Series: if our home were on fire #1


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,


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


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?



New Tunes: Dominik Baer


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, because he will be releasing our other videos one by one, over the next few months.

Thanks for reading and listening lovelies.



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

Why Guilt is Fruitless


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...


Being a Creative Risk-taker


Time and time again I tell my art students, they should be ready to take the risk of creating something, with the chance it could turn out wonderfully or terribly. I tell them there is no having successes without the risk of failing. 

This summer I took on my own challenge, which honestly was scary. I had built up a lot of pressure because I haven't created art intentionally for 6 years, pretty much since art school. I'm also an art teacher, so man the pressure it on!!! 

Here are a few things I learned to keep in mind and hope to carry on through out this school year, as I continue to make art. 

1) Once you have an idea, act on it right away. 

A few times this summer, I had a spark of inspiration which somewhat made sense with my theme (ish) and just went with it. It felt so good just to dive into the making without thinking. Just making felt so good. It's hard to stay motivated. So, when you have the inspiration, utilize it or as the Germans would say, "Nutz es aus!" 

2) Take time to make.

I had the luxury of taking 3 whole weeks to create art here at our home in Heidelberg, Germany. I know many of you don't have this much time or space. But, oh man, it felt so good to designate time and space for my creative work. 

Throughout this school year, I am hoping to take at least 4 hours a week for my art. I have long days at school, but I have a few days off a cycle which should give me some time for my art. How much is realistic for you? 

3) Keep the inner-critic at bay. 

I was creating new work this summer, trying new things. It's only natural that I wasn't a master at it in my initial attempts. My mind flooded with critical and discouraging thoughts.

The most eye opening things I noticed when creating this summer. Having a critical discouraging voice in your head while creating is detrimental to the beginnings of the creative process. I am so used to being critical. I have been teaching art for a few years and it's my job to give kids feedback and tips for improvement. Shutting off that inner critic was super tough. If I would have let the thoughts take over, I wouldn't have created anything this summer. There is a time to be critical, but when just beginning something, it's best to be open and just make. 

4) Share your progress. 

For me, sharing tidbits of what I'd been creating on was a real encouragement. People's comments and likes helped me to see that people were enjoying seeing me create and were liking my work. I was surprised at the reaction a few times because again, my inner critic had won a little bit and I thought everything I created was shit. Share what you're doing with others, whether it be family, or friends in real life or on the inter-webs. 

I hope to keep these things in mind as I continue to be a creative risk-taker this coming school year. 

Thanks for reading lovelies!





This summer I am hoping to take time to make, and to practice drawing. I have challenged myself, my students and now I am challenging you!

Draw this summer! Draw as many drawings as you can. I am hoping to draw 50 drawings. I am hoping to draw daily for at least 10 minutes. I will use real-life objects, people, books, whatever gets me to draw something!