Friday, April 29, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ One Year Ago While Painting Motherhood...












It's Free Cards Friday ~ Add your note or insight to 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.



Have a lovely weekend,

Sincerely, Katie

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Give Art for Mother's Day & Featured Artist Shawna Hovey



I had the opportunity to meet Shawna Hovey recently, at the Love Art! Gallery in Portland Oregon where we are both represented.



She shared with me her glass art works, a bit of her story, but most of all her undeniable passion to create and live. Working with dichroic glass is her passion and brings her great joy, which is reflected in her work. Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties (according to Wiki).





Shawna's Words:

Born, too, as a butterfly from a Chrysalis, a journey through cancer, chemotherapy and heart failure delivered me to a new life. A life filled with brilliant beauty, great joy and heart felt thanks for the opportunity to “do what makes my heart sing” as never before. Creating with glass gives me great joy. I am inspired by life’s infinite beauty and sharing my joy with others.






You can find Shawna's glass work at the Love Art! Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and some in her online shop, Chrysalis Dreams.



Thank you Shawna, for doing the lovely work that you do!




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Mother's Day is fast approaching!


The Mother's Day Gift Packs are here




Mother’s Day Gift Pack ~ 12x12 (shown above) • (2) 12x12 prints of your choice • (2) 5x7 art cards (I’ll select, unless you would like to choose from the below link) Value: $64.50 Mother’s Day Gift Pack Special: $48 (you save $16.50)






Have a great day everyone ~ Love & Sincerely, Katie

Monday, April 18, 2011

Free Cards Winner ~ Why Does Art Cost So Much? Guest Blog Posts from Artist Amy Buchheit

A fellow artist and friend of mine, Amy, has been answering some tough questions on her blog: Fantastic Journey: Amy Buchheit's Art Adventures


Why Does Art Cost So Much? A Five Part Series Written by Amy Buchheit





An Excerpt from Part 1 of the series:
"This conversation cannot start without discussing the most prevalent myth about artists – that all (or most) artists starve and live as paupers, mooching off those around them. The perception of the starving artist is a cultural conversation, most prevalent in the United States."
Read More on Amy's Blog







An Excerpt from Part 2 of the series ~ Materials:
"The creation of art involves the purchase of materials, the time to produce the work, and in many cases, framing or other presentation costs. After the piece is complete, there is the expense of entering traditional exhibitions, the cost of a professional photographer to shoot images of the work, time spent on marketing, more time on creating non-traditional exhibition opportunities and the general expenses of running a small business."
Read More on Amy's Blog



art: "Change", 40x30", acrylic and mixed media on canvas, © 2005 Amy Buchheit. All Rights Reserved.




An Excerpt from Part 3 of the series ~ Presentation:
"One of the biggest expenses is marketing or presentation. Marketing is all about presenting your product or service to the marketplace with the intention of drawing customers in. Artists accomplish this in many ways including promotional post cards, professional stationary and framing their work (in the case of 2D artists). The intention is to create a recognizable brand that conveys value to collectors."
Read More on Amy's Blog






An Excerpt from Part 4 of the series ~ Time Is Money:
"The wise and respected Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time is money”. If this is true, a dollar value has to be placed on every minute of the day. An artist spends a large amount of time doing things other than producing art, and this time needs to be considered in the value of an art work."
Read More on Amy's Blog





An Excerpt from Part 5 of the series ~ Getting The Work Seen:
"Something is lost when the rich smell of linseed oil, delicious quality of thickly laid texture or the thrill of connecting to the artist by being in the presence of their handmade creation is replaced with a reasonable facsimile*. For these reasons, it is in the artist’s best interest that their work be presented directly to a live audience."
Read More on Amy's Blog










The Free Cards Winner for last week is C├ęcile Mary!
Thank you all for playing ~ have a wonderful week,





Love & Sincerely, Katie

Friday, April 15, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ Breathe Life painting process video ~ Connection Parenting

