This is a photo of one of Kelly's pages from one of her journals. Kelly has had a lot to say for the last few days regarding getting started as a teacher to why journal to less and less venues being available for her to teach, particularly in the L.A. area and Southern California, in general. There are not enough words for me to write that could truly do justice to describing Kelly Kilmer, both on a personal or professional level. Kelly is one of the most generous persons I have EVER encountered in my life. She is all about her family, friends, and her art. Although we don't see each other as regularly as we used to, I know that each time we do spend time together, it feels like no time has passed. That's just how easy it is to hang out and catch up. As an artist, I took my first class with Kelly back in 2001. I was SO excited about being able to make my own books and journal in them. For the first few years, I LOVED making books, all kinds of books, but I could NEVER seem to finish working in them before moving on to the next new book. Then, on a whim, I asked Kelly if she would teach a class on just journaling (for folks like me who had accumulated many blank books and needed a jump start!). Kelly obliged me and the rest is history... I know when I get stuck, am in a creative rut, or need some inspiration, Kelly's art has always inspired me. And after taking all of the classes I have with her, Kelly continues to inspire and push me as an artist. This summer, I have a very, very short break from my day job of being a principal, but I decided to take Kelly's new online class, "This and That Finding Poetry in the Everyday". As Kelly has said millions of times, "everyone is an artist and if you have 15 minutes a day, you can make art." Well, if that doesn't inspire you to go out and make some new art, I don't know what you are waiting for! When you get a chance, go to Kelly's blog, www.kellykilmer.blogspot.com. Thank you, Kelly, for your friendship, generosity, and inspiration. I love you!