Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bringing Home the Goods: Bookstore Edition


David and I had a nice afternoon yesterday with Tristan and his partner, Samantha. We shopped local and visited shops in and around Burbank and Los Angeles (our favorites, Iliad Books and Golden Apple Comics.) I posted some photos over at Instagram

Above are my finds from Iliad. I couldn't resist the books on color. They jumped off the shelves and into my hands. I'm a sucker for books of artist's letters so Magritte came home with me. In a few days, I'm trekking to teach at Maria's in Northern California and we're starting the weekend off with a James Tissot exhibit (an artist I know nothing about.) I don't know where I'm going to put these but I came home inspired!



 Pre-order sale 17 Pages of Unique French Ephemera


Hope that you are staying warm and enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Procrastination, Cleaning and Creativity


Procrastination is my middle name. It's always been one of those things that I just can't help. I get it done but if anyone was the kid up at 9 p.m. the night before a project was due, it was me. I've tried to break the habit but it holds fast. Right now, I'm supposed to be finishing up a project that I am hoping to send out as a surprise before the end of the week as a thank you to peeps who supported my Dear Vincent Project card deck, but what am I doing? Procrastinating by writing this post!

A long time ago, I decided to downsize other art making endeavors. Out went the assemblage, jewelry, fabric and more. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to focus on: book arts, collage, painting (acrylics) and paper. Anything that wasn't related to those fields, went. Where was my passion? What called the most to me?

As I write this, I'm looking at my studio area (aka my living room in a small, one bedroom apartment) and I know it's time to clean house. There are piles of books and far too much collage stuff. I'm about to weed through my class supplies (stencils, tape, paper) as well. When it gets to the point where I have to manage keeping things neatly in boxes that are bulging, I know it's time to let them go. Especially if I haven't been using them (stencils, I'm talking to you.)

Did I mention that I also find inspiration in procrastination? Yes, it's stressful when there's a deadline but I enjoy being able to take the time and let things really seep in. I like to take the time to fill the creative well by looking at my supplies, going through my books, taking walks, listening to art podcasts and nourishing myself on as much creative inspiration as possible before the project is due. I also find inspiration in cleaning and downsizing, going through my things and figuring out what I truly need and what I can let go of.

So, over the next coming weeks, I'll be weeding things out and focusing on tackling my To Do List so I can start the new year with as fresh of a slate as possible. I'm looking forward to having some order as we enter the Winter Solstice. 

I'm also looking forward to being able to focus on my journal and seeing the book that I keep open (instead of the unorganized piles around it.) Did I ever mention that when I don't always have the time to finish a journal page, I leave my book open? That way, I can walk by it throughout the course of the day and think about it. It calls and sings to me to figure out what it needs, what's working or how to push myself in a different way. It reminds me of photos of painters in the 40's, 50's and 60's sitting and staring at their paintings. 

Now it's time for me to stop procrastinating with this post and go get some more work done...

In gratitude for your time and interest and wishing you well.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Filling the Well and a bit of Housekeeping



 

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: If you didn't order a printed deck of cards from my Dear Vincent Project (40 double sided cards in the deck), I have EIGHT decks left here. If you order a printed deck or the PDF of the deck, I'll also have a special surprise unannounced that I'll be sending very soon to those of you who already ordered the deck. For those who haven't ordered but are on the fence, stay tuned. These will not be reprinted in this format!


 
Online workshops (as well as in person workshops) make great gifts! I can send out a special email, printed gift certificate or something special. Let's talk (EGorey99@sbcglobal.net is my email)


2019 and 2020 workshops-looking for ideas for 2020! January is booked (Northern California, New Mexico and Florida.) Hoping to get to  Detroit in late June as well as Santa Barbara in mid October for two Vincent exhibits.

Filling the Well:

What I'm reading: Helene Schjerfbeck 


More about her here and here



Watching: Dark Shadows (yes, still. We're around episode 1100. I have the books as well as some of the audio books for the withdrawal I'll probably have when we finish. Looking for used copies of the two 1970's films (House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows) in our travels. Though we may hold off on those as we're hearing rumors of a new release of one of the films next year. Yay!) 





Seeing (soon): 


Manet and Modern Beauty at the Getty

Can't make it? Here's a Facebook live video walk through of the exhibit.


James Tissot: Fashion and Faith at the Legion of Honor San Francisco



Curious & Wonderful: Selections from the Achenbach Vault at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco 

You?

Monday, November 25, 2019

Just Announced: Pieces of our Lives: Revelatory Postcards* Sunday, December 1st at Designing Letters Studio in Mar Vista, CA


Pieces of our Lives: Revelatory Postcards*
Sunday, December 1st
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Designing Letters Studio in Mar Vista, 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.






 



 
 
 

Pieces of our Lives: Revelatory Postcards*

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

I'm always looking for ideas that combine art and life, that change how I see and experience the world around me, that, in fact, change me.

In this very special workshop, learn how to take every day experiences and make magic from them in the form of paper, color and texture. You don't have to travel far to experience a life changing journey. Adventure awaits you in your studio, at a cafe, or on your lunch break all you need is a glue stick, a few favorite paint markers and the desire to play. 

Pieces of our Lives are pocket sized art that inspires you, a way of creating and making that changes you. That's what making these postcards have done to my life. I'm eager to share the journey with you.

(The above pages are from my Dear Vincent Project created while I was in Europe and afterwards at home as I reflected on my travels.)


*Please note that you are welcome to make postcard size art OR a paper journal of any size during 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.)







 


I hope to see you there!

Just Announced: Pieces of our Lives: Revelatory Postcards* Sunday, December 15th at Pnina's Studio in San Diego, CA!


Pieces of our Lives: Revelatory Postcards*
Sunday, December 15th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Pnina's 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.






 



 
 
 

Pieces of our Lives: Revelatory Postcards*

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

I'm always looking for ideas that combine art and life, that change how I see and experience the world around me, that, in fact, change me.

In this very special workshop, learn how to take every day experiences and make magic from them in the form of paper, color and texture. You don't have to travel far to experience a life changing journey. Adventure awaits you in your studio, at a cafe, or on your lunch break all you need is a glue stick, a few favorite paint markers and the desire to play. 

Pieces of our Lives are pocket sized art that inspires you, a way of creating and making that changes you. That's what making these postcards have done to my life. I'm eager to share the journey with you.

(The above pages are from my Dear Vincent Project created while I was in Europe and afterwards at home as I reflected on my travels.)


*Please note that you are welcome to make postcard size art OR a paper journal of any size during 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.)







 


I hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

2009 to 2019 in Journal Pages


2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Ten years in art. 

Ten pages randomly chosen, one from each year: 2009 to 2019.

Thanks to Anthology who asked: "2009 to 2019:

 
Two journal pages finished in the past couple of days. 


My voice has gotten louder, stronger, more confident. I know my materials well, what I want to use, and how to use them. I thrive on being able to challenge and push myself (as well as others.) I remain passionate and dedicated to my work, my teaching and my vision. I also know that I am far from being finished and am excited to see the next transition. There is always something new to learn and experience!