Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The 2nd Annual Carnival Of Gentle Discipline ~ Parenting Gently ~ Free Cards Winner

presented by BabyDustDiaries.com

The ParentingGently.com site is a safe place to share gentle parenting questions and answers from parents, and the carnival includes fresh new viewpoints on Gentle Discipline, as well as giveaways. I, personally, am giving away a couple of 8x10 prints.

I am honored to have worked out an agreement with BabyDustDiaries.com for them to use Home as the visual banner for this event ~ thank you to Paige for contacting me with her idea.

Please join ParentingGently.com all week, June 27-July 1, 2011, as they explore alternatives to punitive discipline. They have collected a wonderful array of articles and essays about the negative effects of punitive discipline methods, like spanking, and a myriad of effective alternatives. Please visit their writers each day of the Carnival. New articles will be posted on the following theme days:

June 27 – Practical Tips for Getting Started with Gentle Discipline

June 28 – It’s All About Feelings: Respecting Emotions and Consensual Living

June 29 – A Fork in the Road: Turning Points in Gentle Discipline

June 30 – Gentle Discipline Recipe: Love, Patience, and Cooperation

July 1 – Gentle Discipline Resources

Visit the Baby Dust Diaries page for valuable information on the following topics:

The Science Of Parenting
Gentle Discipline

Visit the Parenting Gently page today for Practical Tips for Gentle Discipline, including how we choose our language when speaking to our children.

The Free Cards Winner for last week is: Marcela ~ thank you for playing!

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Monday, June 20, 2011

Free Cards Winner ~ A School of Fish... at school!

My stepfather is a devoted and creative teacher at Yacolt Primary School in Yacolt, Washington. I went to school there, in the tiny town where my friends and I rode bikes to buy ice cream ~ and played in the woods ceaselessly. Some of my favorite memories revolve around that tiny town...

From my stepfather's creative impulses, in 2007, sprung a student-made mural ~ a fail-proof way for children to incorporate their art into their school, without the chaos of 60 children huddled around a mural with brushes and cups of paint... scary.

The children at Yacolt Primary School watch salmon grow in an indoor aquarium ~ a science lesson ~ and an inspiration to create a true school of salmon ~ cascading over the walls of the communal area between the classrooms ~ the "pod".

Throughout my life, those close have redeemed the value of having artists in the family ~ my three siblings and I have all followed an artistic path ~ and we have been blessed with many opportunities to use our art to please and entertain while helping those we love.

(Yacolt Primary still utilizes a big wooden "Choices" wheel that I painted... urk! too many years ago to count!) Believe it or not it hangs in the main entrance of the school, and while it facilitates children in coming up with a good choice for how to deal with conflict, it brought back many memories for me ~ struggling with paint and skin tones, when I was just a young gun. Seriously, despite the threads of embarrassment, I'm honored to see it hanging there.

Earlier this year, my 5-year old and I painted one of the many wooden salmon that my stepfather jigged with his saw, as a donation for the school ~ a little piece of us that we could set free onto the walls of the pod ~ a bit of me that can live in my past forever. You can see our painted fish here.

Last week my brother (and great friend and painter ~ in from Sweden!) Kevin Conrad and I had the opportunity to oversee and facilitate with my stepfather as the 20 chosen 2011 Fourth Graders painted and completed their salmon.

Kevin painted a fish, too (above).

My little boys (my littlest shows his newest creation, above) came along and wowed with their ability to sit and quietly paint for 2 1/2 hours (I wasn't surprised, only proud) ~ my littlest one felt proud enough to walk his fish around a bit, showing the older children.

Watching these 9 & 10 year old kids paint and finding inspiration in their freedom and lack of baggage was wonderful. Encouraging them and finding tiny teachable moments within the moments of paint and markers on wood was heart-warming. Many of them have such potential and I relish the fact that so many of them realize their potential ~ with confidence and spark. I sent off silent hopes for them to remain in grasp of this confidence and creativity. And encouraged a few to keep going and keep drawing ~ to not let others "scare" it out of them.

