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!


Friday, May 03, 2013


24 and 25th March 2013 Journal Pages

My apologies for this not being the crispest, clearest photo. The journal is already at the store (all ready for the class at the end of May) or else I'd retake it. 

It's funny how art journaling sets my heart all a pitter pattering. I love playing with layers and seeing what develops and unravels onto the pages. I always emphasize that art shouldn't be stressful. It should be playful, full of thought and full of you. Art should reflect the person who created it. 

I was thinking last night how it angers me (as a teacher as well as an ongoing student in the world around me) when so called experts say that artists should not copy. EVER. Poppycock! Hogwash! Bullshit is what I say! Artists SHOULD copy when they are learning. How else are they going to learn? The Great Masters did that and encouraged their students to do so as well. You copy to learn. Then you push yourself and make it yours. You create so that your voice comes through loud and clear. You learn the rules and then you learn how to break them, twist them and make them yours. That's what is expected of the student by the teacher.

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist." Nietzsche



Anonymous said...

Thank you for having such a fabulous, visually stimulating, website. I can spend hours lost in your journals. And it doesn't matter how many times I see them, there is always something I missed before. Thank you also for bringing up the copying subject. I found that I needed to do that, I should say TRY to do that to get my feet off the ground. All of my attempts of trying to copy are completely unsuccessful, but what happens is it comes out different and ends up being more me. I laugh and show people my "inspiration" picture and then what my "copy" looked like. Everyone likes both and they look completely different except maybe a couple colors are the same! It has really boosted my confidence. I love your use of magazines and I have been scouring the thrift stores and cutting out images that speak to me. Didn't someone say that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"? Just thank you for all the inspiration.

di said...

Wonderful post Kelly...thanks so much and you are so right. You are such an inspiration and thank you for sharing so much with us!