Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The highlight of the evening was a surprise visit from two of the artists I lived with at Peters Valley, David Robinson and Allyn Cantor. I didn't expect anyone else to be there, but they both showed up. And, I had a chance to meet Dave's wife, who I heard many terrific things about.
The work in the show was varied and exceptional, ranging from paintings to birdhouses. Mikal Brutzman the director of the gallery gave a brief overview of the show followed by Jimmy Clark, PV director, introducing all of the artists which was a kind / professional gesture.
The exhibit continues through April 27th if you haven't had a chance to go. Visit Peter Valley's web site for gallery hours.
Monday, March 24, 2008
If you spent the month of January following my experience at Peters Valley Craft Center for an artist residency, now is your chance to see my work and that of the other artists in person. An exhibit has been curated to show a sampling of work by 50 artists who participated in the program over the past three years. It poses to be a stunning show with a variety of fine crafts and art.
Opening Reception - Saturday, March 29th, 4 - 7pm
Peters Valley Gallery
Kuhn Road & County Route 615
If you're thinking, why would I want to drive all the way out to Layton, NJ? Well, in addition to walking around Peters Valley, you can spend the afternoon walking around the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, have lunch or dinner at the Walpack Inn, or visit Millbrook Village.
Hope to see you on Saturday.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Lee called the month away my "fantasy painting month". In a way it was, but I was able to paint clearly without interruptions . . . wait until you see the work in person.
Since returning home, most of my week has been devoted to much-needed business concerns. Additionally I am anxiously seeking a new studio space. The month away made me realize I can't continue to paint and grow my career in an 80 sq.' studio. This emerging artist needs to emerge from her space.
I am considering a space in Newton and have no news as of yet. It would be a great opportunity to expand my studio space, teach more students and have access to a space where I can build larger canvases, photograph my work, and have a small gallery open to the public. Stay tuned to see what happens.
Monday, January 28, 2008
David Robinson:Dave is a woodworker from Trenton, NJ who works in a variety of woods, but predominantly cedar. Dave's art has a natural bent to it, ranging from womb-like meditation spaces like above to "curious" birdhouses. His work is meant to be interacted, used and explored. To see more of what Dave creates, go to Natural Edge.
Allyn Cantor:Originally from Rockaway, NJ, Allyn now resides in the Pacific Northwest on the coast of Oregon. Allyn has a passion for painting, but has found a way to fuse it to her new interest in fabric and sewing. Her works are abstract assemblages of fabrics, papers, embroidery and paint that hint at her home landscape. Above is a work in progress of various blue fabrics sewn together which will then be stretched and painted. Some of her older works can be viewed at White Bird Gallery.
Mary is a quilter from NYC who has frequented Peters Valley for its many opportunities. She works within the quilting tradition, while creating contemporary themes. Above, is one of Mary's "notes" using a flying geese quilting pattern to convey the movement and pulsing of music. It was fascinating to watch the evolution of Mary's idea. Two of her completed works can be viewed through the Empire Quilters Guild.
Joe Iscaro:Joe spent two and a half weeks with us because he had to return to Rutgers to finish his undergraduate photo degree. He is a prolific photographer who is extremely inventive, working with film and producing both bichromate and gelatin prints. I anticipate seeing more of his work in the future and hope he takes the path of photography over computer science.
Yong Hyun Chung:Yong is a native of Seoul, Korea and a resident of Chicago. He recently graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in ceramics. The above tiles feature Rorschach images of vessels. He is constantly exploring the idea of "interactive relation . . . to communicate with people", says Yong. His work goes beyond beauty, form and function. For more about Yong's art go to his site: www.yonghyunchung.com
Friday, January 25, 2008
Above is the Perker Maesta I began working on yesterday. I am currently laying on the "under painting" which are thinned out oils to mass in volume and color which I will then palette knife over with heavier paint.
My last post from Peters Valley will be Monday where I will give you an overview of the other artists who I've spent the past month will. I was very fortunate to have had their guidance, friendship, and company.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Oil Pastel Drawing from my Studio Window
Oil Painting from my Studio Window
The painting above was started before I arrived at PV, and thought I would try to finish it. It has proven to be a challenging piece because I'm still pushing my technique and found the color combinations not working. Since this photo was taken earlier yesterday, I've almost completed it. I chose to remove what were initially halos for a more abstract way of utilizing the gold to emphasize the spiritual nature of the objects and also breakup the monotony of the negative space behind the percolators.
