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Stella Maria Baer  artist from the southwest

http://www.stellamariabaer.com/

just finished a new painting:

Bears Ears
2017
watercolor on paper
12 x 16"

today is the last day to submit your comments for the protection of Bears Ears National Monument. for more information follow @protectbearsears

hiking with Wyeth in Bears Ears

sagebrush and pink sands

#protectbearsears

House on Fire, Bears Ears National Monument
yesterday Wyeth and I hiked into Bears Ears to photograph this Anasazi ruin. Bears Ears is one of the 40 monuments in the US that are currently at risk of being reduced, opening the possibility of the land being drilled for oil. if you are an American and you value our wilderness, public commenting is open until May 26th regarding Bears Ears - the link is in my profile. please let this administration know they must respect Native American voices and honor these lands, that they cannot be replaced, and that there are other ways to create jobs and make energy. if we don't fight this our photographs will be all that remain of these sacred places.

For more information follow @protectbearsears

when I was pregnant I promised myself I wouldn't stop doing what I love after Wyeth was born. it was all so abstract then. in real life I've found it to be more of a struggle - mostly because I love him so much more than I ever dreamed possible.
this weekend I took Wyeth on our first photography road trip, just the two of us. it was hard - he didn't like being in the car all day, and I felt guilty about that. but yesterday morning we hiked into Bears Ears and when I sat him down in the red rocks I could see he loved being there. it was worth it, to introduce him to something I love, to do what I love with him. even though he pooped on my only clean shirt at the ranger station where we got our backcountry permits. 🤦🏼‍♀️ deep in a red rock canyon a stranger asked if he could take this photo of us and I'm so thankful he did. Wyeth may not remember this but I always will

Monday morning in the studio

my first mother's day as a mama. so grateful for my own mama, who taught me to love horses, sheepdogs, and camping in the desert. when we were little she used to say to me and my brother, "what if we didn't buy anything today? what if we made something with our hands?" grateful for her wisdom as I begin my own journey as a mother, and for all the mamas, aunties, grandmas, and friends who have come alongside me to help

thank you to my sister @abigail.mortenson for this photo of me and Wyeth in the studio 💛

waiting for this one to dry. should i call it "50 shades of adobe" or "50 shades of millennial pink" ?

this afternoon's work

how is my Wyeth 7 and a half months old?! all you mamas out there, help!! how do I slow this down

many thanks to my kindred spirit @desirea_still for this photo and @izzyandferd for the coyote onesie - I'm still waiting for you to make one for mama #wyethswift

crazy hail storm hit Denver this week, shattering our windshield, denting our car, and breaking windows. I went on a run with Wyeth in the stroller just an hour before - thankfully we made it home before these ice eggs started falling out of the sky

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: thank you all so much for entering, wish I could send you all moons!
my printer accidentally made the wrong size of this moon! so we're going to do our first moon print give away. to enter, tag a friend in the comments - each comment is an entry. for another entry repost this image with @stellamariabaer in the caption. giveaway will close Thursday, after tomorrow nite's full moon 🌕

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