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!

-Kelly

Saturday, February 06, 2016

1 September 2015 Journal Page


I spent most of the afternoon listening to David Bowie and painting. I also caught up on my comic book reading (Deadpool), went for a walk and am about to curl up with a good book. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday. I hope to share a photo of my progress on the very large painted pages tomorrow.


Friday, February 05, 2016

30 August 2015 Journal Page


I'm not teaching this weekend (not by choice! I'm still on the lookout for new venues to offer my classes at.) That doesn't mean that I won't be working. I'm planning on doing two things, working on painted journals to sell before Valentine's Day and a new paint and collage online class (with videos.) I'm excited about both as I have some new ideas that I'm eager to experiment with. Here's to a good weekend all around!


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Happy 19th Birthday, Tristan!


My "baby" turned 19 today! He was given free tickets to a special event at Legoland today so off we went. I'm still shocked that he took the time off (he's been eating, sleeping, breathing his film work from the moment he wakes up until he goes to bed at night.)

Legoland is definitely best for kids under ten. We had fun watching Tristan go on the rides (and watching him walk away from the car ride that he was too old to go on. "Tristan, 5-13 years old! They're not going to let you on!") We did the entire park in less than two hours. 

We went to a special screening for their latest attraction, "The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure" which was fun. It reminded me of the virtual MOM ride that I went on at Jordan's Furniture in Avon, MA many moons ago. 4D is fun but it would've been interesting if they had tossed a few LEGO bricks into the audience for that extra 4D affect!

I hope that my boy had a great birthday. Here's to many, many more happy birthdays, Tristan

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog



"You get your story and you hold onto it, and every time you tell it, you forget it more."

This is another one of those films that I can't get out of my head.

"You should try to learn how to feel sad without being sad which is actually really hard to do." 

I've been holding off on posting this as I was hoping to be able to post the Q and A with Laurie at the Hammer Museum last week but alas, the museum did not record it (Laurie asked them not to.) At one point an audience member asked a question (which I can't remember what it was) and Laurie answered it with a very long period of intense silence that lasted at least two minutes, if not longer, where it felt that Laurie was looking right at you (I'm sure that folks in the back even felt it.) I've been to lots of Q and A's but never have I experienced anything like that. It was almost magical, for lack of a better term. 

"To live in the gap between the moment that is expiring and the one that is arising. luminous and empty... And when you close your eyes, what do you see? Nothing. Now open them."

As I watched the film, it didn't surprise me to later find out that some of her favorite films are Chris Marker's La Jetee Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi and Jean Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language (which I wrote about here.) I could see the connections and the influences of these artists in her work.  

"And finally, I saw it, the connection between love and death. And that the purpose of death is the release of love." 

Heart of a Dog is not a film about a dog. It's a film about life told through a collage of images, music and story. It's a film that will break you open and reassemble you. It will bury itself deep within you and you will find yourself thinking about it at the oddest moments of your day. It's one of those rare films that won't let go.


"Every love story is a ghost story." David Foster Wallace



Monday, February 01, 2016

Upcoming Workshops with Kelly Kilmer






Here is my list of classes for February 2016.

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, schools, backyards, garages, studios and 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.
If you're not nearwhere I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer avariety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) Youcan find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!   
February  

March

11th 1450 Ocean Santa Monica TBA
13th Designing Letters Mar Vista Journal Experience: Master Class
19th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
 

April

8th 1450 Ocean Santa Monica TBA
9th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
10th Designing Letters Mar Vista Juicy Journal Pages


May

13th 1450 Ocean Santa Monica TBA
14th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA

15th Designing Letters Mar Vista A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
21st Ink Pad NYC TBA
27th-29th Queen's Ink Savage, Maryland TBA
 

June

3-5th Maria Moesch's Studio Fremont, CA TBA
11th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego TBA
12th Designing Letters Mar Vista TBA

MORE TBA
I hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Earlier in the Day...


Home from teaching at Scrapbooking Forever in Westlake Village. What a weekend! Lots of new faces and a few familiar ones. Good times. Thanks to everyone who braved the wind, mudslides, downed trees and the downpour to get to my class today. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Full Heart


Home from teaching in San Diego. Happy. A day filled with good people and creativity. Trekking to Westlake Village in the morning, teaching at a new store. Happy Dreams. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Workshops at Designing Letters in Mar Vista, CA


I am excited to announce that I have a new Los Angeles teaching venue, Designing Letters at DeAnn Singh's Studio in Mar Vista, CA. DeAnn is a well known calligraphy artist and instructor who has graciously allowed me the use of her studio for my classes. I toured it yesterday and am very eager for you to see the space. I think that you will love it as much as I do. DeAnn has great plans and I am grateful to be a part of them! (A very big thanks to my wonderful friend and student, Judy, for making this happen.)

