Empty hooks where sold work hung on the wall going up the stairs to my studio.
I'm loving all of those empty hooks and it's because of so many of you that I achieved my goal. During the month of February, I held a studio sale to accomplish three things: clear out old work that was no longer serving me, create space for new work both physically and in my mind, and to raise money for a local charity. BAM! BAM! BAM! We did it!
I have space, I've been creating new work, and I'm able to breathe in my studio again. At times it felt like my art and the walls were going to cave in on me. And, the bonus was that I was able to contribute a $190 donation last week to the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris from profits of my sale. They are an incredible organization that offers many services to mental health consumers and loved ones, maintaining a deeply held belief that recovery is possible. I personally have availed myself of some of their services and can't thank them enough.
My easel / oil painting area - bathed in midday northern light.
Shelf displaying TeaScapes as they are produced.
I still have some older work on my site still available. Over the upcoming months as I produce new works, I will be tweaking my store, reorganizing artwork, and adding new works that haven't been uploaded. A newsletter is going out soon detailing events coming up in May, new TeaScapes available online, and a Dachshund painting being made available to those lovers of the furry persuasion. Want first dibs? Get on my email list for those exclusive opportunities.
It's not every day that you get to announce your art has been included in a digital magazine with 36 other talented artists from around the world. Well, today is that day! The April issue of Women in Art 278 just came out and my work is featured on page 27.
Women in Art 278 was established in 2013 to showcase the work of women artists. The first issue featured 27 artists that represented 8 countries, which is where the magazine's title was derived. The magazine can be explored digitally for free, or purchased in print form. Check out the list of artists included in this issue. Thank you Women in Art 278 for the inclusion!
In reading the issue, Liesl Marelli, the magazine's editor, writes that she is seeking submissions from artists of photos depicting their own art studios and why they are perfect for them. The magazine is hoping to offer examples of ideal studios to artists aspiring for that perfect creative space, to learn what makes a studio function and promote creativity.
So, in that vein, here are a couple of shots of my studio and why it works for me. Though still not my ideal for several reasons (mainly running out of space and little vertical storage for stacking paintings), it works for me now because it is in my home and allows me to do the following:
If you have studio shots to share, send them to Women in Art 278, attention of Liesl Marelli. Enjoy the magazine and all of the art and artists to explore.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Sometimes called the Kitchen God's Artist, I'm balancing mothering two energetic sons, our new pup, Cider, while 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 often spurred through my teaching, and travels.
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