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Stella Maria Baer

painter, photographer, mama

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  • the last painting I made before baby Whit was born

Topography of Birth
Dilation Chart at 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 cm
2019
New Mexico and Colorado dirt on cotton
12 x 16”

When I look at my paintings the past few months I see forms stripped down to the most basic elements - spheres or lines of earth, water, air. They speak to me of a mother being eclipsed by her own body, being broken open by birth. Opening to make way for new life, then closing and returning, never the same again, reborn through water and fire
  • the last painting I made before baby Whit was born

    Topography of Birth
    Dilation Chart at 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 cm
    2019
    New Mexico and Colorado dirt on cotton
    12 x 16”

    When I look at my paintings the past few months I see forms stripped down to the most basic elements - spheres or lines of earth, water, air. They speak to me of a mother being eclipsed by her own body, being broken open by birth. Opening to make way for new life, then closing and returning, never the same again, reborn through water and fire
  •  1,763  47  19 June, 2019
  • my suns, my moon, and all my stars 
happy father’s day to my love Seth, the most amazing father I know. you make the best pickles and peach soda, you embody strength in gentleness and wisdom in kindness, you make me weak in the knees when you sing. you love your boys and their mama with a wild and patient love. we love you Seth
  • my suns, my moon, and all my stars
    happy father’s day to my love Seth, the most amazing father I know. you make the best pickles and peach soda, you embody strength in gentleness and wisdom in kindness, you make me weak in the knees when you sing. you love your boys and their mama with a wild and patient love. we love you Seth
  •  4,272  51  16 June, 2019
  • spent the past ten days doing nothing but milking and snuggling my baby boy and his brother and father. the best and sleepiest of times. haven’t been on my phone much but here is some dirt and sage gathered from a mesa at Ghost Ranch a couple weeks ago, to ground us all in the colors of our mother earth ✨
  • spent the past ten days doing nothing but milking and snuggling my baby boy and his brother and father. the best and sleepiest of times. haven’t been on my phone much but here is some dirt and sage gathered from a mesa at Ghost Ranch a couple weeks ago, to ground us all in the colors of our mother earth ✨
  •  1,205  6  15 June, 2019
  • hello world 👋🏼 on Thursday afternoon we welcomed this baby boy into the world - Eli Whitman, who we will call “Whit” 
8 lbs, 9 oz
22 inches long 
born at 4:32 Mountain Time 
Wyeth, Seth, and I are so in love with this tiny man and all his wild black hair
  • hello world 👋🏼 on Thursday afternoon we welcomed this baby boy into the world - Eli Whitman, who we will call “Whit”
    8 lbs, 9 oz
    22 inches long
    born at 4:32 Mountain Time
    Wyeth, Seth, and I are so in love with this tiny man and all his wild black hair
  •  7,430  216  8 June, 2019
  • baby’s due date is tomorrow. distracting myself from the question of when I’ll go into labor with this view of Georgia’s sagebrush from a couple weeks ago
  • baby’s due date is tomorrow. distracting myself from the question of when I’ll go into labor with this view of Georgia’s sagebrush from a couple weeks ago
  •  3,441  54  5 June, 2019
  • I love that the colors of paint we made from Abiquiu dirt during my workshop at Ghost Ranch are somehow the same palette as my favorite Fairfield Porter painting, “Peak Island and Lobster Boat,” 1968, oil on board, 14 x 15 in.

And yes I’m still pregnant, that’s my giant belly poking out of jumpsuit in the second photo. Due date is Thursday but of course babies do what they want when they want

sorry for repost, accidentally two of the same image in first 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️🤰🏼🤷🏼‍♀️🤪
  • I love that the colors of paint we made from Abiquiu dirt during my workshop at Ghost Ranch are somehow the same palette as my favorite Fairfield Porter painting, “Peak Island and Lobster Boat,” 1968, oil on board, 14 x 15 in.

    And yes I’m still pregnant, that’s my giant belly poking out of jumpsuit in the second photo. Due date is Thursday but of course babies do what they want when they want

    sorry for repost, accidentally two of the same image in first 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️🤰🏼🤷🏼‍♀️🤪
  •  2,081  21  3 June, 2019
  • portrait of a tired mom 39 weeks and two days pregnant, trying to savor every last kick and finish an oil painting she’s been working on forever

this painting is based on a photograph I took at Ghost Ranch in 2014.  I’ve been using natural pigment to make watercolors for a couple years - this is the first oil painting I’ve made using earth pigments. up until last week I was using natural pigments from all over the world to make it - yesterday I started using the pigment I gathered during my workshop at Ghost Ranch. so this painting of a hill in Abiquiu carries dirt from that same place within it, dirt gathered while carrying this baby ✨
  • portrait of a tired mom 39 weeks and two days pregnant, trying to savor every last kick and finish an oil painting she’s been working on forever

    this painting is based on a photograph I took at Ghost Ranch in 2014. I’ve been using natural pigment to make watercolors for a couple years - this is the first oil painting I’ve made using earth pigments. up until last week I was using natural pigments from all over the world to make it - yesterday I started using the pigment I gathered during my workshop at Ghost Ranch. so this painting of a hill in Abiquiu carries dirt from that same place within it, dirt gathered while carrying this baby ✨
  •  4,196  50  1 June, 2019
  • nothing quite like a New Mexico sunset
  • nothing quite like a New Mexico sunset
  •  1,865  52  29 May, 2019
  • watching the last light in the canyon

I love showing Wyeth the places where I grew up, the land that formed me

I’ve also decided that bathrobes are an acceptable form of everyday attire in your third trimester and probably anytime and anywhere thenceforth
  • watching the last light in the canyon

    I love showing Wyeth the places where I grew up, the land that formed me

    I’ve also decided that bathrobes are an acceptable form of everyday attire in your third trimester and probably anytime and anywhere thenceforth
  •  1,753  30  29 May, 2019
  • I’ve avoided visiting Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio for years because it always felt like a touristy thing to do as someone who grew up in Santa Fe... and I try to stay away from things that are overly posted and pinned. but I gave in a couple weeks ago and I have to admit it was worth it. the shadow of this chamisa and adobe wall have been haunting me ever since
  • I’ve avoided visiting Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio for years because it always felt like a touristy thing to do as someone who grew up in Santa Fe... and I try to stay away from things that are overly posted and pinned. but I gave in a couple weeks ago and I have to admit it was worth it. the shadow of this chamisa and adobe wall have been haunting me ever since
  •  3,766  66  8 hours ago
  • just finished a new painting:

Cosmology of Birth

dilation chart at 10, 7, 3, 2 cm

New Mexico dirt on cotton
2019
12 x 16”

I’ve been asking mama friends to send me words or images that helped them during birth and have been overwhelmed by the power and strength of their stories. If you’re a mother, what helped you through the waters and fire of birth?
  • just finished a new painting:

    Cosmology of Birth

    dilation chart at 10, 7, 3, 2 cm

    New Mexico dirt on cotton
    2019
    12 x 16”

    I’ve been asking mama friends to send me words or images that helped them during birth and have been overwhelmed by the power and strength of their stories. If you’re a mother, what helped you through the waters and fire of birth?
  •  3,242  102  24 May, 2019
  • New Mexico dirt becoming paint

the color changes as dirt is processed into pigment- you can see the shifts from right to left. right column is original dirt, left is refined pigment, rectangles are watercolors 🤲🏼🌄
  • New Mexico dirt becoming paint

    the color changes as dirt is processed into pigment- you can see the shifts from right to left. right column is original dirt, left is refined pigment, rectangles are watercolors 🤲🏼🌄
  •  1,750  38  21 May, 2019