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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just Announced: Sunday, May 21st Mar Vista, CA Untold Stories


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis (January through May) at DeAnn Singh's Studio, Designing Letters in Mar Vista (Los Angeles) classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.
 
Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 21st

My workshops aim to 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 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.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes. 

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

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!








Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you have any problems with the paypal button.


 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Untold Stories 

This journal is the ultimate in play. I'm always looking for new ways to revitalize favorite techniques. Think lush layers of paint, paper, tape, stencils, pen work and more all bound into little bundles of creativity.

We'll start the class by creating rich layers of painted pages. We've only just begun as we step back, revisit our pages and start to think about how we can assemble them into books. Before the tearing and the binding begin, we'll go through and collage our pages (yes, I will show you how to collage them so that when you fold and assemble them you will have pages ready for you to work on.) 

After we've finished assembling the journals, you'll step back again and learn techniques for on the go or simple art journaling with minimal supplies. 

I've created many variations of this journal over the years and I think that this is my most favorite one yet. I'll be using what I've learned in the process over the next few weeks as I'll be on the go traveling to teach. I'll be sharing the pages on Instagram.

Supply list: 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 (only 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.)
 
I hope to see you there!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Just Announced: Saturday, May 13th The Odyssey Journal in San Diego, CA




I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis in the Normal Heights Neighborhood of San Diego at a private studio (classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.)

Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 13th The Odyssey Journal

My workshops aim to 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 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.

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 San Diego 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!






Problems with the paypal button? Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net 

 
The Odyssey Journal  
 
In this class, you will journey through a plethora of new techniques in painting, collage, art journaling and creativity. We'll set intentions on our pages before we dive deep into layers of paper, paint and creativity. Think you've seen it all? Eager to get messy and learn something new? Let's see how we can take our favorite art supplies and push them (and ourselves) on our pages.

Let's spend all day on our own unique voyage through the world of paint, paper and creative exploration.
 
Supply list: Your Journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (only 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.)
 
I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

10 August 2016 Journal Page


Lots of prep work being done in the Kilmer household this week. I am teaching my last local class of April this Sunday in Mar Vista. Catch the local classes as you can as I'm not sure how many local LA classes I'll be teaching this summer... I'll be trekking to teach in Fort Collins, CO the week after, home for two days and then off to Fremont, CA.


I'm looking for some new venues to teach in this summer. If you know of any (or are interested in hosting), please drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net I'm willing to travel.

Last, but not least, for those of you who have asked. We visited David's oncologist a week ago. His kidney function is not what it should be but they are keeping an eye on him. He has four doctor appointments in May. Thanks for your continued good thoughts and kindness. It helps especially on tough days...

In the meantime, back to doing some prep work...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Some Favorites from the SF Moma April 2017

 
 Lee Krasner
 Adolph Gottlieb
 Philip Guston
 Cy Twombly
 Agnes Martin
 Even a peek outside the SF Moma could inspire a painting or sculpture or...
 Anselm Kiefer
 
 Kees van Dongen
 Paul Klee at Play
 
 I squealed when I saw Klee's puppets!
 Frida Kahlo
 
 Marcel Duchamp
 Jay DeFeo
 Joan Mitchell
 Robert Rauschenberg
  John Cage
 Jasper Johns
 Eva Hesse
 Ruth Asawa
 Geta Brătescu
 David Park
 Elmer Bischoff
 Alice Neel
 Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
 Victor Man
Katharina Wulff - Greene Naftali
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
 Manuel Neri
 Tiffany Chung
 Francis Alÿs
 Shahzia Sikander
 Raymond Pettibon
 Corita Kent
 
 Enrique Chagoya

On Sunday, April 2nd, I visited SF Moma just to see the Matisse Diebenkorn exhibit. I strongly recommend buying your tickets in advance to Matisse Diebenkorn as it has sold out every day since it opened. I got there first thing and it quickly filled up. I am working on a separate post about my experience seeing Matisse Diebenkorn at SFMoma. I hope to have that posted soon.

After about an hour with Henri and Richard (and after seeing each painting several times often having to wait until someone else wasn't ogling it first), I left the exhibit. There were lots of other art that I was eager to see and I had very limited time to do it in.

In two hours, I was able to see A LOT of art. I saw the entire Matisse Diebenkorn in less than an hour and the above pieces in about 45 minutes (there are a few paintings missing that were too blurry. Rothko, I'm looking at you.) I adore museums. They feed me and fill me. However, it can get to the point where it feels overwhelming. I also had a long drive to Portland ahead of me. I left eager, inspired and yearning to pick up my paint brush and scissors.

You can see more at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

As I make my summer travel teaching plans, I am planning some trips to see:

What am I missing?