trying to keep that winter funk at bay...

31.1.16





I've been reading, drawing, getting fresh air, going on walks, watching Malcom in the Middle, visiting with friends, and resting a lot.

What do you do to keep the winter funk away?

Anna

Art Investigation: Part 3: Drawing/Making

29.11.15

The next step I am taking, after brainstorming and researching, is drawing/sketching subject matter. Doing some studies of the subject matter.

There are really so many pretty things to draw when thinking about birds and nesting...





I may do some self portraits in my final work, who knows... I may fill my hair with a nest.


There is no pressure at this stage to have any solid ideas. Taking this time to collect some of the visual stimulus having to do with your theme. Studying some of the visual imagery or symbolism that you can play with, helps you to get to know the beauties and complexities of their being and their formal qualities, like their shape, and texture.

Most importantly this buys you a bit of time to just make a bit. Getting your hand moving and creating is one of the most important steps. These sketches and studies don't have to be strong, or finished works. They just let your mind and hand communicate a bit about the subject and potential symbolism.

Have you been taking any time to make recently?

Cheers,

Anna


You can read Art Investigation Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Series: if our home were on fire #1

2.11.15

if our home were on fire #1 , Anna Baer, 2015, photograph



I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, incase we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

If I could take a few possessions with me in case of an evacuation, I would take this case of letters.  Dominik and I wrote letters to each other for years. Our communication began in 2003, the summer between gr 10 and 11. He asked me for my email address. We wrote emails all summer. Then when fall came and school started, we wrote notes, and cards to each other. Soon after we were in love; but stayed "just friends". Trying our hardest not to cross the friendship line. Of sharing too much, or god forbid hold hands. After graduation, we moved far away from each other, we wrote snail-mail and email. There are letters in there asking me out to dates, there are letters riddled with bible verses, and Christianese. There are letters of longing, letters of lust, letters that are flakey and funny. Our whole 7 years before I moved here to Germany and became his wife...

This case has over 150 letters, almost every letter we ever wrote to one another. It has the emails printed out and sorted chronologically, and all the hand written letters too.

I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, incase we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

What is a precious possession you have been holding on to?

What stories are connected to it?  Bring it out from where it was hiding and display it.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna


52 Lists Project: List the things that make you feel peaceful

29.10.15

Moorea Seal, a friend of mine, published a lovely book of lists. It's a year of weekly journaling inspiration. It's beautifully made and thoughtfully written. I've had the desire to journal a bit again and this feels like a manageable pace. One list a week. I can handle that. 

It's also very approachable, fun and revealing questions. Reading and writing in this book is helping me to be more mindful of who I am and aware of the world around me. 


This week's list is List # 42: List the things that make you feel peaceful
home, candles, warmth, quiet, reading, intentionally listening to music, water, soup, paint, pencils, writing, playing guitar, arting, walking, singing, dancing, bathing, drawing, sleeping. 


What would your, list of things that make you feel peaceful, have on it?

Cheers,

Anna

New Tunes: Dominik Baer

24.10.15

I can't help but share my husband's new tunes with you! I'm very proud. I play in the band with him, as you can see in the video below, but my husband wrote and arranged all the music. He also does all the promotion, books all our gigs and leads the whole project. I'm so very proud!

The title track of the EP "On Our Own," is my favorite!

Isn't he handsome!




If you'd like to download the EP for free, click here!

Keep checking back at dominikbaer.com, because he will be releasing our other videos one by one, over the next few months.

Thanks for reading and listening lovelies.

Cheers,

Anna

Cover and CD Design by Olive Green Anna
Video/Art Direction by Afghan Chili

Why Guilt is Fruitless

17.10.15





















For me guilt is far more nonproductive, than it is motivating. I struggle to bounce back after feeling
guilty about something. Especially when it comes to goals or creative things that I want to be doing.


I've been trying to encourage myself recently saying,
"No feeling guilty, Anna. You haven't been in the studio for a few weeks, no worries. Just go back in and do something."

Guilt is negative; it focuses on failing, rather than successes. Negativity is poisonous. Often the negative thoughts about myself or a situation are exaggerated and are lies. I'll think self-destructive thoughts like, "I'm lazy. I'm no good." Rather than the truth which is that, I haven't been making art because I've chosen to rest and hang out with friends the past few weeks instead. I easily slip into these negative thoughts about myself, which are destructive.






Feeling guilty substitutes favorable action.  Guilt gets me into a selfish/self-loathing mind set, which makes me want to escape it instead of overcome it. Frequently, instead of going back into the studio, I sit around and surf the web on my phone, just trying to avoid feeling bad. A more healthy response would be to actively pursue the good that I want to be doing. It's good to feel good. It's good to think positively about me. Guilt takes the place of positive action. I don't want to give it that power anymore.

How do you stay positive and disregard guilty thoughts and feelings?




Thanks for reading lovelies...

Anna