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!


Saturday, October 03, 2015

24 April 2015 Journal Page

"Each day has a story to-deserves to be told, because we are made of stories. I mean, scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories. And so, each one has something that deserves to be heard." -Eduardo Galeano

Friday, October 02, 2015

Greetings from Fremont!

After hours art making is in session! We're glutons for punishment.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Bringing Home the Goods: Disney & Dali at the Walt Disney Family Museum

I'm all settled in Fremont for the weekend. The tables at Maria's are filled with art supplies. All the room needs is happy students!

I had a great time at the Disney Dali exhibit. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed but I walked away with a new respect and love for Salvador Dali's work. I took tons of notes and the book above has a great overview of the exhibit. I'm going to flip through it before I go to bed. I hope to have a recap of the exhibit soon. 

All of that said, I still want to bang my chest when I say, "Dali!" (Love those of you who get the reference.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Closer Look at My October 2015 Classes

Here is my list of classes for October 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 for groups as well as private classes at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling and private 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!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

13 April 2015 Journal Page

I've spent most of today prepping for my Fremont classes this coming weekend. Cutting board. Tearing paper. Just a little bit more left to do. Taking a break now and listening to Old Time Radio on WBAI. Looking forward to the William Conrad episodes they're supposed to play (for his birthday.) I'll spend the rest of the day in my journal, staring at the moon, an evening walk, nose in a book and with The Doctor. Here's to an enchanting Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

10 April 2015 Journal Page

Home. A very good but very long day. 

Up at 6 a.m. Out the door by 7. Starbucks. Black, unsweetened iced tea. Class with a great group of women at The Making Place. The latest Art Journaling (I rarely buy it but my friend, Taylor, is in it.) A 100° car ride home (the ac is broken so windows were cranked with Hardline and Oingo Boingo on the CD player. Autumn always means Danny Elfman on the radio for me.) 2 1/2 -hours later, home. I prefer an early class start time (less traffic.) 20 minutes. Change of clothes. Back in the car. Gallery Nucleus in Arcadia. Yuri Norstein. Francheska Yurbusova. Tale of Tales. Hedgehog in the Fog. Animation happiness. Decisions. Wolf or Hedgehog. Wolf always wins. Print. Magnets. Barron Storey in Juztapoz from years ago for $2. Late supper of pizza and greens at Zelo Pizza in Monrovia. Filling the car with gas for the gazillionth time this week. Milk at Vons. Home. Pajamas. Scream Queens. Bed. Dreams.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh On My Shelf

I forgot to include this one in the photo:

I have been moving books around and cleaning the last few days (for those of you who were wondering, we survived the inspection.) I started thinking about the number of Vincent Van Gogh books that I have (the amount almost rivals my Frida Kahlo (this post needs to be updated!) and Corita Kent collections.) 

I started with the hardcover copy of The Letters of Van Gogh found at Iliad Books. It's a weighty tome but it has illustrations and it's a great book for an artist to keep in their library. Well, with all of the traveling that I sometimes do, I didn't want to lug the hardcover copy around so I opted for an inexpensive Penguin edition paperback. A short time after buying that, I wandered into Alias Books West and found a copy of Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait edited by W.H. Auden. How could I pass that up? Well, I did. At first. I thought about it and came back the next week. Luckily, it was still there. It's been by my bed ever since. I picked up the various Van Gogh books either at used bookstores or on sale (Taschen always has a great clearance sale and I found a copy of their Vincent book a few years ago.) The jewel of my collection is Van Gogh at Work which I hunted down at the Vroman's sale a couple of years ago. 

There are a few Van Gogh books that I am missing:

I just found an inexpensive copy online and ordered it today.

Ever Yours: The Essential Letters 

I keep trying to talk myself out of this. Do I really need yet another book of Van Gogh letters? This edition is absolutely gorgeous. I find it extremely hard to resist flipping through it whenever I see it in a bookstore. If I see it used, I may pick it up someday.

Vincent van Gogh: The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition (Vol. 1-6) 

This. This is the book that beats all of the other letters of Van Gogh books. I don't have it but I am lusting after it. It's $600 so, for now, all I can do is to dream about it.

I know that I'm like a broken record saying this but if you haven't seen it, you need to watch an episode of Doctor Who entitled, "Vincent and the Doctor." Don't look it up. Don't do anything but find it to watch. Trust me. 

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”

-Vincent Van Gogh 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

10 April 2015 Journal Page

Preparing for our yearly apartment inspection tomorrow and trying not to lose my mind in the meantime. The Powers That Be have no idea how much creativity resides in the (neat and clean) little piles around my apartment!

Also prepping for my upcoming workshops (Escondido, Torrance, Fremont (in Northern California), Austin, TX, Los Angeles and Glendale, AZ.)  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Funny how often we are learning. We think that as we age that we, "know it all." Pffft. We've barely scratched the surface. With Tristan in college and me being his chauffeur (until he gets his license and I'm comfortable with him driving to and from Valencia on a daily basis), I'm learning new things. 

I'm learning how to find and make the time for what needs to be done in addition to what I want to do (four hours of daily driving adds up.) I'm learning how to let go of the ties a little bit. He's learning things at his school that will hopefully help lead him down the path that he is so eager to be on. I went from being a daughter living at home in Massachusetts to being a new wife living a continent away from her family to being a Mom to suddenly being the Mom of a college student. Always learning. Always growing. Trying to keep an open mind (and heart) and focus on what I'm gaining instead of what I feel like I'm sometimes losing. Pouring my heart out onto my pages as much as possible and cherishing the car time with my kid. Learning new things again.