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

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Look Back at An Artist's Study: O'Keeffe


Thank you for coming along with me on my travels with Georgia. I hope that you are as inspired as I was when making the journal.




An Artist's Study Sample Pages from Kelly Kilmer on Vimeo.


Above is a flip through of three of my An Artist's Study journals (Kahlo and O'Keeffe are finished. There are two Van Gogh journals. One is available to see here and the other I've been sharing on my Instagram recently.)

I can't let today go by without a bow of my head and a whisper of thanks to Mary Oliver and the riches she left us...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Save the Date! Friday, February 15th Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe, New Mexico


 
Santa Fe is one of my most favorite places on the planet! A trip there always inspires, energizes and revigorates. I am SUPER EXCITED to return to Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps Friday, February 15th for two NEW workshops!!

Friday, February 15th
9 a.m. to Noon
Get into the Groove: Art Journaling Style
followed by
1-5 p.m. 
Finger Painting for Grown-ups (a.k.a. Don't Toss Those Dried-up Paint Markers Yet!)
Just think: Friday + Santa Fe + art=INSPIRATION!
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: 
  • 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
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all.
  


How do artists discover new things if we only stick with what we know? How do we work past creative block? How do we open ourselves up to creative chance and opportunity?

We PLAY!
Pack your journal and a few favorite art supplies and get ready to expand upon what you know. Explore new techniques in collage, mixed media painting, layering, journaling and more. Push past creative block and learn to get into the groove: art journaling style!
Have your favorite adhesive packed and get ready to CREATE.
 

Supply list: Your Journal, 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.)

 


Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)

I'm tired of throwing away dried up paint markers. I'm sure you are, too. How do we rejuvenate paint markers that won't write anymore? We paint with them! Yes, PAINT! 
This isn't just basic finger painting for adults using paint markers. I've been OBSESSED with using my paint markers lately to do more than just write, draw, color and make marks with. Come to class and I'll share with you all of the ways in which, you too, can make pages as luscious as the above sample photos are (if I do say so myself!) Bring water based paint markers that won't write but have gobs of paint still left in them. Bring water based paint marker refills that you haven't used in ages and I'll share how to use them (instead of leaving them to dry up or tossing them.) 
Journey deep into a realm of luscious color, exploratory layers and expressive journal pages. BYO journal and a sense of play to this fun new workshop. Explore layers of paper, paint and pen using a plethora of creative techniques and playful exploration. 
I have been obsessed about the freedom and creative possibilities offered in this workshop. Be prepared to play, expand and experience... also, to laugh. 
If you have them, please bring any of your favorite water-based paint markers and refills to class (I will have a generous selection.) It's a good way to explore paint markers you might not have played with in a while. (Do NOT go out and buy paint markers for this workshop!)

Supply list: your journal, water based paint markers and refills (see above comment), IF You have a 01 Mini Catalyst Tool please bring it to class (I will have some to share), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, your favorite paint brushes, a few of your favorite 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!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

To Have the World in your Backyard


Things are starting to get busy around here. I'm teaching this Sunday in San Diego, next weekend in Northern California. Then I'm home for less than a week before I turn around and head for Florida and New Mexico (just added Santa Fe for Friday, February 15th and will have it on the blog this week.) Then there's France in June... Lots of prep work to do.

If you wanted one but missed it, I have a very limited amount of my Deep Within My Travels Throughout Taos self published book available. Once they're gone, they will not be reprinted.

It's pouring in Los Angeles this week. I hope that you are warm and dry wherever you are.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Facebook Challenge

 November 2009
December 2018

Use this tag to find other's work on social media:

#artjournalthenandnow 

There's a photo challenge going around Facebook where you're supposed to post your first Facebook profile photo alongside your most recent photo to see, "how well you've aged." Well, that kind of stuff is kind of  boring to me. 

As an artist, I'd rather see how folks have progressed and evolved in their work. If we are lucky, we all get older in some way. Instead of judging each other, why not share photos of what we were doing then vs now? 

Each of my older artworks has been an important part of my journey. Each page propels me forward and is a part of my foundation of learning and becoming. I love looking back at others' work (as well as my own) to see how that journey has been. Each page has value. 

You can play the game, too, without being on Facebook. Flip through your first journal, a journal from last year, etc... note what's different and what's the same. What are you doing that's different than before? How have you progressed? What are you eager to learn? 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Bones


I mailed out my Deep Within My Travels Throughout Taos book on December 31st. The post office seems to be a little slow with some of the copies and I apologize for it. Please let me know what you think when you receive it. I've heard some lovely comments from folks who have theirs.

The post office wasn't helpful to me at all that night when mailing the books, I would advise against using their "new" machines. The clerk wouldn't help me and sent me to use the machine. It took me two hours and the machine charged per transaction (fyi, your credit card company only allows so many transactions per day. Mine was about thirty.) After that experience, I'm getting a scale and printing postage at home for my next book.

If you are interested in the book, I have a handful of copies left. You can order one here. Once they are gone, that's it. I will not be reprinting them. Thank you for your interest and support. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

That Sense of Place


One of the things I've been trying to do before I trek to a new area is to research local artists (both dead and living.) There's so much to be learned from those who create in a specific area. 

One of my favorite quotes about the artist Richard Diebenkorn is that you couldn't move him more than a few feet and not have his location have a profound impact on his artwork. It definitely shows in both Diebenkorn as well as O'Keeffe. Her New York paintings are very different than her New Mexico ones. Their work and being able to see the land where they lived (O'Keeffe in New York and New Mexico and Diebenkorn in Albuquerque, Santa Monica, and Berkeley) has made an impact on me and how I see and process what's around me. I'm trying to reflect it in my work especially when I travel.

Thank you to those of you who have reached out with some ideas for new teaching  venues for me. I really appreciate it. I'm always looking for new places to trek to teach. Thank you.

Monday, January 07, 2019

2019 Workshops



Here is my current list of workshops for 2019. 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.

Please note the small supply list for each class.


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?




May 



June



Hope to see you there!