Friday, May 28, 2010

Free Cards Friday ~ Giving A Second Chance

About ten years ago (yikes!) I told myself I was going to start getting up early in the morning to exercise. On the first day of my new “routine”, I drug myself out of bed, put on my tennis shoes and hit the treadmill. I hated it, everything about it, so it ended there.

Ever since then, I have just written it off as something that I can’t do – the whole getting up early thing, in order to work or have “me” time. Crazy that I assumed that it would still not work for me without even giving it another shot. I was afraid I would let myself down if I tried again because for some reason I feel like if I do something, I should make it a routine and do it everyday. Not sure where that came from.

3 weeks ago I gave it another shot, with some changes. At 5:30am I went straight to my teakettle, and with tea and water canteen I headed to the studio to paint. Tiptoeing on the quietest feet, so as not to wake the sleeping children upstairs.

From the first quiet sip of tea, I knew I would like this. I painted silently for nearly an hour before I heard the first yawn and stretch of my soft warm boys upstairs. I finished a painting, and finished another one the following day (I had two that I was having trouble putting the finishing touches on during the busy days).

Another difference about this new try is that I am giving myself permission to miss a day – if I am up in the middle of the night more than once with my kiddos, I give myself permission to turn off the 5:40am alarm. Because I am being kinder to myself, I am finding that I look forward to standing at the sink while my wonderful electric teakettle works for me – quickly steaming me up a serving or two of tea water.


This experience has been eye-opening for me. Getting my “me” and quiet time out of the way early helps me to be a better mom during the day. Getting some painting or writing (I’m writing a book, but who isn’t?!) done early helps me feel some success.

I wonder how often we keep from giving experiences a second chance because of an earlier failure?


above image: Pause

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


Love & Sincerely, Katie

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Elemental ~ Today's 10x10 ~ an upcoming NEW print size!

Elemental ~ the newest painting in The Forty Minis Collection has arrived!


You can find Elemental and/or the remaining available paintings from The Forty Minis Collection in the Online Etsy shop.



A study for a new painting titled Deep As A River, Elemental allowed me to experiment with warm and cool tones. This painting was inspired by the encompassing beautiful nature I experienced with my family at Silver Falls (Silverton, OR) recently, and the peace that followed the whole weekend. From an unusual fern, to the blue of the sky between rain clouds...





So, 12x12 prints are coming to the Etsy shop (http://www.kmberggren.etsy.com/) in the next couple weeks - I have one in the studio now and it is yummy. Looking forward to showing them to you! They will feature the 10x10 and 8x8 sold paintings.




Tomorrow is Free Cards Friday, (comment on tomorrow's post, here at the blog or on my Facebook page) and be entered to win some cards! Comment throughout the weekend, I will pick the winner on Monday.



“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
George Bernard Shaw


Take note of what you desire, that would be the first step...
Have a creative day!


Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Monday, May 24, 2010

Deep As A River ~ Free Cards Winner

I'm working on a new painting ~ inspired by the encompassing beautiful nature I experienced with my family at Silver Falls (Silverton, OR) last weekend... and the peace that followed the whole weekend. From an unusual fern, to the blue of the sky between rain clouds - to an image I found Sunday in a magazine, featuring cows... I have been edged with inspiration ever since.

This new piece is titled Deep As A River, and yes, it is a color step-out for me - one that has given me a refreshing breath of air. I have been sucked into this piece, and I would really like to know what you think.

Here is a little process show for you, including the newest 10x10 that has helped me to figure out where I want my warms vs my cools:











this piece is not complete, but I'm enjoying the texture...



I am just beginning my 3rd week of getting up at 540am each day to paint before the kiddos come downstairs. It is working for me, psychologically and physically :) The hardest part is getting my self to bed around 10pm each night...


Thank you in advance for your time, and the Free Card Winner for last week is Kaci Jo.


Have a wonderful week and I'll see you on Thursday with the completed 10x10 painting for The Forty Minis Collection.


Love & Sincerely, Katie

Friday, May 21, 2010

Free Cards Friday ~ Do It Day ~ Something to Ponder

We are spiritual beings having a human experience...

...this is what was printed on the tag of my 5:40am cup of super green tea... this gives me warm and curious ponderisms ;)


Today is DO-IT Day at my house again. Cleaning out the coat/canvas closet, sorting through clothes, doing laundry, dishes and toy managing.

I have a painting I'm itching to work on and finish this weekend ~ and two more to ship, the studio is busy. But there are times when it hits me that I cannot move forward until I do some space-clearing - and this is one of those days.

I summoned my most delighted voice when telling my boys it was Do-it Day today (! yay, smile, cool!) They helped me for about 15 minutes and are now DOing a whole lot of happy playing in their bedrooms. This works for me, too :)

Do you ever feel this way? Where you can't physically, emotionally or professionally move forward until you have a bodacious cleaning and clutter flinging session?