Upcoming Classes
February 21st Journal Roots
March 13th Journal Experience: A Master Class (all levels of experience welcome)
April 10th Juicy Journal Pages
May 15th A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
June 12th TBA 

I will be taking the sign-ups here through my blog. 

Classes are held at: Designing Letters
4032 Marcasel Ave, LA. 90066

Please note that there is plenty of free street parking available.
(If you are familiar with the area, it is right around the corner from BookArtsLA, where Stampin from the Heart used to be.)

Each class is four hours in length.

Please note the NEW class time is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  
Cancellation policy: Students are allowed to cancel 72 hours (3 days) before the class. After that, you can send someone else in your place, transfer to another one of my classes or receive a kit.

The four hour class fee is $85 per student.

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 as:

  • 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!






Kelly's Mar Vista Classes





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Sunday, February 21st 
Journal Roots

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

I love exploring texture in all forms. I wanted to create a tactile book that reflects my love of layering. I wanted to push my myself as an artist and an individual. Think rich, luscious layers of paint, paper and fabric combined with limitless possibility and guided experimentation. We'll reach deep within to create truly original pages. 

You will learn composition, design, color theory, layering exercises involving paper, paint, fabric, pen and more as you work in your newly bound journal.


Supply list: tacky glue, scraps of fabric/ribbon, 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.)




Sunday, March 13th
The Journal Experience: A Master Class

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Journaling doesn't have to be about special events nor does it have to be limited to what you ate for breakfast. In this four hour workshop, we'll focus on the everyday, simple moments that add up to an individual lifetime of experiences and thoughts. You'll learn how to revel in the daily moments and turn them into art journal pages. Be prepared to get messy, be pushed out of your box, laugh, learn (a lot) and have some fun.


Supply list: a journal (or I will have paper for you), 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.)







April 10th
Juicy Journal Pages
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


In this special workshop, work quick and fast, without judgment, the idea being to keep your inner critic silent. You will create a series of pages that are unique to you while learning a variety of new layering techniques involving collage, acrylics, markers, stencils, stamps and more.

After several hours of creating this way, we will step back and think about our pages. Learn to look and process your pages with new eyes. We'll then rework our pages into all new original journal pages.

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, permanent black ink pad (only 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 paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)




Sunday, May 15th
A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Combining visual art with the written word is a passion of mine. I am always searching for new ways to bring together paper, paint and pen. 

Want to make your pages come alive? Then bring your journal to class where you will learn not only how to add text to your pages but where, when and what to write. Your pages will sing and vibrate with layers of color, texture and text. This is unlike any class in adding text that I have ever taught before.

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.)

June 12th SAVE THE DATE CLASS TBA!

I hope to see YOU there!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Breaking Open


Last night I saw Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog with Laurie in attendance at The Hammer Museum. I will be writing up a blog post about it within the next week. I can't stop thinking about the film, the talk afterwards and the experience itself. I've been to a lot of q and a's but *never* anything like that.

"Death is so often about regret, or guilt. Why didn't I call her? Why didn't I say that? It's more about you than the person who died. But finally I saw it, the connection between love and death, and that the purpose of death is the release of love." -Laurie Anderson Heart of a Dog

Have you seen the film?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

26 August 2015 Journal Page




It's one of those days. I should be working but instead I'm over at Tumblr looking at Journal of a Nobody's page and falling in love with tumblr all over again. There's always a rabbit hole.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Evolution of a Page


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I posted the above shot to the blog the other day and the shot below to Instagram last night. They're both still work in progress shots but it's always interesting to me how a page evolves, pushing and pulling with the layers. I wasn't feeling 100% myself as I worked on both so that also intrigues me (how emotion and well being affect our artwork.) On a somewhat related note, I've stopped drinking my usual black unsweetened iced tea and caffeine out of my daily routine to see if that helps change how I feel. I'll have to up my art making!

I'm getting ready to teach two classes this weekend. On Saturday, I'll be at Pnina's Studio in San Diego teaching A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition and on Sunday, I'll be teaching Painted Connections at Scrapbooking Forever (a new to me store) in Westlake Village. I hope to see you there!