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

Friday, December 30, 2016

Intentions


Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to read more books by and about artists. I've read quite a few of them this year (the "gift" from hospitals, waiting rooms and doctors' offices sometimes can be one of additional time where and when you find yourself waiting and in need of quieting down your brain.) I am going to post my favorites here soon.

I finished Rothko's Writings on Art book today which I found to be an interesting glimpse into the mind of an artist whom I knew absolutely nothing about until I opened the book. I'm starting the book written by his son tonight

Looking at the pile of books by my bed, my intentions of reading more books by and about artists will, thankfully, continue in 2017. Any recommendations?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

26 and 27th May 2016 Journal Pages


2016 is quickly coming to a close. I'm on a little mini vacation but at the same time, I can't help starting to prepare for my 2017 workshops. January is a busy month with classes in (Beverlywood) Los Angeles, San Diego, and Northern California. I'll be trekking to Florida in February. I have lots of new ideas up my sleeves that I am eager to share. Teaching art has been one of my passions for more than twenty years now and I'm hoping that 2017 brings me more opportunities to do so.

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The last remaining leaves before the fall   And leave the slender treetops straight and tall ~Eyvind Earle



I am still reading Rothko's Writings on Art and savoring gems like this one: "One does not paint for design students or historians but for human beings, and the reaction in human terms is the only thing that is really satisfactory for the artist."

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Van Gogh and Friends at The Huntington



Vincent Van Gogh Garden of the Rectory at Nuenen 


Paul Gauguin Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin



Paul Cezanne Boy Resting


Claude Monet View of Bordighera


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Study for "In the Salon on the rue des Moulines"


Edouard Vuillard Study For La Place Vintimille


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Emile Bernard Wheat Harvest







 Gustave Moreau Salome Dancing before Herod




Camille Pissarro Boulevard Montmartre, Mardi Gras


Vincent Van Gogh The Sower

Van Gogh Hospital at Saint Remy


Alfred Sisley Timber Yard at Saint-Mamm├Ęs 



I'm still processing the visit that David and I took to the Huntington last week. It was our first time there (thanks to the generosity of a friend who gifted us with passes that we have been saving for a special treat.) We were unable to go when Van Gogh & Friends opened as David was in the hospital at that time. I am grateful that we were able to go before the exhibit closes on January 2nd.

I could have sat in that small room surrounded by paintings that I loved all day. My favorites were the three Van Gogh paintings, Salome, the peonies, Touc and Study For La Place Vintimille. The textures. The colors. The brushstrokes. The passion. The way that they made me feel and how eager I was to run home to pick up my own brushes. 

David eventually pried me away from my favorite redheaded painter and we walked around the museum. Turners! Book Arts! It was a lot to take in in just one visit so we are planning a return trip when the gardens are in bloom. I am hoping to get to the Norton Simon to see Van Gogh's Bedroom. I have a funny feeling that David is going to have a very hard time prying me away from that painting. 


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Monday, December 26, 2016

My Monday


In my own little world surrounded by a sea of people. (This page changed some more. You can see earlier shots here and here at the very top of the page.) 


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Merry Happy Happy


I'm snuggled in for the next couple of days with books, art supplies and films. Time to take a small, but much needed break. 


I'll be working in my journal (and posting to Instagram.)

Hopefully watching Out 1 and a few other films from our collection.

Wishing you peace and love.

Friday, December 23, 2016

2017 Workshops


Here is my list of classes for 2017.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.

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 the small supply list for each class.

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Just Announced: January 27-29th Workshops in Fremont, CA



I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching four new workshops at Maria's studio in the Niles section of Fremont, CA January 27th-29th (classes are open to the public.) You will note that three of these workshops have been taught in the past. By popular request, I'm bringing them back! I've revised them and will be teaching them in a new way!


Friday, January 27th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages 

followed by
Juicy Journal Pages 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 28th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Transformation: Peeling Back the Layers

Sunday, January 29th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An Artist's Study

These fresh, new workshops teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.
  
My workshops are always process-based learning while creating something completely unique to you.

Please note there is a small supply list.


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.


The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things are: 

  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!





Kelly's Jan 27-29th Fremont Workshops





If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net)
Friday, January 27th



10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages
Let's get messy! Explore, experiment and play with paint in this colorful and fun workshop. We'll start by collaging our pages and then it's time to pull out the paint! You will learn everything I know about acrylics, mediums as well as a plethora of ways to apply acrylics to our journal pages (or canvas, walls, etc...) Explore color, texture and depth as you create original and luscious pages. 
You will also love making your own unique sampler book of your painted and collaged pages!
Supply list: a journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed 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 to 7 p.m.

Juicy Journal Pages

In this special workshop, work quick and fast, without judgment, the idea being to keep your inner critic silent. You will create a series of pages that are unique to you while learning a variety of new layering techniques involving collage, acrylics, markers, stencils, stamps and more.
After some time spent creating this way, we will step back and think about our pages. Learn to look and process your pages with new eyes. We'll then rework our pages into all new original journal pages.

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, permanent black ink pad (only 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 paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Saturday, January 28th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


(the above two pages are works in progress photos)
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Transformation: Peeling Back the Layers 

What will be uncovered and revealed in this all day workshop?

You will begin by transforming an old hardcover book (provided) into a uniquely layered journal full of texture and color. 
Jump right in with layers of paper, paint and more. You will start by creating pages that are rich and full of depth. You will then step back and peel away the layers transforming your previous pages into something entirely new and fresh. Learn to rework, revise and transform your pages with layers of color, texture, text and pattern.


Create something that is truly one of a kind using your favorite every day supplies.

Be prepared to get messy and to walk away with a new journal, several finished pages and a desire to keep working. 

Supply list: 
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, permanent black ink pad (only 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 paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Sunday, January 29th

 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. 

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: your journal, 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.)

I hope to see you there!