The Art of Motherhood
In a society that has lost sight of the nobility, honor, and tender sacrifice inherent in motherhood, there are a growing number of voices calling for a recognition of this high calling, this molding of the next world leaders, this raising of humans. Age old practices of breastfeeding and cosleeping and babywearing are reemerging from the past as their value becomes ever more apparent in raising healthy, confident, well-adjusted children.
Scientists, psychologists, doctors, and educators have begun studying the effects of what is known as attachment style parenting and have found time and again that a strong trust relationship in childhood has a powerful, positive impact on a child’s future. From increased IQ to decreased risk of obesity, from protection against hip dysplasia to decreased levels of aggression, from decreased childhood cancer risks to improved circadian rhythms in newborns, breastfeeding, cosleeping, and babywearing are proving their worth over and over again.
Amidst attachment parenting advocates such as Dr. William Sears and Dr. James Mckenna and an ever-growing wealth of gentle parenting books, articles, and blogs, an artist has emerged whose gentle style of artwork has captured the essence of motherhood in all its vibrant color and texture and spirit. From the sweet glow of breastfeeding to the quiet relaxation of cosleeping to the close embrace of babywearing and beyond, Katie M. Berggren’s stunning paintings tell the story of modern motherhood as it reflects a return to mothering practices of times past.
Ms. Berggren’s use of rich, earthy colors speak to the intensity of a mother’s emotions. Her flowing, rolling strokes and curling lines evoke images of endless, all-encompassing love. Her staccato textures warn of the fierce lioness waiting to pounce should her child be in danger. And her dusting of sparkles and swirls bring her subjects to stunning life with their movement and light.
Here is a sneak peek of the painting Ms. Berggren is working on for me representing my hubby and I and all six of our children. Check back over the next few weeks to see its progress as I post updates!
Here is the final painting! Isn’t it gorgeous? This is literally a one-of-a-kind work of art. It has layers and layers of meaning, from the heart created by the parents’ bodies, to the bright, eager eyes of the little ones, to the small golden sparkles woven into mama’s hair, every stroke tells an intimate story of life and love and loss and hope and healing and strength. What a beautiful, beautiful blessing! A huge thank you to Katie M. Berggren for her amazing talent and lovely work!
This is a really unique view of a painting in progress:
Click here to visit Ms. Berggren’s gorgeous online gallery where you can see more of her beautiful work!
L.R.Knost is a best-selling parenting and children’s book author and founder and director of Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, an online resource for gentle parenting education, articles, and research. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Release date: May 2014) the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, as well as her children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series available from Amazon and other major retailers.