Tag Archives: motherhood

“I Will Always Love You”

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12×12 inches
Watercolor, colored pencil, on illustration board

Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original (12×12 inches):  SOLD

20% of ALL proceeds from this image goes to the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This piece was done for Ina May Gaskin, creator of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, with Laura Gilkey and Birth Matters, VA.

It was done in honor of the women who have lost their lives during or around the time of childbirth, for the women who were dealt unfortunate and unavoidable circumstances, the women who do not have access to good maternity care, and the women who were a part of a maternity system that failed them.

On April 10 Ina May and supporters of the Quilt Project will be marching the quilt up the steps of the National Monument in Washington, DC.  This piece will be printed on the supporter’s t-shirts.

About the Safe Motherhood Quilt Prjoect:

The quilt is made up of individually designed squares; each one devoted to a woman in the U.S. who has died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982. One quilt square is designed and dedicated to each mother’s memory and may mention the date and place of death and the name of the woman. The Safe Motherhood Quilt is the voice for women who can no longer speak for themselves.

To be honored and remembered on The Safe Motherhood Quilt:

  • The woman died as a result of a complication of pregnancy or birth
  • The woman’s death occurred since 1982
  • The woman died within a calendar year after the end of her pregnancy (documented by an obituary, death certificate, relative’s or witness’ account).

Did you know…that the United States ranks behind at least 40 other nations in maternal mortality rates according to the World Health Organization. In 2005, the United States reported 15.1 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, up from 7.5 per 100,000 in 1982.

Did you know…that black women in the United States have 4 times the risk of dying from childbirth or childbirth related complications. Hispanic women in the United States, similarly, are 1.6 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die from pregnancy-related causes.

Did you know…that the Centers for Disease Control estimated in 1998 that the US maternal death rate is actually 1.3 to three times that reported in vital statistics records because of underreporting of such deaths.

Did you know…that reporting of maternal deaths in the United States is done via an honor system. There are no statutes providing for penalties for misreporting or failing to report maternal deaths.

Did you know…that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than half of the reported maternal deaths in the United States could have been prevented by early diagnosis and treatment.

For more information see the below video:


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Cocoon Birth

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Purchase:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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Here is a piece I did for Cocoon Birth, a local doula organization providing on-call doula support to Mountain Midwifery Birth Center.

Mother Sun/Mother Moon

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The idea for these pieces originally came from a photo I saw of my amazing home birth midwife Jessica Nipp.  It was of her and her first baby, bathed in sunlight and it was such a perfect, beautiful picture of how tender and intimate motherhood can be.  So once I started with that I moved on to the lunar side and how women have such ties to the lunar cycle.  Midwives often notice a lot of babies are born on the full moon, so I made her belly into the full moon.

Purchase Mother Sun:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

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Purchase Mother Moon:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $600

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Buy Together:

Both 6×6 “Mini Prints”:  $38

Both 8×8 digital:  $94

Both 12×12 Giclee prints:  $280

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

“Into These Hands”

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Purchase Into These Hands:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250

Original: SOLD

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This piece was made for Jill R. Johnson, a home birth midwife.  Her midwifery practice Into These Hands inspired both the piece and the title.  Thank you to Jill and all the wonderful midwives benefiting women across the world!

Flossy Particles

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"Heartstrings" watercolor

 

This is a print of an original watercolour painting of mine depicting the bond between mother and
child. I referenced the higher spiritual bond by using the flaming heart bursting from her chest (as often seen in Christian art), and the veins interconnecting them to represent their physical connection.  Part of the same, forever. While it uses anatomical motifs, the overall mood is one of pure joy and love above all else.

About Flossy

Flossy-P is an illustration artist from Australia. Since moving from an inner city Sydney terrace house, to a
small coastal town tucked between the beach and the bush, her art has taken on all matter of natural influences. Inspired by the
interconnections we share with each other, and with nature, her watercolour paintings often bloom with flora and sing with birdsong.  She frequently exhibits in Australia and the USA.

