Sometimes things come easily to me, other days they don't. I'm thrilled to announce that I was selected as January's Featured Artist on the popular food-themed art blog, ArtAndArtDeadlines.com. As my son would say, this was "easy peasy lemon squeezy!" Yes, the actual submission process was simple, but my work had to be chosen. And, while everything up to that point is easy, to have your work chosen is much more complicated. Several things had to have been put in place in order for this to happen: one being years of hard work, two being good artwork, and three putting yourself out there and finding opportunities. Those three things collided when I saw this opportunity, took the leap to submit and awaited the response I was hoping for, but might not always get.
(If you'd like more insight into how one finds success as a creative, read Amy Poehler's Yes Please. She does a great job of not mincing words about the work that goes into being "discovered". It's currently on my nightstand and I'm enjoying the light bedtime reading.)
Editor and Artist, R.L. Gibson, sent me the congratulatory email and asked if I would comply by responding to her very thoughtful questions. Of course! So I spent an evening reflecting on my work, the motivations behind it, my experiences, and where I'm going. I think Gibson's questions forced me to look at my work in a new light and I'm fairly certain they have already catapulted me into some new work.
I hope you glean something new about my work, and while you're on ArtAndArtDeadlines.com, hop around. Gibson offers a clever approach to an art blog using the metaphor of food and cooking, which was why I think we connected. Her focus is to promote and explore contemporary artists and their work through a monthly featured artist contest, and provide artists opportunities to exhibit their work through frequent art deadlines. I still don't think I've even touched the tip of the iceberg on her site.
Thank you again, R.L. Gibson, for falling in love with my work and providing a place to share it to a new audience!
I'll be writing soon soon about ways you can help me win the ArtAndArtDeadlines.com Artist of the Year and a change in my signature.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Sometimes called the Kitchen God's Artist, I'm balancing mothering two energetic sons, a big mutt Ringo, making and teaching art. TraillWorks is the apron under which I create and teach. My own art develops mostly in my West Orange home studio, but is sometimes spurred through my teaching.
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