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 more than twenty years. 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, October 22, 2018

Bringing Home the Goods: Baum-kuchen

Thank you, Maria and the Gang, for the most wonderful weekend in Fremont. I had a blast teaching and I hope that folks enjoyed the workshops as much as I enjoyed teaching them. I left inspired and eager to keep working. I hope to see you all again in December for a special weekend of workshops and art field trips (more on that very soon.)

For the past couple of years, I've used a Shinola Detroit planner (which I LOVE.) With my planning for France, I wanted something smaller with sections I could remove so I decided for 2019 to switch to a Traveler's Notebook. 

Before I left for Fremont, I placed an order from a local shop called Baum Kuchen. I've been wanting to visit for quite some time but various things have always kept me from getting to their in person shop. I placed an order for the above goodies. They shipped insanely fast. I'm super excited to use everything. I'll share my planner ideas as we get closer to 2019 and I start to put everything together.

Visit Baum Kuchen here (I can't wait to visit their in person shop!) 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7 October 2017 Journal Page

Lots of planning lately. Always grateful that my journal forces me to be in the present.

Just found out that there is a major Van Gogh exhibit planned for Houston in early 2019 so now I am wondering how to get to Texas (for workshops and Vincent...)  So grateful that I am able to even think of doing this... 

Monday, October 15, 2018

6 October 2017 Journal Page

I've got a busy week ahead as I prepare to leave for the weekend to teach at Maria's in Fremont this Friday through Sunday. Lots of last minute prep work and home stuff to do before I go.

This is another journal page in this book that I love. No idea where it came from but I'm rather obsessed with the pod on the right and the lines coming down from it. 

My favorite pages are always the ones that make me wonder, where did THAT come from?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

28 September 2017 Journal

Finding shapes in the movement of the paint on the page. Trying to move towards my own mark making. Always pushing and pulling. Forever learning.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

27 September 2017 Journal Page

I love how art making translates to problem solving. I had cut out the text in the bottom right hand corner. I flipped it upside down and glued it as you see it. I took a black paint marker and colored on top of it. Something didn't look "right" so I let it dry and then extended the loops and "letters" (they became something else in the process) from the left side of the page. 

Sometimes it doesn't matter if you can read it or not, the beauty is in the letter form. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

26 September 2017 Journal Page

One of my favorite pages from this journal that still makes my heart ache when I flip through it. Maybe even more so now than then, not knowing what was ahead...

Stopped at Blick yesterday to restock for my upcoming workshops. The stores stopped carrying my favorite hand barrier cream for painting (it's online only now), so I was forced to try something new for now. Hopefully my hands will behave and not break out.

Super excited for my new Fremont classes next weekend!!! I still have to just pick up cardstock and print out the handouts. Less than a week now!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Ruin it into something better"

I was reading "Art Students League of New York on Painting" and found this gem:

"One day a little boy was visiting my class. I gave him some paper and colored pencils to work with. He became annoyed, and I asked whether the drawing was boring him. 

"What do you do when something is upsetting you?" I asked.

"I just ruin it into something better," he replied.

Picasso once said, "We don't learn painting, we find painting." Mark Rothko once told me, "We have to know that miracles can happen. We can never give up."

-William Scharf

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

10 September 2017 Journal

Lots of things on my To Do List lately. 

Sorting through my book and magazine piles again. I'll be bringing books to sell to my Northern California workshops as well as posting them soon on my book blog (which is in need of an update.)

My brain is a bit like a leaky faucet with ideas lately. Trying to make the time to get them all out. I know I'm not alone with this.

I don't like being the bearer of sad news. In case you haven't heard, Cloth Paper Scissors is shutting its doors. I'll confess that it has been a long time since I've read a copy but it still makes me sad. Like Stampington, I used to scoop up every issue and devour the pages. My heart goes out to the workers now out of a job as well as the readers who looked for it on a regular basis. Another part of our mixed media history is brought to an end. 

Monday, October 08, 2018

Paper Meditations: a Work in Stages

 Paper first
 Beginning paint layers

 More paint layers with additional marker/pen/water soluble pencil work

Finished journal page 
5 October 2018

This journal that explores my upcoming 2019 trek to Europe. I'll be sharing WIP pages on my Instagram, facebook and twitter feeds.