Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Celebrating Progress

Eight years ago, I was still in Germany, sewing and knitting for my baby and myself. I started doing surface patterns and illustrations every now and again for knitting magazines. I still carted around all my art supplies with the thought I'd get back to that dream of illustrating children's books one day.


Five years ago, I still had zero books published, and was recently re-emigrated to the U.S. I was picking myself back up after missing my community and friends I'd made in Germany. I decided to dust off my paintbrushes and started painting whatever was in my head and start taking my art seriously. I started an art collective and together we worked on getting better at our craft.


But, goodness I was rusty! My first paintings were rough, but I needed to get through making a bunch of my 'okay' work to get to where I am today!



Then three years ago, I illustrated my first picture book! To me, it was a proof of concept. I could be a children's book illustrator. Look, here's the proof! That made me work even harder at refining my own stories.

And in a few weeks, my first book as author and illustrator will be hitting bookshelves near you!

When you hear 'progress not perfection' I hope you'll think of my journey. Every action you take toward your dreams is progress. Every painting you finish. Every drawing you refine. It's all progress.



image from ABUELITA AND I MAKE FLAN, Anita helps find ingredients
snippet from my upcoming book, ABUELITA AND I MAKE FLAN, Charlesbridge 2022








Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Are We Really So Powerless?

 


It has been super difficult to simultaneously work on happy, cheerful art and stories for children… when yet another school shooting takes their lives… and nothing in this country changes. The dilemma is that I try to keep my deep emotions separate from the person I present to everyone. My paintings and artwork tend to be jolly and upbeat, but I am a sensitive person. I feel things deeply. I am a mom to a school-aged child, a former teacher, current children’s book author-illustrator… and unfortunately I’m also a gun violence survivor. If you know me personally, you already know the circumstances. How can I show up when I feel heartbroken inside?

The label ‘gun violence survivor’ empowers just as much as it disempowers. The reason you are a survivor is nearly always out of your control. A person you knew (or didn't) decided to use a gun to hurt people you loved, knew, or were randomly nearby. And that feeling of being powerless is terrible, awful and very frustrating.

So, I am struggling with how to stay true to the inherent promise I make to you, my readers and friends and family, while also expressing my extreme distress concerning the recent school shootings.

I'm a fan of turning big feelings into positive action. If preventing gun violence is something you feel strongly about as I do, there are organizations out there that have been trying to help keep people safe from gun violence for years…

And many other organizations exist around solving the issue of gun violence.

I don't believe we are so powerless to change as a nation. How many more people will be lost to gun violence until things finally change?

Saturday, March 27, 2021

It's An Art Sale!

 

Art Sale This Weekend!

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I’m having an art sale this weekend! I’ve been painting again, and it’s time to make send these pretties out into the world. Here are some of the nice things people have said about shopping with me…

J on Dec 22, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

These cards are absolutely gorgeous! Came very very quickly and packaged securely. Thank you so much :)

Item: Sunflower and Bird Thank You Card in A2 folded card size, pack of 5 with envelopes

and I know things don’t always go perfectly. But, I try my best to keep buyers in the loop…

N on Jan 4, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Shipped on time and I am thrilled with the customer service and the product. Nice quality cardstock and embossment. The order took over 5 weeks once she mailed it. Florida to CT. That was USPS holiday delivery service. But, Adriprints followed the tracking with me and even called on of the post offices to try to help out.

Item: Let There Be Peace on Earth, embossed eco-friendly holiday boxed card set, art by Adriana Bergstrom

I love when I get repeat buyers, here’s what one lovely customer had to say about buying a second painting from me…

B on Jan 31, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful work. Thanks again! Much appreciated!

Item: Bacon Trio, 4"/10cm square mini original painting of 3 zigzag bacon on a yellow background, by Adriana Bergstrom

I do what I can, and I just want my artwork to be out there and making people smile. Come check out the newest art. It’s all in my shop.

And, if you want be notified about upcoming art sales and stay in-the-know with what’s new in my studio (plus get discount codes for my sales), definitely sign up for my newsletter! It’s the best way to keep updated with what’s happening in my world.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Warmest Thanksgiving Wishes


This year is nothing if not unrelenting. I have had some great ups: Yay for book sale and art licenses! And my family and I have had some really difficult things to deal with. My uncle on my mom's side passed away very suddenly in July, and then my stepfather (my best father) died in September.

If you've been having a stressful year, you're not alone in your sorrows! Regardless of what this year brings to this last month and a half, I hope you are keeping hope alive. Perhaps this blog post brings a bit of light and warmth into your day.

Warm Thanksgiving Wishes,


Adriana




Thanks to everyone for your feedback on my holiday cards (on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook), I put the favorites on the shop for presale. 

According to the printers, they should be at my studio 12/4 or earlier. I'll fold the cards, pack and ship pre-orders and they should go out by 12/4.
This is set #2 for the Latinx market (my friends and family!). The final favorites are now available to pre-order!
 yes on top of everything I also had a kidney stone this month.


Please note, my new blog is here:
https://www.adrianabergstrom.com/blog

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

November - Indie Gift Along on Ravelry


It's that time again!

Get your yarn wound and your knitting needles warmed up.
Indie Designers Gift-Along sale is happening next week!
More info here: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/indie-design-gift-a-long

Have a great November!

-A