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Artist Residency, Berlin Artist Studio, AnnaBaer
my studio space at Berlin Art Institute
When telling Dominik (my husby) about this opportunity to go to an artist residency, he, at first, was hesitant, because it wasn't cheap...and I would be away from him for a month. The same reasons I was quite hesitant about it. But then after just a nights sleep he was pretty sure I should do it. He even insisted that I attend. It would be such a great opportunity and I am so very pleased I have taken it. 

I am at the end of my second week here and I could not be more grateful for my time so far. I am away from all distractions, I'm in the young art capital of Germany, and am surrounded by other wonderful creatives. I have nothing I have to do except grow this little baby in my belly and make art. How wonderful is my life! 
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I have been working in several mediums, painting, photography, and collage. I am making some things that I am really loving. My new artwork is communicating where my mind is and what I've been noticing about my thinking lately. Since becoming pregnant by life and this baby's life have been both in and out of my control.

At the beginning of the pregnancy my life felt totally out of control. I was feeling terribly, I feared a miscarriage, I was told by my doctor that I couldn't work at school for the duration of the pregnancy! What? I didn't feel like it was me or my life I was living. Totally out of control. When things are out of my control I have to kind of re-find my footing and try to live in this balance of chaos and control. I needed to make the most of this time of pivot and change in my life. And as an artist it's only natural that these thoughts and experiences manifest themselves in my artwork.

I’m curious about finding calm and contentment in the places we are and the places we want to be, in times we can take charge and times we have to let go. In these tiny mini paintings,  I hope to bring you into a tiny tranquil, restful space as I share my investigation into control and freedom.
Tiny round painting mixed media collage artist contemporary

Tiny round painting mixed media collage artist contemporary

The second series that I am pleased with is a diptych of photographs I took which follow in this idea of control and letting go of control. As mentioned above, this was really emphasized when I became pregnant. I felt a total lack of control over my body and the baby's health, but there is a beauty in this surrender of control.

This work is a stand alone piece or part of a diptych in my quiet series. In these photographs I take a posture of peaceful surrender to the task of carrying a child.        

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It's a bit scary to put myself out there this much. Especially my artwork, I am self-conscious and struggle to be content with the work I produce. But I am finally creating consistently and making meaningful work and it feels so good!!! 

Do you find that my work communicates my intentions? I'd love to hear your feedback. 

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Anna
           
Series: if our home were on fire #2
if our home were on fire #2 , Anna Baer, 2015, photograph

I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case 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 box brownie camera. It is a camera from 1901. This is the first hand held camera for the masses. It was easy to operate and conveniently used film instead of glass negatives. I bought this camera for a steal at an antique store in Spokane, Washington for 10$. At the time I acquired it, I was I was working in the photography darkroom a lot and was falling in love with the process. 

I know I could replace it, but it represents my love for photography and capturing beautiful moments of life. It also, because it is such an important camera historically, represents my love and appreciation of art history. I love being part of this long history of artistic pursuits and delighting in the every day. 

I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case 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
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, in case 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, in case 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


Impressionist Photography
When in Amsterdam I was moved to take photographs.

We were discussing with friends about taking photographs when on holiday.  One friend said he doesn't bring a camera on holiday because he gets stressed by the pressure of capturing things.  He would much rather be fully there and enjoy the moment.  Though I agree with him that it is most wonderful to be present when visiting new places and having new experiences, photographing for me only enhances my appreciation of the moment all the more. My eye through the viewfinder leads me to look for details and to capture beautiful scenes and places that I encounter.

*These impressionistic photographs were some of my favourites captured in Amsterdam. They captured the light without the pressure being in focus. They capture my relaxing holiday wonderfully. 

Do you get stressed by photographing during holidays or does your camera enhance your experience?

Cheers Lovelies,

Anna
Shooting with film again!
Oh my, I didn't know how much I missed analog photography until I was in the darkroom again.  It was good for my soul to see the images come to life. It's magic.






