Monday, February 29, 2016

San Diego: Juicy Journal Pages Saturday, March 19th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego at a private studio (classes are open to the public for this workshop.)

March 19th, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This is a fresh, new workshop that teaches a variety of NEW ideas in 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) acrylic paints and mediums, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note there is a small supply list below the class description.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info!

Payments for the San Diego, 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.

If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at 

Saturday, March 19th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Juicy Journal Pages

In this special workshop, work quick and fast, without judgment, the idea being to keep your inner critic silent. You will create a series of pages that are unique to you while learning a variety of new layering techniques involving collage, acrylics, markers, stencils, stamps and more.

After awhile, we will step back and think about our pages. Learn to look and process your pages with new eyes. We'll then rework our pages into all new original journal pages.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle 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 paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I hope to see you there!

Monday, February 22, 2016


No news on about David. We're still in limbo waiting for his body to cooperate. It's incredibly trying at times. I don't know how caretakers are able to get anything done. I am behind on my work and trying to get things done when I can.

A very big thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who shared my posts or took the time to purchase something from me. Every bit helps and is greatly appreciated. I am working on small, painted books as well as unique collage sheets to sell and will be posting them soon to the blog. I posted a teaser to Instagram the other day:


I will post again when I can. I miss blogging and reading my blogs. Thank you for stopping by and checking in. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


When my Dad died, I threw myself into my work. I'm trying to do the same now. Teaching and making art helps me immensely. It gives me focus and clarity. Folks have asked what they can do to help us. I am teaching this Sunday at DeAnn Singh's Designing Letters Studio in Mar Vista for the first time. Next weekend I am teaching at The Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ. I am trying to spread the word about those classes.

If you can't make an in person class and want to take an online class, you'll find those along the right hand side of my blog. I also have art books, collage sheetspdf versions of my publications and handmade journals for sale. (I also have little books and collage sheets that I have made while David has been sick called Serenity Books and Serenity Pages. Info on them is here.) Folks keep telling me to worry about David (which I am) but it's very hard not to think about how the rent and the bills are going to be paid. It is hard when you have no savings. It is very hard to ask for help.

We're still in limbo without any definite prognosis yet. The doctors are waiting for David's body to cooperate before they can send a camera in there to see what's going on.

In the meantime, I am trying to get work done when I can. I'm trying not to be afraid and working keeps that fear at bay. I've been taking care of David, being there for Tristan (who, thankfully, can take care of himself except when he's asking me to go get groceries. lol) and when I can, of myself (mostly trying to sleep when I can.) I was able to do some painting yesterday for aseries of little books and collage sheets to sell that I had planned on posting before Valentine'sDay. The painting part is done and I'm hoping to find some more time today to work on them.

My family arrived today which means some much appreciated help.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Space Between

I appreciate those of you who have sent emails about my unusual lack of blogging the last few days. Late Saturday night, I had to take David to the ER. He's been in the hospital since. The doctors are not 100% sure what's wrong with him. He has blood in his bladder. The doctors are saying there's a chance it could be cancer in his kidney OR a blood clot in his kidney. They did say IF it is cancer in the kidney that it is still very early. They want to wait a few days and see how he is doing before they do anything drastic like removing his kidney. So, we're in a bit of limbo at the moment. I haven't been home to do the work that I was planning on doing (making new journals and working on my new online class) and have spent my energy focused on my husband and our son. Kind thoughts and good juju are greatly appreciated at this time.

A short note to say that I am planning on teaching my in person classes this month. Some folks have asked how they could help. If you can't take an in person or online class, or buy collage sheets or journals, if you want to spread the word about my in person or online classes, I'd greatly appreciate it. I have classes scheduled this month for Escondido, Mar Vista and Arizona. Thanks again for any help or kind thougths. Everything is truly appreciated. 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

1 September 2015 Journal Page

I spent most of the afternoon listening to David Bowie and painting. I also caught up on my comic book reading (Deadpool), went for a walk and am about to curl up with a good book. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday. I hope to share a photo of my progress on the very large painted pages tomorrow.

Friday, February 05, 2016

30 August 2015 Journal Page

I'm not teaching this weekend (not by choice! I'm still on the lookout for new venues to offer my classes at.) That doesn't mean that I won't be working. I'm planning on doing two things, working on painted journals to sell before Valentine's Day and a new paint and collage online class (with videos.) I'm excited about both as I have some new ideas that I'm eager to experiment with. Here's to a good weekend all around!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Happy 19th Birthday, Tristan!

My "baby" turned 19 today! He was given free tickets to a special event at Legoland today so off we went. I'm still shocked that he took the time off (he's been eating, sleeping, breathing his film work from the moment he wakes up until he goes to bed at night.)

Legoland is definitely best for kids under ten. We had fun watching Tristan go on the rides (and watching him walk away from the car ride that he was too old to go on. "Tristan, 5-13 years old! They're not going to let you on!") We did the entire park in less than two hours. 

We went to a special screening for their latest attraction, "The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure" which was fun. It reminded me of the virtual MOM ride that I went on at Jordan's Furniture in Avon, MA many moons ago. 4D is fun but it would've been interesting if they had tossed a few LEGO bricks into the audience for that extra 4D affect!

I hope that my boy had a great birthday. Here's to many, many more happy birthdays, Tristan

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog

"You get your story and you hold onto it, and every time you tell it, you forget it more."

This is another one of those films that I can't get out of my head.

"You should try to learn how to feel sad without being sad which is actually really hard to do." 

I've been holding off on posting this as I was hoping to be able to post the Q and A with Laurie at the Hammer Museum last week but alas, the museum did not record it (Laurie asked them not to.) At one point an audience member asked a question (which I can't remember what it was) and Laurie answered it with a very long period of intense silence that lasted at least two minutes, if not longer, where it felt that Laurie was looking right at you (I'm sure that folks in the back even felt it.) I've been to lots of Q and A's but never have I experienced anything like that. It was almost magical, for lack of a better term. 

"To live in the gap between the moment that is expiring and the one that is arising. luminous and empty... And when you close your eyes, what do you see? Nothing. Now open them."

As I watched the film, it didn't surprise me to later find out that some of her favorite films are Chris Marker's La Jetee Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi and Jean Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language (which I wrote about here.) I could see the connections and the influences of these artists in her work.  

"And finally, I saw it, the connection between love and death. And that the purpose of death is the release of love." 

Heart of a Dog is not a film about a dog. It's a film about life told through a collage of images, music and story. It's a film that will break you open and reassemble you. It will bury itself deep within you and you will find yourself thinking about it at the oddest moments of your day. It's one of those rare films that won't let go.

"Every love story is a ghost story." David Foster Wallace

Monday, February 01, 2016

Upcoming Workshops with Kelly Kilmer

Here is my list of classes for February 2016.

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, schools, backyards, garages, studios and 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 nearwhere I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer avariety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) Youcan find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!   


11th 1450 Ocean Santa Monica TBA
13th Designing Letters Mar Vista Journal Experience: Master Class
19th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA


8th 1450 Ocean Santa Monica TBA
9th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
10th Designing Letters Mar Vista Juicy Journal Pages


13th 1450 Ocean Santa Monica TBA
14th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA

15th Designing Letters Mar Vista A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
21st Ink Pad NYC TBA
27th-29th Queen's Ink Savage, Maryland TBA


3-5th Maria Moesch's Studio Fremont, CA TBA
11th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
12th Designing Letters Mar Vista TBA

I hope to see you there.