Can't wait for you to see it! I'll be starting my last big painting while at Peters Valley. I only have five more true working days.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Frozen Wetlands, Thunder Mountain, Peters Valley/Delaware Water Gap National Park © Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Well, you'll just have to wait. I keep forgetting and am busy with refining Mixer Maesta. I know, I said it was done, but I organized a studio tour for the artists in residence on Friday night to see each others work.
In so doing, all of the artists unanimously agreed that the halos were problematic, not reading as halos but more like dishes. Being confronted with the painting every day, I didn't see it that way and was so glad for their feedback. Basically, everything in the painting is realistic, but the halos were painted in a flat, abstract shape. Towards the Renaissance, as paintings increased in depth and realism, so too did the halos.
I've decided to scratch out the halos, shift their perspective and make only a hint at a halo by using an edge and a thin transparent layer of gold paint.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I woke up this morning and got to the studio early after having had a rare good night's sleep. It was just breathtaking in the Delaware Water Gap with the new snow. I had promised that I would share some sketches I've been doing of the landscape outside of my window, but I finished Mixer Maesta last night and thought instead that you're probably anxiously awaiting it, or at least I hope. However, in finishing it I realized I forgot to paint in the bolts holding the stool together. I will paint those in quickly today before the stool collapses. But, for all intents and purposes I am done with the first Maesta painting!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Kulvinder Kaur Dhew came by the studio to use the facilities and we ended up talking. We had met two years ago at an art show in Sparta. She's an accomplished artist, known recently for her sublime graphite drawings of atmospheric conditions that are metaphors for the busy lives we lead. I invited her into the studio to see my work and she immediately openly with criticism which she quickly apologized for. In the two and a half weeks I've been here, I've not received any comments on my work and so I requested she go on.
She pointed out things that I knew were problems, but couldn't quite pin-point how to resolve or specifically what the problem was. The shadow was problematic and she suggested I shift the tone down and emphasize the palette knife edging that I was working with. Additionally, she gave me some positive feedback about the subject matter, quality of my painting/brushwork, and color.
I was so relieved to hear constructive criticism. I'm always open to it to push my work and my ability. Sometimes you need to hear from an unbiased viewer. So above, you'll see the shadow as it's been changed and the painting is close to completion. There are some things I need to tighten up and the floor/shadows need to be finished. I'm hoping to accomplish this today, but alas we have a potluck dinner tonight. So I have to leave the studio early to be domestic and make my mom's macaroni and cheese.
I'll be posting some small landscape drawings I've been working on when I post again.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Since I don't have a photo of my work, I'll tell you about a show I applied to on Saturday in NYC. I did leave PV for a few hours to drive into NYC, drop off my paintings, and catch a quick dinner with my family in Hoboken before returning to NW NJ. I participated in the show last year: NYU's Small Works Show.
It is being juried by Richard Witter of OK Harris Works of Art, NYC. My wonderful sister will be stopping by the 80 Washington Square East Galleries on Saturday to see if I was accepted and pick up work if I wasn't. It's a terrific show; keep your fingers crossed. I submitted the new Cheese Slicer and Castrocielo paintings painted in the past two weeks, along with my Master of Drink Mixing, an appliance portrait.
Check in tomorrow to see the progress on the Mixer Maesta and next week to find out if my work is in Small Works.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Mixer Maesta in Progress, 3' x 5', Oil on Stretched Linen, © Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Friday, January 11, 2008
Castrocielo Street #2, Oil on Canvas, 6" x 12", © Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Stay tuned for the last Italy painting of my residency, posting on Monday! Then it's onto bigger things . . .
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Monday, October 15, 2007
I've been accepted to participate in a residency program at Peters Valley in Layton, NJ! On a whim I applied to their guest artist residency program to spend a month in part of an artistic community where I would have a private studio and lodging accommodations. Thursday, Rick Marshall, head of fine metals and special topics phoned to notify me of my acceptance.
This is a phenomenal artistic growth opportunity! I will be putting my lessons on hold for the month and dedicating all of my time to painting new works. Peters Valley Craft Center along with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will provide me with room and board, plus a stipend. I'm required to live there for the month. Now . . . I just have to figure out what to do with my puppy, Ringo.