Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Italy!

"Florentine Kiosk," oil, approx. 11"h x 8"w, copyright Jill Banks 2014
As gorgeous and inspiring as it is here, I forget that you can take a nap while your internet connection is thinking about its next move ... and the commute/time zone change makes you long for that zzzzz-zone.

Now is day two (and a half) in Florence.  Day #half we arrived, ate dinner, crashed. Yesterday I painted in two parks along the Arno, across the river from the Duomo and Uffizi ... creating a curious sight perhaps but granted a warm welcome and murmurs of "Bella!" for my oil sketches. I was looking forward to painting but also attempting to avoid the massive crowds that fill Florence. A park -- not quite on the main drag seemed safe. It was ... and it truly was a glorious day. I feel often like a cross between a fly on the wall and an entertainer as an artist. I'm an observer - entering other people's worlds without the small, unobtrusive stature of an insect.  But, that's actually a good thing -- since the reactions of those who engage with me ... even in a foreign language and place are so great. One of my visitors, I figure, is related to some master artist ... and he deemed my kiosk, above, a success. Complete language barrier. I hope that's what he said.

Full days lead to questionable photos. Of yesterday's two paintings -- I only have a fairly decent photo of one.  It was painted on one side of a 12"h x 16"w canvas with space in the middle ... like I used in Paris last year.  Like then, one suitcase is filled with art supplies, another with clothes. Priorities.

"Florentine Dolphin" mixed media from Florence visit past, copyright Jill Banks 2008
Last night we were joined by great friends from previous journeys, and some new friends in the making. Yesterday was dining and meeting and a little time beforehand at the Duomo Museum to see Ghiberti's doors and one of Michelangelo's Pietas. (Astounding works.)

Today it was on to the Bargello this morning, and Accademia this afternoon. My third time drawing the David was not the charm ... but being there was. Lots for us ahead.  I will do my best to fill you in on the adventure ... despite the sluggish Internet, so much calling out & about ... and the need to nap. "Florentine Dolphin" is a drawing from a previous trip to this magical place ... and the the fountain on which this dolphin presides was seen today. Cool.

Mountain Maryland Plein Air
Just found out that I was selected as one of the 30 artists juried to paint our way through Cumberland MD and vicinity for the Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2014 adventure. So there you'll find me at the end of May. It will be added to my calendar of events on the web site sometime soon.

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March 5 - December: Richeson75 Still Life and Floral 2014  Two of my paintings: "Honey Bunny" and "Garden Girl" were chosen as finalists in this online competition and exhibition. 75 total works were selected for this exhibition from entries/artists worldwide. See the exhibit at
http://richeson75.com/stilllife/index.html

March 28 - April 18: Women Painters of the Southeast Third Annual Juried Members Exhibition  "Ballerinas I" was juried into this beautiful exhibit at Magnolia Gallery in Greensboro, GA. See my web site's Events page for more info.
April 5 - April 27: Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia at Delaplaine, Frederick, MD  Reception on Saturday, April 5, 3 to 5pm at the Delaplaine Art Center, 40 Carroll Street, Frederick, MD. On exhibit: "Main Street USA," "Tony" and "Ice Cold Lemonade."
May 3 & 4: Fairfax Fine Art Festival  I'll be under a tent in Fairfax Corners ... surrounded by artwork. Come visit/shop for original art. More details to come on my web site's Events page.
 
Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site. Great folks are signing up to join me on this wonderful adventure. I hope you can, too!









Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fishing, a Rabbit, and Braking for Antiques: Painting Spring Plein Air!

Today's Painting: "White Rabbit," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Presumably my Vitamin D level must be rising ... with a lot of days and hours spent outside at my easel.  My plein air class starts on Wednesday, and I'm doing my darnedest to get rid of my outside painting rustiness.  Nothing replaces practice.

(And about that plein air class -- I'm trying to figure out great painting locations in or near Great Falls, VA. Have suggestions? Please email me.  Needs: a restroom, parking room for 13 cars, variety of subjects (outbuilding, garden, animals?, fence, etc.)

Thus, there are three new paintings to show you today!

In addition to getting ready for class, I'm also preparing for an upcoming painting trip and was inspired by a recent article in Plein Air Magazine.  An artist was ill-prepared for an upcoming, scheduled solo exhibit with nothing to hang. (Okay, I'm not going to have that problem.) His solution was to embark on a two-week road trip, two weeks before the show was to hang, painting his way to the gallery. He produced two pieces a day, knowing he had to make them work.  Sounds intriguing. Why not pick a different location each day and see what adventures unfold? 