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

Love & Sincerely, Katie

BELOW: the 4 available 10x10s in The Forty Minis Collection


Time Well Spent


Day Dream


Honesty


Early Rise




You can find these while available in the Online Etsy Shop.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Touching ~ Today's 10x10 Painting ~ Post Your Dreams & Goals

Touching ~ the newest painting in The Forty Minis Collection has arrived!


motherhood painting by Katie m. Berggren
An exploration, an innocent moment of connection.


motherhood painting by Katie m. Berggren
You can find this and/or the remaining available paintings from the collection in the Online Etsy shop.



“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there.” Erma Bombeck


I try not to be this person. Get your dreams and goals out into the light of day and post them where you can see them each day. I attended a wonderful meeting for the Women Entrepreneurs Organization last night where speaker Katie Kelley of Legacy Builder Coaching reminded us that it is often our own limiting beliefs and fears that keep us from succeeding (and/or setting high enough goals). "Why are we holding back?" She asked, "we've got just this one life..."


Tomorrow is Free Cards Friday, (comment on tomorrow's post, here at the blog or on my Facebook page) and be entered to win some cards! Comment throughout the weekend, I will pick the winner on Monday.

Have a great day!
Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reminder: Thanking YOU ~ Earn a Free 8x10 Print (or more!)

A reminder about the current promotion going on through the end of May!

I have been thinking about how to thank the wonderful mothers and fathers who support my artwork and give me the inspiration, gratification and fuel to continue doing what I love to do... and I have decided that I'd like to offer you a free print for every four prints that are purchased by friends you have pointed toward the Online Etsy shop - just have them place your name in the comments section of the sale form!





Contact me with any questions!

Have a wonderful day!

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Monday, May 17, 2010

Free Cards Friday Winner ~ Breath & Heart ~ a client's beautiful words

I'd love to present to you Breath & Heart, a painting just completed for an artist in Florida ~ Carmen Wilson is a photographer of breathtaking talent, and I invite you to view her amazing work here.


I thoroughly enjoyed creating this piece for Carmen and her family, and am honored beyond imagination to have permission to share her kind words:

"Words can not express HOW MUCH I LOVE my painting. It's absolutely breathtaking. It just keeps making me smile. I can't even hang it because I want to stare at it all night. It's sitting on an easel in my bedroom so I can look at it all night. Oh, my I just love it to pieces. The only regret I have is: I wish it was a huge painting. Oh, this is a masterpiece and it needs to be so big!

I woke up this morning and just slightly opened the blinds so the morning light would shine on my sweet masterpiece. Instantly, I got teary and once again was reflecting back to the sweetest days in my life. It brought back toddler days that I treasure so dearly. I see the love and emotion in your painting that represents the four of us. I appreciate your talent immensely. Kudos to you my dear for you are blessed with greatness.

I am mesmerized by this piece. It's really the most beautiful item in my home. I need more ASAP."



Thank you so much, dear Carmen, for sharing your words and inspiration, and for the opportunity to create Breath & Heart for you.

I continue to be intrigued and motivated by Carmen's work.


The Free Cards Winner for last week is Jennifer C., thank you all for playing! Let's do it again this week. Have a great week!


Love & Sincerely, Katie

Friday, May 14, 2010

Free Cards Friday ~ Early Bird Gets the Worm?

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


Whisper, 24x30, acrylic on canvas, $495


The last couple days I have risen early to get some work done before little voices and bouncy feet shatter the silence ~ it has worked well for me (surprisingly) and requires an earlier bedtime which is also nice.

I have noticed a lot of emails and responses (especially on yesterday's 10x10 Early Rise) that come in early in the morning from my mama friends and collectors ~ and I am wondering if I have discovered a well-known Mother's Secret... does the early bird get the worm, for real?
I think so.


Have a GORGEOUS day, it is supposed to be a true Summer-looking day here in Vancouver, Washington - so I'm looking forward to the warmth.


Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Early Rise ~ Today's 10x10 Release

Early Rise~ the newest painting in The Forty Minis Collection has arrived!
You can find this and/or the remaining available paintings from the collection in the Online Etsy shop.



Recent paintings have found me focusing on detail and precision ~ this week I realized I was yearning for fresh freedom, loose expression ~ and maybe a bit of humor ~ thus, Early Rise.







Tomorrow is Free Cards Friday
, (comment on tomorrow's post, here at the blog or on my Facebook page) and be entered to win some cards! I will pick the winner on Monday.Have a great day!


Have a glorious day!


"Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, an antiseptic."
John Henry Jowett



Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Monday, May 10, 2010

Free Cards Winner ~ Flood Clothing, Portland Oregon

I must sing the praises of a young woman in Portland who inspires, loves and creates beautiful clothing: Nicole Flood of Flood Clothing.

Let me tell you: I met Nicole 1 year and a half ago when my mom, sister and I meandered through the Portland Saturday Market on a Sunday afternoon.

What struck me instantly about Nicole was her warmth, caring and creativity. She touches you, both physically and spiritually as you enter her booth. And she is a young mother fulfilling her passion to create engaging and amazing clothing out of recycled materials!



