Metropolink 2018

It’s been one of my dreams to paint murals. And in 2018 I had the pleasure of painting two murals. One in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the artist residency MaiSpace that I attended, and the second was at Metropolink Urban Art Festival here in Heidelberg Germany in the summer. I love painting large scale paintings on canvas, so I was so excited to bring my painting to walls. Metropolink has been a wonderful addition to Heidelberg, bringing beautiful art to the public all around town.

I love the large scale, the challenge. Translating my style and technique into vertical and large work is a fun and rewarding undertaking. I love making work of different sizes (scales). Usually I begin paintings with them lying horizontally on the floor, using very fluid paints and water, but I had to adjust my style to work on vertical walls.

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In 2018, Metropolink took over one street in a former US army barracks here in Heidelberg. The homes have been abandoned for 5 years and have become overgrown and we artists occupied the street and brought it to life for a week of art and music. I was asked to paint the interior of an officer’s garage.

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Metropolink recently published this catalogue of the last two years of festivals. It is avaiable locally at several cafes in heidelberg and it can be purchased by contacting orga@metropolink-festival.de. The zine is a large A3 size with full page spreads of artist portraits and photographs of the murals that were painted. A beautiful portrait of me was taken in the catalogue. You can see all my wrinkles and freckles, it was taken on one of the hottest days of the year but it captured me really well.

This coming year’s Metropolink Urban Art Festival goes from Jul 5 - Jul 21.

Mark your calendars. It will be another wonderful year!

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna (Olive Green Anna)

Art Goal 4: Write and launch an e-course

When thinking about this goal, I get so excited! and nervous! I have been making art consistently and I feel as if I am finding my voice as an artist. It is so exciting. When dreaming up other ways to share my story I thought about teaching and I have always wanted to write an e-course.

I am nervous to declare this as a 2019 Art Goal because I have wanted to do it for so long but have yet to release a course. I have fear that I won’t pull through because I have had it on my mind to do for several years now.

But this year, after the birth of my second baby, as I am getting back into the studio after a break, I think will be a perfect time to write an e-course about taking time to make.

I am just 3 years into making art full-time, at the beginning of my long artist career and I remember what it was like to be a blocked artist. While teaching art to middle and high-schoolers, I didn’t make much of my own work,

I felt like I didn’t have my own style, or know where to start. I wish I would have had some guidance about where to start and how to take back time to make art.

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When working on this goal I will keep the ‘why’ in mind.

Why?

I want to share my knowledge about getting un-stuck in the studio and beginning to make art authentic to me.

I want to share my journey + help people get back to or started making.

I would also like to use my skills and experience teaching, to teach what I am super passionate about right now. That is making art!

Creative people will see result and make art that they weren’t making before.

I will gain experience launching an e-course and add an income stream to finance my studio and family life.

I will feel proud + inspired by my participants’ progress.

My starting steps are to…set a pre-sale date, a launch date, and get to know udemy.

Wish me luck!!!


Anna


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Art Goal 3: Make a living on my art

This is a big one for me this year. Our savings are out, we are not in debt but we are for the first time living on our art. My financial contribution to the family is solely from my art. I am not the only breadwinner in the family so some of the pressure is off, but in order to pay our bills and still be able to put a little bit away; my goal is to make 1,500€ a month on my art business.

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When working on this goal, I will keep the ‘why’ in mind.

Why?

I need to finance my art practice in our lives. My boys deserve to live a good life + travel. This is the way I can best bring income into our family so far. I should keep selling my artwork.

We will be able to pay our bills and put some aside. We won’t have financial stress and have to hold back so much.

I will feel accomplished and proud, having done my part in terms of family finances.

My mini goals are to…

  • keep my web-shop updated

  • complete and acquire commissions

  • post my artwork and studio practice on social media regularly

My starting steps for this one are to photograph all available artwork, complete commission 1,2,3, and post limited edition prints in my web-shop. So nice to have concrete goals, action steps that I can take to progress on this goal.

Cultivate What Matters’ #Powersheets goal-planner is helping me get a lot of clarity about my goals. (not sponsored).

It is quite an honor and a privilege to be able to be paid to live my dream and to paint and sell my work for a living. I hope to have a healthy and long artist career many, many years to come.

