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 more than twenty years. 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, October 31, 2017

Greetings from Santa Fe


My view from the hotel room until about 20 minutes ago when my snoring mother told me I was being too noisy. I guess that means bedtime as I need to be up super early for my workshop at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps tomorrow morning.

So, I'll bid you a good evening and a very Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Just Announced: December 1-3, 2017 in Fremont Renewal and Reconnection: A Portfolio Journal


This class has been months in the making and I am very eager to share it with you.

Renewal and Reconnection: A Portfolio Journal

We're coming up to the busy time of year, a time when it seems that each holiday or event is right around the corner. In the rush of the holiday season, we tend to lose track of the present and miss the smaller, every day things that are right in front of us.

I am teaching a new class that I've developed especially for this time of the year. I chose Maria's home studio to debut the class as it is a creative, nurturing, encouraging and inviting space. Plus, I have very special plans for those of you who sign up for the workshop... 

This is a special two day workshop (Saturday, December 2nd) with an optional second day (Sunday, December 3rd.) 

Before the weekend workshop begins, I would like to extend an invitation to artists who take either workshop day to join us on an on-the-go art adventure! We will begin our weekend on Friday, December 1st with a trek into San Francisco for the Robert Rauschenberg exhibit, Erasing the Rules, at SFMoma. I saw this exhibit in New York this summer and I've been waiting for it to come to California. I left the NY Moma inspired, energized and bursting with ideas that I couldn't wait to put on paper. I think you will have the same feeling which is why I decided to schedule our field trip before the workshops begin. After visiting the museum, we'll trek to Japan Town and a few other surprises along the way. Bring your journal, a glue stick and a small Ziploc bag of your favorite tools  (think a few small collage bits, and one or two favorite markers.)

By scheduling the field trip before the workshop, I am hoping to enrich your art making experience. 

(Please note museum admission and all expenses on Friday are on your own and not included in the workshop fees at all.)



Please note that the workshop can be taken as:

Both days to maximize and enrich your creativity 
$225

one day on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$150 

Or Sunday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
(If you are taking Sunday's workshop, please bring a journal or paper to work on.)
$75

Located at: 
Maria's Studio (her home) in Fremont (Information will be sent once you sign up though if you have any questions, please email me. Please note that this is a private home and that Maria has two cats that live there. She also has a B and B if you are looking for a place to stay during the weekend.)

Renewal and Reconnection: A Portfolio Journal is a fresh, new workshop that teaches 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!





Renewal and Reconnection: A Portfolio Journal Weekend




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


Renewal and Reconnection: A Portfolio Journal

This has always been my favorite time of year, where one turns inward. I think of it as a time for renewal, introspection and a time to reconnect with yourself and the world around you. 

In this special workshop, you will create a unique and personal journal portfolio. Learn new techniques in: layering, collage, painting, mark making and more. Create rich pages along with a colorful portfolio (additional  ideas for bookbinding and more will be discussed and available if you would rather turn your portfolio into a bound journal.)

This class has been months in the making and I am very eager to share it with you.

You can take the workshop as a two day workshop  (new ideas and exercises each day) or as a stand alone, one day workshop.

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.)

The day before the workshop, we will be venturing into San Francisco to SFMoma for the Rauschenberg exhibit. We'll also trek to Japan Town and a few other surprises along the way. You are welcome to join us. I saw the Rauschenberg exhibit in NY and left the museum extremely inspired and eager to work on my own art. By scheduling the field trip before the workshop, I am hoping to enrich your art making experience. 

(Please note museum admission and all expenses on Friday are on your own.)

I hope to see you in December!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Richard Diebenkorn Works on Paper at LA Louver Gallery


David and I spent some time yesterday at L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice. It was our first time there. When I found out that they were showing Diebenkorn and that the exhibit would be closing while I was in New Mexico, I made it a priority. 




I'm hoping to get to The Crocker Museum in Sacramento next month to see Diebenkorn: Beginnings. I'm thinking of driving up before my workshop
s at Maria's in Fremont the first weekend in December. It is due to be in Malibu in 2019 but I'd like the chance to see it now if I can make it. 



Friday, October 27, 2017

Bringing Home the Goods: Birthday Week Edition


I love a good trip to the art store (and a gift certificate makes it all the sweeter.) Here are my new toys, I mean  (ahem, insert serious voice) my new art supplies from Blick. Working tonight so tomorrow can be a play day!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

4 December 2016 Journal Page


If you ordered collage sheets or a collage grab bag from me, they're in the mail. It's been really hot in Los Angeles the last few days so I held off on mailing anything supply wise. I have a handful of the collage sheets left and this is the only time that I will be offering printed sets for this price for 25 sheets. If you ordered a pdf file only, I emailed the links out today (please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions or problems.)

I posted a photo last night to a few social media sites. My art space (aka living room area) is coming along very nicely. I decided to wait and finish cleaning and rearranging until after I get home from New Mexico. (All of the stuff that is to the left is going either being donated, given away or sold.) The Elfa carts and the IKEA desk are at standing height so I can work and move them around as needed. I'll post better photos when I'm done in a few weeks. 


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

November 2017 Workshops in So CA, AZ, NM Coming Soon: No CA and OR



Here is my current list of classes for 2017. Please check back often as I will update this list often.


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!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sun November 26th In the Studio: Developing an Art Practice Los Angeles


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis 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.


Sun November 26th In the Studio: Developing an Art Practice 

Save the date:
Sun Dec 10th TBA

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!

If you have any problems with the paypal button, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net 

 












Sun November 26th, 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.






In the Studio: Developing an Art Practice 
I've been teaching art for more than 20 years and making art all of my life. Some have told me that I live what David Lynch has called, "the Art Life." I'll share with you how I approach art making and how I view art and life. We'll brainstorm where ideas come from and how to keep them flowing. 
The goal in this class is to work through a series of creative exercises that will get your creativity flowing. Learn how to start (and finish) pages. Learn how to work through creative block. I truly believe that inspiration is everywhere and I've used this mentality to keep my creativity flowing. There is no secret other than to do the work. But how do you work when you feel stuck? How do you create pages that are unique to you? How do you glean ideas from the world around you and make them your own? Be prepared to get messy, be inspired and explore your own creativity on your pages.
Please note that this class is for ALL levels: Beginner to advanced are welcome. There is something for everyone in this unique workshop.

Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.


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, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), 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!