There is something so enchanting about the process.  It is greatly missed with digital these days.  Most frequently I shoot hundreds of photos and they stay digital hiding in my archives.  They are just numbers that never come to life.

I'm inspired to create and to get to know my old loves… Next are drawing, watercolor, and printmaking.

What's something you love to do that you haven't done in a while?

Cheers,

Anna
Pinhole Photography


Some of our friends that live in an old farm house down by lake Constance have a dark room.  We went down to visit them a few weeks ago and played with photography.  It was such a wonderful time experimenting and creating just for the sake of it.   



The main photography highlight were our homemade pinhole cameras.  They were made of old tins.  We poked a hole in one side of the tin and then in the dark,we taped light sensitive paper on the other side of it.  After closing the tin tight and covering up the hole, we walked outside and placed our cameras steady for exposure.   We removed our finders from I front of the hole to let the light in and then waited, counting the minutes of exposure. 


My camera's hole was larger so the best exposures were about 2 minutes.  My friend Amy's camera (tin) had a smaller hole so it required more exposure of about 5 minutes. 

Here are some of our results. 


 And their positives….








What do you think?  

Wedding Photography

This summer I had the pleasure of being flown out to Scotland to photograph a wedding.  It was a beautiful ceremony, location, and two gorgeous families becoming one.  I was able to spend the whole weekend at the house before and after the wedding day.  It was a wonderful time and I was honored to document it for them.  

Here are just a few shots from the day of the wedding. 




















I love weddings.  I can only recommend marriage so it is great fun to celebrate. 

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna

Photo every Hour: Sunday Funday
I know that sundays are for resting but this last week.  I felt the urge to accomplish things so I took that urge and ran with it! 

10:00- shower

11:00-check and update to-do list



12:00 -breakfast smoothie


13:00-bookkeeping

14:00-coffee break

15:00- more bookkeeping

17:00-worked on a banner to print for the fashion show/pop-up shop. 


18:00-ate dinner

 19:00-read a bit in my book.  It's good.

 20:00-hung the laundry

 21:00-you-tube workout

22:00-fashion show planning

23:00-Bedtime Snack

It's quite German of me to use the 24 hour clock, I'm just realizing. Just you wait and see, I'll become Germaner and Germaner. 

Cheers,

Anna

Do you take one or two days a week off?  I usually do Saturday or Sunday? 

365 project
This year I am going to be doing a 365 project.  I will be taking an photograph/ instagram every day.  I am really delighted in the decision. Because it is something that I think I can achieve.  I tried a 365 project a few years ago and it really helped me to be creative for about 3 months.  And then I went a few days without doing it and I felt that I had failed.  This time if I miss a day I will just keep on going.


I know that Elise from A Beautiful Mess is do one this year.

Are you doing a 365? Have you ever tried?

Anna
remembering an old friend
I often forget about film and polaroid photography.  I have had my Digital SLR for 3 years now.  I think I have only shot 1 roll of film since getting my digital camera.  I quite miss film.  I think I should make a goal one of these months to shoot some rolls of film.







Today I reunited with an old friend Polaroid.  I saw him other there on my corner shelf.  He had six pictures left in him.  Now he has five.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna



photo every hour
Last week I took a photo every hour on a day of work at home.





Slept in and woke up in the dark.  The blinds were closed because I knew I wanted to sleep a bit longer.




-ate a snack..



-saw that libby from Delightfully Tacky posted my giveaway!




-got packages ready for the post.



-took a lunch break outside, yummy orange juice.



-had a photo shoot for the shop.



-took some outfit photos.




-planned future blog posts.





-it's weather for wool socks again!




-it began to rain...
-I read my book...
-and went to bed...

I missed the last three hours... whoops...

I really enjoyed taking photos every hour.  It helped me to take a moment and appreciate life.  It split up my day nicely.  It was a day working at home but it was fun to capture the little delights along the way.

Thanks for reading.

Anna