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

Monday, February 28, 2011

Tucked in a corner of Zinnia's classroom in So Pasadena...

I love the idea of collage layers on the wall with an added tree branch, for good measure.

Zinnia.biz

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Home.

Home from a fabulously fun weekend.

Exhausted after a long drive.

Amazed at the amount of cops in Hollywood for the Oscars tonight.

Heading to bed. Have to get up early to return the rental in Hollywood.

Looking forward to teaching at Zinnia in the morning!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

How could I not love teaching here?!?!

I know I say this a lot, but I have the BEST students. I really do. This has been a most awesome weekend. Yes, lots of friends and familiar faces, but also a few new friends! Thank you to Maria and her family for everything!!!! *Thank you, all* for a great weekend!!! It will be sad to go tomorrow after class. I am really looking forward to teaching my Expressions class!

I'll be trekking back home after class. Cross your fingers for me that there's no weird, wonky weather!

I'm teaching on Monday, my Love Story journal at Zinnia in So Pasadena. There is space, if you'd like to join us! Class is from 11-3. More info on my class blog.

Off for some shut eye. I'm wiped out!

It's all how you see things...

Bring your camera, paper and a pen.
Look up.
Look down.
Look all around.
Inspiration is everywhere waiting...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Where do you find inspiration?

Do you see what I see?

I see color.

I see pattern.

I see texture.

I see line.

I see shape.

I see translating this imagery onto my journal pages using any of the following:

Paint
Paper
Tape
Pens
Imagination

Keep your eyes open. You never know where or when inspiration will strike. Don't forget to look down, too.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Had a great time today in Berkeley

I visited one of my most favorite cities on the planet today, Berkeley, CA. I was asking myself what is it about this city that I love so much? Is it the shadow of the 60's that hangs over the city? Is it the weather? Is it the diversity of its people? Is it the eco-friendliness of it (sooo many trees)? Is it all of the bookstores? Is it all of the old houses that are all so eclectic? I think it's a combination of all of the above. I always feel so alive and happy when I visit. I only wish that David and Tristan were with me...

I woke up, showered and checked out of my hotel. I stopped in at Dick Blick for some E-Z air Invisible Care Cream. I walked out with a bottle of that and a bunch of Martha Stewart Valentine's day stuff that was marked down to pennies. Score! The Dick Blick in Berkeley not only has a great selection of goodies, but their clearance section is usually amazing.

Next stop was Scrapbook Territory. Oh how much I love that store! They always have the latest and greatest. I was trying to behave. I was actually doing that (I had maybe $15 worth of goodies in my hands) until I stumbled upon the brand new stencil masks that I had yet to see anywhere!! (I didn't even know that they had new stencils!). I didn't buy all of them, but I bought the ones that I knew I wanted the most and the ones that my students would enjoy.

I hadn't eaten breakfast yet, so I popped into Manhattan Bagel for an egg salad sandwich. Yum! (Glad I decided to skip Betty's Diner ONLY because the line was insane and I was so hungry).

Castle in the Air beckoned. I'm so happy I stopped in. There is an exhibit on the second floor of artwork by Cleo Papanikolas. I also bought her book, Cook Until Desired Tenderness. It's a fictional journal and sketchbook of a culinary artist. Layers of text and color combined are completely scrumptious, luscious and lovely. It is definitely a must see book. (I bought it knowing full well that it means I now have to get rid of FOUR books when I get home.)

I skipped Paper Source as I was at their Santa Monica store only a week ago. I was sad that the one of the bookstores that I love was closed due to building issues (they had a notice up that they would reopen as soon as possible. Weird, huh?)

I looked in at a few of the other stores on 4th street like the toy store and the other bookstore. I didn't buy anything, but I had fun looking!

Up next was The Caning Shop where I had to buy more waxed linen thread. It is one of my favorite places to buy my bookbinding thread.

Last stop in Berkeley was Pegasus Books. On my way there, I passed Comic Relief with large out of business signs. It's a sad sight, but I have high hopes for their new store. Fingers crossed. I didn't buy anything at Pegasus, but it is always a must visit whenever I am in town.

I pulled the car over several times to take pictures. I also enjoyed sitting and just watching the rain.

Now I'm scheming as to when I can go back.

Class in the morning! I'm all set up! The studio is adorable!! I can't wait!

Texture Love

How cool is this???

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I didn't buy it all at Kinobuyitall, but I bought enough...

