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, January 02, 2015

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

I've been reading Sharon Louden's wonderful book, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists.

I've always loved the thought process about why one  makes art. Books like this one help to make me feel less alone. Folks often look at artists as if they are alien outsiders. They don't understand the passion or need that artists feel to simply make stuff (insert art of choice here.) They don't understand why art is valuable, sustainable or even a priority to so many of us.

My eighteen year art career has been a roller coaster ride. I understand that it's the life of an artist. I've always chosen family and art over making oodles of money. Some months are a little bit better than others but mostly it's a struggle.

I am hoping that 2015 presents some new opportunities for me that will allow me to continue doing what I love, teaching others to explore their creativity,  finding new ways to push myself as an art teacher, an artist and a human being. Sharon Louden's book has been very helpful in giving me some new ideas to explore and mull about in my head.

Again, I don't need to be rich. Like most folks, I just want to do just a little bit more than barely survive and tread water. 
Fingers crossed.

1 comment:

mandythompson said...

I'm only two years into "being" an artist, altho it's always been in me. Anyway, I'm at the stage of asking how? How do I do a bit more than break even? Your words resonate, even being 18yrs in. I am realizing its a life-long balance. I'm accepting that. Now I'm looking for those road signs that will lead me down the smoothest path, if there is one. It sounds like this book has some of those signs.