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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Can You Learn in a Kelly Kilmer Workshop?


I absolutely love this!
Tracey Kazimir-Cree from AlwaysbCreating.com created the above diagram for my upcoming workshops in Fort Collins, Colorado at the end of August
These are just some of the many things that I teach in my workshops:
-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 and original art.

-How to find images and papers to suit your tastes.
 
-ideas that can be translated to journal pages, original canvases and many different art forms.

and much, much more.
 
We also laugh, share, have a great time and you can make new art friends! 
 
I know that I'm not listing everything, but trust me when I say that you will have a great time, learn a lot and walk out inspired and with tons of new ideas. I hope to see YOU there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2016 Workshops


Here is my list of classes for 2016.

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 a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling 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! 

August
 
1-9th Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ teaching three NEW classes 

 

14th Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village Serenity Bundles


20th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Session Four (Final Session)


26-28th AlwaysBCreating Fort Collins, CO Three NEW Workshops here 

September
17th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
18th Designing Letters Mar Vista TBA

October
2nd Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village TBA
7-9th Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps Santa Fe, NM TBA
14-16th Maria Moesch's Studio Niles section of Fremont, CA TBA
22nd Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
23rd Designing Letters Mar Vista TBA

November 
4-6th Occasional Artist Glendale, AZ TBA
19th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
20th Designing Letters Mar Vista TBA

December
4th Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village TBA
10th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
11th Designing Letters Mar Vista TBA

2017
April 3-9th Art and Soul Portland, OR teaching three NEW classes

MORE TBA in 2016!
  
I hope to see you there.

Monday, July 18, 2016

August 20th San Diego Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Session Four

 

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling - Session Four (Final Session)



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 Four (Final Session)

Saturday, August 20th
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!
 


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Frida Kahlo Footage







(Just a note that not all of this footage in this last video is actually her.)

I meant to post the above videos for Frida's birthday but it's been a busy week...

Frida at the NYBG 2015

Frida On My Shelf 2014

Frida SFMOMA 2008

My Frida Book 2008

Kelly Kilmer An Artist's Study 2015

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What I'm Reading: Edvard Munch: Behind The Scream


I'm barely one hundred pages in and I'm having a hard time putting down my copy of Edvard Munch: Behind The Scream by Sue Prideaux. I picked it up after it popped up as a suggested title after doing a little research and seeing mostly glowing reviews. The book is well written with photos and color illustrations of the paintings. It's thick, heavy and gorgeous. So far, it's an intriguing and compelling read.

"Once the truth was on paper he was free to put it behind him and sleep soundly. Life's difficulty had been resolved in the place that mattered, in his art. He had answered one of his own questions, 'What is art really? The outcome of dissatisfaction with life, the point of impact for the creative force, the continual movement of life...in my art I attempt to explain life and its meaning to myself.'"   

Monday, July 11, 2016

Gratitude


I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you to my family, friends, students and strangers who have gone out of their way to send well wishes, love and kindness these last few months. All of it is greatly appreciated. I'm still trying to figure out how the Gofundme (thank you again, Suzi Babbin Finer, for starting the page for us) thing works in terms of saying thanks to people. I've private messaged as many people as I have information for. My heart is filled with love and the stress of keeping us afloat has eased off a bit so I can focus on taking care of and helping David until he fully recovers. 

Thank you. 

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Happy Birthday, David!


This grainy photo hangs on our refrigerator. It's from early 1996 and was taken by either my Mom or sister, I think. It's a favorite photo of mine. We hadn't been married more than a couple of months. You can't see our faces but it just makes me feel happy and very much loved. Twenty plus years of love and happiness through all kinds of ups and downs captured on film. Twenty years (and counting) of us...

Happy birthday, David.

I love you. Always.

Friday, July 08, 2016

7 December 2015 Journal Page


"The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place."-James Baldwin

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Recommended Art Books



Before David went into the hospital I started reading Martin Gayford's The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence. I had a hard time putting it down and it was by my side every moment that I was by David's side. Whenever he slept or rested, I had it in my hands. It proved to be not only an excellent distraction but also a very well written, heavily researched and intriguing read. I actually felt like I was there. Any book that begins with the story of an artist eager to start an artist's colony to share ideas and experiences is going to draw me in immediately.

"Old Gauguin and I understand each other basically, and if we are a bit mad, what of it?"

