Thursday, January 29, 2009

What would Monet Think?

Monet's Garden Cake, Oil Pastel on Arches, 11" x 16", ©2008 Jennie Traill Schaeffer, Private Collection

Today, look at my most recent wedding cake portrait which was commissioned for a Christmas gift. The recipient helped design the cake with NYC baker, Colette Peters.

Here is the original cake, on Colette's web site:

This was so much fun to create, considering the inspiration for the cake, and the vivid colors! I will be emailing Colette to show her my rendering of her cake, along with another cake she designed that I memorialized for a client over a year ago. I'll let you know if I hear back from her. If you know of a baker that I might be able to partner with I'd love an introduction.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Love is in the Air and so are Wedding Cake Portraits

As Valentine's Day nears, I'm thinking a lot about love. My new little boy, Joel, has got me head over heels. Of course, I'm still madly in love with my husband, too. But, Joel has definitely changed my life and I am surprised to agree with everyone who tells you that you will fall in love with your baby like nothing ever before.

Let me share with you in the next few posts about all things having to do with love.

To start off, let me remind you about my Wedding Cake Portraits, a fantabulous way to preserve your wedding day and makes for a truly distinctive Valentine's Day gift.
Gift certificates are available for giving on February 14th.

And, now through the end of February, any booked Wedding Cake Portrait commission will receive a set of ten linen note cards featuring the completed wedding cake (a $29 value).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year's Acceptance

" . . . a global cousin to the Whitney Biennial show of American Art . . ."
Dan Bischoff, Star Ledger

Photo of Main Gallery, from Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. 1/6/08.

Christmas week I was working in the studio feeling overwhelmed by juggling both my business and my baby, when I received a glorious phone call from an intern at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey telling me that I have been preliminarily selected for inclusion in its renowned International Juried Show. Historically speaking, amazing things have happened for me in the midst of frustration.

Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art juried the show. The center will do a final jurying process on the 30th from the actual work. I was in the show in 2006, and the intern reminded me that generally if you are in the preliminary round, your work will be included. The final jurying is to safeguard against misrepresented work.

I hope to see you at the opening reception on Friday, February 13th, 6 - 8pm. Two of my paintings from 2008 will be in the show, pending the final jurying.