I'm having fun with Painting Process Videos ~ and I am going to try to be more vigilant about creating them. Here is a video showing the completion of one of the newest 8x10s for The Expanded Visions Collection








Connection Parenting & Pam Leo I am currently reading Pam Leo's book, Connection Parenting ~ and I am thoroughly in love with her ideals and principles. I'd like to send you to her website, with this excerpt from her article: Teaching Through Love Instead of Fear



"While counting may appear to be a magic form of discipline, there is no magic in threats. Children know that adults are bigger and more powerful than they are. They comply in self-defense. If the only way we can get children to do what we ask is by intimidating them with our greater physical size and power, how will we get them to do as we ask when we are no longer bigger and stronger? Ask the parents of any teenager if counting still works. Not only do threats no longer work, they've learned to use the same means to make others do what they want."






It's Free Cards Friday ~ say hello as a comment to 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.




Have a wonderful weekend ~ Love & Sincerely, Katie

Monday, April 11, 2011

Free Cards Winner ~ a Painting Inspired by Song In My Soul


Lynn Means, a budding fellow artist, contacted me recently to share a painting she had created, inspired by the 8x8 Song In My Soul. She has titled her painting Beloved, this is her first painting - ever! Her painting will grace a poster for her local Crisis Pregnancy Center. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing, Lynn!




above: Beloved by Lynn Means, inspired by Song In My Soul by Katie m. Berggren




Song In My Soul was the 16th of 85 8x8s for the 85 8x8s for $85 Collection, created in 2009



above: Song In My Soul by Katie m. Berggren





The Free Cards Winner for last week is Leah ~ see her beautiful photography here: http://ourheartsbeating.blogspot.com/ I was lost in her blog for awhile ~ maybe you will become so, too.


Have a wonderful week,

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Friday, April 8, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ Featured Artist Barbara Paanakker

Not only do I love the work of fellow local artist, Barbara Paanakker (and her fun personality), but we both are represented by Love Art! Gallery and I have one of her lovely pieces hanging in my hallway, just outside my studio ~ we caught up last week at the gallery.



Barbara & I at Love Art! Gallery, Portland Oregon ~ First Friday, April 1, 2011

with Barbara's paintings on the wall in the background





above: Full Moon, by Barbara Paanakker, a sold piece



Barbara's Words

Painting is a passion for me. The world around us is very colorful and bright if you look in the right direction. After always doodling around with colored pencils and markers as a kid, I started painting 10 years ago. A private teacher taught me how to put my everlasting inspirational ideas on canvas. Life has been good ever since. All my paintings happen in the process of painting, therefore they all are very different and unique, one of a kind! If you own one of my paintings you know that the passion is in the painting and it will make your live more colorful. Enjoy!



above: Love, by Barbara Paanakker, currently hanging at Love Art! Gallery in Portland, Oregon



above: Morning Dreams, by Barbara Paanakker







Barbara likes to create her frequently abstract paintings on smooth wood panels or canvas ~ often including everyday found objects such as metal washers and things she finds while out walking or jogging.


I love the rich texture and deep tones in Barbara's work ~ the intricacies and the free-flowing compositions. She shared with me that often her pieces may mean one thing to one person, then something completely different to another ~ depending upon what the viewer "sees" within the shapes and colors.


Her pieces are finished with a rich glossy varnish, giving them an almost glass-like look and feel. The beautiful painting hanging in my home, Elephant Exhibit, has started a lot of interesting conversations, and I delight in it's richness and smoothness.



Thank you Barbara, for doing the lovely and inspirational work that you do!



It's Free Cards Friday ~ Add your note or insight to 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.

Have a creative and sunny weekend, Love & Sincerely, Katie

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

An Opportunity to Pay It Forward ~ New Square Charms


“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” - Lao Tzu


I recently experienced some kindness from someone who discovered my paintings and decided to help get them out to more families ~ someone I had never met ~ her response to my offer to send her something as a gift for her kindness ~ was for me to Pay It Forward ~ so I am, and I am asking you to do the same. You can learn more about the kindness I received and an offer for you, here.