Painted Earlier This Week: "Gone Fishing," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
In a little over a week, I've painted in Augusta, GA ("Augusta Georgia Fountain"), Kidwell Farm in Herndon, VA ("King of the Roost") capturing in paint the coop escapee, Lake Fairfax in Reston, VA ("Gone Fishing" shown here), " Old Town Alexandria, VA ("Two Boats" and "Riverside"), in an antique store parking lot on the way to Frederick, MD for the reception at the Delaplaine Art Center yesterday ("Antiques" shown here) and right in my driveway this afternoon ("White Rabbit").

It's truly been a WHOLE lot of fun. I've enjoyed the rhythms of each place, talking to passersby.
Yesterday's Painting: "Antiques," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
LOVE the reaction of kids.

The three shown here are all on the small side: 8" x 10" -- giving me some affordable pieces ($630 framed) to hang under my tent at the May 3 & 4 Fairfax Fine Art Festival in Fairfax Corners, Fairfax, VA. Assuming none of them hop to new homes before then.

I still intend to get out an email newsletter. If you aren't subscribed -- I hope you will. Just go to my website and click on newsletter. It should be coming out sometime tomorrow. 

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March 5 - December: Richeson75 Still Life and Floral 2014  Two of my paintings: "Honey Bunny" and "Garden Girl" were chosen as finalists in this online competition and exhibition. 75 total works were selected for this exhibition from entries/artists worldwide. See the exhibit at
http://richeson75.com/stilllife/index.html

March 28 - April 18: Women Painters of the Southeast Third Annual Juried Members Exhibition  "Ballerinas I" was juried into this beautiful exhibit at Magnolia Gallery in Greensboro, GA. See my web site's Events page for more info.
April 5 - April 27: Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia at Delaplaine, Frederick, MD  Reception on Saturday, April 5, 3 to 5pm at the Delaplaine Art Center, 40 Carroll Street, Frederick, MD. On exhibit: "Main Street USA," "Tony" and "Ice Cold Lemonade."
May 3 & 4: Fairfax Fine Art Festival  I'll be under a tent in Fairfax Corners ... surrounded by artwork. Come visit/shop for original art. More details to come on my web site's Events page.
 
Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site. Great folks are signing up to join me on this wonderful adventure. I hope you can, too!






Friday, April 4, 2014

Time By the Water

"Riverside," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
The last two days I've been painting en plein air -- by the water. I've yet to get a decent photo of yesterday's piece capturing a fisherman named Billy at Lake Fairfax in Reston VA. So ... coming soon.

"Two Boats," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
This afternoon was spent happily capture boats riverside in Old Town Alexandria. Plenty of company visited with me both days. Great reactions despite the often rocky progression of these pieces.

For the first, "Two Boats" -- miraculously, I kept it simple. Certainly not my normal inclination.

The second, "Riverside" shows I can't keep it simple for very long.  Still, it captures the beautiful day, beautiful spot.

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 5, 3 to 5pm) is the the opening reception for the Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia exhibit at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD. I'm looking forward to the trip, the opening and enjoying a nice evening in this great town. I hope to see you there. If you miss the opening, the show continues through April 28. Get more info on my web site's event page.

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March 5 - December: Richeson75 Still Life and Floral 2014  Two of my paintings: "Honey Bunny" and "Garden Girl" were chosen as finalists in this online competition and exhibition. 75 total works were selected for this exhibition from entries/artists worldwide. See the exhibit at
http://richeson75.com/stilllife/index.html

March 28 - April 18: Women Painters of the Southeast Third Annual Juried Members Exhibition  "Ballerinas I" was juried into this beautiful exhibit at Magnolia Gallery in Greensboro, GA. See my web site's Events page for more info.

April 5 - April 27: Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia at Delaplaine, Frederick, MD  Reception on Saturday, April 5, 3 to 5pm at the Delaplaine Art Center, 40 Carroll Street, Frederick, MD. On exhibit: "Main Street USA," "Tony" and "Ice Cold Lemonade."

May 3 & 4: Fairfax Fine Art Festival  I'll be under a tent in Fairfax Corners ... surrounded by artwork. Come visit/shop for original art. More details to come on my web site's Events page.
 
Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site. Great folks are signing up to join me on this wonderful adventure. I hope you can, too!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Augusta GA Fountain"

"Augusta, Georgia Fountain," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Really quick. I painted between WPSE (Women Painters of the Southeast) receptions this past weekend in Augusta, GA. How great it was to see and feel Spring!!!!

