Tag-A-Long Treats by Bo Bergemann

Tag-A-Long Treats by Bo Bergemann

Tag-a-long for travel fun with these fabulous adorable travel dolls by original award winning world renown doll artist Bo Bergemann!

It's Over and I'm exhausted but grateful for the children!

It's Over and I'm exhausted but grateful for the children!

Aloha!

Well, we all made it through another blessed family Christmas.  The little ones excitement, the teen and young adults participation and interaction with the little ones bringing joy to our hearts.  Those of us who are older gain most of our joy from giving and watching as our progeny in whom we've invested our lives and love are growing up and taking their places as those giving to and taking joy in the receiving of the little ones.  

My heart is full!  I'm so grateful. I watched my 21 year old son who is about to move out on his own to California helping my 4 year old nephew get all those pesky zip ties off his new toy.  Carefully unwrapping, so patient and kind to his little nephew taking joy in the little boy's joy. I saw those two really bond as Kaleo carried little Elijah on his shoulder home from one activity after another falling asleep on his shoulder.  I watched my 19 year old son doing weightlifting exercises patiently using his tiny cousin as the weight while we all waited in the long line for a table at Spaghetti factory helping to keep the little guy entertained.  He also gave up his bedroom for his aunt and uncle to be able to sleep comfortably.  My 16 year old daughter helped cook like crazy, clean up after, and in all ways watch out for and help keep in line 4 little guys aged 4-9 amidst all the various celebrations, church services and fun times together giving up her room for them to sleep in as well.  I'm so blessed and proud of my children!

I'm so blessed and proud of my little nephews who I see growing and gaining in both height and consideration of others.  I last saw them last Thanksgiving and so much has changed!  There is nothing like children and all they bring to our lives. At Christmas I'm reminded how precious and special my family's children are.  How truly blessed I am to have them all in my life!  Praise God for the privilege of being both a mom and aunty this Christmas and many which have come before.

Now I'm exhausted and need a break from my time off from work!  The older I get the more I notice that all the demands of serving family and friends during times off (vacations and holidays) often leads to my needing a serious break to actually rest immediately thereafter.  But waking up still exhausted and knowing that all the hard work has been worthwhile because it has built into the lives of those I love most is totally worth it!

If there is one thing I'd like to pass on to posterity it is this truth.  The children really are our future.  It's not just a Whitney Houston song.  It's the deep honest truth.  Of all the "things" that take your time, energy, focus, attention and money in your young adult lives - children are the "things" that will turn out to be worth all the effort, expense, time, focus and energy.   Children alone are worth every price we pay to have them, know them, love them.  Whether our own or those of relatives and friends, event total strangers, take time, invest! You won't regret it!

Mahalo,

Bo Bergemann

Not all fun and games . . .

Aloha,

I'm realizing that I'd like to share with collectors the blessings and sometimes challenges, often inspirations of my life as an original doll artist.  So if you are curious or interested in my work or maybe needing some inspiration, please follow this blog.  I will write when I have something to share both philosophically and physically speaking.  

For this time I'd just like to say there is a lot more to being a successful original doll artist than making the dolls.  Yes, that is central and key.  But you also have to market them.  I have a love/hate relationship with the marketing parts.  I love to share, but also would simply love to spend all my time creating and let someone do the work of marketing.  Wouldn't you?  

Kind of like exercise, sanding, making molds, casting, fine tuning joints, and building websites, jet lag and long exhausting flights to shows and conventions are some of the parts I could quite honestly do without!  But then, much like exercise, the results of all these more difficult, often challenging or just plain exhausting or painful parts of what I do are what make the end results worthwhile.  So I will push through all the hard parts, the boring parts, the parts that really are not much fun at all to continue to pursue my passion of creating truly exquisite original fine art dolls to share with the world.  

In the end, I think it is perseverance and persistence and passion that separate the successful artists from the unsuccessful.  Much like most other careers in this life.  Those who get up when pushed down or dust themselves off and try again when knocked down are the ones who eventually succeed in whatever their passion is in this life.

