The holiday season is over and we are slowly getting back to reality here in La La Land. I taught my first class of 2017 this past weekend. What a great way to start the New Year! Inspiring students, a gracious hostess, yummy food and an abundance of creativity. 

Here's an early photo of an in progress journal page that I was working on today (before the paint.) I hope that your New Year is off to a good start.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

My Favorite Books of 2016


Many of my blog readers already know that 2016 was a shit-show for my family (as well as for quite a few people that I know.) 2017 is here and we're determined on focusing on the here and now...

In the art department in my home, however, it was stellar. It was a year to find solace, comfort and refuge in art (that includes books and film.) Several hospital stays, long waiting room visits and being a caretaker (yay for David sleeping a lot!) gave me some added time to read. 

Thanks to my family and friends, local used bookstores (yay for trade-in credit) and gift certificates, David and I were kept sane with books last year. 

These are my favorites from 2016 (in no particular order.)

Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth: Inside the Creation of a Modern Fairy Tale

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters: Inside His Films, Notebooks, and Collections (not shown)

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Maria Lassnig: The Pen Is the Sister of the Brush: Diaries 1943-1997

The Keeper

Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits

The Woman Who Says No: Françoise Gilot on Her Life With and Without Picasso - Rebel, Muse, Artist

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois 

Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence

Art and Mourning: The role of creativity in healing trauma and loss

Barron Storey's Bob

Dave McKean's Postcards from Prague

Dave McKean's Postcards from Bilbao

The Devil’s Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth: Studies in the Horror Film

LOVF: An Illustrated Diary Of A Man Literally Losing His Mind

Lou Ann Granger's With Love for the Journey

Frank Elgar's Van Gogh 

Suite for Barbara Loden 

Charlotte: A Novel  

Audra Auclair sketchbook

Memoir of Vincent Van Gogh

What were your favorites from 2016?

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Just Announced: An Artist's Study at Designing Letters Studio in Mar Vista (Los Angeles), CA January 15th



I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis (January through May) at DeAnn Singh's Studio, Designing Letters in Mar Vista (Los Angeles) 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.


Sunday, January 15th An Artist's Study

Save the Dates:
Saturday, February 5th
Saturday, March 5th
Saturday, April 23th
Saturday, May 21st

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
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!
 





 
 
Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you have any problems with the paypal button.


 

Sunday, January 15th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.An Artist's Study

As artists and individuals, we're always learning. We seek guidance from our favorite artists. They inspire and spark ideas in us. How can we borrow from them to create entirely new and unique pieces? 

In this class, you will learn how to glean inspiration from your favorite artists and create fresh, new, vibrant journal pages that combines their work with yours. I took the work of one of my favorite artists both collage and idea wise and melded it with my own work. 

I ask that students please bring a book or color copies of the work of one of their favorite artists (the images do not have to be of people, it can be an abstract artist, a photographer, a sculpture artist, a kid's art, your art as a kid, your old art) whatever kind of art calls to you but you have to be able and willing to cut it up. I will show you how to look at their work with new eyes. You will learn how to look at their work with new eyes and how to incorporate what they have done into your own work, making new, original work in your own distinct style. Not only did I collage with bits of my favorite artist's work but I also borrowed mark making, layouts, thoughts and other ideas. I wanted to make completely new and original pieces that looked like my work as I learned from her. You will learn how to do the same in this all day workshop. 

Supply list: your journal, Bring either several different copies or an inexpensive book (to tear up) of your favorite artist's work, OR even copies of your own artwork, a child's artwork or anyone's art that speaks and inspires you. If you are bringing color copies think of playing with sizes and color vs black and white on the copy machine, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), container to hold water to clean your brushes, 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) as well as a few smaller detail paint 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!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Just Announced: Studio Soliday Workshop Tuesday, January 17th Oak Park, CA



I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching on Tuesday, January 17th in Oak Park at a Studio Soliday (classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.) 

Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The fee is $75 per person and that includes almost everything needed to make the book (see the list below of what I will be bringing.) Please note the small supply list. 

Please note that Studio Soliday breaks at noon for a potluck lunch. Please bring something delicious to share! 

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

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!






 

You can see all of the pages from this journal here.
 
Inner Voice: A Conversation in Art Journaling 



In this special workshop, not only will you construct a new and unusual journal with pages that flip, fold and pull out in ways you never thought possible, but you will dive deep onto the pages. You will combine layers of paper, paint and more to form your own artistic voice on the page. Learn how to push, pull and coax ideas on the page. Learn how to express yourself with layers of paper, paint, pens, stencils and much, much more. You will have a conversation in color, pattern, shape, design, text, texture and more using mixed mixed techniques on the pages of your new journal.

 

Supply list: 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 OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few of your favorite smaller detail 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!