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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What a Year Brings

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 “Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out." -Kurt Cobain, Journals

Thirteen. 

Thirteen full journals from 2014. All made and filled by me. (The only one missing is the one that is in the third photo. It is living at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA until my classes there next weekend.)

"On Keeping a Journal. Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret thoughts — like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.

The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather — in many cases — offers an alternative to it."  -Susan Sontag December 31st entry in her journal, Reborn.

I share these with you to encourage you. If I can do it, so can you. A full year to you may mean one full completed journal of 30 pages or a journal a month or a journal every two weeks. It is all good. To hold them in your hands and look back over the year, a year full of you having lived is a very good thing. Something to celebrate.

“People who keep journals have life twice.” -Jessamyn West

4 comments:

Megan said...

I'm a new subscriber and I am really impressed and inspired by all your journals! I especially like that each one looks very personalized. It's definitely important to take the time to nurture that creative side and use it to tap into all those thoughts and feelings. Looking forward to seeing more!

Tammy Shapiro said...

An impressive body of work Kelly! I am awed and motivated to create more. Thanks for teaching and sharing. Love all the great quotes you have posted lately too. The truth of a matter is always inspiring.

Kelly Kilmer said...

TAMMY-
Thank you, Tammy!!! That's exactly what I wanted to hear from people-that they were inspired to create!!!
Happy! Happy!
Best,
Kelly

Kelly Kilmer said...

MEGAN-
Thank you and welcome to my blog! :) I hope that you enjoy what you find here and that it inspires you in your journey.

Best,
Kelly