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 over seventeen years now. 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!


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Remembering Father Daniel Berrigan

You just have to do what you know is right. Daniel Berrigan
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/daniel_berrigan.html
"You just have to do what you know is right." -Father Daniel Berrigan
You just have to do what you know is right. Daniel Berrigan
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/daniel_berrigan.html

Father Berrigan's actions and words had a strong impact on Corita and her art: "As Corita’s political activism grew, her art began to feature psychedelic colors and more strident messages. She later gave Daniel Berrigan, S.J., the peace activist, credit as a source of her powerful activist art of the mid- to late-1960s. “I suppose people like Dan had a lot to do with it because he was the first one I had ever heard speaking about the Vietnam War…. And I think living with people who were socially conscious helped a lot. I’m sure if I had been a nice proper housewife, I would not have bumped into all of these ideas,” she said in an interview in 1977 for an oral history project at the University of California. Her 1969 serigraph “phil and dan” features a news photo of the Berrigan brothers burning draft cards, in fluorescent orange. It is striking, engaging and challenging to the viewer, perhaps requiring a greater response than her earlier serigraphs."

Howard Zinn reading one of Daniel Berrigan's poems 

"Start with the impossible. Proceed calmly towards the improbable. No worry, there are at least five exits."-Father Daniel Berrigan

Remembering a War

Mission to Hanoi 

The Problem is Civil Obedience by Howard Zinn

"You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can." -Father Daniel Berrigan

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I pulled out several of my journals (both old and new) to bring with me to my class this weekend in Beverlywood. I thought that it would help folks to see how your work changes with time and dedication. When I sit down to make my pages, I try to see how I can make each page different than those that have come before. 

It's fascinating to flip through art journals from 19 years ago to ones that I finished a month ago and to physically see the progression of myself as both an artist and individual. Yet, I still see my voice even as that voice changed and became stronger (and louder.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We Have a (Tentative) Date

David's first surgery is set for mid June. He'll have his kidney removed (and hopefully, that's it but it depends on what they find if they'll need to remove more.) He'll have a second surgery (no date yet) for other problems. Not sure what's scarier knowing or not knowing now... Thanks for all of the good thoughts. We still have a long road ahead.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

21 October 2015 Journal Page

I'm home from my class in Northern California. I had an amazing time and am full of gratitude. As always, love and thanks to my wonderful students. I loved how going into the class, I was thinking, they'll make two books and a bunch of pages. Well, my students pushed that. One student (thanks, Ivy!!!) made NINE books which set off a FLURRY of creativity and inspiration. It was magical and inspirational and I can't wait to crack open my journal today.

Blog Love:

A Lovely quote from this weekend's classes (thank you, Tracy):

"Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful." Annette Funicello

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cleaning and Rearranging

I spent the morning cleaning and rearranging things. I moved things around and added (and subtracted) books for my shelf space. 

Looking at the space, I am thinking of getting rid of my scrapbook paper or at least downsizing it some more. It's all to the left of that second bottom shelf. Not much but too much if you're not using it.

I always love looking at other people's bookshelves, so here's a picture of two of my newly arranged shelves. My Van Gogh collection (larger books aren't on this shelf) is second to my Frida Kahlo book collection which rivals my surrealism books.

Leaving in the morning for my Northern California classes.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

20 October 2015 Journal Page

Busy week with doctor's appointments and what not. Poor David won't be poked or prodded for at least another week now as we wait for the results from the third (?) CTScan and his cardio test. Fingers crossed.

I booked plane tickets to head East next month for two weeks for my classes at The Ink Pad in New York City as well as The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland. I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting some new ones!

I am prepping for a new workshop, Serenity Bundles, this Saturday in Fremont, CA. I am really excited about teaching it and seeing my Northern California friends. It's actually (at least) three workshops in one. At the same time, I am also prepping for a new LA workshop that I just added to the schedule that is a week from Saturday. It's also brand, spanking new and something that I've been itching to teach called Authenticity: Finding Your Voice.

Lots of busyness but it's a good busy. It keeps my heart happy (not to mention a roof over our heads and food on the table) and gives me a distraction from what's plaguing David. Thank you for all of your support.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice

One of the things that I often hear folks talk about is wanting to find their own voice. What people don't realize is that finding your voice in your art takes three things: work, time and commitment. The more you work, the more your own voice will come out. Of course, this takes time. Time to learn who you are and what you like, what you are drawn to and what kind of voice you want to have. The more committed you are to doing the work and finding your voice, the better artist and person you will be.

