Yellowstone Calm, 13" x 8 1/3", Watercolor on Arches 140lb. HP, ©2018 Jennie Traill Schaeffer, AVAILABLE
A teaching artist is always giving to her students. Over the years I've taught, I've had students coming from many backgrounds, facing various adversities and illnesses. Since moving to eastern NJ, I've reduced my audience of students due to my own personal family's needs. However, I'm fortunate to live near an amazing organization, Arts Unbound, that aims to provide an art education to adults who are either seniors or living with disabilities. The goal is to help them develop a career working as an artist.
Each year, they host an ArtBender, a weekend long celebration of making to raise money for their art coaching program. Many opportunities to create are offered throughout the local area, as well as individual artists supporting the cause. This weekend I'm hosting a 20/20 Sale. What does that mean for you and for Arts Unbound? All work will be discounted 20% for the weekend, and I will donate 20% of all sales to Arts Unbound. My personal goal is to raise $200 for the organization, which means I must sell $1000 worth of art.
Can I do it? You betcha, but I need your help. Please share link to my online shop far and wide to art lovers. It's a great time since it's the weekend prior to Mother's Day - might be an opportunity to give Mom a very artful gift.
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Let's make this weekend's ArtBender a success to enrich the lives of so many! PS - I'm continually updating my site, so check back often for new works. Use COUPON CODE: ARTFORALL at checkout.
Next Thursday, March 31st, I invite you to stop by Trygve Lie Gallery for the Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC to take in and possibly purchase the works of over 1000 international artists, including my own 4" x 6" original watercolor postcard, "At Rest", seen above. This is a really awesome show that was created in 2010 by Swedish Americanized artist, David Sandum, who will captivate you through both his artwork and his efforts to help others while living with depression. Each year the exhibit is held in different cities and supports a local charity.
This year's #TwitterArtExhibit will benefit Foster Pride of NYC, which helps support kids in foster care through mentoring and the arts. Proceeds from Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC will go towards their program, Handmade, which provides teen girls in foster care the opportunity to learn about design, marketing, and small business skills, and develop personal and interpersonal qualities such as motivation, collaboration, and sustained effort that will be valuable to these young women as they age out of the foster care system. Wow, I'm thrilled to be able to help such an amazing organization's efforts. And, if that's not enticing enough, cards sell for $35 each or 3 for $95. I've seen a lot of intriguing works pop up over the past several weeks on Twitter.
If you'd like to join me, the exhibit opens on 3/31 with a reception beginning at 6:00PM, followed by speaches from Isha Setia, Curator of Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC, Thor-Erik Fjellvang, Director of Trygve Lie Gallery, Lynn Schnurnberger, Foster Pride, and David Sandum, Creator of Twitter Art Exhibit. The reception and sales will run through 8:30PM.
If you can't make it to NYC Thursday night, you can watch the exhibit opening LIVE on whatever personal device of your choice via Periscope. And you can view my postcard on the new watercolor portfolio page.
Several adults joined me over the course of the Fall to explore, either for the first time, or more deeply, the art of painting in watercolor at Work and Play in South Orange, NJ. The work above are just some of the products of their commitment. Lessons included painting white, exploring the range of marks made through a single paint brush, using peripheral materials like collaged papers or salt to create texture, layering paint, using blind contour drawing for the structure of a painting, and exploring the flowing nature of watercolor.
Through 12/16, I'm offering a $30 discount on tuition for early registration. Please consider joining us, whether you're a beginner or more experienced, I'd love to work with you on developing your technique and vision at Work and Play. It's a great gift for you or an artist you love! Learn more about Watercolor & More at traillworks.com.
I've been eating a lot of citrus fruit as I try to clear my head of a month-long cold. These clementines became the inspiration for my December calendar, and a great exercise in exploring complementary colors and the play of shadows, while pushing my watercolor technique during a class of mine at Work and Play in South Orange, NJ. And of course, I live in West Orange, so oranges are on my mind. Enjoy and stay healthy as we approach winter and the treats of the holidays.
While I may not have actually painted or drawn an original artwork every day, and may not have even made it into the studio, when I look back at what I've actually accomplished, I'm astounded! I chose to voluntarily participate in artist Leah Piken Kolidas' Art Every Day Month 2015 challenge. Looking back over the month and seeing my paintings in one place, I'm amazed by the number of works I've created in a short period.
Caring for two young kids, a husband who is traveling out of state three days a week, and my teaching schedule has not been easy. Some days are harder then others and I wonder why I do this to myself. But, at the end of the day, or in this case, the month, the fruits of my labor (as well as the growth in my kids and special time we've spent celebrating 7th and 40th birthdays, Thanksgiving, and more) has been worth it. I know when I've been painting, drawing, or creating in my studio, I'm a happier mom, artist, wife, and all around person. And, even if I'm not creating my own work in the studio, every day I am creating for my kids and my students. But this was a month dedicated to my own growth in my artwork.
I still have more work to do for my upcoming solo show at Hat City Kitchen, slated to open on December 14th. But I feel more confident than ever in my ability to meet my goals in the studio. Thank you to Leah and the community that she has developed that helped keep me accountable, and to my husband and kids for understanding the late nights and weekend work time. If you're in the NJ area on December 14th, please consider joining me for my opening of my first solo show in several years, over a delicious Cajun-style meal at Orange's Hat City Kitchen, in the Valley Arts District.
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, which takes place at Oh! Canary Studio, located in Maplewood, NJ.
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