To see more visit:
http://www.flossyparticles.com or  http://www.flossy-p.blogspot.com

Jen Otey

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"Midwife"

 

 

"Milkweed"

 

 

"Mother Earth"

 

 

"Rebirth"

 

 

"Sun"

 

About Jen

MOONbow ARTworks was established in 2002 by Jen Otey in Girdwood Alaska following shamanic training she recieved while living there. Since that time the studio has moved and traveled where Spirit guides her to go…Cripple Creek, Alaska, The Big Island of Hawaii, and a few points in between. She currently splits time between interior Alaska and Southwest Virginia.

Jen’s art focuses on the empowerment of womyn and men through the Sacred Feminine and the spiritual and intuitive aspects of birth.  She is particularly interested in helping womyn and men look deep within for their own truth, beauty, faith, strength, compassion for themselves and others, a deeper connection to the feminine aspect of The Creator and the balance of masculine and feminine energies. Over the years she has developed her intuition as a tool for creating works of art that speak to people on a deeply personal and intuitive level.

To see more of Jen’s work visit her website here!

Katie M. Berggren

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"Peace Within" acrylic

A moment of silence brought this composition to my mind, and the urge to call it Within came with. Recently I watched Walk The Line featuring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, an incredible movie… Johnny Cash’s gospel music further inspired me to complete the title as Peace Within.

"Love Affair" acrylic

In wanting to capture the joy of a new life about to begin, and the way that fact can pull a couple together into an oblivion of love and excitement, I decided to play with the name a bit – who’s having the love affair?

"Nesting" acrylic

When I was pregnant with my first son, but didn’t yet know, I woke up one morning with an undeniable urge to reorganize the office closet. As I busily worked, it occurred to me – “maybe this is what nesting is ~ maybe I’m pregnant?”

Inspired by a recent and particularly bad hair morning, and my pre-painting days of creating detailed nests with colored pencil, Nesting was born.

My idea of nesting here revolves around the mother’s protective instincts and awareness, ~ watching ~ planning and preparing a safe, clean and suitable world for her unborn child.

My children are growing fast, but I still love to nest.

I “felt” my way into this painting – led by intuition and emotion – then I “felt” my way out.

"Yes I Can" acrylic

The miraculous exhaustion and honest rawness of birth. A mother and child united, flesh to flesh after waiting so long. This painting is dedicated to you who have manifested the energy for that last push, bringing new life into the world.

"Listen" acrylic

Inspired by warm tones, skin and the amazing way two loving figures can tuck together. A moment of peace and sanity for the mother, but so much more to the child.

About Katie’s Artwork

As a mother and a painter, I am compelled to create honest, emotional pieces that stylize the intimate moments of life. I delight in capturing the visible affection between mother and child in a dance of paint on canvas. My compositions play with how two or more figures can fold together within an atmosphere of movement, energy and sparkle.

There is a daily conflict for a mother of young children. For me it is a challenge that reawakens every morning as I balance my desire to be a patient, graceful mother and at the same time fulfill an instinctive urge to bring forth the creations of my soul and realize my dreams.

Capturing and releasing are two reasons I paint – to capture a fleeting moment, and to release an emotion. The process of painting allows me to connect with the world around me. But, perhaps most important, it is the way I model to my children the value of following their dreams and exploring their gifts.

About Katie

Growing up as youngest in a family of 4 children, Katie relished time & space to explore through writing, drawing and people-watching. Always interested in the dynamic relationships between those around her, she later narrowed that focus to study the intimacies between mothers and their children.

A mostly self-taught painter, Katie’s art career began in high school when she launched a pencil-portrait business. Graphic design and illustration took her to Central Washington University where she earned a BFA. After a brief career in graphic design, Katie was drawn to focus exclusively on painting, vowing to paint everyday. With a constant presence in galleries and shows, and with steady commissions from around the world, Katie is enjoying her career as an artist and mother. The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Washington has honored Katie as Entrepreneur of the Year, and she was recently cited as the #1 Motherhood Artist in America.

Katie’s days are spent with her two little boys by her side… at her heels, and running ahead. Each day she strives to balance simple, loving motherhood with the discipline and craft of painting. The resulting acrylic portraits reflect intimate moments of motherhood through gentle, whimsical compositions and soothing tones.