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

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Vulnerability and the Evolution of a Page

The last few months I've found that taking photos of my work really helps me to process my thoughts as well as my composition, color, etc...I can step back and think about my work and how (or if) I want to push it. Right now I am feeling that this is done. It says (both visually and with the written word) everything that I want and need it to say. I always want my work to be honest, raw, true and reflective of me. I'm going to add a couple of coats of gloss medium to protect it in a few days (I want the acrylics and adhesive to cure before I add the final coat so it won't bubble or wrinkle. I never seal my journal pages but original work like this, I usually add a couple of thin coats of protective medium.)

One of the things that I would really like to try in 2016 is selling my work. My goal is to have a small handful of original, painted and collaged individual pieces to offer each month. I'm thinking of both prints as well as selling the originals. It's a big step for me (in all honesty, it scares the hell out of me.) It's funny that I can openly share all of my journal pages, sell my started-in books, teach classes but this is an entirely new and raw territory for me. It both challenges me yet makes me feel vulnerable at the same time.

I'm sharing here to document a bit of my process but also to encourage others who are wondering about taking first steps (be they first steps in putting paint to paper, sharing their work, adding another layer, teaching, selling, whatever.) I know I'm not alone with my vulnerability. It's something that we all experience and some hide it better than others. In the meantime, onward.

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
-Vincent Van Gogh


Panama said...

I know all about vulnerability. I have been studying and making art for awhile. I believe it is time to start a blog because I see myself writing a lot on Facebook. I think if I have so much to say I should save it for a blog. I would also like to find venues for selling what I make. I started late last year. I think it is time consuming and involves a lot of work. The funds need to be there to keep going with art supplies etc. I'm sure it is very rewarding otherwise I would not keep trying.

Roseann Cazares said...

I agree completely with you, Kelly! A couple of years ago, a friend of mine asked me when I was going to sell my work. It was an interesting question because both of us work together and although we are both artists, we also are also both administrators and that is our primary role and job. As this winter break moves into week 3, I have been thinking more and more about my artwork, possibly selling it, and preparing for what will be for me my next act after I retire in a few years. It is all scary, but at the same time, exciting to think about it! You're going to be fine. Your work is SO original and inspirational. I believe by selling some of your pieces, you will reach an even larger audience. xoxo

Lynda Shoup said...

I enjoyed seeing the progression in the photos. It shows a way of addressing the space which is helpful for people like me.

It is also admirable that you share your vulnerability so freely. It is a hard thing to do, yet a gift for those who receive it. It also makes your artwork fresh and powerful. Your decision to make your work authentic is, I think, one of the things that makes it so attractive.

Best wishes for this new beginning.

Shelley Whiting said...

I love the layers of texture and images faded out. Beautiful and eye catching work.

Seth said...

A great goal Kelly and no doubt one that will be successful. Good job for walking into the vulnerability. It isn't easy!