People also don't realize that your voice changes. Constantly. You try on new voices. You borrow, blend, and alter voices. You take from them what you need. This is how we learn. We meld our voices with those who came before us, creating unique voices that, with work, time and commitment, are our own.

Sometimes our voice feels like it has been drowned out. Sometimes we need a break and need to develop a new voice. This is all a part of the process. This is the wonderful thing about working in a journal (vs a canvas or one off.) You can see how your voice changes and morphs. You can see it become finely tuned. You will see it be all over the place. You will learn how to focus it, tweak it, tune it and get what you want from it. Then you may grow bored with your voice and the process starts all over again.

Learning. Becoming something new. Remaking. Reworking. It's all a part of the process. It's all a part of finding your voice.    

Monday, April 18, 2016

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling Saturday, May 14th San Diego

I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego at a private studio (classes are open to the public for this workshop.)

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling

Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego
Saturday, May 14th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a fresh, new workshop that teaches a variety of NEW ideas in collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

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) acrylic paints and mediums, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note there is a small supply list below the class description.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Payments for the 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.


Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling

Art journaling is about discovery and self expression. Your journal is your safe place to explore, express and experiment. It's your place to get lost as you repeatedly find yourself between the layers of paper, paint and pen. 

In this unique workshop, you will learn new ways to approach your pages using paper, paint and pen. Learn how to push yourself out of your creative comfort zone. You will create cohesive pages that are completely unique to you.  

Here are just some of the things that this class will cover:
-Techniques to layer paint and paper.
-Ways of putting colors together (there is no such thing as mud!)
-Ideas for adding line, shape and text.
-Journaling to express and experiment. 
-Lettering tips and tricks.
-Self Expression
-Creative Courage
-How to push past creative block.
-Where to find and glean ideas that you can translate to journal pages.
-How to find images and papers to suit your tastes.
and much, much more.

Please bring your journal to class (email me if you have any questions) as well as the small supply list below. 

I am known for not traveling light. That means I will be bringing my favorite art supplies to share with you: acrylics, gel medium, stencils, pens, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads and some collage material.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 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 look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

My Sunday and Remembering...

Earlier in the day, I whipped through Grant Morrison's latest, Wonder Woman Earth One. Last night David and I watched the commentary on the dvd for Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace (oh, the colors!!!) and we'll probably finish it tonight. Today is just one of those days when you realize you've been go go going so much that you definitely deserve a day in your pajamas. 

Thinking of my Dad on his birthday. Here's a photo of Tristan and my Dad from the summer of 1997:  

Saturday, April 16, 2016

What I'm Reading

I've been digging through my personal shelves and reading (and in the case of Corita Kent re-reading) some of my favorite books on creativity and art making.

I love this quote from Corita, "We have no art. We do everything as well as we can." I think that's a good motto to live by. It leaves the judgment and labels off of something and encourages us to focus on creating and creating well. 

I am hoping to weave some of the things that I've gleaned from these books into my classes over the next few months.


In David news, he had his kidney stent removed. He's going to have another ctscan as well as a stress test on his heart within the next week. His urologist is still fighting for the second opinion that he wants David to have and we appreciate that. David is feeling better and we have gone out a few times to our favorite haunts (nothing he has to stand for or walk around too long at.) He is anemic right now and because he's also lost a lot of hemoglobin, he tires easily. We are trying to keep everything balanced but it is still difficult to get everything done in a day. We really appreciate the love and support. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Look Back at An Artist's Study and Remembering

"I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better." -Frida Kahlo

On the last page of my journal, An Artist's Study, I wrote some of my thoughts that gave birth to this journal. I also included a list of the original pieces that I used on my pages:

16. Roots

I hope that you have enjoyed my journey as I combined the work of a favorite artist with my own pieces. Some days the work came together quickly. Other pieces, I really struggled with. In the end, I'm really glad that I did this and am eager to do it again with some other artists whose work has inspired me.

If you click here, An Artist's Study, you can see all of the pages in the journal. (I began it on the 10th of September and finished it on the 13th of October 2015.)


Remembering Emily Quinlan on this date. It's been ten years since my Dad called me to tell me what had happened. I think of her often. How I miss them both.