Wednesday, October 30, 2019

An Art Book Break...



 

Johannes Itten: Catalogue Raisonné Vol. I. Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings. 1907-1938 (Wish I had)

Pushing paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now (Have to see first.)

A Big Important Artist: A Womanual: Creative Projects and Inspiring Artists to Kick-Start Your Imagination (I love the Jealous Curator and all of her books!)

 

Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist’s Last Years (Want to see first. The exhibit is at The Getty in Los Angeles right now.)

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage (Have to see it first. Don't know anything about it. Sounds interesting.)

Vintage Botanical Illustration: Copyright-Free Images for Artists, Designers and Plant Lovers (Haven't seen it but sounds neat for collage or inspiration.)

Johannes Itten (Great Masters in Art) (on my shelf. A gem of a little book.)

 

Lynda Barry's Making Comics (on my shelf. I love Lynda and all that she does. Her work is an absolute must for anyone interested in the creative process.)

 

In Pursuit of Inspiration: Trust Your Instincts and Make More Art (Creativity Exercises, Art Book for Artists Techniques) (I have. Excellent book! Rae Dunn's books are very inspiring.)



Taking a short break from posting my Europe photos and workshop info to share some books that are on my shelf and current wishlist. I'd love to hear if you think there's anything I should add.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Just Announced: Art & Adventure Fremont, CA December 6-8th



It's that time of the year!!!






Fremont, CA Workshops Dec 7 and 8th








A couple of years ago, I started a tradition of teaching at my friend, Maria's studio in December. Instead of three days of workshops, we mix it up a bit. I want to encourage people to be inspired by art that they see, supplies that they purchase and experiences that they have. How can we take those ideas and translate them creatively? How can we put them to use? That's what this weekend is all about: creativity, camaraderie, inspiration, idea generating, food, fun and friendship!


If you've taken a workshop with me at Maria's in 2019, you are invited on Friday, December 6th to join us in San Francisco (please note that everything is on your own) for a day of art, shopping, food, fun and more. We are going to carpool to the city or use BART. We will be going to the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco to see James Tissot Fashion and Faith as well as Curious & Wonderful: Selectionsfrom the Achenbach Vault (admission prices here. Please note the special ticket pricing for the Tissot exhibit.) From there, we will spend the afternoon in the city shopping, eating and maybe have a bit of on the go art making. (I'll send more information to those of you who are interested.)


PLEASE NOTE: After the last class Saturday and Sunday, 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 goodies for sale.   


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!

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.








Fremont, CA Workshops Dec 7 and 8th






 

Saturday, December 7th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


The Story Within: Turning Life into Visual Journal Pages



There is a wealth of ideas within you! 



We've all been told that we have a, "story within." How do we tell that story visually? How do we take the mundane and make it extraordinary? How do you tell your story on paper?



Come and jump start your artwork! Combine layers of paper, paint and pen in new and exciting ways. I'll be reaching deep into my bag of tips, tricks and techniques to share a wealth of my latest, freshest and most inspiring ideas.



I'm always working and experimenting with new ways to gather my thoughts, generate ideas and translate them to art making. I am extremely excited to share these latest offerings with you!



Please note, we will be making a journal in this workshop.


Supply list: an apron, baby wipes, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), metal ruler, bone folder, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, 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.)
 
Sunday, December 8th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 


Trust the Process: Stepping into the Unknown

Too often we are caught up in the end result. We aim for the finish line instead of enjoying the ride. We want it now when the goal should be in the discovery, unraveling and experimentation. 

In this workshop, we will focus on being in the moment, finding our creative path and learning how to allow ourselves to not only make mistakes but to learn, expand and grow from these new discoveries.  

As we work through new ideas and exercises involving layering, painting and more, learn to surrender to your work. Look, create and make so called, "mistakes" that are actually opportunities for creative growth and idea generating. Learn how to gain confidence and knowledge with your work. Strengthen your skills, expand your creative vocabulary and gain confidence in your artistic endeavors. 


I have a large toolbox of art supplies and ideas that I'll be unpacking just for you in this brand new workshop. Let's get messy and make the leap together!



Supply list: your journal, an apron, baby wipes, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), metal ruler, bone folder, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, 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.)







Fremont, CA Workshops Dec 7 and 8th








I hope to see you there!!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Just Announced: Sunday, November 17th in San Diego Fragments of Memory


 
Fragments of Memory
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Sunday, November 17th at Pnina's home studio in San Diego, CA!








Workshops are open to the public.
 

This fresh, new workshop teaches 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.
 