The Kinokuniya stores are very dangerous to me! The San Francisco stores on Webster are always a must visit for me. I went to 3 of their 4 stores tonight. I bought some stickers, tape and washcloths.

At the bookstore, I did the most amount of damage, buying:

Paris, mon appartement a moi

Paris Style: Kitchen and Dining

Couleurs a Paris

I'm always a sucker for these little Japanese books, especially the ones published by Paumes. I didn't buy any of the Paumes titles because I have them all already (some women buy new clothes and shoes. I save up for books!) Yes, I know that this means THREE books must go when I get home.

I ended my quick trip to San Francisco with an egg crepe at Sophie's Crepes. Can you say, "Yum!!!"?

I'll be trekking around Berkeley in the a.m. I can't wait!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Building a Visual Vocabulary

I just finished the journal that I'll start to show you sometime next week. I made this one Saturday night and cracked it open today.

I'm trekking to No Ca in the morning (Wednesday). I'm teaching in Fremont this weekend. I'll be checking email from the road. If I don't respond as quickly as I usually do, please be patient. It means I'm either teaching or driving. I'll answer as soon as I can!

One of the things that people ask me about is my use of imagery. I have been keeping a journal since I was in 4th grade. In the past 14 years, I have kept one on a regular basis.

When I choose my imagery, I'm not only choosing 'pretty pictures'. I pick imagery that calls to me and that is symbolic to me. For example, you don't see me use too many images of men in my journals unless they are either actual family members or part of a couple. I mostly stick to pictures of women in all ages, stages, races and colors to represent me in some way. My other favorite kinds of images are:
hearts
hands
eyes
doors
houses
mandalas
flowers
trees
to name a few things.

I have been collecting these images for some time. I used to make copies, but now I use the originals (unless I want to use front and back). I can always make copies of my journal pages later on, if I want to reuse an image.

The more that you work in journal form, the more you will realize what colors, symbols, imagery, etc... call and speak to you. It doesn't happen over night and some things you will grow out of (that's okay). You can create whole books and pages based upon the things that speak to you.

What are some of your images that you use? What is your visual vocabulary?

Happy Birthday, Edward Gorey!

Gorey would have been 86 today.

If you are on, near or ever close to the East Coast, The Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port (Cape Cod) is a must see.

http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org/

Here's a post on when I trekked through the Elephant House.

Monday, February 21, 2011

2,000th post!

I thought that for my 2,000th post, I'd have a little contest. You don't have to jump through hoops or do anything special other than to leave a comment (with a way to contact you) on THIS post only before 11:59 p.m on Monday, 2/28. I will randomly select one winner to win a special somethin' something.

Yup! That's the top of my stamp cabinet. We're trying to rearrange our living room. I'm trying to decide whether or not to keep my cabinet or to try to sell it.

I am totally prepped for my classes in Fremont/Niles area this weekend. We are keeping enrollment at a comfy level, so if you are interested, please sign up asap! I am really looking forward to visiting Northern CA this week!! I have some seriously fun plans and ideas!

I added a class to my schedule today! I'll be teaching my Love Story Journal at Zinnia THIS Monday, Feb 28th from 11-3 p.m. There is a sample in the store and a slideshow on my class blog (as well as this blog, too). This is a special class as Zinnia is usually closed Mondays. I really appreciate Tamara opening her store for us! She rocks!

Enough of me rambling about classes. Don't forget to leave a comment on this post ONLY before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, 2/28. Happy 2,000th post!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

One book in...

I saw The Style Diaries for the first time the other day. I fell in love with it, but held off on buying it. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I want to find another one cheap to cut up. It's that good.

It's a bit tough saying goodbye to some books, but I figure if I haven't looked at it in a long time, it needs to go.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Half of my stamp shelf...

I'm still blogging from my phone.

My family left today and I am a busy bee prepping for my class at Stampin from the Heart tomorrow and my classes in Fremont (No CA) next week. It has been a busy week where we were on the go daily doing several things.

Last Saturday night, we kept it close to home and relaxed a bit, going to Lulu's on Beverly for dinner.

Sunday, we trekked to Santa Monica and Venice. I ran into Paper Source with my cousin. We had fun shopping. I bought about 8 pieces of paper in 3 minutes. That store is dangerous. I got my cousin one of those goofy fill in the blank journals. She loves to write and I want to encourage her as much as possible. We tried to drive up the coast but PCH on a Sunday isn't a good idea, so we walked around Santa Monica and Venice. My family has a soft spot for Irish pubs, so they tend to seek those out first. We hit more than one. I am now a huge fan of Celtic quesadillas (potatoes are added). We also had a grand time visiting with Baby Jack's Godfather, a.k.a. Uncle Andrew, a few times. Jack was so cute every time he hung out with the men in the family. He is a little redheaded cutie!