I'm tired of the typical view of Van Gogh as tortured and troubled artist. There was so much more to him than being known as the crazy artist who cut off his ear. I have tons of Van Gogh books and am deeply fascinated by the man and the artist. Other than his meticulous and well written letters, this was the first book that really gave me a sense of both the man and the artist. Hands down, it is one of the most well written books about an artist I've ever read. My only beef is that the paintings were shown in black and white instead of the glorious color that they are. I solved this problem by carrying around a pocket sized book of Van Gogh's paintings.

I finished The Yellow House yesterday afternoon and was wondering what to read next. I looked around at my shelves and Charlotte: A Novel jumped out at me. I picked that up late last night and was irritated when David told me he wanted to go out for a walk because that meant having to put the book down (my poor husband! It was his first walk in more than a week!) I obliged and am eager to pick the book up again. It seems like a fast read (once you see how the format is, you'll understand what I'm talking about.)

What are your favorite books about artists?

   

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

July Workshops


Here is my list of classes for 2016.

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 a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling 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! 

July



Sunday 17th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Session Three (You do not need to have taken the first class. Each class stands on its own.)

August
1-9th Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ teaching three NEW classes 
14th Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village TBA
20th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
26-28th AlwaysBCreating Fort Collins, CO Three NEW Workshops here 

September
17th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA

October
2nd Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village TBA
7-9th Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps Santa Fe, NM TBA
14-16th Maria Moesch's Studio Niles section of Fremont, CA TBA
22nd Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA

November 11-13th Occasional Artist Glendale, AZ TBA
19th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA

December
4th Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village TBA
10th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA

2017
April 3-9th Art and Soul Portland, OR teaching three NEW classes

MORE TBA in 2016!
  
I hope to see you there.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Home.


David came home yesterday afternoon. I don't even know where to begin with the story. In a nutshell, he has started on his path to recovery. They removed his kidney, ureter and part of his bladder. He's not in the excruciating, intense pain that he was in for several days at the hospital but he is still in pain especially if he moves. 

It's very difficult to get much rest in a hospital. My heart goes out to the patients, the advocates and the hospital staff who go through this on a daily basis. We had a few things happen to us while we were in the hospital that I don't want to get into here nor do we want to relive them (we spoke with the Charge Nurse and we will be writing a follow-up letter to the hospital praising the nurses who did it right and encouraging that they look into some things that need to be changed.) 

David and I were talking last night and it can be difficult being in a hospital where you feel that you are reduced to being just a body, you don't feel like a human being. That's why we appreciated the doctors, nurses and nursing assistants who went above and beyond their job to make sure that my husband was comfortable and well taken care of. They are the ones who did a damn good job and who we want to remember and thank.

We are grateful because while the urologist did find cancer (there was a tumor on the outside of his kidney), the Doctor said that they were able to get all of it. They will keep a regular watch on him with follow up appointments every six months (though he has quite a few upcoming doctor's appointments this week.) He will have another surgery down the road on his prostate. We are not sure what that will entail as the Doctor says we will worry about one thing at a time and that his body needs time to heal right now. We are trying not to think about it. Three hospital stays in six months are already three stays too many.

This is the first day that I've felt a little more me. I hadn't had a full night's sleep since before the surgery and while I didn't sleep well last night, I slept much better and am extremely thankful for it. A lack of sleep, fear and being an advocate does something not only to your body but also to your brain. David and I will be spending the next couple of days (before his first doctor's appointment this month) at home trying to make sure that he gets the rest that he needs and that I get a little bit of rest but also some art time to keep me sane. 

I am extremely grateful to my friend, Suzi Babbin Finer (yes, that Suzi Finer from the Beverly Hills store that I miss so much) for starting a GoFundMe page. I have always been extremely uncomfortable asking for help. I've been under a lot of stress for the past six months trying to keep a roof over our head, food on the table all while I take care of David. I appreciate my family, friends, students and strangers who reached out to help. I can't even put the feelings I have into words. My body and mind feel better and I am not stressed out about how we are going to get by. I don't know the GoFundMe etiquette yet and how to go about saying thank you but as soon as I can figure it out, you know I will be doing so. So until then, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I might disappear for a couple of days again to recoup. The last few hours haven't been perfect (David is still in pain but nothing like he was at the hospital) but they have been better and they are going to get better. I'm also thankful to have access to real food (the food at the hospital this past week was the stuff of nightmares for both David and I), my own bed and quiet. It is good to be home.