More details will be sent upon registration.
 

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.
Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

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










 


 







Fragments of Memory

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” - Émile Zola 

How do you gain confidence in your work? How do you keep your work fresh and unique? How do you learn how problem solve in your art making? How do you find and create a visual vocabulary? How do you create pages that are meaningful and important to you?

We'll dive into these deep questions while creating luscious, one of a kind and heartfelt pages rich in color, texture and imagery. Learn to live out loud through unique visual expression on your journal pages.

Supply list: your journal, an apron, baby wipes, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), metal ruler, bone folder, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, 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!










Monday, October 21, 2019

Amsterdam June 2019


The Netherlands! To be more precise, Maarssen. A lovely three floor bnb with a garden on a canal. If we had had more time, I would've taken photos of it. Alas, we didn't. I would stay there again. The woman was charming and the room spacious.

 Up, up, up the stairs we went. Three floors to be precise! A tiny winding staircase that led to our spacious top floor room:



Oooh, a horizontal surface! Let's immediately cover it! We unpacked. I wanted to do some art journaling but we were exhausted and hungry after our long drive. I think we ate snacks and fell asleep.


In the morning, we were greeted by our hostess with a fully cooked breakfast. It was the most generous breakfast of our entire trip and quite delicious! She asked where we were headed and helped to make suggestions.

This is where our lovely Airbnb hostess suggested we park. While, it was confusing for us as we don't read Dutch, we followed other tourists and just tried to pay attention to where we were and where we wanted to go. It worked out!
 
  

There were a lot of bicycles in Amsterdam. A lot.




We walked and kept our eyes open.
 



Incredible sculpture by Mark Manders. See the water?








The photo I missed: a gentleman on a bicycle carrying a full size framed painting.





FINALLY! I was SO excited to be here! As was Vincent! We were there when it opened so the line was small. By the time we left, it was immense and wrapped around the side of the building. Definitely, get your tickets in advance!


A small handful of my favorite paintings from the Van Gogh Museum (alas, no photos allowed. I wrote down everything that we saw. I'm going to try to eventually do a blog post of the work that was exhibited that day.) I had two complaints about the museum: No photos allowed but the audio devices encourage people to stand in front of the paintings for far longer than a photo would. Speaking of people, the museum allows far too many people inside at one time to actually see the paintings. There were several times when you couldn't even move in front of the paintings!)
 

They had his palette on display in a room filled with self portraits. People snuck photos. I took notes (sigh, too many years of rule following embedded in my brain.) But, his palette:

 
(Photo by Matthias Schalle.)







Bringing home the goods from the Van Gogh Museum:



Outside the Rijksmuseum. We didn't have time for a second museum (not to mention that we were truly overwhelmed after the Van Gogh museum by the amount of people in a space) so we decided to save it for next time!






It was sweltering. We were hot and hungry... Hot churros and a milkshake. Why not? We walked for more than twelve hours that day. He got the churros. I got a chocolate covered waffle. A chocolate milkshake for me. Vanilla for him. More walking... food in each hand.



 

I had my turn at the art museum so off we go in search of film books!


I squealed when David unrolled this HUGE film poster of a favorite film. We spent a minute plotting how to safely transport it home. Alas, it was a reproduction, so we passed.
 

Looking..looking...so much looking. I loved it!
 










Traffic on land and by sea!




There is a (paraphrased) quote from Picasso where he asked, "Why do the Dutch mourn Rembrandt so much? They had Van Gogh!"




Rembrandt!



Definitely, a pedestrian/bike/train oriented city. Very few cars! Considering the amount of bodies, this was a GOOD thing.


Is it really a coffee shop?


Bookstore!
 

Nutella, anyone? These jars were more like barrels.




We took the train back to the Arena, bidding Amsterdam, adieu.




We made our way back to the parking area where David found new wheels.

When we left the parking structure, I couldn't figure out how to pay. I drove up to the gate and put the ticket in. A voice told me to go to the pay station. I expected to pay at least 25 Euros for all day parking. I was SHOCKED when it said that I owed, 1 Euro. 1 Euro for more than 12 hours of parking! Absolutely wonderful but, alas, unheard of in the United States! 

Adieu, Amsterdam, until next time.

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam 

Previous Adventures Found Here:

  
Germany
  



Durfort, France
Durfort, France Part Une






Auvers sur Oise, France
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Une
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Deux
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Trois
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Quatre aka the Flowers of Auvers

London, U.K.
London June 7th and 8th
Vincent at the National Gallery London
The EY Exhibit Van Gogh and Britain