Thank you to all of you who have purchased a painting, shared my work with friends or loved ones, and commented or liked my process on social media. I appreciate your support so very much!

Thank you,

Anna

Art Goal 2: Take time to make / prioritize studio time
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Over the past two years I have been able to have a consistent art practice, which has been such a wonderful development in my life. When I was working as an art teacher, a few years out of having studied art, I hadn’t really been making regularly. It has been wonderful to get into a studio routine and to take time making on a daily basis. This has helped to stay in the flow.

Staying in the flow is key for me. I am so happy with how I have progressed in this area and have been so prolific the past two years and I am taking this dedication with me. I am excited to see the same faithfulness and fruitfulness in my art practice in decades to come. Using art to understand myself and my experience as a human has been an amazing vehicle of discovery. I am becoming more and more immersed in my curiosity conceptually, with themes of control and wild, but also diving further into materials and techniques.

When working on this goal, I will keep the ‘why’ in mind.

Why?

Studio time is what is going to bring my artwork forward and make the art strong. A consistent studio practice is what makes a prolific and brilliant artist. I am also addicted to the studio and it keeps me sane and happy.

A positive effect this goal will have on me is that I will grow and develop as an artist, and I will make art that will bring beauty and insight to collectors. My mental health and balance are going to stay positive. I know that after a few days of not being in the studio I get a bit down…

I will will feel pride when making new and exciting work. Growing as an artist and a business is a very satisfying thing.

The #Powersheets goal planner has helped me to break down my bigger goal into smaller goals. This way I can see the smaller steps I can to take to make progress. My starting steps are to make a move and put these things into action.

My mini goals…

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  • plan studio hours into my calendar

  • buy flowers for my studio regularly

  • get into the studio at least 5 days a week.

There are many things that can get in the way of studio time. Pretty much everything. Many wonderful things family, friends, Netflix, and some not so wonderful things like laundry and book-keeping, not to mention sickness, and general fatigue.

I have noticed this last year that spending 20 hours in the studio a week has made a huge difference in my art practice. I stay in the flow. I am able to keep making and moving because I am in the studio so often and working on a few pieces at once. I found that 6-8 hour days in the studio are good for me. If I go in to the studio to nest and work for 3 hours, take a break, and then return later for 3-4 hours. Those are my best studio days. My studio is a 5 minute bike ride from my home, so I am fortunate to be able to pop in and out for a few hours at a time.

When the newborn baby is here I will of course be taking as many weeks off as I need to recover and then my aim is to get back into a regular studio schedule. I will be hibernating in our bear den with our little baby and my recovering birth-goddess body.

Do you take time to make? Is creativity something that you want to prioritize this year?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna


Art Goal 1: Rest + relax and treat myself
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I know this may seem like a strange goal to consider an art goal. But is plays a big role into my art making practice. My first art related goal for 2019 is to be intentional about treating myself and giving myself time to rest. I will be focusing on this in the beginning of this year and I think that it is going to greatly impact my home and studio life.

When working on this goal, I will keep the ‘why’ in mind.

Why?

Our second son is arriving soon and I need to make sure to take time for me, to relax and rest. My body needs a lot of rest right now, in preparing for birth and a newborn. Just 4 weeks to go…

I will be a happier and more filled up mama, wife, friend and artist. I will have energy for my babies, husband, and art if I first take care of me. Taking time for me keeps me healthy and happy.

I will feel energized and lively, I will feel connected to how I am.

My Mini goals are to…

  • Write my morning pages and read a book in bed daily

  • take a shower daily

  • and paint my nails weekly

Julia Cameron from The Artist’s Way encourages a weekly artist date, where you take yourself out and treat your inner artist to something. This is something that I have grown to love! I usually start my 3 days of art making a week off with an artist date, taking me out for a coffee, reading an art book, or getting my nails done. I work well when I feel good. I feel good when I take care of myself.

Making original art takes a lot of energy emotional and physical. It also take a lot of concentration and time. If I go into the studio feeling empty and exhausted, I cannot expect me to make any art. I make the best work when I have been taking care of myself, I am in touch with who I am.

What’s a treat that you could indulge in to just give yourself some love this week?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna