On Friday, 4/22/22 at noon, I'll be offering an intimate tour of my new studio in Durham, NC, on Zoom. This has been a work of love, that has been in progress since July of 2021, after we moved from NJ. This room has faced a lot of challenges since we bought the home remotely, gasp, in 2021. I know - crazy, right? It was the only way in the current real estate market in the Triangle.
Anyway, the back story: we bought the house with the 3rd floor finished, however we learned just a day prior to closing that permits had never been taken out on the work. We were told if we wanted to resell the house based on the square footage we were buying, we would need to permit the space. That meant we might need to tear down all of the drywall and redo rough inspections of electrical and HVAC. This was beyond a headache, but fortunately we found an amazing electrician who was able to work within reason with the building inspector and get access points to the electrical without tearing down the drywall. He did find some problems which he corrected.
We then learned through our HVAC professional that the room had been shared with the 2nd floor zone and to be up to code, needed to be on it's own zone. Given the labyrinth of ductwork that was done, they felt it best to take the 3rd floor off the 2nd floor zone, and install a mini-split system. Geez!
Once all of that work was done, we finally embarked on removing the wall to wall carpeting. My handyman pulled out the rug - which was a huge help in getting us over the overwhelm of starting the project. Next, my husband learned how to build a floating wall - by sinking 2 x 4s into the floor joists below. Then sometime in January, we started laying the vinyl plank flooring I took some time to source and purchase. Finally in March I embarked on a Facebook Marketplace hunt for specific pieces that I needed to store everything I still had boxed from NJ. I found four really good finds - I'll point them out on the tour.
We are close to finish - the floating wall needs drywall, spackel and paint, and we need to finish installing finishing trim around 1/3 of the room. Then, I'm thinking about repainting a wall or two - that might come later . . . we'll see!
If you have some time at noon, EST, on Friday, RSVP below to get an invite for the Zoom. Who knows, I might even have some art hanging! PS - I can also tell you about an upcoming exhibit, part of the #TakingUpSpace2022 initiative, with the Artist Mothers Triangle area below, opening in Raleigh, NC, next month.
Zinnia Swirl was the winner! Thank you to everyone who submitted responses to my survey and who entered the giveaway for a weekender bag. Ann from West Orange, NJ, was the lucky recipient and the bag is in transit.
I'm thrilled with the result; the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak, this weekend when it is made available in person at the Durham Arts Walk Holiday Market. I'll be exhibiting at a booth on 120 Morris Street, next to the Durham Arts Council (host of the walk). You can visit the art walk on Saturday, November 20th from 10 - 5pm and on Sunday, November 21st from 1 - 5pm.
I'll be showing works from my TeaScape, Take a Seat series and possibly some Red Carpet Icons. An assortment of TraillWorks Yoga Mats, and NEW: face masks and throw pillows. Additionally, I'll have a selection of note cards and prints available.
Throughout the weekend there will be 74 artists showing, plus food trucks and a schedule of live music. Please stop by and introduce yourself, and don't forget your mask!
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
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HELLO y'all, I'm hosting a Giveaway!!!! In honor of my first appearance in a show in Durham, NC, I'm selecting a new yoga mat design to offer at the Durham Holiday Art Walk in November. Lucky for you, you don't need to live in Durham to help me out. All I need from you is your selection of a favorite mat design, and for your time, you'll be entered into a giveaway for a weekender bag, featuring Hot Stress Relief.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
In case you missed it - the reason for my blog absence has been due to an upcoming relocation from NJ to NC next month. We started thinking about this last year when my husband took a new job, sort of based in NC. After many conversations, we took a trip in March to check out the Chapel Hill / Durham area and decided to go for it. Our house went on the market in April, we accepted an offer soon after, and then headed south in May to buy a home. Last week we closed on both homes and are officially homeowners in Durham, NC.
With this crazy real estate market, everything has moved so quickly, and we are headed down south the 2nd of July. I hosted a Y(ART)D SHOW in my home a few weeks ago that availed many lucky collectors the chance to purchase some amazing works of art. Now, I'm cleaning out my studio and I've decided so many supplies will not be coming with me. But, they are really good supplies that I've invested in over time. So, if you're in the NJ area - have a look, purchase anything that looks good and we can arrange pick up at my home in West Orange.
MUST pick up by Monday, June 28th. If I have time and determine that more items are worth selling, I'll update the products in my shop. You can purchase below or browse the online shop.
