Jennie Traill Schaeffer

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🔅Teaching Artist || West Orange, NJ
🔅@traillworkslessons
🔅Mom of 2 boys + 🐶
🔅Creating Art that Invigorates the Soul
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I’m a day behind - couldn’t get out in the weather yesterday, coupled with lots of family bbqs and pool parties, and not sleeping the night before. So I picked it up again, as I’ve learned from so many of the self improvement programs I’ve done including meditation with @jeanvitranolmt and fitness with @momma_strong. ⁣
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So this is Day 29 of 30. It’s quite different from most of the other sketches in that I decided to use some phot references from dusk last night. The light was magical but I was putting the kids to bed. Initially I thought I would include the sky, but once I began I concluded that I should stick with the just the ground and garden. The palette of dark greens makes this feel like it’s straight out of the tropics. ⁣
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Swipe right to see the regency photo I worked from. You can check out IGTV soon - my son shot a sweet video of me painting this morning; he was a bit of a journalist. ⁣
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I’m so close! This was done yesterday, Day 28 of 30. As I near completion, my cosmos are finally blooming and my single pot of zinnias might open soon. ⁣
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I was thrilled with the end result of this composition and even more so by the granulated background color which was made with a combination of cobalt blue, rhodonite and a yellow green (forget the exact pigment). It created a mineral effect in some of the blooms which I find very appealing. ⁣
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Artists of the Oranges opens tomorrow at the @westorangeartscouncil, 2-5pm. Catch my portrait and 14 other area artists’ portraits (all working in one of the Oranges of NJ) taken by @jim_horton_photography. Each of us have artwork in the show as well. ⁣I tagged as many of the artists I could from the show. If you know who I’ve missed and they have a feed - please tag them. ⁣

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That blue bloom was drooping yesterday and came back to life today. It’s amazing how a garden changes on a daily basis. While I’m on day 27 of 30 and I might take a break, I see endless possibilities in the small confines of my yard. ⁣
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“Everyone wants instant everything, and they want instant success, but I always think you should treat things in the arts like a garden, and let them grow.” - Penelope Keith⁣
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I also see how this practice has given me incredible patience. Over the past month I watched my Instagram account grown by 1000 followers, then promptly lose those followers. I’m not a performer, I’m not flashy, but I’m slowly improving my art practice and business. If slow, meaningful progress is valuable to you, then please keep following me and share my feed with those who may be interested. My art takes times. You will see it’s growth. ⁣
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Yesterday I said it wanted pink, so after much debate, and using the markup function on my phone, I dove into pink. Rhodonite to be exact by @danielsmithartistsmaterials. I talk about this pigment in prior posts. ⁣
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If you swipe right you can see where I was going to leave the painting, and then the markup. I don’t know about it, it’s brighter in the outdoors than indoors. I’ll better evaluate once I get them all photographed under equal lighting in the studio. ⁣
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Day 26 of 30. Eek! ⁣
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"Normality is a paved road; It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it." — Vincent Van Gogh⁣
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Today I decided to fill a whole page - I have enough pages remaining in my @stillmanandbirn sketchbook to do a few. It was freeing to work large after having completed so many in such smaller formats. I approached today’s without intent, allowing the painting to tell me what it wanted. I began with the blue hydrangea and worked my way out and around. ⁣
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As per yesterday’s post, desiring to use that deep grey of the house to offset the green leaves, I did, but also didn’t want to fill the entire page. Now I see a few moments I will adjust, and I’m also getting a strong urge to throw some pink in the background, but I’ll wait and explore this again tomorrow. That’s the beauty of working in a sketchbook in a restricted format and subject matter - room to make changes, adjust, and approach the same thing differently. ⁣
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This is Day 25 of 30. ⁣I’m 5 days from my goal. Once I get there I’ll be tearing out the images and releasing the collection. If you’re not on my mailing list, it’s a great time to subscribe so you will be notified first of collecting opportunities. Link in my profile. ⁣
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Day 24. I’m getting there - closing in on day 30. Today’s was left more open than most of the prior paintings - partly due to time, and possibly out of fear of going too far. Part of me wanted to fill in more green and play on the accented dark gray wall of my house (see a prior hydrangea painting from July), but I truly didn’t want to lose the composition and openness. ⁣
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This is the only thriving bloom on my hydrangea - we have two of them and the left one is far smaller in size than the right one. I’ve been reading different approaches to cutting them back and am not sure which way I did it last year. Are you an expert in caring for hydrangeas? How do you keep them blooming into the summer? ⁣
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My daily garden watercolors have been difficult to maintain over the past week. I’ve had family visiting from out of town so I’ve spent some days at my mom’s. Instead of my own garden, I painted from her potted curcumin plant on Friday morning. ⁣Day 23 of 30.