Because I always get back up with the help of Christ, I will be praying everyone who reads this finds the strength to push a little farther, try a bit harder and not give up when things don't go as planned.  To push on even when they are simply worn out like I do.  Some of my best work has resulted from simply not giving up not to mention some of the best parts of me.  On that note I'll say goodnight and God Bless at 3:12AM exhausted from working on this website that is still not quite finished yet!

Mahalo,

Bo Bergemann

Scarred but beautiful - Banner Doll Photo Explained

Aloha,

 

This post is to explain the original fine art doll shown in the banner on my Blog page.  I chose her specifically to showcase the heart of my blog.  I made her a couple of years ago now and she sold very quickly at the first show I took her to.  She was not "my usual" in any way.  In fact she was scarred, wounded and tattooed as well.  But she was also very beautiful in spite of her scars and far more intriguing because of them.  

I know I am like her.  I grew up rough. I actually began making my original fine art dolls amidst a serious personal crises filled with heart wrenching sobs and a deep sadness I wondered if I would ever be able to shake.  Sharing these truths with others is how I shine.

I like to read books and watch shows that are well made on the post apocalyptic theme.  I'm fascinated by the idea of "what if" everything was totally different than life as we know it now.  I also love it when something does not quite work as I'd hoped and yet I'm able to turn it around and the end result may not be exactly what I initially envisioned.  I'm amazed again and again that these scarred pieces, accidents and mistakes so often lead to some of my best work.  

I think this is how life really is for us all.  I've met some truly beautiful people in spite of their scars.  People who take the pain in their own lives and use it to have compassion for others.  People who forgive and people who pay it forward.  People who inspire me a thousand times a day when I take the time to notice.  People I don't notice on days I'm too busy to stop and smell the roses.  In fact these people are the roses of life.  They have their thorns, but you notice the beautiful smell and vibrant colors of who they are far more than their thorns.

The doll in my banner was a serendipitous creation that was very hard for me to let go in spite of being a quick sale.  She was the result of one accident after another, including of course that scar on her face.  That accident inspired me because I immediately envisioned one of the survivors from my apocalyptic books I read coming to life before my eyes. Time stopped when my knife slipped and suddenly I saw her.  Then I was like a crazy lady having to flesh her out completely so excited to meet her.  Once I met her I kept her for a long time before showing her to anyone or ever offering her for sale at all because I felt I knew her.  I understood her and we had a real connection that inspired me just like I often feel I have with a character in one of these post apocalyptic stories that draws me in.  

I hope I can be a rose in your life.  Someone who you feel like you know and with who you find a connection with.  Someone who inspires you.  Encourages you to be your best and make the most of life by helping you see that sometimes mistakes are just the beginning of a challenge that will lead you to more creativity and a truly unique piece.  Other times trauma's, though they may scar you and others, are actually beauty marks in the making.  If only we could all see into the future we would KNOW this.  But since we can't, I'm hoping my art will help remind you that, "this difficult time in your life will someday end."  I pray the result of your pain will be a pearl, a baby, or a personal victory.  All things that are often born of suffering.  I pray you will learn to see that each scar will actually become a beauty mark over time in God's loving hands.  

Live Love & Prosper,

Mahalo,

Bo Bergemann

Colorful Life

Aloha!

This is the beginning of my brand new blog. I always enjoy something new because it's the beginning of an adventure.  This marks a brand new era in my art career.  I have my own gallery now on the famous North Shore of Oahu in the quaint historic town of Haleiwa.  Things are going very well for me there.  I'm grateful to my collectors who are actually friends all over this world now.  What more could a girl ask for?

The Opportunity to give back of course!

As you may have noted, I live a color filled life.  Do you?  If not I hope this blog will encourage you in that direction.  I will use this blog to post my thoughts, inspirations, and just about any tidbit I feel lead to with the simple goal of giving back to those who have opened their hearts to me and my art.  This will be the blog you will want to follow if you are drawn in by my art.  Here is where I will share my creativity, inspiration and truth in hopes of encouraging those who decide to read my blog toward thriving in this life, not just surviving.

Live love and prosper!

Mahalo,

Bo Bergemann