Dad's last book and last wish. A story written by his partner of 20 years, Anna Fienberg, for him to work on when standing to paint was no longer much good. How he savoured dreaming up each page, and for the first time in his life sharing his process with us while we read or drew or pottered about close by in his studio, on hand for company. We had more conversations than ever before thanks to this book about life and fear and art and the Why’s of the world. He only finished half of the pages before he passed away, and his last wish was that his life long friend and fellow children’s book illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, would finish it for him. In fact that was the last thing he asked me to make sure of in our last conversation before he passed away. And Steve did. A labour of love and watercolours, and the most beautiful tribute to friendship a person could imagine. Thank you Steve, and Anna, for creating something so special and beautiful. The story, as all good ones are, is much larger and more wonderful than I can convey here. But I'm so grateful to you both for giving Dad, and us, this book. It will be available in all good bookstores from June 1st for you all to enjoy too x

Arielle Gamble (Kim 's daughter and also an up and coming writer and already well know illustrator in her own right)

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Comment by Foolish Monkey on June 9, 2018 at 5:11am

Come write with us rita. 

You show yours and ill show mine. 


Comment by Foolish Monkey on June 9, 2018 at 5:12am

Lets slam beyotche'!!!

Comment by Ardee WNC on June 10, 2018 at 7:37am

Thanks so much for this Rita. I have a full but breaking heart after reading the post. I'll be adding this book to my children's book collection, several of which Kim suggested to me, back then. I miss then. I miss you all. I miss Kim. 

Comment by Anna Herrington on June 10, 2018 at 8:29am

xoxo to you Rita  : )

As we've talked about behind the scenes before, I feel a mix of things on reading Ms. Feinberg's piece.

It's funny how we online don't know a person the way one does in person - at all - yet as we've experienced, we online might get to know a person in ways being in person, in physical presence, does not allow, either. Different ways come out, things said we don't to those we know face to face. Chats turn into deeper ponderings or more open dialogue, or we hide (or just don't see) the faults that might distract or affect, in person, so different aspects yet also true-to-one's essence comes through.

Being in physical presence changes the course - and minds and hearts connecting without the distractions and obstacles of physical presence relate differently, sometimes with people we may know full well we'd not connect with so much in person..... at least, this can happen online when magic happens  ; )  Maybe a rare thing.

...which leaves me with these mixed feelings and thoughts on reading Anna's piece.

RIP Kim.

I hope Ms. Feinberg finds joy - and a new future of happiness, too.

Glad to see this last book is now out.... and Kim's friend, Steve, has a nice simpatico in his style to Kim's. Must have been terribly hard for him, as well. I found him on instagram awhile back, accidentally, and he mentioned he'd known Kim since he was a kid, Kim was his artistic mentor. Good on him  : )  for being willing to keep this book alive.

Comment by Anna Herrington on June 10, 2018 at 8:32am

Love your comments, Monkey. Yes.

*waving to Ardee*  : )

Comment by Rita Shibr on June 10, 2018 at 8:01pm

I agree on the mixed feelings but Arielle's intrepid message that her dad wanted this changed my mind. I also connected with Steve... what a whimsical guy!  He was just as described.

I also knew Kim could be quite difficult too... I know there was love and frustration.  If you don't have an addiction you just want someone to stop,  you don't understand it's not about you.  I think it got in the way but I was looking in from the outside. 

or just looking inside one person and he to me. We will always be loyal to our friend.  It made no difference to me,  any of that.. except I wanted him to stay,  to take care so he could stay here. Thanks Anna.  

Comment by Rita Shibr on June 10, 2018 at 8:02pm

Ardeeeeeeeee~~~~ hey girl, love you too and so so good to see you. 

thank you for popping in! 

Comment by Rita Shibr on June 10, 2018 at 8:05pm

hmmmm maybe Monkey!  maybe!  love ya hat woman!

Comment by Anna Herrington on June 11, 2018 at 7:28am

Rita, working today but sent you a long note.  xoxo

As for Kim, I'm just glad the pressure is off him to produce, produce, as he struggled in notes about, a lot - and now Earthly struggles are gone. I remember his saying once and I so related, that to be under the water in a good swim, away from land and gravity and people and pressures, was the most peaceful feeling 'on Earth.' Then we both laughed. 

Feel so much for his daughters and Anna and how lonely they must feel without him.

Comment by Anna Herrington on June 11, 2018 at 7:29am

Be well, my friend.


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