Thursday, January 30, 2020

Home


More soon... Lots to share.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

On the Road: Listening to...


I am passionate about art and art history. At home while I'm working and doing chores as well as when I'm on the road , I listen to art podcasts and audio books. Right now, as I trek home from teaching at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Florida, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King is playing.

Art feeds me. Seeing, reading, listening to and studying work by other artists feeds and inspires me.

I'm about ten chapters in and it's hard to turn it off. There are some major pronunciation errors by the reader but the content is incredible. It's all about Monet's last years spent painting the waterlilies. It weaves art and things that were happening in the world at the time (World War I for starters.) It held my interest on a twelve hour drive yesterday. 

Have you read or listened to it? What did you think?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Bringing home the Goods from Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, FL

Big thanks to everyone who trekked over to a workshop this weekend at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, FL. I had the BEST time teaching there! Many thanks to Michelle and the gang for all of their hard work!

Here are my goodies purchased during the weekend.

Enabler alert! The store has an online shop as well!

Friday, January 24, 2020

What's in My Art Toolbox Part Three


A ridiculous amount of acrylics!
For the record, I have been testing Utrecht acrylics for my workshops *and* I haven't cleaned my art bag out...

Holbein and Sennelier are my top favorites. If I had the budget, I would buy them all of the time. They are creamy, dreamy and rich with pigment. You truly get what you pay for with them!

Utrecht brand is relatively new to me and I am loving what I've seen! You get an excellent pigment quality for your dollar. Definitely friendly for the working class budget! 

In an attempt to push myself into a different palette, I have been buying more expensive tubes of acrylic in colors I don't reach for, to force myself to use them, going "beyond my color comfort zone."

*When I am home, I will list my basic palette as this is far from it!*

What is your favorite acrylic brand and why?

Earlier posts on favorite art supplies can be found here.   

Revised 2020:
What's in My Art Toolbox 
Vol 1 (painting tools)
Vol 2 neutral acrylics
Vol 3 acrylics

Thursday, January 23, 2020

What's in my Art Toolbox Part Two


I use the mediums shown above to mix with the good quality acrylics (this will make them last longer in addition to changing the viscosity. Don't use them with inexpensive acrylics, save it for the good stuff to stretch your dollars.)

These are my "neutral" colors. I use these as base coats as well as sandwich layers between layers. Experimenting with color and how color is placed down is one of my favorite things to do. It brings out the mad scientist in me.

I've been playing with the Utrecht brand of acrylics a lot lately. It's definitely a great quality! 

I've recommended Blick Matte acrylics for several years now but the bottles have become more difficult for many to squeeze (they changed the plastic on them.) Not to mention, I've had a lot of problems with their yellows over the years (becoming the consistency of cottage cheese no matter how I store them, it's ONLY the yellows it happens to.) I'm experimenting with different acrylics to use in my workshops. I'm not sold on being a Golden only artist... I LOVE my Holbein and Sennelier too much...

Utrecht, Sennelier, Holbein and Golden

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Working Late in Forney, TX


After almost twelve hours of driving yesterday, my journal was calling. I always appreciate when our hotel room has a nice size table to work on.

Next stop, Covington, Louisiana! On the way to Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bringing Home the Goods: Santa Fe


Had a fabulous time teaching at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps! Many thanks to Lee, Steve, Lucy and the artists who spent the weekend immersed in creativity. It was incredibly inspiring to see what happened in our group over two days.

While there, I did a little damage at Artisan in Santa Fe. My new favorite tool is the black thing to the right of the Holbein acrylics. It helps to open glued shut acrylic paint tubes. I'll add a link when I can. 

Artisan cleverly has replicated the O'Keeffe check to promote an upcoming event. They have the original framed in the store.

On the way to Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, FL in the morning! 

Good night, Santa Fe!

Friday, January 17, 2020

On My Shelf: Art History and Art Books


Last weekend in Fremont, I visited Half Price Books and found the above treasures. Now to find space on my shelves... (stop laughing.)

Some people buy shoes...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Excited!


I have been wanting an easel for the longest time. My friend, Maria, generously gave me hers after my visit this past weekend. I'm on the road now and haven't had time to move things around to set it up. It's definitely one of the things I'm looking forward to playing around with when I return home. Thanks again, Maria!!!!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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?
 


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Pnina's Studio in San Diego February, 23, 2020 Radiant Color: Building your Color Toolbox



Radiant Color: Building your Color Toolbox
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
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.









Radiant Color: Building your Color Toolbox 
  
“Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.” -Wassily Kandinsky

Oh, color, how do I love thee?

Color makes artwork come to life! Let's learn how to play with color!

