I'm thrilled to announce that I'm opening up dog portrait commissions again and supporting the Animal Protection Society of Durham during the month of August. In reviewing my history of making dog portraits, I recognized that I was building momentum in creating more portraits just prior to the Pandemic. With my relocation to NC, I've completed a couple, but haven't been able to promote them. My studio is almost 100% finished (enough that it is operable) and the renovations in our home are complete. Now, as we move into the Dog Days of Summer, I'm ready to officially open them up and donate 10% of the profits of all booked portraits to APS.
I've been making dog portraits since we rescued our first dog, Ringo, back in 2007. It started with just an oil pastel of him, roughly drawn on cardboard. I adore that drawing and have a dedicated spot in our powder room. At some point when I ran my studio/gallery in Newton, NJ, I began accepting dog portrait commissions, with one of the first subjects coming in for a photo shoot:
As many have already kicked off the holiday season, I'm waiting just a little longer. This year, I'm hosting another version of my #GiveorSave Event. Giving through my work has always been important to me, as is offering occasional opportunities for my collectors to purchase selected works at special prices. This event allows you to choose what is best for you at this time, and falls neatly between Artists Sunday and GivingTuesday.
I’ve joined artists, creators and makers across the country for the Artists Sunday, earth’s largest art event, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 27th, encouraging consumers to shop with artists. Think of it like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday but for shopping for art! And, you've probably heard of Giving Tuesday, which according to the organization "is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity."
To honor both days, I'm going to be offering to my SUBSCRIBERS only, a private window of shopping online from Artists Sunday (November 27th) through GivingTuesday (November 29th). During those three days, subscribers will shop through a password protected link to my site and have the option to either save 25% percent on selected works, or ask me to donate 25% percent of their sale to my selected charity.
Subscribers will get an email in their inbox on Sunday morning, at 9am ET (6am PT), with a password protected link to shop my online site privately through Tuesday, along with a coupon code should you wish to use it. If you prefer that I make a donation, simply send me a note in your order. If you miss the window to subscribe and don't get an email Sunday morning, simply sign up on my site prior to Tuesday morning, and you'll receive the link and password soon after.
In light of recent events, coupled with my passion for mental health support, I've decided to give donations to The Trevor Project. They are the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Not only do they offer crisis support, but also advocacy, research and education. Some of their stats are shocking - both how a lack of acceptance has a negative impact on LGBTQ populations, as well as how just one supportive person can have a positive impact.
According to The Trevor Project, "One accepting adult decreases the risk of suicide by 40% for LGBTQ young people." "The Trevor Project estimates that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ young people seriously consider suicide each year in the U.S. and could benefit from our services."
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Wishing you a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and I'm truly grateful for you!
Just a few of my works to be included:
This past February I participated in a virtual artist residency supported through the Artist Mother Network. It was a month full of creativity, productivity and getting me out of old habits and into new. While, not everything stuck, I found the experience and work is giving birth to new ideas just now.
Later in the year, the Artist Mother Network, host of the Artist Mother Podcast, merged with the Thrive Artists Network, giving birth to the Thrive Together Network, which I have been a member of since they formed. Building on the February residency idea, the new network put forth the idea of a September Virtual Residency. Part fear of missing out, and part needing a kick in the butt while going through many health challenges, I decided to participate.
What I neglected to consider is the whirlwind of September, due to the first month of school and both of my boys participating in baseball for the first time together, and my ongoing health challenges. I energetically pushed forward and created a plan with Thrive's guidance and some ideas from other artists on the network.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Deemed the Kitchen God's Artist by NJ Savvy Living for my sainted appliances, I'm now known more for my vibrant, meditational paintings of chairs set surprisingly in landscapes. Since relocating to NC from NJ, mothering my two sons, and caring for our rescue pup, Cider, took the lead. Now, that my Durham home studio is renovated it's open again for virtual art coaching and the resumption of my personal art and commissions. The work I make is inspired by my joy of teaching, exploring nature, and traveling. On The Teaching Artist Blog, I share my approach to teaching and educate my readers about my creative process.
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