A Kiss Before You Go – Danny Gregory

I have been a long time fan of Danny Gregory’s, and his new book  “A Kiss Before You Go” is so beautiful and moving that I encourage you to pick up a copy and let his story and his incredible art wash over you. Be sure to watch the book trailer (below) for a taste. While grief and losing a loved one is such a scary subject for so many of us, do not let this get in the way of experiencing a wonderful book with Danny’s deeply personal story – expect deep, dark empathetic sadness but also joy and laughter in a great love shared.

“After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident, beloved artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best—the pages of his illustrated journals. This intimate volume reproduces these journal pages in a stirring visual memoir of Gregory’s journey towards recovery. Uniquely sincere, and by turns tender, raw, and hopeful, Gregory’s idiosyncratic text and illustrations capture the darkest and lightest moments of his “year of magical drawing.” Gregory’s process reminds us that creative expression offers its own therapy, and that living each day to its fullest may be as simple as putting pen to paper. Anyone who has experienced loss will take solace in this refreshingly candid look at grieving, while art lovers will marvel at the artist’s beautiful celebration of the power of creation.”

Danny has a great recent guest post on Chronicle Book’s Blog. I love the little peek into his world as a life-long journaller that this offers. I relate to his desire to record life’s moments through words and pictures as I am sure so many of you do too.

Give Away — NOW CLOSED! Thanks for entering lovely people, and thank  you to Chronicle Books for offering a copy of Danny’s “A Kiss Before You Go” to a lucky reader. I will draw a winner shortly and contact them via email. 

53 Responses to “A Kiss Before You Go – Danny Gregory”

  1. Carla dixon

    I have read this book and it was wonderful. My sister lost her husband a few months ago and I would love to win this for her.

  2. katrina

    the art of making grief beautiful… i’d love a copy.

  3. Kate

    I’ve seen this in the bookstore while looking for other titles to help me deal with the grief I feel after my Mum’s death from ovarian cancer last October. I appreciate the work and creativity that go into visual/art journals but have never made one. Maybe this will change. If you draw my name from your hat, you can reach me at ohkatiedear at gmail dot com. I would be so pleased to receive it!

  4. Emmy van Swaaij

    I really love Danny’s work, have enjoyed his first book tremendously and am very curious about his latest. You can reach me at emmyvanswaaij at gmail dot com.

  5. Amanda Schutz

    A beautiful book. I would love a copy to give to my boyfriend… he’s an illustrator and grieving the loss of his father.

  6. chris mostyn

    I have been a huge fan of Danny’s work. I was so sorry to hear about his loss. I can be reached at mostyn 68 at gmail dot com. I would love to read this.

  7. Emma

    I’d totally love to win a copy of this book, I love Danny Gregory’s work. You can contact me at listentotheocean (at) gmail dot com

  8. Coco Carey

    Since I first saw "Everyday Matters" Danny is my inspiration to make ….everyday matter.
    He’ll never know how many hearts he has touched.
    cococarey@comcast.net

  9. Julie Hutchinson

    Reading Danny’s ‘The Creative License’ inspired me so much! I’m hooked and journal all the time now:) I love Danny’s work and his way of telling it as it is.
    I’d love to have a copy. I wish I’d kept a journal during my mum’s passing, I have a few drawings – maybe it’s never too late hey?
    juliehutchinson36@gmail.com

  10. Kathy

    Grief is so hard to put words to sometimes. I’d love to take a look at how he expresses it through art. Thanks for the review of this book. winterwrens at gmail dot com

  11. Crystal

    Love Danny Gregory. Grateful for this giveaway! Crystal @ welovegratitude.com

  12. Aaron Vinn Artist

    OMG, I would love to win a copy of Mr.Gregorys book, I have only heard good things about it 🙂 You can contact me at my e-mail aaron.vinn1@gmail.com, or send me a message on facebook, the website is facebook.com/aaron.v.artist. Even if I dont win feel free to add me, I accept all friend requests 🙂

  13. Jessica Poundstone

    Used to keep up with Danny’s blog almost daily, but hadn’t been there in a long while. Now crying at my desk to read about Patti. Would love a copy: jpoundstone – at – gmail dot com

  14. Heidi

    I love Danny’s capacity to hold grief, darkness, beauty, and joy all in the palm of the same hand. Gorgeous!heidi.tenpas@gmail.com

  15. Norma Keyte

    this would be ideal for me, my husband died 3 years ago and it is always helpful to read all the ways that people try and cope with grief…i havent heard of the author,but he sounds amazing……norma@spin.net.au

  16. Olivia Downs-Lang

    I love Mr. Gregory’s artwork and have several of his books gracing my bookshelves. I am also slightly obsessed with memoirs so will be very excited to read and admire his latest book.

  17. michelle sanger

    Om my goodness. I thought that was going to be harrowing to watch, but it was so full of light and love, I can think of 2 people to give that to who would love it for different reasons. Thanks so much for sharing. michellesanger13 at gmail dot com.

  18. Krista Wells

    I too am a longtime admirer of Danny Gregory’s work. I am going get a copy of this for myself but I would love to give a copy to my step-mother. My father died in October and it hit us all, obviously, but for her it’s the loss of a spouse, just as it was for Danny losing Patty. I’m hoping Danny’s book will strike a good chord for her. Thanks for the contest. Cheers, Krista
    krista@kristawells.ca

  19. Emmaline Schooneveldt-Reid

    So beautiful! Such a great thing to share, Claire.

  20. Jennifer McLean

    I’m now reading Danny Gregory’s "Creative License" and doing what he advises. I’ve purchased a new moleskine and a good pen and I’m going to throw out my pencil, lol. Hopefully his advice will change the way I approach art. I’d love to read his newest book. He’s in inspirational author and artist.
    Best,
    Jenn of http://www.JustAddWaterSilly.com
    (oilandwater@telus.net)

  21. danielle

    So sad what happened, I’m always amazed by how he can process life through his work on the page.

  22. chelle snail

    My first "meeting" with Danny Gregory was through a book he sketch-wrote called Everyday Matters, he has inspired the recent growth and development of my art in the way of style, medium and letting myself go freely particularly with using black pen straight on instead of pencil, so it forces a challenge for me that I enjoy. Danny is far by my all time favourite artist. I love all Danny’s books and am really keen to get this latest book by him ‘A Kiss Before You Go.
    Chelle – gypsysnail@hotmail.com
    http://gypsysnail.deviantart.com/gallery

  23. Loradawn McKinley

    I admire Danny’s style and look forward to his new book. Would love to share in his tender process of feeling and honoring his wife.
    purplewave6@gmail.com

  24. Mark Fraley

    I am so inspired by Danny’s work, have been now for the past four years since I ran across his compilation of artists sketchbooks in the book An Illustrated Life. I would love a copy of his latest book – Mark – markfraleyart@comcat.net or markfraley.blogspot.com

  25. Melva Bates

    Couldn’t seem to cancel my comment as I have put wrong web address (silly me!!!). I will start again to say I would love to be given the chance to read Danny’s book. I follow his blog, love his artwork and videos. I would be very proud to own this one having read many comments about it on other blogs. Contact http://www.afishcalledmelva.blogspot.com. Thanks for the chance owning this wonderful book.

  26. Jane Angell

    The reason I have a blog and have learnt so much in less than a year is down to the inspiration of Danny Gregory: not just to draw but to be a better human being. I’d love to read A Kiss Before You Go 🙂 illustratedbiscuit.blogspot.co.uk or flckrmail to JaneDRSB

  27. Christina Lowry

    I hadn’t heard of Danny’s work until your introduction above. I clicked over to the guest post and loved what I saw. What an amazing collection. What insight he must have in his own character. Would love a chance to read his latest book. Many thanks.christina-lowry(@)hotmail.com

  28. Susie M

    I adore Danny Gregory’s work. All his books are incredible, inspirational and rereadable. As a writer and journaler, liver of life…I am thoroughly moved by him. susie@threeboysfarm dot com .

  29. obirdygirl

    Danny Gregory’s work, books, and blog are food for the soul! I started art journalling about five years ago after reading The Creative License. His writing and drawings inspire and provide permission to play! Life hasn’t been the same since. Thank you for your contest. I would like to be entered. Thank you. sharpshin@comcast.net

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