Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bitter Sweet and Blue...

Read this story at The Story People. They have the most beautiful stories there.

The story is called "Bittersweet".

I took out the art journal and opened it to the page where I had created this kind of sad face. It was painted upside down in Judy Wise's Playbook class at Squam.

It became bittersweet with the additon of the blue paint, some pencil scribbles, the stenciled letters and the hand-written story :



Added this song which immediately jumped into my head :



This work, this story, this song all perfectly portray how I feel today.

Maybe a little of the post-Squam blues,

or a little less momentum now that the Harvest Moon is waning...

Not sad, really,

just aware of how bittersweet this life can be...

12 comments:

sherry ♥ lee said...

I never think of bittersweet as sad as such. I see it as the other side of sweet...how we like sweet and salty or sweet and sour..they complement one another.

After so much beautiful time at Squam and so much goodness coming into your life you've been on a "high". And as with every high there is the "low" -- just like the tides. So maybe it's the moon or post-Squam blues, but I think it's the body naturally coming back to a more workable level for itself.

We can't sustain those highs for long periods of time...we need to come back down to earth a little and regroup so that the next time we achieve a high we really feel it as we are meant to.

I love the face...you learned much from Judy I can see that -- and I'm seeing much in those eyes.

So enjoy your beautiful music and your fabulous art and paint a rock or two...or just curl up with Cosmo and listen to him purr into your ear. Savour the bittersweet ♥

Karen Cole said...

....and a beautiful face it is. Blue makes me feel serene.

beth said...

I think I know how you feel....often the change of seasons will do that to me...

your journal page is great...it looks like something from a misty class :)

kitasmom said...

bittersweet can be good - like chocolate!

Paula said...

Gorgeous music and gorgeous journal page my friend! Yes, bittersweet...but without the bitter the sweet really isn't recognizable, I guess. Although at times, I could do with less of the bitter! I've always had a let down after Art & Soul...the camaderie of women is what makes it so cool. All those like minded ladies creating glorious messes and supporting each other while we do it. Squam lives on though...I see it in your journal pages!

angel said...

Oh Kim....how I wish I could be busy making art like you. I am feeling a real let down this week too...my day job is sapping all of those inspirational artist feelings. How can we so quickly lose them?
To catch up: I love your birdies (mine immediately went up on my art wall in my studio space so that I can see it and think of you) they are so colorful and happy...and I love these journal pages you are " blossoming" out.
xoxo

joanne said...

i love that word... bittersweet... i love it because it is like the push-pull, the yin-yang, the light-dark... it's all together what makes up the experience of a life... without one how would we know the other...

i love the journal page too, Kim... the angles and shapes and colors all work together so beautifully with the words...

the fall is leaving me feeling a bit down too... but then, it is bittersweet too... just like the falling leaves of the trees... my hair is shedding more, my mood is more reflective and even a bit bitter and sweet... preparing for the coming winter i suppose, when seeds will be planted to hibernate and ready for a cycle of renewal...

now i think i'll have some chocolate :)

xo

Commuter's Journal said...

So much queenly beauty going on here and I am behind in taking it all in. Things have been a bit crazed as of late but I wanted to take a minute to say hello.

Your birdies are totally charming, ditto baby Cosmo who is gorgeous. I completely understand how you feel in this post and applaud your sharing. Isn't it interesting that the more we speak truly of our own inner experience the more universal that sentiment becomes?

Thanks for showing us the way, Kim!

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Okay, now I'm crying. I read the story, turned up the music, opened your blog in another tab, and looked through all I've been missing in my blog visiting absence. I am overwhelmed by you. You are so incredible - such a beautiful perfect marvelous spirit with so much you pour into me and fill me up. Okay, just reread that and it might sound a bit creepy, like a love letter one might send a lover but you know how I mean it and you know it is genuine. You were meant to be in my path, on my journey with me. We walk together, you just walk it so much better than I with so much zest and passion and of another realm beauty.

So specifically things that are making my head swim with inspiration and fascination and deliciously delirious thoughts . . . your apron with that gorgeous QofH logo on it! I want one! That bracelet you got from your writer lady friend! I want one! The superhero link, the Spill It link, your face in the SQUAM posts and pictures (I think I got SQUAM right) - such bliss bubbling out of you, those beautiful birds you made, and every single piece of art you share with us. You are such a gift to the rest of us. It will take me days to revisit and process all I get from you. Thank you, Kim, for being here and doing what you do.

Jennifer said...

Hey there! I feel this too. Been weepy lately, spontaneously and a little exhausted. I know what it is, I've decided to roll with it for now and hear myself to heal myself. I wanted to come by and give you hugs. Your image is wonderful. The colors and the feeling are as always so soul reaching :)

Alberta said...

It never fails to awe me how often you manage, from hundreds of miles away, to illustrate something I'm thinking about or feeling, and I've been feeling exactly like this all week. Let's definitely blame it on the inconstant moon, Kim, and then let's meet in our imaginations to rejoice in the bittersweet with a moondance!

arlene said...

Beautiful blue art.
*hugs*