Friday, January 29, 2010

Free Cards Friday ~ 10x10 Paintings

Good Morning!

It is Do-It Day at my house again! I like these days and have an urge to get some indoor things finished so we can spend time outside in the yard this weekend :)

Motherhood Painting: Wist

My littlest one and I planted about 30 bulbs on Wednesday, and the sight of their little sprouts sings Spring to me everytime I walk outside.

Motherhood Painting: After The Bath

It's also Free Cards Friday! Comment on this post (here at the blog or on my Facebook page) and be in the running to win some cards ~ I'll choose the winner on Monday.

Motherhood Painting: Music

Motherhood Painting: Attachment

For fun, I'm posting all of the Available 10x10 Paintings here - it's so fun to see them as a happy bunch! For more information on these paintings, visit the online Forty Minis Portfolio or the Online Etsy Shop.

Motherhood Painting: Time Well Spent
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.-- Victor Hugo

Motherhood Painting: Day Dream

A mother understands what a child does not say. -- Jewish proverb

Motherhood Painting: Star Crossed
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

10x10 Paintings from The Forty Minis Collection, top to bottom: Wist, After The Bath, Music, Attachment, Time Well Spent, Day Dream, Star Crossed.

Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vision Boards ~ an expanding experience

Recently, I visited with my friend Tia Ribary of Ribary & Associates and we talked a bit about her Vision Board, hanging in her office ~ I have always wanted to create one, but for some reason hadn't.

Talking with Tia lit a fire beneath me. Vision Boards are talked about in The Secret , as well as the SmARTist Telesummit 2008, and a myriad of other places including the Women Entrepreneurs Organization that I belong to in Vancouver, Washington.

Vision Boards
Basically, a Vision Board (or Treasure Map) is a collage that contains images and words of what you want to be/do/have/experience in your life - your visions, your goals.

Kathie Nelson of Connectworks describes it this way: "When you’re caught up in the day-to-day of running your business and your life, it can be easy to lose sight of why you’re doing all of this and what you are trying to create. Treasure Mapping is a proven visioning process that harnesses the power of both sides of your brain to create your own “treasure map” to serve as a guide and reminder of what it is you really want to manifest in the coming year."

Kathie is offering a workshop in Portland, Oregon area in February (see the details and/or sign up on Kathie's website) where you can get together with a variety of other individuals for a map building/consulting session. This event comes highly recommended.

Vision Boards

On Monday, while my big boy was in school, my little boy and I decided to start creating - he creating collages, me working on a Vision Board ~ information that I have read has suggested you create your board in one sitting, vs spreading the process out over days.

We worked happily for two hours, munching apples and chatting and it was such a soul-expanding experience for me! It felt right every step of the way and the images (but mostly words) that I pulled from my art and Real Simple magazines were amazingly insightful.

I now have a beautiful board to hang in my studio - where I can look at it each day ~ information that I have read and heard has suggested you spend around 30 minutes a day with your board.

"Energy Flows Where Attention Goes" right?!

In the above photos, my Vision Board is in the upper left, the creative mess takes over the rest of the space :)

“Creative vision is more than an interest in material things it is a commitment to a better future. Nothing will happen in your life that you do not inspire by your own initiative. Creative vision is the power which inspires that personal initiative.”
– Napoleon Hill

Have a wonderful and inspiring day!
Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Prints of Energy Now Available

Motherhood Painting: Energy
The original Energy will be off to a new home tomorrow ~ which means prints of this painting are now available ~ learn more in the Etsy Shop:

Tomorrow - it's Free Cards Friday - come back to comment on tomorrow's post and be in the running to win free cards.

Have a great night!

And thank you.

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Painting Video ~ Here & Now ~ Free Cards Winner

Presenting a brand new video! The process of Here & Now, the newest painting from the studio.
I'll get it photographed tomorrow ~ today was a beautiful picture-perfect morning, but we spent it walking to the park and playing with Great Grandma :)

It occurs to me that the important stuff we are meant to learn must come from within - books and other people we admire can hint at this stuff, but it will not sink in until we are ready, then it bursts from within in a way that makes sense to us...

just a thought :)

The Free Cards Winner for last week is: Kimberly ~ thanks for playing everyone!
Have a great night,

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Friday, January 15, 2010

Slowing Down to the Speed of Life, Carlson and Bailey's insightful book

I am honored to have received permission from Joseph Bailey to post this excerpt.


Slowing Down to the Speed of Life
©Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey

The first of seven techniques for getting into the present moment while parenting.

1) Become More Oriented to the Present Moment

One of the primary keys to effective, joyful parenting is the same as the key to slowing down to the speed of life: Learn to live more of your life in this moment. So much of the time we are reviewing some aspect of our experience that is over and done with – this morning’s quarrels between siblings, last semester’s poor report card, last night’s disrespectful comments. Or we are rehearsing an unknown or feared future – what if my child doesn’t get into college? What will happen if the kids can’t get along on our vacation? What if Sara can’t meet any new friends? All of these concerns (and thousands of others like them), past and future, are just thoughts…

Consider this, imagine your life as a timeline:

You were born _________ right now _________ the moment you die.

