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

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Everyone Needs a Hobby


 

In 1994, I placed the following ad looking for pen pals in a Tim Burton fanzine called, Everyone Needs a Hobby:


I received a small handful of responses from folks all over the world but one letter stood out. It was from a David Kilmer in Los Angeles, California. We wrote back and forth over the months (our letters are collected and living together in two his and her boxes in our hall closet.) These letters led to exchanges of books, mix tapes, video tapes (I showed him around my home and he sent me the films he had made as well as copies of his favorite films) and eventually, very long phone calls (my Dad was still talking about the phone bills years later.) 

In September 1995 we both realized that we had fallen in love. I turned 21 the next month and begged my parents to let me go to Los Angeles for Christmas. A ticket was bought (and the joke was that my Dad probably did a background check on David before this even happened.) 

Christmas 1995 seems like yesterday. I hugged and kissed my parents at Logan Airport and stepped onto the plane. When I landed in Los Angeles, David told me later that it seemed like I was the last one off of the plane but what I remember is walking off the plane, not having a chance to see anyone but being bear hugged by David. I remember the walk to collect my baggage, how nervous we both were, the teddy bear waiting for me in the back seat, the drive to his little place on Portland Street in Los Angeles. We spent several hours exchanging Christmas presents and each other's journals. 

That night we drove to Santa Monica. As I got out of the car, David asked if I wanted him to hold my hand. I said yes and he didn't let go. We walked the deserted Third Street promenade and wound up on the pier. We were the only ones there except for the fishermen who serenaded us. Eight hours after arriving in Los Angeles, he proposed.

A week later, we were married at Ports O' Call Chapel in San Pedro. That was twenty years ago tonight. My world changed with a little ad placed in a long defunct but still very much loved and missed fanzine to which I will forever be grateful. Happy 20th Anniversary, David. Je T'aime. 
   
 

The Shop Around the Corner is a film that David sent me back in 1995 and has been a favorite ever since. Perfect for this time of the year.


The Apartment, another Holiday favorite and one that we have watched on New Years Eve over the years.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What I'm Reading


I finished reading Molly Crabapple's Drawing Blood late Monday night. I liked Drawing Blood but wish there was more art in it (there was a lot of art but I'm always hungry for more.) It gave an interesting insight into her journey as an artist. 

I'm trying to read one more book before 2015 ends. 

Next up on my To Read List are:

I'm hoping to end 2015 with one and start 2016 with the other.

What are you reading? What are you hoping to read in the New Year?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

San Diego: A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition Saturday, January 30th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.







I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego at a private studio (classes are open to the public for this workshop.)

January 30th, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
 
A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
This is a fresh, new workshop that teaches a variety of NEW ideas in collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.


My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) acrylic paints and mediums, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.
Please note there is a small supply list below the class description.


Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Payments for the San Diego, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.







 


If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net) 



 
January 30th, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition

Combining visual art with the written word is a passion of mine. I am always searching for new ways to bring together paper, paint and pen. 

Want to make your pages come alive? Then bring your journal to class where you will learn not only how to add text to your pages but where, when and what to write. Your pages will sing and vibrate with layers of color, texture and text. This is unlike any class in adding text that I have ever taught before.

(You will learn collage, mixed media layering, composition, design, color theory and various ways to add and layer text in your artwork.)

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I hope to see you there!

Monday, December 28, 2015

A Look Back at My Imperfect Heart

 
 

You can see all of the pages from My Imperfect Heart by clicking here.

I posted to Instagram this morning that I am toying with the idea of selling original collaged and painted pieces as well as prints in the New Year. For so many years my focus has been on teaching classes, occasionally selling art supplies and handmade journals that I'd like to try my hand at selling original works every now and then. I am also thinking of taking commissions. It's a big step but I think it's time.

I have about thirty pages left to read in Molly Crabapple's Drawing Blood. I've had a hard time putting it down. I am hoping that she will release a full color, hardcover collection of her artwork in the future. I love artist's biographies and am finding this one fascinating and enthralling. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

27 July 2015 Journal Page


Panama posted this comment on my post from yesterday:

"New Year's resolution. I want to do the same thing. Somewhere in the past several weeks I lost my way. I think it was because I got the flu. I stopped doing everything. Now the house is a mess. Do you create when you are not feeling well? Is there any excuse you can find for not creating? Or do you create no matter what? I think the stopping and starting has had it's effect on me. I did notice that looking at art supplies yesterday, wandering through Hobby Lobby, had an energizing affect on me. I have no daily routine. I think that also affects my creative time. Another New Year's resolution." 

Thanks, Panama. First off, I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. I think that most of us end up beating ourselves up over them. I believe that there is always potential for change and growth  and it can happen at any day or time and that we shouldn't beat ourselves up for slipping back into our old habits. I think that trying to be the best possible human beings that we can be always should count for something.

I hope that you are feeling better. If it makes you feel better, my house is a mess now, too. I am slowly trying to clean up (and clean out.) That said, I put my creativity first. If my journal is calling me, that's more important than cleaning my living room. If I want to lie in bed and read a book that inspires me and there are dishes in the sink, I'll do the dishes later tonight and pick up my book now. I'm in the middle of a self imposed vacation right now and yet I'm still working. It's hard not to berate ourselves but I do think that it is important to do what you feel is most important and if feeding your creativity is important to you, you will find a way to do it. Keeping a roof over head and food on the table is important to me but constantly cleaning said home (which is something I grew up with) is not. Keeping the space open for my art work is just as important and nourishing to my all around well being.