Monday and Tuesday, we started those days off late as Tristan has online classes those days he needed to attend. We did touristy stuff that was close to home.

David and I had a very nice Valentine's Day evening together. We usually go out with Tristan, so it was nice to just have it be the two of us every once in a blue moon. David did mention how weird it feels to not have our son hanging out with us. He was busy entertaining his 10 month old cousin, Jack, who absolutely adores Tristan.

My family wanted to see some stunning sights, like the view of L.A. from afar, the Hollywood sign, etc...We've driven Mulholland Drive a few times and the views are always spectacular. If you get the chance to drive it at night, prepare to be astounded. It's full of amazing views of L.A. and the Valley. Just don't stop after 9 p.m., or you run the risk of a $500 fine (posted signs were everywhere). I took the chance a couple of times, with one eye on the rearview mirror and pulled over so I could see the sights (since I was the one driving). We also drove through the Hollywood hills and my running commentary was standard, "Holy shit!! Look a that house!" Yeah, repeat that a few dozen times.

One of the things that my sister enjoys doing is going to Handmade on Ventura Blvd. It's a co-op that sells a huge variety of handmade items. We went back twice. I bought a Valentine paper robot for David. I also scored a new skirt (velvet and only $16!) at a thrift shop a couple of doors down from Handmade. I finally had a chance to go into a Buffal Exchange, which several people raved about to me. I found them to be expensive, but I was happy that I had the chance to finally check one out!

My family went to a taping of Craig Ferguson one night while David, Tristan and I watched the baby. He's too funny. We sat and watched him play. I've never seen a kid entertain himself for so long without getting bored or fussy. We let him play until he fell asleep sitting up next to Tristan. Poor kid wore himself out. I wish I could fall asleep like that!

One night, we had dessert from the famous Magnolia Bakery on 3rd Street. It was okay. My sister didn't like her cake, but I loved it! I didn't like my red velvet cupcake (I hate whipped cream as frosting unless it is strawberry shortcake), but my Mom loved it. It all worked out in the end.

We spent part of Thursday on Mission Street in South Pasadena. I needed to go to Zinnia to drop off a sample and to pick up some new goodies. We enjoyed shakes and ice cream at Buster's. Everyone enjoyed all of the shops along the street. I wish we could have stayed for the farmers market, but we had plans.

David and I had one more date night. We ate at the Aroma Cafe and visited Portrait of a Bookstore. I had a huge bowl of salad, brown rice and grilled tofu. It was one of the best things that I've ever eaten. I also like their sister restaurant, The Alcove in Los Feliz. Yum. Great omelettes! It was a nice, quiet evening.

Everyone wanted souvenirs, so we had to hit The Farmers Market and Hollywood Boulevard a few times. I thought that they'd enjoy shopping at Soap Plant/Wacko in Hollywood (one of my fave stores). My sister's comment was, "Why didn't you take me here before?" She loaded up on goodies. I bought 3 greeting cards.

We bought a new bookcase from Ikea. Mom was kind enough to drive me there in the rental van. Mom's comment," I could spend all day in here!" Next time, Mom. When we came home Friday night, David already had it assembled and books on the shelves. He was one happy camper.

We ended the visit at Tam O' Shandrys seeing the Ploughboys. Good food, most excellent music and nothing beats a baby dancing to Irish music!

Now it's time to get back to reality. Sad to see my family go. Tristan said Baby Jack was like a brother. We did have two apartment 'inspections' this week. The good news is that the project that we have been tearing our hair out over has ended. Yay! They still need to paint the bathroom and put up the blinds, but the other stuff is done. I told David that this calls for a party!

I'll be showing you bits and pieces of my art area this week. I hope that you enjoy seeing it!

Back to prepping for my classes. Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Actually,I think it was this picture that summed up the week...

Yeah, that was it...

Definitely.

This pretty much sums up the week...

Sad that my little nephew and family are leaving Saturday morning. I will miss my little munchkin. Xoxo, little monkey!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One book in...

Still living up to my one book in (Radioactive by Lauren Redniss), one book out (Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin). I'm going to give Storyteller to my 20 year old cousin who loved writing and art journaling. I love it when my books find a good home.

David says I need to implement the same one in, one out rule with bags. He has no idea how many I only recently got rid of...