Pebeo Ceramic Paint
Decorative paints that create a lacquer like finish. For use on ceramics, terracotta, earthenware, wood, metal and even canvas. Must be cleaned with mineral spirits and not for surfaces in contact with food.
24 assorted colors. Must buy all. Retail around $5 / each.
Matte Black Solid Wood Frames
Solid wood contemporary mouldings, finished in a matte black color. Previously used, but in great condition.
3/4" wide moulding
5/8" deep rabbet
accommodates 12" x 12" artwork or matting. Overall frame size is about 13" x 13"
Various Oil Mediums
Assorted oils and oil mediums available.
Daler-Rowney Linseed Stand Oil
Pebeo Clarified Poppyseed Oil
Winsor & Newton Thickened Linseed Oil - 2
Golden Varnish 32 oz.
MSA Varnish with UVLS (Gloss), retails for about $45
Black Fluid Inks and Applicators
Montana Fluid 200ml Ink - partly used
Acrylic Waterbased Paint Refill for Montana Markers - a little more than 1/2 full. 180ml container
Included - two Montana marker applicators
Golden Heavy Body Acrylics - Gallons
Golden Heavy Body Acrylics - partly used gallons. Perfect for Mural work or large scale painting. Full gallons were custom made and retail for about $135.
Manganese Blue Hue
Hansa Yellow Medium
Larson Juhl 5 lbs. Framing Wire. No. 2, #23812
Holds up to 15lb. of weight
Vintage Silver Frames
Solid Wood, brushed silver frames.
5.5" x 5.5"
accommodates 4.25" x 4.25" artwork
Black Matte Frames with Red Distressing
Solid Wood, matte black frames with red distressing
8" x 8"
accommodates 6" x 6" artwork
1" rabbet - shadowbox depth
1.25" deep moulding
Kind of on a whim, but more inspired by Sybil Archibald, a local artist, friend, and collector's own daily practice, I finally felt moved to make this commitment. I've struggled for years feeling "not good enough" and wondering, "why can't I make this commitment to create every day"?
I am good enough, and my life has been very full of many responsibilities. But, that being said, I've increased my exercise practice, my meditation practice, but not my creative practice. I realized that I've been trying to encourage my students to do the same thing - but how can I if I'm not practicing what I preach? So . . . I've started. Officially on January 2nd, I made a commitment to minimally make art 30 minutes a day. To show up, because it's in the frequency and the work, that develops good work.
REALITY: I made it consecutively to day 39. It's not perfect, and some days I've allowed myself the compassion of counting a sketchbook session in front of the TV towards my practice. Other days I'm sneaking up to the studio after the kids have gone to bed while catching an episode of The Durrells in Corfu - a PBS program that I stream on Amazon. It truly makes me smile, giggle, and lets me travel to a beautiful place, if only for an hour. Then a few weeks later, we lost the boiler in our house, and we temporarily landed at my in-laws for a week. I didn't create much that week.
INSIGHT: I just took the CliftonStrengths test, inspired by some personal growth work my sis is doing and found out some incredibly affirming and enlightening things about myself. Created by Gallup, the test assesses your top ten strengths, and lists out a total of 34. My top tens are spot on, but the last one shocked me - consistency. It is a strength, but it is my weakest. This was freeing to learn - and explained a lot of the blips every time I attempt to complete a social media challenge! And, with that I'm allowing myself the space to skip days when I need to - because if I can't be consistent those days, it's because my other strengths, like being responsible to my clients or family, will win out.
The above artworks are only about 1/2 of what I've created for the month of January. I have another series going on simultaneously, as well as working on some intermittent commissions. At this point in mid-March, I've completed 16 new pieces - I've surpassed my production last year, so I'm thrilled with this.
The upshot for you? I'm going to be dropping these works in small groups every Friday, beginning March 19th, to my VIPS who subscribe to my newsletter. They will have 24 hours to snatch up these new works. Then, if the works are still available, I'll release them on Instagram. Much of the works will be unframed watercolors on handmade papers featuring my new TeaScapes. Additionally, I'm participating in the #ArtistSupportPledge which asks that I agree to sell works that are $200 or less, and once I hit $1000 in sales, I spend $200 on collecting another artist's work.
SOUND GOOD? Please sign up below to become a VIP to make certain you have early access and first dibs at these new wonders coming out of my studio. Until Friday, you can follow my Instagram / Facebook feeds, and you can explore all of the progress in my #ArtEveryDay Story on IG.
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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