If I can't work in my journal, I try to be creative in other forms (looking at art, reading books, watching films, going for walks and looking for inspiration, start a conversation that is stimulating, etc...) That said, I try to make something on a regular basis as it is what works best for me. Ten minutes or ten hours, I do what I can, when I can. 

If you look at everything you do as a creative act in some way, maybe it can lead you back to art making. There is inspiration everywhere and it can be found wandering aisles looking at art supplies or a crack in the sidewalk while out for a walk. Take some baby steps and pick up your pen, paint brush or scissors and just start by playing. Do it as much as you desire, ten minutes a day, an hour a week, whatever works best for you. In the meantime, don't beat yourself up over it.

I hope that this helps and if not, feel free to pick my brain and ask more questions.  

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Journaling on the Go


I always find a place to carve a little space for some me time.

Friday, December 25, 2015

26 July 2015 Journal Page


"You learn for yourself not for others, not to show off, not to put the other one down/ learning is your secret, it is all you have, it is the only thing you can call your own. nobody can take it away…"   Louise Bourgeois


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Njideka Akunyili Crosby at The Hammer Museum


David and I went to the Hammer Museum to see the Frances Stark exhibit (more on that later.) Afterwards, we wandered around, browsing the museum store (oh, the damage that I could do buying books there), spinning in the top chairs and then we stumbled into the small, unassuming gallery on the first floor and were completely blown away by the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby (those are her paintings above.)

If you can get to the Hammer before January 10th, these must be seen in person. They are stunning and unlike anything I have ever seen or experienced before. They are vibrant, fresh and alive. I could have sat in that tiny room all day and took every inch of the paintings in. 

I am completely inspired, enthralled and quite eager to see more of her work.

You can find out more about Njideka Akunyili Crosby via her website, wikipedia and a fabulous article on Afrocentric Confessions.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fremont, CA Workshops January 22nd-24th, 2016


I am looking forward to starting the new year off by teaching four all NEW workshops at Maria's studio in the Niles section of Fremont, CA January 22nd-24th, 2016 (classes are open to the public.)


I will be offering fresh, new workshops teaching a variety of NEW bookbinding, collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.


My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note there is a small supply list below each class description.


Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Payments for the Fremont, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.


You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.






Kelly's Classes




 

  If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net)

The Schedule is:
Friday, January 22nd 10-2 
Journal Roots 
 
Followed by: 
3-7 
A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition

Saturday, January 23rd 10-6 
An Artist's Study

Sunday, January 24th 10-2 
Some Of Us Are Brave: Revised and Revisited 2016



Friday, January 22nd 10-2 
Journal Roots 

I love exploring texture in all forms. I wanted to create a tactile book that reflects my love of layering. I wanted to push my myself as an artist and an individual. Think rich, luscious layers of paint, paper and fabric combined with limitless possibility and guided experimentation. We'll reach deep within to create truly original pages. 

You will learn composition, design, color theory, layering exercises involving paper, paint, fabric, pen and more as you work in your newly bound journal.


Supply list: tacky glue, scraps of fabric/ribbon, an apron,scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)




Followed by:
3-7 
A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition

Combining visual art with the written word is a passion of mine. I am always searching for new ways to bring together paper, paint and pen. 

Want to make your pages come alive? Then bring your journal to class where you will learn not only how to add text to your pages but where, when and what to write. Your pages will sing and vibrate with layers of color, texture and text. This is unlike any class in adding text that I have ever taught before.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)
 

Saturday, January 23rd
10-6 
An Artist's Study

As artists and individuals, we're always learning. We seek guidance from our favorite artists. They inspire and spark ideas in us. How can we borrow from them to create entirely new and unique pieces? 

In this class, you will learn how to glean inspiration from your favorite artists and create fresh, new, vibrant journal pages that combines their work with yours. I took the work of one of my favorite artists both collage and idea wise and melded it with my own work. 

We will begin the class by making a quick, pamphlet stitch journal but I want the focus of the class to be about making the pages. I ask that students please bring a book or color copies of the work of one of their favorite artists (the images do not have to be of people, it can be an abstract artist, a photographer, a sculpture artist, a kid's art, your art as a kid, your old art) whatever kind of art calls to you but you have to be able and willing to cut it up. I will show you how to look at their work with new eyes. You will learn how to look at their work with new eyes and how to incorporate what they have done into your own work, making new, original work in your own distinct style. Not only did I collage with bits of my favorite artist's work but I also borrowed mark making, layouts, thoughts and other ideas. I wanted to make completely new and original pieces that looked like my work as I learned from her. You will learn how to do the same in this all day workshop.

Supply list: Bring either several different copies or an inexpensive book (to tear up) of your favorite artist's work, OR even copies of your own artwork, a child's artwork or anyone's art that speaks and inspires you. If you are bringing color copies think of playing with sizes and color vs black and white on the copy machine, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)




Sunday, January 24th
10-2 
Some Of Us Are Brave: Revised and Revisited 2016


In 2004, I created a series of classes designed to dive deep within your own creativity using art journaling. In 2016, I revised and combined the classes into something that is unlike any art class that I have ever taught. 

Trust, surrender and experiment on the pages of your journal in a safe and welcoming environment. We will be working in a variety of media as we push and pull our art journal pages to the next level. Learn a process of self expression that can be applied to a wide variety of art forms.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)


I'm looking forward to seeing you there!