This was right before the town filled with Masters enthusiasts. My easel was set up under a cherry tree bursting with blossoms. 

A little tough to then drive right back into winter-ish weather. One afternoon and nine hours in the car later and there were snow flurries and ugly weather. Yikes!

I still hope to get around to posting beaucoup photos from the WPSE exhibit. Life tends to overflow with plenty to share ... making it tough for me to keep up.

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jillbanks1@aol.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com
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March 5 - December: Richeson75 Still Life and Floral 2014  Two of my paintings: "Honey Bunny" and "Garden Girl" were chosen as finalists in this online competition and exhibition. 75 total works were selected for this exhibition from entries/artists worldwide. See the exhibit at http://richeson75.com/stilllife/index.html

March 28 - April 18: Women Painters of the Southeast Third Annual Juried Members Exhibition  "Ballerinas I" was juried into this beautiful exhibit at Magnolia Gallery in Greensboro, GA. See my web site's Events page for more info.

April 5 - April 27: Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia at Delaplaine, Frederick, MD  Reception on Saturday, April 5, 3 to 5pm at the Delaplaine Art Center, 40 Carroll Street, Frederick, MD. On exhibit: "Main Street USA," "Tony" and "Ice Cold Lemonade."

May 3 & 4: Fairfax Fine Art Festival  I'll be under a tent in Fairfax Corners ... surrounded by artwork. Come visit/shop for original art. More details to come on my web site's Events page.
 
Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site. Great folks are signing up to join me on this wonderful adventure. I hope you can, too!


See Current  and Upcoming Exhibits/Events


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"King of the Roost" Painting

"King of the Roost" work in progress, oil, 12"h x 12"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
After teaching still life class today (great class!) and lunch, the beautiful weather lured me ... a little too late ... back to Kidwell Farm, a favorite spot.

Here's the routine. I park my car. Go tour the farm to see what animals are calling me to paint them. Before pulling in the farm parking lot, I was looking to see "who" was out in the fields. Didn't see much. Same thing when walking around. All my favorites were in hiding.

Decided on the chicken coop ... and in particular, this white rooster. From the looks of his fellow males, it appears this white one is King of the Roost. 

I returned to my car, got my gear (or so I thought) and headed back to the coop.

Guess who got out. Yep.  This guy.

The rest of the afternoon he was running all the farm helpers around on a wild goose, oops, rooster chase.

I was missing paper towels, my paints were dry on my palette -- leftover from the quick Georgia trip, and my subject was uncooperative. I do smell like the farm, though. And got incredible photos of King Rooster walking around at the top of the coop fence, defying being shoo'ed inside.

Cool customer.

Animals are a favorite subject ... among steep competition. Check out more of my feathered and furry friends in my online gallery dedicated to them.

Paint in Italy Workshop
Fortunately, there are other folks as excited as I am (ridiculously) about the August 3-10 workshop that I'm teaching in the Piemonte, Italy wine region. Everything about this trip: this gorgeous place, great host(ess), sharing the thrill of this adventure, and the great folks that have signed up are making it a dream come true. There's still room for you to join us that week but the momentum is building. If you can, come! Read more about it on my Classes page (on my web site).

Still Life Class, WPSE
The setups circling the classroom today were gorgeous and all the painting starts on the easel matched. It was almost painful to leave without painting one of those myself. But ... with my plein air class starting next week, finally a break in the winter weather and lots of high profile painting ahead shortly, it's outside painting or bust.

I'll catch you up on other news -- like my Augusta GA plein air painting and the Women Painters of the Southeast show another day. Perhaps tomorrow?

Plus, I had a wonderful chance to catch up with a shared lunch with some special folks yesterday -- including one familiar face that occupied my living room couch for eight days one summer.  What a treat!  Guess I do indeed have a lot of typing to come!

See my web site for more details.


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Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Warm Welcome at the Hilton

I've gone missing for good reason.  Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with my still life class demo -- and ongoing work on that painting. I haven't had a chance to photograph it. And -- I'm not home so, you will see the results -- just not yet.


Finishing touches during setup for the Art Reception at Hilton Worldwide HQ

















Art Reception at the Hilton Worldwide Headquarters 


Adjusting lights on other side of the pod. Four sides of my art.
On Thursday, I was one of five artists whose work was being celebrated at a special art reception at the Hilton Worldwide Headquarters in McLean, VA.  What a HUGE treat!

