Monday, December 30, 2019

2020 Workshops

Here is my current list of workshops for 2020. Please check back as I will update this list often.

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, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as 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.


I don't travel light (see photos here.) 

Please note the small supply list for each class.

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (28 different online workshops as of December 2017.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Information on my latest online workshop, An Artist's Study can be found here.

Thank YOU for your interest!

*Please note that I can also send gift certificates for workshops via email. Why not give the gift of creativity?

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Just Announced: January 18th and 19th The Art Spirit: a Creative Smorgasbord Weekend at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe, NM

The Art Spirit: Juicy Living
A Creative 

January 18th and 19th
Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps
Santa Fe, New Mexico 

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! 

Each session stands on its own. 

Each session focuses on different techniques utilizing key principles and elements of art. These workshops are life changing!

Santa Fe is one of my most favorite places on the planet! A trip there always inspires, energizes and revigorates. 

Come one! Come all! I have been waiting years to teach these extended workshops and I hope to see you there. 

Interested in signing up? Please contact Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps. The samples are in the store now.

Questions? Please email Kelly for more info!

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. (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.

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: 

    •rubber stamps
    •ink pads
    •decorative tape
    •pens and markers
    •collage ephemera and           much, much more.

I do not travel light to my classes at all.

“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

Each session stands on its own. 

You have the option of taking a stand alone sessions or multiple ones. Each one is unique.

Bring your journal to class and prepare to 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: new exercises in collage, mixed media techniques focusing on composition, color and layering.

Dive deep into 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.

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.

Supply list for each workshop: your journal, 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.)

I hope to see you there! 

Friday, December 27, 2019

Manet and Modern Beauty at Getty (and much more)

My phone was misbehaving and I apologize for the poor quality of this photo... Does anyone know the history of artists using tambourines as canvas? I've seen other artists use them and it intrigues me.

What interests me most in this painting is the brushwork to the right of the figure.

A paint box! I LOVE seeing artist's tools!!!

Clearly, one photo wasn't enough!

I'm also clearly a sucker for artists painting fan shaped canvas pieces.

I. loved. this. painting. I could have stood in front of it all day long and have been quite happy. This was probably my favorite piece of entire exhibit.

My second favorite piece of the exhibit but you can't take photos of it. So, I took a photo of the sign. You can see the painting here.

While on my trip this summer, I started drawing and painting oranges and lemons. I'm a bit obsessed with fruit at the moment. I left wanting to go home and paint all of it.

 The Vase!

The exhibit was incredible but also too far crowded the day after a major holiday. We stepped outside to find a living Turner painting:

Ah, Cezanne.


From the look of this crowd, there are no other paintings in this room... They ignore the three Cezannes to the right and the Degas to the left (except to bump into it as they try to take selfies) to focus on Vincent. They take a photo and walk away. A young girl yells at me, "I want to take a photo!" as I stand there actually looking at the painting.

Not the Degas I mentioned above. I couldn't get near it after I left Irises.


Jean-Francois Millet lured me in and I was happy to find more art supplies to take photos of along with a few of the pastels below from the exhibit Peasants in Pastel:

The crowds were starting to get to us and I was itching to get home and paint. On the way out, we stopped in to see Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics. These are two of my favorites, a self portrait and The People:

Which is your favorite? Have you been to The Getty?