My 2016 Calendar, featuring new work I created this year, retails for $16.50. Now through CyberMonday, purchase for only $14.85 and get FREE SHIPPING thru my online store. Use Code FREESHIPPING at checkout. I will be donating 10% of my profits to Dining for Women, which helps support women and children in developing countries.
Enjoy free shipping on all of your purchases through my web site store now through Cyber Monday! I have a selection of 2016 Calendars, Reusable ART Bags, a selection of Small Works, plus ARTaments, my handpainted ornaments. If there is something you see in my portfolio that is not listed in my store, send me an email about purchasing. Use Code FREESHIPPING at checkout.
Save 15% on prints thru Monday at Fine Art America. Find an assortment of my works that you can purchase as prints on paper, canvas, metal, phone cases, tote bags, pillows, note cards. I've been very pleased with the quality of their printing. If there's something in my portfolio that's not available at Fine Art America, email me and I can see about adding it! Use Discount Code: ASBTFH at checkout thru Monday.
Can you imagine the couple's face when they learn they will be receiving their sweetest wedding memory? You can now purchase a selection of standard size Wedding Cake Portraits from weddingcakeportraits.com. If you're intending to give as a gift this December, I will send you or the recipient directly, a linen note card in a box with a bow announcing the commissioning of their very own Wedding Cake Portrait. More options are available if you contact me directly. Pricing is already adjusted to indicate the 10% off thru Monday.
Much of my work is influenced by the inner workings of the kitchen, but I'm also very moved by the natural world. Periodically a landscape of personal significance (such as previous works of Italy and the Berkshires) drives me to create a series of works. In this case, the dragonfly spoke to me. I was blessed to live in Sussex County, NJ, for several years where more species of dragonflies make their home than in any other county in the US! I was delighted in my backyard and on hikes by their many colors and dances. Dragonflies are fascinating in their array of hues and their amazing iridescent properties. They are incredibly powerful and agile at the same time, with the ability to fly at speeds of 45 mph, can hover like helicopters and also fly up, down, sideways and in reverse.
These pieces were actually developed from reference photos I took while visiting Dale Chihuly's exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in 2006. I began them sometime while living in Newton, NJ, but like so many of my art starts, they were left unfinished due to other projects or family obligations that took over. I'm not one that easily lets go of an idea, especially once it's begun. I feel the urge to resolve it so that I can then let it go. I'm pleased to say after a burst of focus I completed both of them and they are now available for purchase through my online store.
I'll leave you with The Dragonfly, by poet Louise Bogan, 1897-1970, who was considered by many to be one of the most accomplished female poet of the 20th century. Learn more about her through the Poetry Foundation.
The Dragonfly, Louise Bogan
You are made of almost nothing
But of enough
To be great eyes
And diaphanous double vans;
To be ceaseless movement,
Link between water and air,
Earth repels you.
Light touches you only to shift into iridescence
Upon your body and wings.
You split into the heat.
Swift beyond calculation or capture
You dart into the shadow
Which consumes you.
You rocket into the day.
But at last, when the wind flattens the grasses,
For you, the design and purpose stop.
And you fall
With the other husks of summer.
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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 home studio, but is often spurred through my teaching, and travels. I just relocated to Durham, NC, from West Orange, NJ, so my studio is in renovation right now.
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