Consider everything that has ever happened to you in your life as it exists right now – pleasant experiences, embarrassing moments, passion, sadness, grief, success, failure. At this moment in your life, looking back, what realm is everything in? Is it actual reality or merely thoughts in your mind? If you guessed that it’s in the realm of thought, you are right. If you fainted in a public speaking class, it’s no longer real, it’s only a memory. If you were a high school cheerleader thirty years ago, it’s now only a thought. Anything and everything that has ever happened in your life exists now only in memory.

Now consider the future. Everything that will ever happen to you in the future is, in this moment, only a thought. It hasn’t happened yet. You can’t touch it; you can only anticipate it, think about it. You may become rich and famous or broke and homeless, but whatever may happen, at this moment it’s all thought.

That leaves you with this moment and this moment alone!
This present moment is the only “real” moment that exists in real time – right now. But remember, this moment too is constantly changing and it too is experienced through thought. The moment vanishes and is replaced by the next one and so forth.

This exercise helps to emphasize how precious this moment really is by reminding you that all other moments are only an illusion. This moment is the only real one there is. Appreciate each new moment instead of focusing on moments that are over or yet to be, and you will operate at the speed of life.
©Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey

Here are the details of this inspiring book:
Slowing Down to the Speed of Life
How to Create a more Peaceful Simpler Life From the Inside Out

©Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey
Harper Collins Publishers

Motherhood Painting: Spending Time"Carlson and Bailey help us recognize rushed thought processes and access healthy, relaxed feelings, and, using the popular "psychology of mind" approach, they teach us to gain new-found abilities to stay focused on the task at hand and enhance our creativity and achievement. Illustrated with useful exercises, charts, and diagrams, as well as inspiring personal reflections, Slowing Down to the Speed of Life shows us there is plenty of time to build meaningful relationships, master seemingly hectic schedules, and maintain a healthy calm in the midst of the life's storm. "

Buy the Book at Amazon

I have just completed a painting, titled Here & Now, and I adore it. I also (yay!) have a ton of footage of the painting process. So, in the next couple days, I will be posting the painting to my website and the video to my Youtube Channel my Youtube Channel

Have a wonderful weekend!

Don't forget to comment on yesterday's blogpost to be in the running to win free cards.

Love & Sincerely, Katie

above image: Spending Time, 30x24" acrylic painting on cradled panel

Free Cards Friday!

It's Free Cards Friday! Comment on this post (here at the blog or on my Facebook page) and be in the running to win some cards!

Have a great day!
Love & Sincerely, Katie

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sneak Peek at After The Bath ~ Thursday's 10x10 painting!

Good afternoon!
I would like to give you a sneak peek at the UNFINISHED After The Bath - Thursday's 10x10 release into The Forty Minis Collection!

Still in order for this painting is warming the skin tones and background as well as adding atmosphere, color and final details. I like it so far.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Last weeks Free Cards Friday winner is Annette - thank you for playing!

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hello Mama! Painting Progress ~ Mary Cassatt: one of my very favorites

Good evening, it's about time to call it quits for the night, but I wanted to share this ~ I just achieved the (underpainting of) the mother's face in my new painting, it's simple and makes me feel very happy.

When this face popped up on the canvas, I instantly said "hello Mama!" I guess that's a good sign since she and I have been spending a fair amount of time together lately :)

My plan is to get some video footage of her process, but learning the new Flip video camera (which I did in like 2 minutes tonite), working out the tripod situation and finding time to work without interruption have been pieces that have not come together yet in the same time and space.

You can see more of this painting by scrolling down to a previous blog post.

This weekend, I couldn't help but feel like a subject in a Mary Cassatt painting ~ my little boys and I spent hours sewing and I'm ridiculously tickled and proud of the creations we made - little stuffed toys that they seem to adore. It was miraculously fun!

Young Mother Sewing, 1900
© Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)
Oil on canvas
36 3/8 x 29 in.

This is one of my favorite Cassatt paintings - she's a dream.

I like to think I could paint like her someday - she never had children and always regretted not experiencing her own chance at motherhood, bless her, she probably would have been a great mother.

Have a great evening and week!

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Friday, January 8, 2010

Free Cards Friday ~ Free Etsy Gift ~ Upcoming Fun Stuff

My 3-year-old was itching to take photos of me again yesterday - so I let him take my promo shot (once again!) it was due time, anyway. He's rather talented with the camera.

He even obliged to let me get some of us together!

Today is Free Cards Friday! Comment on this post (here at the blog or on my Facebook page) and be in the running to win a few of my new cards ~ I'll choose the winner on Monday.

Also - in the Online Etsy shop, I've just about hit 600 sales (cool, thanks everyone) and I'd like to give the person who purchases the 600th item 5 free 5x7 full color art cards (that's over a $15 value!)

There are 598 sales right now, so it won't be long :)

My wonderful (and tech-savvy) husband gave me a Flip video camera for a gift, so it won't be long now til we learn how to use it (remember, he's the tech-savvy one!) and then I have plans to take video of the painting process.

Training the camera lens onto the canvas so the finished product will show the painting from beginning to end (or so). I'm very much looking forward to it!

I'll let you know when I have this whole process figured out.

Have a wonderful day and weekend!

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tomorrow morning - the newest 10x10 - stay tuned!

Tomorrow morning brings the newest 10x10 painting - it is called Attachment, and I love it's gentle warmth. Can't wait to show you!

See you in the morning!
Love & Sincerely, Katie