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!


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On the Road: A Journal Page in Stages

Checking in from Houston. Started this in Santa Fe. I thought I'd share some of the process.

Friday, March 15, 2019

the Evolution of an Artist


One of the many benefits about keeping an art journal is that you can date your pages (or at least your inside covers, when you begin and when you end) so that you can see your progression over the years. It always fascinates me to see the visual vocabularies that people develop. I can tell by looking at the journals of my regular students who did what by seeing their use of color, images, patterns and more. It is always fascinating to me to see how people pour themselves out onto their pages. 


When you flip back through your pages, it is always interesting to note what colors, images, shapes, patterns and words pop up repeatedly. Over time your interest in certain colors and images will change but your voice, your style, your passion will always shine
through in your work. The more of yourself that you pour onto your pages, the better your artwork will be.


The more you do the work. The louder and stronger your voice will be.


We walk into a museum and we can tell the difference between a Van Gogh and a Paul Gauguin. A Corita Kent and a Andy Warhol. A Teesha Moore and a Tracy Moore. A Kelly Kilmer and a Juliana Coles.


Art journaling is about discovery and self expression. Your journal is your safe place to explore, express and experiment. It's your place to get lost as you repeatedly find yourself between the layers of paper, paint and pen. It's where you learn to see. It's your place where you repeatedly do the work and your voice comes through loud and clear.


I love working with repeat, regular students because I can walk around the room and point out who did what. Why? Because each and everyone of us has our own voice that comes through in our work.


One thing that I find fascinating is how your voice changes over the years. It's still your voice but it gets stronger. Louder. You do the work. You gain knowledge and confidence (two of the most important things with art making: you know your tools/materials and you know how to work with them, learn from them, push them, grow with them. 


You make a mistake and you know how to learn from said mistake. Your mindset changes. You become like an artist mad scientist. You discover that there are no mistakes. Only opportunities to grow and learn. 


In my more than twenty years of being a professional artist and instructor, I’ve found that the best way to find and strengthen your voice is to do the work. Making and taking the time to work in your art journal (or whatever art form it is that you are most passionate about) on a regular basis, will help you to become a better artist. 

2019. (The most recent page I finished.)

I have been working in my journals since I was a little girl. I would cut and paste things in that interested me, add drawings, write poetry, snippets I heard or read and bits about what was on my mind. Over the years my journals have evolved into what you see today, my art journals.

When I sit down to work in my journal, I tend to think of myself as a mad scientist. I like to experiment with color, images, shape, text, line and more. I try to see how I can create pages in a different way than what I’ve done previously. Is there a new color combination
that I can use? Is there a different composition I can try when I go to collage the page? I use the same materials and tools but I like to PLAY AND experiment with them. How can I use them in a different way? How can I SEE differently? Can I try writing on the page or making marks in a different way than what I’ve done before? What can I do differently?

By keeping an art journal on a regular basis and not being afraid to do the work, make a mess and learn from what you do, you will become not only a better artist, but also (in my opinion), a better human being. By keeping ourselves open to new experiences and
new ideas, we grow both artistically and as people. 

Some things that may help you:

Being mindful and curating your images:

Finding images:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Art Spirit: Juicy Living A Creative Smorgasbord April 12th through the 14th in Fremont, CA

The Art Spirit: Juicy Living
A Creative

April 12th through the 14th 
at Maria's home studio in Fremont, CA
Each session stands on its own. Each session focuses on different techniques utilizing key principles and elements of art. These workshops are life changing!
Think of the weekend as a creative smorgasbord. You can choose to take one session or many!  Spend an entire weekend (if you choose) full of color, paste, paper, layers, unraveling, laughter, inspiration and creative frenzy! Come one! Come all! I have been waiting years to teach these extended workshops and I hope to see you there. 

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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: After the last class Friday and Saturday, 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.    
Please note there is a small supply list. (For long time regulars, please make sure to read the updated supply list below each class description.)

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
  • acrylic mediums
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all.

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“The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”

Robert Henri, author of The Art Spirit, is one of my favorite artists, writers and creative individuals.

Every time I open up a copy of his book I discover a new gem that inspires me to create. I am a firm believer in the fact that inspiration is truly everywhere and that as humans we are driven to make and create.

“In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don't believe any real artist cares whether what he does is 'art' or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?”

Immerse yourself in daily sessions of creativity and inspiration. Each session has a different focus. In some, we will start by creating a journal of our own from scratch. After binding the book, we will dive into our work. Fill page after page with luscious layers of paper, paint and pen. Using the key elements and principles of art in fun, fresh ways, you will learn new techniques for collage, mixed media, acrylic painting, journaling, color theory, composition, design and much, much more. Learn new ideas and techniques in creative self expression. Gain confidence in your work, know your tools and your capability to brainstorm and problem solve.

“The artist must be a student.”

As always, my class is geared towards beginner to advanced, there is something for everyone in this workshop. I have been keeping a journal for over 35 years and an art journal for 21 of those years. I am always trying to learn new ways, techniques and approaches to creating. There is always something new to learn and experience.

“The end will be what it will be. The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation.”

As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Supply list: your journal (unless you are taking the entire weekend, Friday AM or Saturday AM), a small bag to hold your paper scraps (think a small brown lunch bag, or the small handled paper bags they give out at Starbucks), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), baby wipes, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one),  a few of your favorite LARGE 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.)
Each session stands on its own. 
You have the option of taking a stand alone sessions or multiple ones. Each one is unique.

Friday, April 12th
Session One
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Begin this session by making a hardcover journal. Then you will dive in and explore layering in paper, paint and pen. Discover new ideas for collage and color. Unfold and unfurl on your pages as you discover new possibilities of creative expression. 
Objectives in this workshop: bookmaking, new exercises in collage, mixed media techniques focusing on composition, color and layering.

Friday, April 12th
Session Two
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Please bring your own journal and we will dive deep in layers of paper, paint and pen. Learn how to develop and nurture a sense of play and experimentalism on your pages. A workshop in creative growth and bringing out your creative mad (art) scientist.
Objectives in this workshop: new exercises in collage, mixed media techniques focusing on color, shape and texture.

Saturday, April 13th
Session Three
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In this workshop, we will begin by layering paint, paper and pen. After some time, we will revisit what we've made with new eyes and ideas. Using what we've spent the morning making, we'll start to revise and revisit our pages. You will have the option of making one substantial journal or making a variety of different sized, smaller journals. Focus is on construction, deconstruction and reworking.
Objectives in this workshop: new exercises in book making, layering in both paint, paper and pen, mixed media techniques, collage and decollage, construction and deconstruction, revising, revisiting and reworking, learning to see, expanding on so called "mistakes", etc... 
Sun, April 14th
Session Four
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please bring your own journal (or I will have card stock for you to use.) Using new exercises that focus on layering and learning how to create harmony and bring various elements together in your artwork. Learn how to finish a page using your own mark making, journaling and more. A workshop on bringing a page together and making meaning on the page.
Objectives in this workshop: new exercises in collage, mixed media techniques focusing on mark making, layering, bringing to the surface, line and space.
I hope to see you there! 

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