"My clothing line represents the infinite creative possibilities that exist in the world around us. The foundation of my clothing line will always be defined by 100% recycled materials. Each time I collect a piece of clothing at a second hand shop, I immediately get a feeling from that garment of what its next form will be. I love the inspiration each garment presents. There is always a jumping point; a graphic, a style line, some kind of clue as to what the garment is to become." Nicole Flood




My mom bought my sister a hat that day for her birthday, and I was enamored by the 16 hat designs Flood Clothing offered, and she was happy to help visitors decide between (She now offers 30 hat styles, see women's styles here ).


Ever since, I have wanted to own one of Flood Clothing's beautiful hats, and I am not the purchase-making type.

I have always wanted to be a "hat-wearer" because I love the option of completely covering up my hair, but I have NEVER found one that suits me, feels like me, or gives me genuine confidence. I even purchased one from Whole Foods Market once, proud of the deal I got, but then took it back the next day when I read "Made in China" on the tag.

Flood Clothing hats are made just across the state from me.


3 times since then I have been back to the Portland Saturday Market and have missed the Flood Clothing booth.


On Mother's Day, however, my mom and sister and I were back bumbling around the market and there it was. As soon as I walked in I was again taken aback by the love, honesty, spirit of giving, and confidence of this woman.


She helped me to pick out my beautiful hat! (someday I will have a photo of me wearing it, most likely during the English Estate Winery Art Fair in July) And despite the fact that I waffled between two, and some told me the second one was cuter, Nicole helped me to realize why I couldn't help but be drawn to a simple green hat with the words "I Like Watching" printed comfortably across the top. I am a serious watcher (isn't every artist?) and these words fit me to a T!


I invite you and encourage you to view the Flood Clothing website to experience the inspiration and heart - many items are available online, and I can't imagine you to be less than satisfied with the creations of Nicole.


above image: Believe




The Free Cards Winner for last week is: Faerwillow! Yay ~ and thank you all for playing!



Have a wonderful week,

Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A New Commissioned Painting ~ Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day, my friends!
I am working on this Mother's Day commission ~ which is a gift for a mother of 3 beautiful little girls.
Here is the unfinished piece...


John wrote me to say that he "couldn’t have a better wife and mother!"
And I am so honored to be creating this painting as a gift from him
~ by the way Erin, this one is for YOU! ~
Happy Mother's Day!
And to all of my wonderful mother friends. Now, go take the day OFF... like me :)
Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Friday, May 7, 2010

Free Cards Friday ~ Sharing The Gift ~ Event Tonite!

Introducing Sharing The Gift, the newest painting to emerge from the studio!
This painting has not been added to the website yet; it is 24x30", acrylic on canvas, $580



And a reminder of TONITE'S EVENT!
Friday, May 7, 6-9pm ~ Studio Grand Opening
Barbara Hill Photography & Lake Shore Design Studio
12216 NW 36th Ave.Vancouver, WA, 98685
Join us for art, food & fun! Families welcome!
I am honored to be a part of this event ~ I will be there with prints, cards and charms - and look forward to enjoying visiting with you if you can make it.


Sharing The Gift ~ painting process


Sharing The Gift ~ painting process


Sharing The Gift ~ painting process
the 10x10 painting Honesty (http://kmberggren.com/g266.htm) was a study for this painting


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


Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Quiet Study ~ Today's 10x10 Painting ~ Portland Art Walk

Quiet Study ~ the newest painting in The Forty Minis Collection has arrived!


You can find this and/or the remaining available paintings from the collection
in the Online Etsy shop.


motherhood painting: Quiet Study
Despite all that can be labeled as accomplished at the end of the day, by far those that make me feel the most achieved are those moments of quiet reading or homework with my little ones.


This painting is a study for a larger painting for the Working Mothers Series.


motherhood painting: Quiet Study
motherhood painting: Quiet Study

Tomorrow is Free Cards Friday, (comment on tomorrow's post, here at the blog or on my Facebook page) and be entered to win some cards! I will pick the winner on Monday.Have a great day!



Tonite ~ I happily venture to Portland to enjoy friends, good food & art, art and more art at First Thursday. I can hardly wait!


Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Monday, May 3, 2010

Free Card Winner ~ Grand Opening at Barbara Hill Photography & Lake Shore Design Studio

Good evening! I am honored to be a part of this upcoming event! I will be there with prints, cards and charms - and look forward to enjoying visiting with you if you can make it.
OH! And I will be introducing the finished painting
Sharing The Gift that evening, I am in love with it.


Friday, May 7, 6-9pm ~ Studio Grand Opening


Barbara Hill Photography & Lake Shore Design Studio
Felida, Washington
12216 NW 36th Ave.Vancouver, WA, 98685

Join us for art, food & fun! Families welcome!



Barbara Hill (right) of Barbara Hill Photography and Suzanne Simon of Lake Shore (Interior) Design Studio are two of the most talented women I have met.

Passionate about what they do, open, accessible and loving.

I can't wait to share the evening with them.


The Free Cards Winner for last week is: Ashley! Yay Ashley - and thank you all for playing!