In truth, that is one of my biggest and only fears for public schooling ~ at least at our top notch school ~ is that creativity, intuition and spark might be less than honored and nurtured.

The finished fish were great ~ and they soon joined (within a few days) their friends painted by students-past within the great school of fish ~ on the walls of the pod.


The Free Cards Winner for last week is Rose! Thanks for playing!

Have a great week,

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ Featured: Soulful Artwork by Kelly Geisler

I am honored to feature the work of Kelly Geisler, you may learn more about Kelly and her work on her website www.kellygeisler.com

Healing Waters by Kelly Geisler

See The Beauty In You by Kelly Geisler

About Kelly's Work

Kelly's Soulful Artwork is an abstract painting style that contains healing energies that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Kelly has the unique ability to direct the healing energies of Usui and Karuna Reiki® onto canvas. The combination of focused energy, the vibrational frequencies of colors, and the openness of the artist has allowed Kelly's artwork to touch, heal, and inspire many.Kelly's Soulful Artwork is dynamic. An energy exchange is created when you view and absorb the qualities of each painting. Not only will the colors, energy, and design "speak" to you, the art will evolve right along with you. The same painting will "speak" to you one way today and a different way tomorrow.

Mother's Love by Kelly Geisler

Glory by Kelly Geisler

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. Come back on Tuesday to see if the winner is YOU!

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hardbound Inspiration Painting Books ~ just a few left

Hardbound inspiration painting books are here!

~Featuring 21 full color Intimate Motherhood paintings by Katie m. Berggren

~Autographed and perfect for reflection and sharing. 6x8 inches by 3/8" thick.

~This book has a sturdy cover and lovely vellum fly sheets at the front and back.

♥ Pull your super cute 6x8" book from your purse, diaper bag or bed-side table ~ and take a moment to breathe in 21 intimate moments that make Motherhood purposeful and special.

♥ A great girlfriend-mama gift ~ stocking stuffer ~ new mother blessing ~ doula or midwife thank you.

Your hardbound book will ship via Priority Mail (for U.S. buyers), arrive to your hands wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped in a stiff mailer ~ for extra protection ~ and including a full color postcard and free full color 5x7 art card.

ENJOY! There are just a few left in this first run of books, so go GET YOURS Here!

Have a wonderful Thursday,

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Six New Card Styles ~ Organic, Whimsical Mother, Sea Of Silence & more...

I have a new supply of 26 card styles in the studio ~ with 6 of the styles being Brand New!

Here we have the 6 brand new styles (above), from left to right, top to bottom: Whimsical Mother, Crush, Immunity, Sea of Silence, Organic and Moving Forward.

And the following styles are also available!

Woo Wee! :)

Want to get some? Here you go, right there in the Etsy shop. You are welcome to choose your 10 in the Variety Pack ~ especially right now while the pickins are good.

Here is an updated list of available 5x7 cards
(availability subject to change):

Whimsical Mother (see above): http://kmberggren.com/g336.htm

Immunity (see above): http://kmberggren.com/g346.htm

Sea of Silence (see above): http://kmberggren.com/g330.htm

Organic (see above): http://kmberggren.com/g338.htm

Moving Forward (see above): http://kmberggren.com/portfolio-po.htm

Joy & Peace (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g319.htm

Lost Together: http://kmberggren.com/g313.htm

Promise (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g308.htm

Edge Of The Bed: http://kmberggren.com/g87.htm

Undiluted: http://kmberggren.com/g314.htm

Deep As A River (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g286.htm

Three Souls: http://kmberggren.com/g303.htm

The Very Breath (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g320.htm

Happy Hour: http://kmberggren.com/g310.htm

Home (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g236.htm

You & Us: http://kmberggren.com/g133.htm

Blessings: http://kmberggren.com/g105.htm

Connection: http://kmberggren.com/g201.htm

Love Affair (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g93.htm

Life Is But A Dream: http://kmberggren.com/g90.htm

Whisper (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g118.htm

Hand Me Down: http://kmberggren.com/g231.htm

Pearl (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g132.htm

Nature (shown below): http://kmberggren.com/g92.htm

Many of these cards will be given away on Free Cards Fridays on the blog, as well as with each and every print, charm or original painting purchased.

Have a wonderful evening!

Love & Sincerely ~ Katie

Upcoming Event ~ English Estate Winery ~ July 9 & 10

I am honored to announce I will, once again, participate in the English Estate Winery Art & Wine Fair coming up July 9 & 10 in Vancouver/Camas Washington.

This is such a fun event each year, with catered food, wine tasting, a variety of arts and craft vendors, demonstrations, as well as live music & summer happiness billowing about.

Families and children are welcome!

Personally, my big white booth offers prints (in three sizes!), glass pendants and charms, cards, original paintings, demonstrations, and friendly conversation. And this year there will be autographed books, as well!

Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise, look for additional details here at the blog or get on the mailing list (http://kmberggren.com/join.htm) to receive an email with details as the event nears.

Have a wonderful week!

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Enlightened & Meditation ~ two Brand New 8x10 Originals

~ Enlightened & Meditation ~

2 NEW Releases for The Expanded Visions Collection
a new series of Original 8x10 Paintings Learn More!

8x10", Original Acrylic on Canvas
$120 ~ with $10 going to a charity benefiting Mothers & Children

This painting has SOLD

8x10", Original Acrylic on Canvas
$120 ~ with $10 going to a charity benefiting Mothers & Children

This painting, while Available,
may be found in the Online Shop

I will have a new limited stock of Mini Inspiration books in the shop ~ SOON! (see 'em here)

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.”
Swedish proverb

I hope you have a wonderful day ~
Love & Sincerely, Katie

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sneak Peek at tomorrow's 8x10s!

A sneak peek at the two new 8x10 paintings for The Expanded Visions Collection a new series of 8x10 paintings Learn More.

These will be released Thursday morning!



On Thursday morning, the 2 new paintings will appear here, first!

"Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up"
Jesse Jackson

Have a great day!
Love & Sincerely,

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Love Art Gallery 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

On June 4 ~ my family and I enjoyed the 2nd Anniversary Celebration at the sunny Love Art! Gallery in Sellwood, Oregon.

Patti Isaacs demonstrated her Iris Paper Folding techniques for my boys ~ it was inspiring!
(I have a blog post featuring Patti and samples of her work)

Barbara Paanakker was on hand, painting and offering her intriguing paintings.
(I have a blog post featuring Barbara and samples of her work)

Live music inspired my littlest one ~ as he watched and imitated the guitarist.

Shawna Hovey was working on her lovely glass pieces, and modeled her handmade (self-made) necklace.
(I have a blog post featuring Shawna and samples of her work)

My little boys were so excited about throwing pots on the wheel with potter, Jim Wylder, he was amazingly patient and kind with the children.

I am ever so grateful to be a part of the Love Art family.

If you are in the Portland/Vancouver/Sellwood area, I hope you will stop in: www.loveartgallery.net

Learn more on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveArtGallery

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Friday, June 3, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ Mini Pocket-Sized Inspiration Books ~ A Question For The Mamas: Summer Scheduling...

A fun new product is here ~ there is a limited supply at the moment, though!
grab yours here (while supplies last)

~ Mini pocket-sized inspiration books ~
featuring 21 full color Intimate Motherhood paintings by Katie m. Berggren

~ autographed and perfect for reflection and sharing.

♥ Pull your super cute little book from your purse, wallet, diaper bag or bed-side table ~ and take a moment to breathe in the moments that make Motherhood purposeful and special.

A great gift ~ stocking stuffer ~ new mother blessing...

A Question For The Mamas:

How structured is your Summer Vacation going to be for your little ones?
Will you be free-flowin' and goin' with the moment each day ~ or are you setting up a schedule of creative and/or educational activities to keep your kids busy each week?

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. Come back on Tuesday to see if the winner is YOU!

Have a lovely weekend,

Love & Sincerely, Katie