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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Collage Fodder aka A Visit to the Newsstand


It was time for a visit to the Newsstand. I found Lovewant at Barnes and Noble and the other two, Hearts and Luncheon at a local international newsstand. Luncheon is definitely one I would get again even with the very hefty price tag. In addition to a plethora of collage images, I also tore out at least four long photo heavy articles to read from that specific issue. 


Buying magazines for collage is just like shopping for art supplies. You never know what you're going to walk away with. You keep your eyes open and buy what you can when you can. I usually tend to buy right before several big workshops. I'll be bringing these to New Mexico, Colorado and Northern California with me. I'm hoping to find more ephemera in my travels.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Collage Ideas Book by Alannah Moore


While at the Met a couple of weeks ago, I found a gem of a book. The Collage Ideas Book by Alannah Moore was tucked away on the bottom shelf. I opened it up and thought, oooh. I kept flipping and the more I flipped, the more I wanted to run out of the museum to grab my scissors and glue stick. I love books like this. It's small and can be tucked away in your purse for on the go inspiration. There's a technique or an idea on one page with art for inspiration right next to it. There are many familiar names in the book with fresh art and ideas sprinkled throughout. Definitely a volume that  inspires. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let's Gogh! An Art Pilgrimage in Search of Van Gogh Across the U.S.


In three weeks:
41 paintings by Vincent Van Gogh.
One sketch.
10 museums.
8 states (not including the states it took to drive through to get there.)
6,710 plus miles. 

35 paintings and one letter in 2017. 
3 paintings in 2018 prior to this trip.

900 paintings total.
1,100 sketches and drawings.
903 letters.

I'm still making a list for the rest of the year, marking off what needs to be seen, what can be seen and what I want to see in the upcoming year. 2019 is looking very, very promising.

Please note that the paintings below, I am sharing only what I saw, the paintings on display, and not everything that the museums have in their possession. I was surprised when I got to the Wadsworth Anthaneum to be told that the second supposed Van Gogh was not on display as they do not think it to be one of his paintings. I was even more surprised to find Landscape From Saint Remy on display from Copenhagen at The Getty for "technical research." I can't find anything about it online. It had been in the gallery for about two weeks before I stumbled happily upon it.

Special thanks to Mom, David, Tristan and to everyone who has listened to my adventures and my obsession to see as many of Vincent's paintings as possible.
Extra special thanks to those who purchased my wares and workshops. It's because of you that I was able to stand in front of Vincent's work. Thank you.


April 







Barnes Museum PA (7)




May





 




 













Unedited Flickr Album with close-up shots and more of the above photos from all of the museums I visited in April and May 2018 for Van Gogh

My Resource List

Van Gogh Paintings Around the World

Previous Van Gogh Museum Visits

Art Pilgrimage April and May 2018

Van Gogh at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Visiting Vincent Van Gogh at the Dallas Museum of Art 

My Year in Museums

Visiting The Fogg Museum at Harvard Cambridge, MA

Visiting the National Gallery of Art 

Van Gogh Across the U.S. 

Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago at The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

Van Gogh and Friends at The Huntington 

My Day at The Getty

Monday, May 21, 2018

Art Pilgrimage April and May 2018



(photos taken at The Barnes in PA)

I'm home from my road trip across the U.S. and back. I have the feeling of re-entry onto planet Earth. I taught this past weekend in San Diego and this Saturday I'm teaching in Los Angeles for the first time in a long time on a Saturday! A week from today, I'm trekking to Santa Fe and Colorado Springs for workshops, then up to Northern California. Then I'll have a little bit of quiet time to work on my plans for my 2019 workshop in France.


In the meantime, here are some of the unedited photos that I took of my favorite pieces at each of the museums Mom and I saw on our art pilgrimage. It is difficult to truly see everything at even the smallest of museums. My focus was on the work of Vincent Van Gogh but I managed to find some additional gems in each visit.

I'm going to do a separate post on the Van Gogh paintings that I saw since seeing Vincent's work was my main reason for visiting each of these specific museums.

Grab a cup of tea and sit back... I'd love to hear which artworks you are most interested in from these museums.


Mondrian and Cezanne at the Kreeger Museum DC


Paul Klee at the Phillips Museum D.C.

April

May

Lucy Desi Museum NY (went here for Mom. Not Vincent...)