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 almost twenty 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!


Monday, June 19, 2017

In the Mail: Art Pilgrimage 2017

Waving hi from Massachusetts. I'm actually in the car (my sister is driving before you yell at me) on the way to see Van Gogh at The Fogg Museum in Cambridge. 

Next stop (for today, at least), pahkingh the cah in Hahvahd Yahd (I can say this, I'm originally from Quincy, MA.)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bringing Home the Goods: Queens Ink in Savage, MD

I had a great time teaching at The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland! Patti and the Gang always make me feel at home. Patti always finds cool goodies for the shop. She ordered a bunch of things for my classes but not everything had arrived on time so, check back. We played with some of the above goodies during the classes (well, not the drink holder. That would have been weird. I'm always looking for a good cozy and the money for this goes to a good cause.)

My favorite thing from above are the Artgraf, water soluble graphite. I've used graphite over the years but have never used anything as intense as these. I have the tins, the sticks, the pencils and the bars. I love them and what they do on top of acrylics.

I'm in Massachusetts now at my sister's house hanging out with my little niece and nephew. On Thursday, I'll trek to The Ink Pad in NYC for classes there Thursday and Friday night. Saturday, I'll be back in Massachusetts to teach in Easton. On the 20th, Mom and I will start to trek West. On the way, I'll be teaching in Wisconsin and Illinois for the first time ever. I am always looking for new venues (and thankful to return to old favorites.)

If you ordered a handwritten postcard, I dropped the first batch in the mail from Maryland this weekend. I'm going to head to the MFA Boston this week and will be picking more up from there. I'm also going to work on my Art journal pages over the next couple of days to mail those out.

Off to play with the little ones today! I love road trips but it is very nice to be out of the car.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Artist Signatures from the National Gallery of Art

A gif that I made last night of signatures collected from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. These are all from photos that I took.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Hi from Savage, MD

I'm all settled in at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD. Eagerly awaiting the morning.

Mom and I are tired of being in a car. We drove 2,700 miles in three days, stopping to sleep for a few hours, eat or get gas. It was so nice to just walk around the National Gallery of Art in D.C. today. I picked up the above postcards to mail some of these out to those  of you who gave me your support to get here. 

I'll be posting over on Instagram the next few days. 

As soon as I can, I will share some of my favorite paintings from the National Gallery with you. I am so grateful that I was finally able to get there.


Monday, June 05, 2017

On the Road: Art Pilgrimage 2017

Picking up the rental car and headed out. First stop, LAX to pick up Mom. Next stop, Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Here are the books that I'm bringing with me. I can't leave home without something to read.

See you in Colorado (at least for a quick stop!)

Friday, June 02, 2017

Paint Comparison: Holbein Luminous Opera vs Winsor & Newton Galeria Opera Rose

I had to trek to Blick yesterday in West L.A. to restock my supply bag of paints for my classes (yes, even after the post from Instagram, I still needed to stock up as I like to be prepared.) I am almost out of Holbein's Luminous Opera and was very disappointed to find out that the store was also out of stock of that one color (the whole reason why I trekked there in the first place as my local Blick doesn't carry Holbein.) In desperation, I picked up Winsor & Newton's Galeria Acrylic Opera Rose. You can see test swatches of each above (Holbein is the pink that pops off the page. The Winsor Newton is near the top right corner of the book and you can barely see it.) Guess what's going back to the store today? Hopefully, I'll be able to find another tube (or two) of my favorite Holbein Acrylic while on the road...

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Online Classes Buy One, Get TWO Sale

From now until June 30th, all of my online classes are buy one get two free (of equal or lesser value.) The classes are all listed along the right hand side of my blog. You can check out via paypal and either add a note to the paypal order or send me a separate email of the name of the two additional classes that you'd like. Or, what about giving classes to your friends and taking them together? 

Many people slow down with their art making during the summer. Let's rev things up a bit. Take three classes and stay engaged or take a class with friends to support one another.

Questions? Drop me an email at Egorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for your support and interest!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June 2017 Workshops

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Here is my list of classes for 2017.

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.

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 (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!


24th The Collage Cafe Evanston IL  Authenticity Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling



15th Studio Soliday Oak Park, CA TBA

3-5th Taos, NM TBA

MORE TBA in 2017!



I hope to see you there!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Art Pilgrimage 2017 Pages in Progress

By special request, I've also added an option of buying one sided finished pages here. These cards are a study in letting go as I try to push my work in a different direction. I never sell finished, original pages like this (except as limited edition prints or self published books) so it's a rare opportunity to own an original. There are some other goodies available as well (including wood panel pieces, prints and handwritten postcards from the various places I visit while on the road.) I've been pouring my heart out onto these pages and I'm really happy with the direction that they're going in. I am eager to see what the fully finished ones will look like. 

You can take the journey with me by following me on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook or looking for the hashtag#ArtpilgrimageKK2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Just Added: June 24th The Collage Cafe Evanston IL Authenticity Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling

I have been trying to get to the Chicago area for years. 2017 is finally the year that it is happening thanks to Lindy at The Collage Cafe. 

DATE: Saturday June 24th

TIME: Noon - 6pm; We ask that you arrive no later than 11:30am so you can settle in, eat lunch, and feel relaxed when we begin at noon

PLACE: The Collage Cafe, 1129 Florence Ave, Evanston IL 60202 *** please note, this is our new location ***

PARKING: Plenty of neighborhood parking on Greenleaf, Florence, and Crain (no meters)

The Workshop:

This workshop 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.

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:

-Making a Journal from scratch 

-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.

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 full pack of regular baby wipes, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (please 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), container to hold your paint water, 1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) and  few smaller detail 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!

Friday, May 26, 2017


Making art for others has always been a bit difficult for me. I'm trying to change it up a bit and am hoping that making art that will find their way into the homes of others will help push me a bit.

Spending the weekend working on my art journal pages (they are in books now but will be torn out later to send as individual journal pages.) I am excited about the possibility and eager to explore some new palettes. Above is an early work in progress shot.

If anyone watched any of the Wonder Woman premiere footage and thought that you may have seen me, you did. David and I won tickets through Golden Apple Comics to sit in the bleachers and attend the premiere. We were lucky that we dressed up and were picked to get tickets to the bleachers. We were also VERY lucky to have been in the front row of the bleachers. I posted several photos on Instagram.

For the little girl whose first (and only store bought) Halloween costume was Wonder Woman at age 3 in 1977, this was a dream come true. I'm still over the moon about the surreal experience. Loved the film and am looking forward to seeing it again when it is officially released. 

Here is Gal signing for me:

Now, back to work for me this weekend.