Nathalie Lete and other French artists invade Zinnia in So Pasadena

To say that I was super excited about seeing goodies by Nathalie Lete and other French artists at Zinnia in So Pasadena is an understatement. I screamed when I got the email. Tamara has a ton of goodies in stock.
www.Zinnia.biz
Happy! Happy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Current WIP journal page

Rub-ons, tape, transparencies and odd bits. I want to add more layers, though.

Happy Hearts Day!

My neighbors gave me these for Valentine's Day. I love messing around with my toy camera apps.

Someone has been keeping me very busy...

"Auntie Kelly, what's a nap? I want to play and pull out cousin Tristan's hair!"

See why I haven't had much blog time this week? I'll be back to regularly scheduled programming very soon!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Crazy, busy week!

My family is still in town until Saturday.  We've been busy hanging out and having fun.

We've visited with my nephew, Baby Jack's Uncle Andrew a couple of times. We've seen Hollywood, Mulholland Drive, Santa Monica, Venice and Studio City area. We trekked to Handmade Gallery on Ventura Blvd more than once. We're all having a great time!

I have one class lined up this week for Sunday. I'll be teaching my Pen Work class from 12:30-4:30 at Stampin from the Heart in L.A. Last I heard, the class is a definite go! Pen Work combines collage techniques with lots of mixed media pen use. It's one of my favorite classes. You can find more info here:

http://kellykilmerworkshops.blogspot.com/

David and I had a very nice Valentine's Day. My family adores Tristan (and vice versa) so they had fun at Barney's Beanery, Hollywood and just hanging out. David and I had a great evening with a yummy dinner and good movies!

Fun times we've been having!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Another follow up on my previous magazine posts

I posted here about my current favorite magazines:

http://kellykilmer.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-current-favorite-magazines.html

My question now is, out of all of the magazines out there, what do you like? What don't you like? What would you like to see more, or less of? What artists do you want to see? What kinds of articles?

Inquiring minds want to know. You can post anonymously, if you'd like. The most important things I'm looking for are honest, specific answers. I want feedback that helps, but is not mean spirited.

Thanks in advance for your time!

Happy Hearts Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I started off with good intentions...

I went into Paper Source with one thing in mind: Valentine's Day. Little did I know that there would be several sheets of new paper whispering (okay, screaming), "Kelly, take us with you..." I also had my 20 year old cousin with me and stuff (a fill in the blank journal and pen) were calling her name. Happy early birthday, Andrea. New jeans from her cousin (me) and her Aunt (my Mom) called to her later in the day, too.

Yup. It was a somewhat expensive day but a fun day. I'll have a little something something that I thought was cute to post for Valentine's Day. Stay tuned.

My new fingerless gloves

Bought at Ten Women Gallery in Santa Monica.

Sanctuary Journal



I hope that you've enjoyed seeing this journal as much as I enjoyed working in it!

Blog Love:
MelusinaArtBlog
MazeMapping
A Life In Habits
Perversations

Friday, February 11, 2011

"There is something within the human spirit that cries for and demands to be treated with basic fairness and justice. When such is violated, peace is undermined. Seeking justice for others is a way to peace." -M. Chartier

7 January 2011 journal page

This page just makes me happy 'cause it's totally true. More pogo printer images (Making Love and scissors). There's one more page in this journal to show you! Stay tuned!

My family is coming into town tomorrow. Can't wait to see my cutie pie nephew!

FYI, Twin Peaks 20th Anniversary Art Exhibit THIS Saturday in L.A.

Blog Love:
House That Lars Built
The Sweetest Occasion
Thoughtful Day (I think I've linked here before but this is AMAZING)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

6 January 2011 journal page

Pull up the Hambly transparency to see:
This page was a lot of fun to work with. The hand image is a photo I took, printed out with my pogo printer. (My friend, Roseann, gave me the hand. It's one of my treasures!)

The stencil (in pink) under the word, peace, are from Crafter's Workshop. LOVE their stencils.

Still trying to get my living room together before my family arrives on Saturday. We were told that The Powers That Be are coming in for a final "inspection" on Tuesday to see how the work looks and then (hopefully) that will be it! They still have other work (not by these workers) that needs to be done and our bathroom still needs to be painted but we need a break from people constantly coming in and out of our home. This has been on going (with inspections) for a year now and work (for about four months now). I need peace and quiet for a little bit.

I just answered a bunch of questions on formspring. I apologize for the delay in responding to them (because of traveling, teaching and apartment stuff) but I'm all caught up now and posted the responses here. You can view previous questions and even ask a question yourself here. (Thanks for stopping by!)

