When I was on vacation to Boston last year I was searching for unique ornaments to buy for my son as a memento of our trip. Leaving without anything, I decided I would paint an ornament for him, I am a painter after all.
In the nick of time, I found some blank ceramic ornaments and came up with a design for both Joel and Auggie. We took Joel to Boston when I was pregnant with Auggie as a final weekend with just us. After Auggie was born, Joel started telling us he wanted to go back to Boston. No wonder!
Aside from him having us to himselves, we had a magical time in Boston. So many firsts: one of them, touching a starfish. I decided that would be the subject for his ARTament. It took him a lot of courage to reach into the tank and touch the sea creature. Afterwards he was so proud of himself.
Auggie also took his first trip on a plane to Rochester in December, so I decided to memorialize his trip with an ARTament featuring a plane. Though I prefer not to repeat a trip with a six-month old (not the easiest one I've experienced)!
I shared these on Facebook last year and the response was very positive, with several people conveying interest in purchasing some this year. So, after some thinking, I came up with the name ARTaments and am offering custom hand-painted ornaments for this Christmas.
In honor of my new web site, I'm offering $10 off all orders of ARTaments to those who share #ARTaments on Facebook or Twitter thru July 15th. This is a great opportunity to give or preserve a special memory. Learn more here.
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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