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I found that my rhodonite from @danielsmithartistsmaterials most closely matched the vibrant fuschia of the blooms. Rhodonite is a pretty neat pigment that is actually found in NJ, among other US locations. I use mostly @m.grahamco watercolors but supplement unique colors from other companies. The cobalt teal in the background is an M. Graham pigment that I use often in my paintings. ⁣
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What are your favorite watercolor pigments? ⁣
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Just a little intro if you’re meeting me and my feed for the first time. My name is Jennie Traill Schaeffer and I’m a teaching artist, living and working in West Orange, NJ. I’m a mom of two boys, ages 6 and 10, a 12-year old dog and am married to my husband 15 years this coming December. ⁣
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I was born and raised in Easton, PA, and am a graduate of EAHS, proud former marching band member, and went on to earn my BFA in both Art Ed and Painting at @su_vpa_schoolofart. While there I studied in Florence, IT. Straight out of school I taught art in the public school system in NJ, and after a few years started TraillWorks in 2005. ⁣
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I’m an avid gardener, constantly educating myself. I love music - terrible pianist, ok saxophonist but haven’t played since college marching band. I try to see live music and shows when I can. My favorite go-to musicians are the @indigogirlsmusic, @philipglassmusic, @yoyoma, and recently I’ve been listening to a lot of @hamiltonmusical and The Greatest Showman. I love belting out show tunes but I suffer from not knowing all the words! Sorry, not 😐. ⁣
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I love good food - particularly Italian (partly my background), Indian, Thai,  my mom’s mac n’ cheese. Bread, chocolate, wine and coffee are my true guilty pleasures. ⁣
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I’m particularly passionate about mental health, advocacy and support, as it has impacted me directly. I’ve frequently raised money for local mental health organizations thru sales of my art. Charity is important to me and giving back even more so. Sometimes I suffer from wanting to help many causes, but I go back to mental health at the end of the day.⁣
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Yoga, running and meditation are part of my life - I practice some yoga poses regularly but have not been committed to a studio due to personal circumstances. I’ve been meditating almost daily and run about three days a week. ⁣
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I love to wind down the day with a good book in bed (usually historical fiction) - currently I’m reading “The Address”, by @fionajdavis. ⁣
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I’m here! Stop by @3birdsyoga until 12:30 to see my new yoga mats! The new design, “Hot Stress Release” is out and I’m in love! Perfect for your next hot yoga session. 
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A new yoga mat is revealing tomorrow during my pop up shop @3birdsyoga. Can’t wait to share it and more of my original TeaScapes, notecards and coasters. Meet me from 9-12:30pm, just come prepared to whisper while yoga classes are going on in the neighboring room. 
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I'm combining Day 21 and 22 - I began this painting yesterday early afternoon, before the storms came in. But alas, the rain forced me inside. So I went out this morning and finished it up. I moved my painting spot - pulled a chair to the far side of my yard (swipe right for the garden photo) that allows me to see the curves of my garden, along with my vegetable garden. ⁣
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From this view you can see the spent tiger lilies that fill the far garden, the ageratum, some dianthus, and there's some yellow flower growing - might be a weed, or wild, not sure. My dog roams that garden and tramples the tiger lilies making room for lots of weeds to grow in. This year as he's now 12, he's trampled it less so I've had more tiger lilies than any other year.⁣
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On the left, the bright orange and yellow spots are the new zinnias I planted. There's also hosta, catmint, spiderwort, tiger lilies. In the veggie garden, kale has overtaken. It's such a beautiful color and leaf, I don't mind. But, I'm the only one who likes to eat it. ⁣
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Oh, and if you didn't catch my announcement on IG live or on Stories, @the_inspired_garden was the winner of my recent giveaway. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared my work. Keep an eye out for the completion of this challenge and the announcement of the collection release in my newsletter. Subscribe through the link in my profile to get on my list. ⁣
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