Blog Love:
Frolic
Inchmark
Love. Obsess. Inspire.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Two books that you need to check out...

The Memory Palace

and

Radioactive about Marie and Pierre Curie

Both are extremely high on my want list right now!

A redhead walks into a scrapbook store...

Said redhead buys all of this red, pink, gold, silver, black, white, and cream paper.

Woman at the register says, "Wow! Your wedding album is going to be gorgeous."

Redhead is confused. Says, "I'm not making a wedding album."

Clerk, "Oh. What are you going to do with all of this stuff?"

"Cut it up and put it in my journal.", smiles the redhead.

You see, dear reader, this is the time of year when pink is in abundance and the crazy redhead can't help herself. Valentine's Day is a goofy holiday, but the stuff is fun!

5 January 2011 journal page

I'm home from a great weekend. I really had a good time. The boys stayed home while the workers changed out our windows. Work still isn't 100% done yet, but hopefully it will be soon. I really can't take much more of this (it's been ongoing for months). I told David that my next step is to get a sign that says "Grand Central" and put it above our front door.

My family (Mom, my sister Erin, Nephew Jack and Cousin Andrea) are coming to visit this Saturday for a week. I can't wait!! My little redhead nephew is so cute. I'll post some pictures. I'm unpacking still from AZ and trying to put our home back into shape so I may not have a lot of blog love this week but will do it as soon as I can! I may be blogging a lot from my phone over the next week or so. We'll see how it goes. I WILL be posting daily though in some form!

I have two classes lined up for this weekend. I'll be trekking to teach in No CA at the end of the month. More info here. I'm all excited about my new classes. You guys know me-I love to teach and love my students!!! They truly are the best
!


Okay, back to cleaning for now! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Some of my goodies from Frenzy Stamper this weekend

I brought home a small bounty from Frenzy Stamper! I already put several items in my class bags! Fun!!!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Anyone want to help me unpack from the weekend?

This is only half of what I brought with me to Arizona...

Home to new windows (that hopefully will look better once they fix the broken panes outside), a 'new' door that you have to slam shut to close and piles of stuff everywhere (David and Tristan had to move stuff around so they could do the windows).

Did I mention that my family is coming to visit on Saturday?

4 January 2011 journal page

Blog Love:
Thoughtful Day
Rising Bean
P.S. I Made This

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Full house today!

Man, we're packed today. The paper and ideas are flying. Thanks, Debbie and the Frenzy Stamper Gang, I'll see you again in April. (Samples in the store).

3 January 2011 journal page

HUGE thanks to Debbie and the gang at Frenzy Stamper. As always, it was the BEST. I'll see you again soon!

I'll be trekking back home early tomorrow morning! The boys are waiting for me!

Blog Love:
Anonymous was a Woman
My Name is Yeh
Reasons to Smile

Friday, February 04, 2011

My students aren't having fun....

It almost looked like the table threw up paper. Lol

Happy 14th Birthday, Tristan!

My boy turns 14 today. How did that happen?!? The above picture is from San Diego this past summer, on our way home from Comic Con. My boy is a lovable goof ball just like his parents.
He's been making his own films lately. Here's his latest that took him five months to make. (We celebrated Wednesday night before I left for AZ. We'll also be partying next weekend when Grandma, Aunt Erin, Cousin Jack and Cousin Andrea arrive.)
Happy Birthday, Tristan!!! I love you! We'll have a second birthday party on Monday when I get home!

Blog Love:
La La Lovely
Love It A lot
Lola's Girl
Where the Lovely Things Are

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Finished journal page from earlier

Watching Al-Jazeera English (streaming live online) cover what is happening in Egypt today. My journal page response to it.

Work in progress journal page

A reader left an interesting comment on my magazine post (today's earlier post). I responded, "that to me craft (speaking about crafting, not craft as knowledge and experience) is a hobby. It's something that you do to fill your spare time. Art is a necessity. You do it to express yourself and because you have to do it, it's like breathing.

As far as the current mixed media movement with people using packaged supplies, stamps, scrapbook paper, etc... There's one thing about taking something out of a package and just sticking it down onto the page without thought or concern for placement. It's an entirely different matter when you treat all of these supplies as tools. If you take the tools (no matter what they may be) and use them with meaning and purpose, things are taken to a new level. The sky is the limit if you approach creating in this matter.

