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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

Bright Red Dot:

I'm thrilled but also somewhat hesitant to share my latest performance art piece. This piece is about the beautiful beginning of new life and having that growing being ripped away from you, destroyed. 

The song was written by my husband, Dominik Baer, featuring me singing, and in the music video performing a piece, painting to visualise our experience.  I'll write a bit more about it at a later date, but for now I would love for you just to take it in and share it with someone you think may be moved by it. 

Thanks for looking, listening and reading lovelies, 

Anna

OGA- Live Painting Video

Dominik and I are so excited about our upcoming creative year! He is releasing a calendar visual album of 12 new songs, 12 music videos, and I am painting 12 accompanying paintings. Take a look at his crowdfunding video for more info about it. I shot and thought up the idea for the video. hehe.

The other night I invited Dom's audience into my Chiang Mai studio for some live painting and I wanted to share that video with you. It's a little over half an hour but it gives an insight into the beginning of a painting of mine, as well as some commentary about my concepts.

Olive Green Anna, LIVE in her Chiang Mai studio!

I was super nervous to welcome the public in, and just to share this part of my process but why not. I'm sure it is fun to have an insight into this part of my process. I hope that you enjoy it. Please let me know if you'd like me to do a few more live videos!

Thanks for reading and watching lovelies.

Anna

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Heidelberg: Metropolink Urban Art Festival

This past weekend kicked off Metropolink Urban Art Festival here in Heidelberg. Several large scale and small scale works are popping up in public spaces all over the city until July 19th, 2017. It's such a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and creativity around!

I saw their first ever installation/sculpture to be featured in the festival. It's bright and lively, and located directly in the city center at Bismarkplatz.

I am planning on attending a few wall openings throughout the festival and am honored to be contributing my own piece as part of the festival.

I have been assigned an electric box on Bergheimerstrasse to paint. I will be out painting it on July 18th. It is near house #34.

I am hoping to communicate a sense of calm and quiet to passers by. I don't quite know what I will paint yet but I am really looking forward to making some street art again.

The only way I have been participating in the Urban Art Scene in Heidelberg so far has been by doing a pop up mobile art exhibition in our van. But I'll save that for another post.

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The last time I did "street art", was an illegal photography exhibition, when I lived in Washington State (9 years ago). It's going to be a challenge and so fun to make some more public art. This time as part of the urban art festival.

There is a wall piece opening by Sweetuno and Form 76 on July 1st right after our Frohmarkt (creative market), so if you're in the mood for seeing BIG art and celebrating creativity even more this comming saturday, I'm sure it will be a great gathering.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna