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. 

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53 Responses

  1. Carla dixon says:

    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 says:

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

  3. Kate says:

    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 says:

    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. 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 says:

    I have a copy but would love a copy to give to a friend. Count me in. chrismurray100@gmail.com

  7. chris mostyn says:

    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.

  8. Shelly says:

    I’m a great admirer of Danny’s work and would love to add this book to my collection!

  9. Morning Waters says:

    I love Dannys books…. have yet to get this one though!!!! Hoping I win a copy :>}

    You can reach me at : celticlassacramento@yahoo.com

  10. Emma says:

    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

  11. I have read all of Danny’s other books and would love a chance at this one. His book "Creative License" got me on my art journey. Thank you for the opportunity. stephanie.estrin@gmail.com

  12. Joanna Ratcliffe says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book, I’m a follower of Danny’s blog and ran over here for the giveaway. my email is limegreenjelly@yahoo.co.uk
    many thanks

  13. Coco Carey says:

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

  14. 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?

  15. karine says:

    I would love to have a copy of Danny’s book !

  16. lee says:

    Big fan of danny’s and would love to win the book, I adore his workmy email is pat54le@yahoo.cathanksle

  17. I’m not familiar with Danny Gregory’s work, but I think I’d like to be.

  18. Kathy says:

    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

  19. jaime says:

    Oh, Danny Gregory….this book is absolutly stunning. I would love to receive this beautiful and inspiring book.

  20. Gena Smith says:

    I Love his work and would love to win this book! Email is genasmith4@gmail.com. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Gena Smith

  21. Susan Mitchell says:

    This book looks so inspiring. My email is: susan@susan-mitchell.com

  22. Crystal says:

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

  23. Aaron Vinn Artist says:

    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 🙂

  24. Jessica Poundstone says:

    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

  25. Heidi says:

    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

  26. Norma Keyte says:

    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

  27. Jill B says:

    Oh yes please, looks wonderful

  28. Olivia Downs-Lang says:

    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.

  29. michelle sanger says:

    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.

  30. Krista Wells says:

    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

  31. Emmaline Schooneveldt-Reid says:

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

  32. Jennifer McLean says:

    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.
    Jenn of http://www.JustAddWaterSilly.com

  33. Zippety-dooh-dah ! I’d love the chance to win this book. Danny Gregory is one of my favorites. This book IS creative expression and I’d be honored to own it. He is such an inspiration.
    email: darlenekcampbell@hotmail.com

  34. danielle says:

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

  35. chelle snail says:

    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

  36. Grace says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. I’m a big fan of Danny (and Loobylu as well!) Thanks for the link to the Chronicle books blog! grace@neonjunkie.org

  37. Loradawn McKinley says:

    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.

  38. Christian Couteau says:

    I’m a French sketcher and watercolorist . I love the artistic world from Danny Gregory because I try into this magic expressive work to enter !
    Thanks for your link …

  39. Mark Fraley says:

    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

  40. Annika Sylte says:

    Hi. Im an illustrator and Danny Gregory is one of my biggest inspiration.
    He got me to do sketches everywhere and any time 🙂 Thank you Danny for sharing your wonderful work and thoughts. Annika

  41. Melva Bates says:

    I would love a chance to win one of Danny’s books. Love all his artwork and videos. Contact afishcalledmelva@blogspot.com

  42. Melva Bates says:

    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.

  43. Guilietta says:

    love Danny Gregory’s art. INSPIRINGJULIET

  44. Jane Angell says:

    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

  45. 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

  46. I don’t know if there is still time for this, but I’d like to try to participate too. I’ve started drawing again last year, and since then I’ve met such wonderful people… Gabi Campanrio and Danny Gregory are some names I can mention here. I’m just crossing my fingers and waiting for good news at http://www.rodrigofsantos.blogspot.com or rodrigotradutor@yahoo.com.br
    Thanks! =)

  47. Sharon Tan says:

    Would love to win this! treasure the thoughts in my journal. email: paraparasailing@gmail.com

  48. Janet says:

    Please throw my name in the hat!
    I’d love to have a copy of this beautiful book.

  49. Stacey Harper says:

    Danny Gregory has renewed my love of journaling! I’d love to have a copy of his new book.

  50. Susie M says:

    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 .

  51. Lili says:

    Such a lovely lovely energy xo

  52. Lili Chaparas says:

    he also sounds like batman says my Portia <3

  53. obirdygirl says:

    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