Color impacts us every day, in every aspect of our lives. Color creates depth (Helllooo, Monet!) Color stimulates (tell me how you feel about yellow.) Color influences us (What do you think of using red and green together in 2020 vs what did an artist like Van Gogh think of using those colors together?) 

Push past reaching for the same old colors that you love and learn how to expand your color vocabulary. Create work that is vivid and rich. Transform your palette and how you think about color.

The work of Matisse, Van Gogh, Turner, Mary Blair, Monet, O'Keeffe, and many more will be discussed.

Supply list: *your journal with 4 to 6 pages already collaged with one main image and 3 snippets of background elements. You will be sent various examples/ideas upon signing up, a very small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), an apron, baby wipes, scissors, metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, your favorite glue stick (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!

Mar Vista Workshop: February, 22, 2020 Radiant Color: Building your Color Toolbox


Radiant Color: Building your Color Toolbox
Workshop held at Designing Letters in Mar Vista, CA 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.






 


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.









Radiant Color: Building your Color Toolbox 
  
“Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.” -Wassily Kandinsky

Oh, color, how do I love thee?

Color makes artwork come to life! Let's learn how to play with color!

Color impacts us every day, in every aspect of our lives. Color creates depth (Helllooo, Monet!) Color stimulates (tell me how you feel about yellow.) Color influences us (What do you think of using red and green together in 2020 vs what did an artist like Van Gogh think of using those colors together?) 

Push past reaching for the same old colors that you love and learn how to expand your color vocabulary. Create work that is vivid and rich. Transform your palette and how you think about color.

The work of Matisse, Van Gogh, Turner, Mary Blair, Monet, O'Keeffe, and many more will be discussed.

Supply list: *your journal with 4 to 6 pages already collaged with one main image and 3 snippets of background elements. You will be sent various examples/ideas upon signing up, a very small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), an apron, baby wipes, scissors, metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, your favorite glue stick (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, January 13, 2020

Home Again...


Home from my first long distance workshop of 2020! I hope that folks found it inspiring, encouraging and invigorating. As always, thank you to Maria for being an incredibly generous hostess and to everyone who joined us at our creative table. I hope to see you again in late April...

I tried something new for three of the workshops, giving homework where I asked people to collage pages at home before bringing them to the workshops. This enabled us to focus less on searching through collage material, gluing, overthinking, etc... and get right into painting, layering and mark making. I am very excited doing this with future workshops!
 

I'm now getting ready to leave to trek to Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe, New Mexico this weekend. From there, Mom and I will go to Everything Scrapbook and Rubber Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida. I will be posting from the road. We have four days to get from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Lake Worth, Florida, any ideas (we will be going through northern Texas.) I'm thinking buttermilk drops in New Orleans... lol.

 

It looks like the Blogger subscription email is working again (a very big YAY!) In the meantime, I'm debating between switching blog hosts (to a paid site) vs a newsletter. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I still like blogging, as I use it as a diary, so it's definitely something I want to keep, and not get rid of.

Happy second Monday of 2020!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

The First Sign...


When you have two bags for your pens and markers (and it's not your stash for workshops.. )

Some folks buy shoes. Others buy cars. Me? Water based paint markers and books. 

You?

Monday, January 06, 2020

Gratitude


I had my first workshops of 2020 this past weekend in Los Angeles and Mar Vista. It was truly an invigorating way to begin the new year. My heart is full of gratitude to the creatives who jumped in (some familiar and others new) as well as to my two hosts who opened up their studios to me, DeAnn in Mar Vista and Pnina in San Diego.

Looking back, 2019 was an incredible year:

I taught 76 workshops in twelve states:

California (Maria's home studio in Fremont, Designing Letters in Los Angeles, Creekside Play in Sacramento and Pnina's studio in San Diego)

New Mexico (Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe)

Florida (Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth)

New Jersey (Riker Hill Art Park Livingston)

New York (the Ink Pad NYC)

Massachusetts (Private residence in Whitman)

Texas (Scrap Shack Friendswood)

Wisconsin (Anthology Madison)

Michigan (Scrappy Chic Livonia)

Colorado (AlwaysBCreating Fort Collins)

Maryland (Queen's Ink Savage)

I taught in two countries: United States and, for the first time, France (La Cascade in Durfort, France!)

France was an incredible journey. I fell in love with Auvers sur Oise and am eager to return to the city of light... I met new friends and had a ton of fun with my Durfort gang in the Southwest of France!

I am full of immense gratitude for those of you who took workshops (both in person as well as online.) You are the reason there is a roof over my head and food on the table. Truly. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

I am eager and excited to see what 2020 will bring. Good health, happiness, peace and a heaping dose of creativity to us all! Go get your fingers messy!