I like Paying It Forward, and I am seriously contemplating making this a regular part of my blog (thank you Jae, for your inspiration). There is so much kindness that needs doing and so many souls who'd soar with a spark of connection from a stranger. I love connection, and I seek connection from strangers.


So here is my challenge for you: If you should be the soul who wins the Free Archival 12x12 Print that I am offering, how would YOU then Pay It Forward ~ and spread your kindness? Learn more here.






I have new 1x1" Charms. I liked the 1x2" Pendants so much, that I decided to change over the charms as well, to the vintage bronze trays.



you can find a few of these in the Online Shop with the 1x2 Glass Pendants.











And don't forget:

The Mother's Day Gift Packs are here


Mother’s Day Gift Pack ~ 12x12 (shown above) • (2) 12x12 prints of your choice • (2) 5x7 art cards (I’ll select, unless you would like to choose from the below link) Value: $64.50 Mother’s Day Gift Pack Special: $48 (you save $16.50)




Have a wonderful week's middle,


Love & Sincerely, Katie

Monday, April 4, 2011

Free Cards Winner ~ First Friday at Love Art! Gallery

On April 1, Love Art! Gallery in Sellwood, Oregon held their monthly First Friday event ~ it was an inspiring evening. Enjoy the photographs!




Gary Kimmel (above) performed at this event, he plays original instrumentals using the mandolin, guitar, and didgeridoo.



I look forward to featuring some of these artists here on the blog ~ over the coming weeks.



Hey look! Whose faces are those looking back? Hand Me Down and Joy & Peace ~ as well as:


& Time Well Spent

The THREE VERY LAST available 10x10s from The Forty Minis Collection



13x19 Archival Prints (shown: Cling)







Artist, Patti Isaacs


The Free Cards Winner for last week is Maya ~ thank you all for playing. I am still taking entries for the Pay It Forward contest, as well!


Have a great week,

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Art Video ~ Paying It Forward ~ Get a Free 12x12 Archival Print

I am so honored to be sharing this video ~ graciously created by Jae Jones of Tinsel Whiskers.







Jae literally came along, enjoyed the work, and decided to create this video for me to share. I think she did a very nice job, and I am moved by her generosity.


When I offered her a gift as a thank you, she asked if I would, instead, Pay It Forward by offering a FREE Archival 12x12 Print to another person instead of her.


I like Paying It Forward, so here is my challenge to you: If you should be the soul who wins the Free Archival 12x12 Print from me, how would YOU then Pay It Forward ~ and spread your kindness?


If you are interested in playing ~ add your comment here ~ I will choose one of the commenters to win their choice of a FREE Archival 12x12 Print ~ giving them the opportunity to put action to their Pay It Forward idea.


And if you don't win, you can always take action on your idea anyway :)


Have a wonderful weekend, my friends,

Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Friday, April 1, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ Mother's Day Gift Packs ~ Available Now


The Mother's Day Gift Packs are here, with 2 options this year!



Mother’s Day Gift Pack ~ 12x12 (shown above)
• (2) 12x12 prints of your choice
• (2) 5x7 art cards (I’ll select, unless you would like to choose from the below link)
Value:
$64.50
Mother’s Day Gift Pack Special:
$48 (you save $16.50)








Mother’s Day Gift Pack ~ 8x10 (shown above)
• (2) 8x10 prints of your choice
• (2) 5x7 art cards (I’ll select, unless you would like to choose from the below link)
Value:
$40.50
Mother’s Day Gift Pack Special:
$28 (you save $12.50)


Find the 8x10 Gift Pack in the Online Shop



The blog post where you can see the available 5x7 art card selections.




It's Free Cards Friday ~ Add your note or insight to 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.


Have a lovely weekend, Sincerely, Katie