Monday, October 24, 2011

And in the end…

I completed the last page in my art journal yesterday.

It is an black, hard cover Canson 9 X12” Mixed Media sketchbook with a spiral binding that I bought at Barnes and Noble for 19.99. I think it has about 45 pages in it.

I love the paper and how it holds up to the acrylic paint, watercolors, glued on papers and ink that I use in it.

I do not love the spiral binding that separates the pages.

This is the second one of these journals that I have filled.

This one took almost two years to complete.

That is a lot of time.

A lot of changes, some subtle, some bigger, both in my life and in my artistic process.

To have this document of my life, created by me, and with all of its pages completed

is a pretty special feeling.

It was actually kind of hard to do the last page.

I felt like I should create a finale.

But the other pages were filled with inspiration from the day they were made.

So I kept to that and finished the journal with this…

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The words from the Beatles song “The End” seemed fitting.

And the crow, that has visited quite a few times throughout the pages of all of my journals, flew in to give the message…

It is a pretty good one !

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I have ordered a new journal.

A Moleskine Folio A4 Watercolor album that has no spiral binding, has lovely paper and a lot of space to spread out…

I hope it makes a good new home for me and my journaling juices !

It will arrive in a few days, which is just fine because I will be busy this week

enjoying a visit from my Mom !!!

She arrives tomorrow for a special Mommy and Me week of shopping, walking, hugging, talking and loving ! Yay !

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(Mommy and me – 09/2009)

Happy Monday, Beautiful Ones !

May any endings you face today be the sweet beginnings of something new.

Big Love !

33 comments:

Sherry Smyth said...

I cannot think of a more fitting way to complete the last page in this journal. A great quote and I love how the crow made an appearance!

Here is to new journals and new journeys expressed throughout.

And here is an even bigger "woot" to mommy and you time. Give that special lady a very big hug from me and say "thank you for bringing Kim into our world"! xoxox

Enjoy your week...every special moment of it! ♥

priti.lisa said...

I always come back to the Beatles. Lennon&McCartney were the best lyricists. I don't like spiral journals either...Congrats on finishing, I think that is a huge accomplishment. Have fun with yo mama! ♥♥♥

suzanne la banane said...

Félicitations ma belle Kimie. Ton journal est un vrai reflet de toi. Wow beaucoup de talents dans ces pages. Amuse-toi bien avec Mommy Bamby.

Dianne said...

Wonderful ending! Wonderful message!

rachel awes said...

the love you make & take
must be abundant in size,
in the end, dear one.
LOVE. xoxox

Kate said...

What a fitting end to your journal, you know how I love crows. Anyways, good luck with that new journal, its sounds like a good choice for you.

Have fun with your mom.

Nadeja said...

Another fabulous post Kimmy. My heart is so full of love for you, for what was, for what is and for what is to come...Really looking forward to being together. The crow is such a messenger! New beginnings all the time!! I love you my precious daughter. Mom

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Great last page, so fitting. Looking forward to your new journal to see what it is like. I am using those canson journals because you had this one I think at Squam. I like them because I am a lefty, but to each his own dear one. Enjoy Mom and have a wunderbar time! xox Corrine

Mary said...

lovely end...looking forward...
to seeing you work in your new journal.

love the comment here from your mom...may your time be filled with the makings of wonderful memories.

xxoo

franswazz said...

Beautiful last page.
May you have a blessed time with mommy!
just discovered your blog ♥♥♥

beth said...

so your message was for all of us to go out and make love, right :)

i love that you have pages and pages documenting your life....i'm jealous, as i can't even keep a written journal for more then a week or so :(

love that you have mommy and me time....i do the same with my daughter whenever i can :)
xoxoxo

arlene said...

How are you going to carry that much LOVE??!! The page is very fitting...so loverly! xo

Terry Hartley said...

Oh--I really really really love that crow. I like the eyes you give to your birds. Special I think. Can't wait to see what is next.

jgr said...

A lovely end to your journal, and I especially like the crow. I know you and your Mom will have a great visit.

Patti said...

there are no endings just new beginnings...with love to you my artsie friend..

lynne h said...

hello my friend... it's been a while since i left words here! i LOVE your last journal page. perfect... two years; it's something how we evolve and how we can see this in the journal pages. i love that. i will be interested in knowing how you like the moleskine watercolor journal...

so much love to you, Big Heart...

me

patti said...

What an beautiful artistic achievement! I love your last page!

I'm playing in a spiral journal at the moment and I don't like it either! A few more pages and I can move on to a better one like you.

Enjoy time with your Mom!

WrightStuff said...

Great finale to a work of art!

Here's to that virgin journal waiting to fill with your story.

SE'LAH... said...

beautiful beginning of a new journal ;)
you are so talented, Kim! you inspire me.

one love.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

What an accomplishment Kim! I've enjoyed seeing your pages here and have always been inspired with your colorful and beautiful take on things. I can't wait to see the pages that have to be created.

Enjoy your time with your Mommy! I'm terribly jealous but also happy for you :)

xx Jaime

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I mean...I can't wait to see the pages that have yet to be created!

;) Jaime (again)

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

I do love me some crow too. Such a beautiful and magical and fun bird. And such a beautiful and magical and fun Mom! Lucky you! Enjoy it all!

elizabeth said...

What a beautiful wish. I thank you.

Enjoy your visit with your mom!

Cinner said...

Kimmy you should be so proud, you know how I feel about your journal pages...love them. I think it shows your real dedication to your life and the journey you are on. Have a great visit with your Mom. Can't wait to see what the next journal will bring.
hugs.

Purpletreebird said...

My last journal ended with an old letter I found recently. It was sent to my father before he died. There were things unsaid and I took many years to get over it. I pasted this letter and painted a 'sorry' painting over it. I think he understood.
Your last page is lovely! I don't like spiral sketchbooks either because when I use them I find the pages start falling out!
Jess x

Rosie said...

Firstly - great finale-not-page! I LOVE your drawn characters as they so represent YOU! The colours are always wonderfully warm and vibrant. I don't much like spiral bound myself either, so I'm with you there...
Have a joyous week with your Mama, cuddle much!
Happy Tuesday honey!
xoxoxo
Rosie =)

Janet said...

It's the perfect end to your journal. I hope you love the new one even more. I have a love/hate relationship with my spiral bound journal (the same one you used)....I love that it opens flat but then the spiral gets in the way and separates the pages.

lyle baxter said...

kim, thanks for visiting my new post! loved seeing pages from your completed jurnal. I hope the new one is filled with great adventures. have fun with mom!

Carmen said...

enjoy your mom deeply entirely
hugs my sweets

Chel said...

sooo inspiring.... <3

Marit said...

It seems fitting, my dear soulsister, that you finished the last page in your book and wrote that last sentence... the page as well as your writing move me! Yes, I'm facing an end and yes, it will be a begin of something new (A studio of my own! It's a bittersweet 'present' that my son leaves behind now that he's moving out...) Enjoy the mum-daughter week dear one! Hugs to you both!

Elena said...

Great mom picture! Love this journal page as well as the gorgeous one in the previous post. Now come over and teach me how to journal will ya!!

Dream With the Fishes said...

What a beautiful closing page for, what I am certain is, a journal crammed with gorgeousness! I love the crow and the words you chose are perfectamundo. I do hope you've been having an awesome week with your mom, enjoying lots of good shopping and just being in each other's company! XO