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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

An Artist's Study: O'Keeffe

 (What it looks like today)
 
(An early version of the cover.)

Today is Georgia O'Keeffe's birthday! I thought I'd share the book that I made which was inspired by Georgia and the land where she lived. What you'll see in the next few weeks is my third book where I studied an artist and their work. The first two books were on Frida Kahlo (here and the first was in 2008.) I'll be sharing the pages here on my blog (you can catch a sneak peek flip through video here.)

The book was started in 2016, revised and completed in 2017.)

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."-Georgia O'Keeffe

O'Keeffe Related Posts:

Happy Birthday, Georgia (My Travels through New Mexico) 

What I Saw at The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Georgia O'Keeffe's Travel Boxes

Georgia O'Keeffe's Paintbox

Roots

"My Private Mountain"

Georgia O'Keeffe's Home and Studio Tour in Abiquiu

Monday, November 12, 2018

Art & Play: A Weekend in Fremont December 7-9th

It's that time of year!!! Fremont workshops in December!








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A couple of years ago, I started a tradition of teaching at my friend, Maria's studio in December. Instead of three days of workshops, we mix it up a bit. I want to encourage people to be inspired by art that they see, supplies that they purchase and experiences that they have. How can we take those ideas and translate them creatively? How can we put them to use? That's what this weekend is all about: creativity, camaraderie, inspiration, idea generating, food, fun and friendship!

If you've taken a workshop with me at Maria's in 2018, you are invited on Friday, December 7th to join us in San Francisco (please note that everything is on your own) for a day of art, shopping, food, fun and more. We will be going to the de Young Museum in San Francisco to see Paul Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey (admission prices here.) From there, we will spend the afternoon in the city shopping, eating and maybe have a bit of on the go art making. (I'll send more information to those of you who are interested.)

I've planned two very special workshops created just for this time of year. For me, December is a time of reflection. It's a time to look back and think about the year as well as to gather our ideas and start to plan and prepare for the New Year. I've taken these ideas and turned them into journal form.

PLEASE NOTE: After the last class Saturday and Sunday, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.  
  
These fresh, new workshops teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.
 
My workshops are always about inspiring creativity, generating ideas and learning how to see. The ideas can be translated into a variety of art forms. Use your art journal "as is" or for a springboard of inspiration for other art forms and living a creative life!


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.





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Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Solstice: A Season of Introspection

As 2018 draws to an end, come feed your spirit and nurture your soul. Create a handmade journal with unique fold out pages. 

Connect with yourself and the experiences of the past year as we celebrate the season of light. Turn inward to capture and remember the past year as layers of paint, paper, pen and Soul work spill out onto your pages. 

Depending on how fast you work (and the size journal you choose to make) you could finish the book in class. You will definitely leave with several pages finished, prepped and ready to help you close out the year. 

Hopefully, it will encourage a new ritual of art making, connection and celebration. 


Supply list: 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, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes,  a few of your favorite glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), 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.)



Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (please note the special time)

Beginnings: A Journal to Welcome the New Year

Years ago I developed a ritual of welcoming the new year by creating a fresh, new, handmade journal. I would set aside some time for reflection as I bound my book with my own hands carefully choosing colors and papers that would pull me into the pages.

My intention is not so much that you finish the book's pages but rather you are encouraged and inspired to start a journal practice of your own. 

Dive deep with rich, luscious layers of paper, paint, color and text. You will create an inviting book that encourages and guides you in your creative endeavours as you journey into the new year.

Let's start the new year off with color, creativity and laughter!
Supply list: 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, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes,  a few of your favorite glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), 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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I hope to see you there!