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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lucky Rose Gallery in New Orleans


On my way back from teaching at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, FL, Mom and I stopped in New Orleans. Well, "stopped" isn't exactly the right word. We went out of our way to make sure that we got there. When we crossed into Louisiana, we stopped at the welcome center/rest area. We were met with the friendliest group of women working there. I told them that we only had about an hour to visit and they suggested that we try to stay in New Orleans longer. We ended up spending about three hours there (we wish that we had been able to spend more time but we still had a six hour drive to Houston and we had already driven three hours.) My original plan was to drive through the city and stop for ice cream. So, I asked the ladies about two shops, one sold ice cream and the other my sister found via a google search, Wink's. One lady looked up Wink's and by the look on her face and how she described, "buttermilk drops", I knew that we had to go there (she was right!)

There wasn't any traffic going into the city. Once we hit the area of the French Quarter, that's when it quickly became bumper to bumper. We found parking and started walking around. I'm going to save those photos and the rest of that story for another post. 

One of the galleries that Mom and I stumbled upon was Lucky Rose where artist, Cathy Rose displays her stunning creations. This is part of her artist's statement from her website:

"Twenty years of being taught by the same teacher and still more to learn. Every morning, the same lesson, every morning a new lesson."

I think that you can see why I flipped for her artwork. I've never seen anything quite like it:

 
 
 
 
  

I try to support other artists as much as I can. Some days it is easier than others to do so but I couldn't leave without one of her pieces. The ones that I wanted the most were out of my range (I settled for taking them home in my dreams.) Fortunately, I was able to buy a porcelain cup that I am in love with. The lady in the gallery told me that the sales tax was a mere 3% because it was a gallery that specialized in original art and that the city wants to encourage artists to stay and sell there as much as possible (I thought that this was very interesting especially living in Los Angeles.)

Since our trip, I have been thinking about what I saw and experienced there. I can't wait to go back to New Orleans to see Cathy's wonderful artwork again.

Find out more about Cathy Rose and her wonderful creations:

Visit:
Lucky Rose Gallery
840 Royal Street
New Orleans


(mailing address)
Lucky Rose Gallery
4536 South Johnson Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-309-8000
 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

What I'm Reading

 

I just started reading Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists. I've been a bit obsessed with artist's biographies lately and I couldn't resist this one especially since it has Lenore Tawney in it. She's long been one of my favorites. I love books that give you a taste of the artist and their work.

Some reviews can be found here:
New York Times
WAMC
Washington Post
Goodreads

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Home.


Home. Back on planet Earth. I clocked 6,000 miles. Los Angeles to Florida and back again. Detours to the Menil Collection (Houston) and New Orleans. Dreams of visiting the Dali Museum and Marfa, TX remained dreams (for now.)

I loved every minute of teaching at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida. What a great group of artists and creatives. I can't wait to return.

For now, I am napping and plan on trying to take it easy the next couple of days to ease myself back into the Real World. 

The above photo was shot on Monday in the park of The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. I loved it so much that we went back to see The Rothko Chapel when it opened. It was the only part of the Collection open that day but it was worth it.

More soon. My head is spinning and my heart is full. 

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.
15th Pnina's Studio San Diego Book of Intentions
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 15th
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!