A Seat by the Firehole, Watercolor and Gouache with Image Transfer on Paper, 14" x 9.75", ©2018 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
It’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there, it’s very hard to be vulnerable, but those people who do that are the dreamers, the thinkers and the creators. They are the magic people of the world. - Amy Poehler, from Yes, Please
I think I forgot over the past few decades that I was one of those dreamers, a thinker, somehow magical for what I do. I grew up as a dreamer - playing, creating, and then I became a mother, at the same time as opening a studio / gallery in a storefront. A lot of energy went into creating that space, the events, the shows, the lessons, and some artwork along the way.
Since closing my brick and mortar in 2013, I birthed another son, took time off from creating art, but then slowly started pulling myself up and out of my house. My art classes moved locations, grew in number and then shrank again while I tended to some very personal needs for my family. All the while, I was making, exhibiting, but something was shifting. During that contrition, my artwork started blossoming again, changing, emerging as something wholly new.
While motherhood may spark dreaming in some people, I have found in some ways the opposite. There were moments of creativity and bursts of ingenuity that surprised me, but for the most part I was tired, exhausted, and spent - trying to juggle so many things. The truth of motherhood is that it is so damned hard. And, it doesn't get easier. But, somehow in the past two years, I have worked equally damned hard on myself and have found a burst of growth that is too amazing not to notice. I have found peace, I have found more space for my ideas, and I have found new places for my work.
It is here where I am now - working on a new body of work that is exciting me, and at the same time a bit scary. When you put yourself out there, through new work, it can be frightening. You never know how it will be received - if it will be exhibited, sold, or even appreciated. Yet - I'm doing it. Yes, there have been rejections, but I've also had acceptances and invitations, and interest in owning the work.
You can see one of my newer works, "Yellow Chair of the Snowbanks", at the Montclair Art Museum, as part of the Personal Landscapes show featuring selected Essex County, NJ, artists. It's on exhibit through June 21st. The work is available for sale through me - email me with your inquiry or visit my online store.
Additionally, three of my paintings are currently at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana for their annual Yellowstone Art Auction 52. Two of the works are available through March 6th when I will actually be in attendance at their Artist Meet & Greet, and one of them is available as part of their silent auction taking place during the final auction event on March 7th. I will be there as well that night.
If you're planning on attending the Yellowstone Art Auction or are in the area of the Montclair Art Museum - contact me. I would love to connect with you in person!
I'll leave you with some lines from La La Land's song, "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" that feeds my creative energy and embraces us dreamers:
So bring on the rebels
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.
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