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, January 30, 2018

An Artist's Progression


Earlier Art Journals
2004 (with Tristan's drawing on the right)
2004
 2006
 2007
 2008
 2008
 2009
 2010
 2011
 2012
 2013
 2014
 2015
 2017
 2017
 2018

I'm sharing with you just some of the many pages that I have made over the years. I'm posting them without judgment or commentary. An offering, palms up (as some might say) to show you just a fraction of my journey as an artist and human being.

I need to preface this by saying I don't have access at the moment to my early art journals: 1997-2006 (well, and almost all of the ones above) are out of reach at the moment. I swiped all of the above photos from my own blog posts over the years (I went through and the first journal page from January of that year, is what you see above.) I didn't choose them because I liked them better than the others, I just went through and picked the first one from each January since I started blogging in 2006. The two photos at the top are also swiped from various blog posts on journal keeping and contain some of my very early journals (the top post has one of my first art journals at the very top of the photo while the second photo has a very early journal on the right hand side, second one down.)

In my twenty years of teaching art journaling, far too many people come to workshops thinking that what they make both in and out of class should be "perfect." This past weekend, I was listening to an interview with artist Wayne Thiebaud. In addition to being a working artist, he also was an art instructor and he said students would come to class thinking that they knew everything. He believes that in order to be able to create you have to first build up your art vocabulary. He said people would show up and what they knew (or thought that they knew was the equivalent of having a nine word dictionary.) 

I have various thoughts as to why we think that all forms of making should be judged as good or bad. I think that a lot of it has to do with our education system. I think competition and having to be "good" or "better" is also part of it. I think that art making and creativity is frowned upon unless you can make money from it. There are other reasons, too, but I'm more interested in getting past these thoughts. 

My thoughts are that in order to implement the ideas that we have in our heads, we first have to learn the basics. I go bonkers when folks say, "There are no rules in art!" Well, there are rules (not to mention basic health and safety issues.) You have to learn the rules in order to break them. Then you have to do the work. 

The more work you do, the more confidence you will gain and the better you will get at your craft. 


"The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art - but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless." - Erik Wahl 

I think that the more we make, the better we get not just as artists but also as human beings. Learning is good. Making is good. Thinking is good. I sometimes think that we have forgotten all of this.

My thoughts in sharing this is that I hope it encourages you to keep making, keep learning, keep showing up for yourself. Ask the questions. Don't judge, just make. Then make some more. Date your pages (or at least your inside covers when you start and finish a book) so you can see how much you have learned. Do the work, it will build your confidence. 

Palms up. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 Workshops: CA, OR, FL, MD, CO and France (in 2019)



Here is my current list of classes for 2018. 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.


Thank YOU for your interest!

*Please note that I can also send gift certificates for workshops via email. Why not give the gift of creativity?*

April  
7th San Diego TBA
8th Mar Vista TBA 27-29th Queen's Ink in Savage, MD for 2018

May 

Early May on the East Coast and possibly elsewhere as I drive across the US
Mid to Late May in Southern California

2019

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

17 and 18th March 2017 Journal Pages and More


David and I woke up super early this morning for the 2018 Oscar nominations. I'm really excited about best director and best film nominations. Most folks usually tell me that they don't care but for me, film is an art and it's something that both my husband and our son want to be involved in, so it is important that films like Shape of Water, Get Out, etc... are recognized. My favorite films of 2017 were: The Shape of Water, mother! and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. What were yours?

Housekeeping:

Getting ready for Northern California workshops this weekend. Still lots of last minute prep work to do. I like to be over prepared then under!




Have a wonderful week!

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Just Announced: The Three Color Palette: Adventures in Color Theory Sunday, February 4th Mar Vista

 

Let's begin 2018 with a burst of creativity! 
The Three Color Palette: Adventures in Color Theory
February 4th, 2018
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.







 

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. 

Just Announced: The Three Color Palette: Adventures in Color Theory

Save the Dates:
March 18th 
April 8th
May 27th


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 note that this class is for ALL levels: Beginner to advanced are welcome. There is something for everyone in this unique workshop.










 



The Three Color Palette: Adventures in Color Theory
 
Many of you know that limiting your color palette is one of my favorite ways to explore ideas in my journal. I've found over the last year that by limiting not only my choices in color but how and where I apply it, I can push my pages (and my work) in a new direction.
 
In this new workshop, we'll explore a variety of different (and new to us) color palettes. Learn how artists make the choices that they do and how one tweak of a color combined with a second color can make your work vibrate and feel alive.

Bring your journal (or favorite paper) to class and be prepared to get messy and play with color!
 
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!







 

Just Announced:Fragments of the Self Saturday February 3rd, 2018 San Diego


Fragments of the Self
Saturday February 3rd
Special hours: 9:30-1:30 this month

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 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (special hours this month.)
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!

Please note that this class is for ALL levels: Beginner to advanced are welcome. There is something for everyone in this unique workshop.

 If there are any problems with the paypal button, please email EGorey99@sbcglobal.net Thanks!



















Fragments of the Self




A morning immersed in art what could be better?

The majority of the workshop will be spent learning some of my favorite techniques in composition, design, color theory and more. We'll take a playful, what if approach on our pages as we step outside of our comfort zone to create fresh journal pages.

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!