Yes, I totally agree that artists should learn the basic rules (color theory, composition, design, etc...) and that as you are learning, copying is totally acceptable and a necessity. There comes a point when you have to take that knowledge you've worked hard at (because yes, it is work) and make it your own and develop your own voice and your own style. Learn it. Work it. Push it. Make it your own. Keep pushing it.

I make art and teach not even because I want to, but because I LOVE it and I HAVE to. It's every part of my being and self. It's just me.

My Current Favorite Magazines

I promised you a follow up to this post, and here it is.

I hope that no one took my post as an assault on the artists or their artwork. I don't care if you use wings, hats, birds, or whatever in your work if that's what you want to do and it's what makes you happy. I wasn't picking on the artwork, but on the publisher itself and what they choose (or rather don't choose) to publish. There's so many amazing artists and different styles out there, it would be nice to spice it up with some variety.

My other big gripe is the lack of respect shown to artists in our field. Why is it that (for the most part) an artist can only publish a book on book arts, collage and the like only if it's published as a how to book? Sure, technique matters and is important but that's not the only thing that should matter. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm not interested in the how but in the why. Why do you want to make art? What calls you to it? What inspires you? Who inspires you? What is it about this particular art form that calls to you above any other? Why can't people ask serious questions (you know I'm not talking about someone like Ricë Freeman-Zachery as she does ask the serious, GOOD questions) that give a nod of respect to the artist? It goes along with the idea that we are just crafters and don't deserve the name/label artist and what recognition and respect it brings. You know yourself damn well that we do.

No one would only ask someone like Rauschenberg, Truffaut, or Galeano questions only about the techniques they used to create their work but more importantly, they would ask them why and what made them passionate about the work they created.

Why shouldn't our art treated the same way?

My two cents.

*****

Here are the magazines that I have been buying on a regular basis and my commentary on each:

Anthology: Living With Substance and Style

I searched high and low for this magazine and finally found it at Anthropologie at the Grove. Score! I also subscribed online (starting with issue 2). I think what I like most about the magazine (besides the high quality look and feel of the issue) is the subject matter: life in all forms, many stages and different ways that people approach it. It's not solely an art, style or fashion magazine. It's interesting. It's inspiring. It doesn't make me wish that I lived in someone else's home but rather gives me ideas for things that I can do to my own home and a different approach to or way of seeing my own life. I can't wait for the second issue!

See a sneak peek of issue one here.

*****
Oh Comely
Oh Comely, you had me at hello.

I saw you on the newsstands (Centerfolds on Fairfax) for the very first time on New Years Day, 2011. You jumped off the shelf at me and into my hot little hands (how could you not with a cover like the one above). I bought you because of your images that I thought I would cut up and collage with. Later when I started reading you, I smiled with delight. Me? Cut you up? Oh no, dear one. You are a gem and one that I will be revisiting for many years to come. I love you so much that I subscribed. I'm looking for a copy of your second issue as well. I just purchased issue four at the local newsstand. I couldn't wait.

Seriously in love,
Kelly

*****
Uppercase

Let's put it this way, if Uppercase publishes it, I buy it. Plain and simple. I. Love. This. Publisher. I own every book that they've ever published. I've bought book bundles of books that I haven't even seen yet knowing that they will be amazing. I've been a subscriber to Uppercase since they announced it.

Uppercase is my favorite art magazine, my favorite living magazine, my favorite inspirational magazine, my favorite everything magazine. If I could only subscribe to one magazine, this would be it. Why? Because this magazine talks about anything and everything. They have articles on artists (undiscovered and old favorites) to odd things that I never thought were interesting or even worth thinking about, let alone reading, until I read about them in Uppercase. Really? Axes? Who would have thought that you could get me to read about axes or, hell, shaving? Seriously? Seriously. I love this magazine. Janine posts a preview tease for each issue. This really is the most inspirational magazine around right now. They also have one of the most amazing blogs on the planet. I'm eagerly awaiting the next issue.

*****

Other guilty favorites:
MaryJane's Farm
I'm not a farm girl but I love, savor and keep every issue of MaryJane's Farm. She lives a life that is one of my many dream lives.

*****

Selvedge

Oh dear, Selvedge, your former price tag would induce me into sticker shock. I would purchase an issue here and there and treat each volume like it was a precious new book, instead of a magazine. Your color, your quality, your depth. I love your new price tag much more. I buy your magazines to relish and treasure.

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I hope that you've enjoyed this post. I'd love to hear what magazines inspire you and what you are buying to read, savor and enjoy!