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, February 16, 2017

On the Shore


I am still processing my short visit to the Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection in Houston Texas. After driving twelve hours from El Paso, Mom and I managed to arrive at the Menil Collection at 5:57 p.m., just as the interior doors of the Rothko Chapel were being closed.

After a short plea, I was allowed a brief glimpse of the interior of the darkened chapel. I have never experienced anything like I saw or felt in that chapel for a brief moment of time. Momentous paintings in a darkened room. It is something that I will be thinking about for some time. The Rothko Chapel is truly an appropriate name.

I ran to the Twombly gallery eager to soak up every minute I had there. After promising not to take photos  (photo of Twombly by Machael Stravato at Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston in front of the gallery's largest painting, Say Goodbye, Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor), I made my way into the gallery. I stood as close as I could to each piece and then as far back to take all of it in. I walked the gallery twice. It was difficult to leave. I am eager to see how the visit will come out in my work. The impact a stranger can make on your life...the impact that we can make on each other if we allow it...

Next stop, Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida. I have not taught in Florida in many years. I am excited about the adventure there this weekend. What will be revealed...


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

March 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!


February
 
17-19th Everything Scrapbook and Stamp Lake Worth, FL 

March


 
5th Designing Letters Mar Vista (Los Angeles) An Artist's Study 

 
11th Pnina's Studio San Diego Poetic Expressions of the Self

 
12th Art Lounge on 101 Encinitas Inner Voice: A Conversation in Art Journaling
 

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25-26th Jane's Studio Sun City West, AZ Three NEW Classes

April  


 
3-9th Art and Soul Portland, OR teaching four NEW classes the 3rd-5th: An Artist's Study (photo above), Serenity Bundles, Authenticity and Juicy Journal Pages.
8th Pnina's Studio San Diego TBA
23rd Designing Letters Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA
28-30th AlwaysBCreating Fort Collins, CO Four NEW workshops

May

5-7th Maria's Studio in Fremont, CA TBA
13th Pnina's Studio San Diego TBA
21st  Designing Letters Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA

June
9th-11th Queen's Ink Savage, MD

MORE TBA in 2017!

I hope to see you there!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Just Announced: Saturday, March 11th Poetic Expressions 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, March 11th Poetic Expressions

Save the Dates:
Saturday, April 8th Saturday, May 13th

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




Saturday, March 11th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Poetic Expressions of the Self

Our journals hold bits and pieces of ourselves. So often they sit on our shelves ready to unveil their beauty and secrets to us. What if we took the book form and created an art journal that could be shared and displayed (if, and when, we wanted to share?) How do we let go and create authentic and vibrant pages that buzz with our creative spirit?

You will create an accordion fold book with layers of paint, paper, text and more. Learn how to open up authentically and visually onto your pages. We will also discuss other possible structures before we work on the pages. Step outside of your box and comfort zone in this creative and enriching 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 (if you have one), 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 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.)

By Popular Demand, I'm teaching An Artist's Study at Designing Letters Studio in Mar Vista (Los Angeles), CA March 5th


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.
I taught An Artist's Study in January. I've been asked to bring it back. Catch it while you can! This is one of my all time favorite classes.

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


Sunday, March 5th An Artist's Study

Save the Dates:
Saturday, April 23th
Saturday, 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.




 





Sunday, March 5th
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), container to hold water to clean your brushes, 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) as well as a few smaller detail paint 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!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Connections


I am all prepped and ready for my Florida workshops next weekend at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps. Making time to experiment with paint and paper today. This is a page I started in San Diego's class yesterday. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend.

I love listening to other artists talk. On the way to and from San Diego yesterday, I listened to five of the six cds of Patti Smith's M Train. Patti Smith has been one of my favorite storytellers for some time now. If you haven't heard her talk at the New York Public Library, you can listen to her here. What a voice.

I am looking for suggestions on creativity and art related podcasts. I posted some of my favorites here. I am thinking of taking advantage of the free audible.com trial membership. Any recommendations? 

Speaking of podcasts, I was listening to The Jealous Curator this morning and it was with artist Elise Morris. Morris has a wonderful website called The Studio Work which focuses on studio visits with Bay Area Artists. I love the little threads that connect us to each other and to new faces.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Just Announced: March 25-26th Jane's Studio Sun City West, AZ TBA


 

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching three new workshops at Jane's studio in Sun City West, AZ March 25th and 26th (classes are open to the public.)

Saturday, March 25th
Poetic Expressions of the Self
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

followed by:

Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  
Sunday, March 26th
The Book of Intentions
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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 Sun City West, AZ 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 AZ Classes




 




Poetic Expressions of the Self
Saturday, March 25th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our journals hold bits and pieces of ourselves. So often they sit on our shelves ready to unveil their beauty and secrets to us. What if we took the book form and created an art journal that could be shared and displayed (if, and when, we wanted to share?) How do we let go and create authentic and vibrant pages that buzz with our creative spirit?

You will create an accordion fold book with layers of paint, paper, text and more. Learn how to open up authentically and visually onto your pages. We will also discuss other possible structures before we work on the pages. Step outside of your box and comfort zone in this creative and enriching 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 (if you have one), 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 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:


Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages
Saturday, March 25th
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

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 to remember all of these techniques later on.

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.)
 
 
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The Book of Intentions
Sunday, March 26th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As we welcome 2017 with open arms, I want to set the tone for the coming year, one of possibility, creativity and connection. 

We will begin this class with a bit of recycling. You will transform found ephemera, acrylics, some of my most favorite art supplies, as well as a few new tricks and techniques into a new and unique to you journal. I have never taught journal making quite like this before and I am excited to share it with you!

You will create entirely unique to you pages that set your intentions for the coming year. Think of it as a vision board meets planner all combined and rolled up into a very expressive (and impressive) art journal. Learn to combine the visual with the written to create soulful and inspirational pages.

Lao Tzu once said,"To see things in the seed, that is genius." What ideas will spark your interest in this all day, (painted) hands on workshop? Be prepared to have fun, get messy and leave inspired! 


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!