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commissioning an original oil painting: how and what to ask

ksl studio 5 brooke walker and utah artist katrina berg

How to commission an original piece of artwork? It's no longer as hard as you think! What fun it was to share commission stories, ideas and suggestions for your first (or next) commission experience on Studio 5 in Salt Lake City! Thank you Brooke Walker and Stephanie Bryson for helping me "pull back the curtain" on obtaining a custom original painting! (Listen to episode 28 of my candy colored studio podcast to hear what my daughter thought about her backstage experience)

So what is a commission?! Anything specifically created with you in mind? Do all artists do commissions? No, but feel free to ask your favorite artists if they are interested and learn about their process. 

Do I like doing commissions?! YES! Sometimes they get complicated of course, but it's always a valuable learning experience for me to figure out how to serve you better and make your visions become a reality! Some of my favorite painting series (bees, birds, etc.) have come from doing commmissions! 

Email me at k@katrinaberg.com or visit my commission page to start one of your own!

11th international art competition: "meditations on belief" at the church history museum (temple square)

11th international art competition: "meditations on belief" at the church history museum (temple square)

 

Every 3 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invites artists to submit artwork for a competition. It's a beautiful show and it was a treat to go with my parents, brother, and our lil' family to visit the exhibit and see my painting that was juried into the show. "Welcome Children to the Garden" is 30x30" oil on wood, and has a beautiful custom frame created by craftsman and artist Dave Brown (Springville & Orem...let me know if you'd like his number). The exhibit is open and free to the public until October 7th.

After his father Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life, Nephi felt a great desire to better understand the symbolism for himself. The angel showed Nephi the Virgin Mother Mary, “the mother of the Son of God”, and his understanding of the Tree of Life and it’s representation became clear. Throughout time, his musings & yearnings have inspired many to search and receive personal revelation.

As I ponder the culmination of the Garden of Eden...before Adam and Eve were placed there to learn, grow, and tend to it’s creations...I wonder what may have occurred in that sacred space. Before each of our sacred temples are dedicated, Open Houses welcome all to visit within. There they receive a glimpse into our Heavenly Parents’ plan for us, our potential, and the great love they have for each of their children. Cultural Celebrations are organized over months of planning, testimonies are planted & cultivated, and a night of festivities & worship culminates the event.  

Similarly, I imagine the possibility of the animals joining our Parents in welcoming each of their children to the Garden. I can see our Mother with Her arms outstretched like the many golden branches of the tree. There, might we have partaken and witnessed the great love of God: our parents & our Savior Jesus Christ, as we celebrated, sang hosannas, made covenants, and wished our earthly parents, Adam and Eve, all of our confidence, gratitude, and love. What a joyous and epic beginning to this great early journey we may have enjoyed.

candy colored studio podcast episode #24: feeling successful in your creative business at 85% (less stress and more joy)

candy colored studio podcast episode #24: feeling successful in your creative business at 85% (less stress and more joy)
what are some items on your business to-do list that are causing you stress? if you "gave some up" and switched to an 85% approach, could you accomplish more while finding peace and joy? would this change allow you to go after business goals that now seem unattainable? katrina shares examples of how choosing 85% over 100% allows her more peace in her business. try it on for yourself!

house show at amy ashworth of perfect paisley design - may 2nd 10:30 in her spanish fork home

house show at amy ashworth of perfect paisley design - may 2nd 10:30 in her spanish fork home

a couple years ago, one of my favorite collectors and designers, amy ashworth of perfect paisley design, suggested we do an art show in her home. amy has quite the eye for design and is always finding divine solutions for her clients and ways to bring original art into their homes. 

what a fun day! we are doing a repeat of that wonderful event this next thursday, may 2nd at 10:30 in amy's spanish fork home. come meet amy, get plenty of flawless advice and ideas for your home, and enjoy with all of us! to rsvp for this event and receive the address, email me k@katrinaberg.com

an april peek into katrina's art studio; france plein air paintings all framed

an april peek into katrina's art studio; france plein air paintings all framed
come take a walk through oil painter katrina berg's midway, utah studio. pieces recently painted in france are framed on the shelves, and watch her latest 48" floral coming along. email k@katrinaberg.com to setup a studio visit or go to katrinaberg.com to join her email list & get the sweetest of candy color delivered to your inbox.

95th spring salon at springville museum of fine art, katrina's piece "le premier bonheur du temps" participating

95th spring salon at springville museum of fine art, katrina's piece "le premier bonheur du temps" participating
my husband, 5 kiddos, & i just returned from a month together in france. the charming farmhouse we rented sat amidst the rolling hills & farms of the garonne region. as we spent time with the locals: playing at the parks, attending the tiny branch at church, getting to know our hosts, and having new friends over for dinner...our family began to taste the “bonheur” or happiness the french describe: not a fleeting moment of pleasure, but the sustained state of being that connects these moments intensifying the overall experience. truly, it's something that is cultivated, curated, and savored.

1.3.5. Fine Art Show at the Utah Art Market

1.3.5. Fine Art Show at the Utah Art Market
Utah Art Market's 1.3.5 Fine Art Show is this Saturday, November 10th, from 5 to 8 pm at the Sugarhouse Park Garden Center in Salt Lake (1602 E 2100 S).

35 local artists with artwork in the 100, 300, and 500 dollar range, as well as some larger treasures.

no more frumpy temple bags, pretty bags for all!

temple bag, katrina berg
Prettiest temple bags for the prettiest place on earth. No more frumpy temple bags. Choose a statement bag with Katrina's original oil paintings printed atop.

swiss days 2018

katrina berg art
  We took a little jaunt last night to enjoy the Fall leaves & brought some home with us...the twins were so happy! Now that we've rested from ...

swiss days labor day weekend!

katrina berg art, designs by katrina berg

Come visit Katrina's Swiss Days booth Friday August 31st and Saturday September 1st from 8 am to 8 pm, booth B#47.

Wrapping paper, silk skirts and shirts, clutch purses, prints, originals, statement bags, jewelry, notecards, scarves, phone cases, all with her original paintings atop!

terzian galleries show opens the 20th!

katrina berg art , mormon artist
       Here's a peek at the 7 pieces I dropped off at Terzian Galleries yesterday! Three will be featured at the "Our Favorite Things" show opening...

juror's choice award!

katrina berg fine art juror's choice award at Utah Women Artists Exhibition 2018
Katrina Berg receives the Juror's Choice Award at the 2018 Utah Women Artist Show, part of UAAW at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.  The exhibition is open to the public till June 27th.