As this year ends and the new one begins, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my family, friends, students and blog readers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for coming along for the ride with me. May the New Year be full of hope, health and all things good.
Happy 18th Anniversary to my best friend and the love of my life. David, I love you and it gets better and better every year.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
"What am I in the eyes of most people —a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person —somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right,then —even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition,based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness,pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages,in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum." Vincent Van Gogh
Friday, December 27, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Woke up to a lovely dusting of snow. I always miss the change of seasons living in Southern California especially the snow.
I'm doing a wee bit more prep work for my classes tomorrow and Saturday at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones.
Off to finish prep work and meet up with my niece and nephew. We have a play date that might involve camping in the living room and then blasting off in a rocket. I hope that your day is just as adventurously wonderful.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The hardest part about Christmas is always the empty chairs, especially that chair.
I sat on my Mom's couch last night listening to Christmas music and looking at the tree that she put up just for us in her new home she's not even living in yet. She wants today over with. This year seems to be harder than last year and none of us thought that would even seem possible.
Every day that passes is a day that brings us farther away than June 8, 2012. The last day that I spoke with my Father. I try to honor and carry him with me every day but it's so hard. It's hard when the phone doesn't ring. It's hard when no one calls and asks, "What are you doing?" (His way of saying hi.) It's hard when the radio plays a favorite song of his or even passing a jar of cashews or anything that reminds you that he's not here.
Things change. They say that's life but some days it hurts more than you thought it would. Some days the tears don't want to stop.
What do you do? You try to be gentle with yourself and with those around you. You try to stitch up your broken heart only to have it tear again. Life. Again. A constant cycle of mending and loving and living and being. We go on carrying our loved ones with us. We try to remember that we're not alone in our being human. We reach and grasp for what we can. We hope that tomorrow is gentler and kinder than today.
Today? For me, I'll watch my beloved son and little nephew open their presents. I'll watch my new niece with her wide blue eyes take everything in. I'll be gentle, or at least try to be. I'll listen to my Dad's music and remember his wonderful laugh and full heart. I carry him with me every day.
Merry Christmas to you.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear.
27 and 28th Kept Creations in Whitman, MA FOUR classes: Luscious Layers, My Interior Life, It's all in the Details: Explore Visual Mark Making, Essence of Me: Tape Journal Revised and Revisited To sign up please go here More info and sample pages here
4th Ink About It Westford, MA Love Your Lettering and Triptych Book More info and sample pages here
11th Modesto, CA Menagerie of You Workshop
18th The Making Place Escondido Little Love Notes: Triptych Book Revised and Revisited
19th Word is Art Los Angeles Cultivating You
26th Pocket Planner Art Bar Santa Ana
31st-Feb 2nd Maria's Studio in Fremont, CA Teaching four NEW workshops
I hope to see YOU there!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”-William Blake
“Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter's day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!” Charles Dickens
Happy Winter Solstice Everyone!
Spending time on Pinterest as well as looking up Louise-Bourgeois art online when I should be packing.
My online classes are still on sale through tomorrow (Sunday) night. I can send them as gifts for those who are interested.
Friday, December 20, 2013
I'm still not sold on an e-reader yet. I prefer holding a paper book (hardcover, if I can find and afford it) in my hands and gently turning the pages. I'm packing for my East Coast jaunt and am trying to decide which books to bring with me. My current contenders are:
Susan Sontag's Reborn: Journals and Notebooks 1947-1963
Hilma af Klint A Pioneer of Abstraction (one of my favorite books of the year!)
Frida Kahlo by Gannit Ankori (I picked this up at Vromans last night and couldn't put it down. I love the snippets from her own diaries and interviews that she pieced together to tell her story.)
Mary Oliver's Evidence
Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (borrowed from David's shelf.)
Francoise Heritier's The Sweetness of Life (another one that I picked up within the last few weeks at Vroman's and couldn't put down. It reminds me of a journal.)
I won't be bringing all of these (there are always books to find and buy while I am there! Hello, Cambridge MA used bookstores!) Between my journal bag (which I'm also downsizing for the trip), my books and my company, I should be all set.
You may want to consider checking out this post on ten charities that encourage reading.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
"Art is a form of consciousness." Susan Sontag
One of the things that I am doing this year is Ali Edwards' "One Little Word." I'm not sure how I am going to do it yet (still processing it) but it's the first year that it's ever hit and and that a word has popped into my head. My word for 2014? Connect.
- to join, link, or fasten together; unite.
- to have as an accompanying or associated feature.
- to cause to be associated in a relationship.
- to associate mentally or emotionally.
- to become connected; join or unite.
- to establish a sympathetic or harmonious relationship.
- Informal. to meet or establish communication; make contact.
Some Bits of Housekeeping:
I'm spending the next few days prepping for my classes in Massachusetts at the end of the month.
My online classes are on sale (buy one, get a second class of equal or lesser value free) through Sunday (I will not be offering this again any time soon, if ever.)
I still have a few hand bound copies of my self published book, Pieces of Me, available here.
As always, thanks for reading this and being interested in my work. It is very much appreciated.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five NEW workshops at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ.
Interested in signing up? Please contact Debbie at Frenzy Stamper.
Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
I will be mailing the samples to Debbie in early January.
The Schedule is:
Friday, February 7th:
An Artist's Manifesto
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
from 3 to 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
from 3 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 9th:
We're thinking BIG! Start by constructing a large journal from scratch using a recycled hardcover book. Then we'll spend the rest of the class creating our own unique, personal pages. Learn about color, composition, design and more while focusing on visual self expression on the pages of your new journal. Prepare to push and be pushed (albeit gently and in a good way!) out of your comfort zone. We will be using a variety of different size and shaped images in this class so you can collect some of your favorites in advance but I’ll also have a large plethora of collage items for you to choose from. You will walk out of class with your head full of new ideas!