There wasn’t an actual red carpet, but I sure received the  “star treatment.”  Everything – from the friendly greeting, help toting art in, crew to hang and light our work, wall tags, printed programs, offers of wine/refreshments while setting up, beautiful lobby setting (with soaring ceilings, marble floors, gentle fountain behind me), introduction announcement, the event itself and interested attendees – was perfect, wonderful, and deeply appreciated. Thank you, Anu Saxena, and the Hilton Worldwide Women's Team Member Resource Group for such a great day!

Having pulled off many of my own, almost-do-it-yourself (with the stellar assistance of husband Randy and my Mom and Dad) art events, I appreciated even more all the fine details. Guests – just like the five of us artists – were made to feel special and yet the focus was on the art – with music conducive to the right mood and talking and refreshments that were a nice addition yet not the stars.

The artists were also treated to silver goody bags full of thoughtful treasures. Sort-of-academy-awardish.

Event Poster at the Hilton Worldwide Headquarters
It was an afternoon filled with great conversations on a well-set stage. Our daughter, Sarah, invited her colleagues and head chiefs from work … whose offices are conveniently located right across the street from the Hilton.  The acorn hasn’t fallen too far from the tree … as her friends and fellows knew an awful lot about my art before circling around my pod at the Hilton. Seems like Sarah has been taking lessons from my Mom who enthusiastically introduces my work to countless friends, neighbors, acquaintances. 

One of the paintings I had on exhibit is "Hudson River Morn" -- a grown-up (enlarged) version of a piece created over three days standing in the shower equipped with floor to ceiling windows at a Hampton Inn in NYC. Works on the easel over those three days captured sunrise to sunset as the city woke up and became its bustling self.  

There's joy to be shared in depicting something common to others. It often changes their perceptions, opens eyes to how lucky they are that
this is their regular view.  I've encountered these reactions when painting plein air -- talking to visitors to my easel. For "Hudson River Morn," it was just me in the shower. No passersby. (Thankfully. We wouldn't fit.) But this exhibit gave me a chance to share the experience with those who had a part in the inspiration.

Such great conversations. Thank you to all who came to look and visit!

All the photos were taken by Randy during setup. Once the guests arrive, it's camera down so we can enjoy your company.

I'm currently on another adventure -- in Georgia for the Women Painters of the Southeast show. I will have to catch you up on that in a few days! Planning on painting within the hour. Just don't know where or what yet.

Shown: "The Kitchen Caper" (top) and "Sunflowers in My Studio II" (bottom) by Jill Banks. See my website for more in the Still Life Gallery under Works
I'm still hoping more of you will join me in Italy in August. See my web site for more details.


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Email: jillbanks1@aol.com
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Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
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Shown at the Hilton on Thursday include: "Hudson River Morn," "New York Yellow and Blues," "Green Tractor," "Made in the Shade," "The Snuggery," "The Kitchen Caper," and "Sunflowers in My Studio II."  All of these and more can be found on my web site at: www.JillBanks.com.  Take a look.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Art at Greenberry's

"Jardin de Montmartre" at Greenberry's in McLean, VA
Today, husband Randy and I hung six pieces of my art at Greenberry's Coffee and Tea in McLean, VA. Our instructions were to install after 5pm so the place wouldn't be packed. It wasn't quite as crazy as in previous visits/installs -- but the spots we need to get to are always occupied. Always.

I hope you have the chance to stop in.

Hanging in the front are "Café Break" and "Jardin de Montmartre." In the back are "Warm Studio," "The Trattoria," "The Wedding Reception" and "Backyard BBQ."


"Warm Studio," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2014







Still Life Class starts tomorrow (Tuesday, March 25). See the classes page on my web site for more info.

Gotta go.

Jill

Coming up this Thursday, March 27, 3:30 to 5:30pm -- Art Reception at Hilton's Worldwide Headquarters in McLean, VA. Only during those two hours. RSVP necessary. Email me. See my web site's event page for more details.

And, I'm still hoping more of you will join me in Italy in August. See my web site for more details.


Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jillbanks1@aol.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com



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Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site.

See Current  and Upcoming Exhibits/Events

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Great Class!

A picture tells a thousand words.
The results from today's portrait class. This ... in four hours! The class rocks.

In my three-session add-on to my Portrait Painting class -- six canvases went from blank to this. Our sitter was ace photographer, Dean Souleles. Now there are seven of him. One more apt to walk around than the rest of them.

I've never surrounded our model by the day's work. One student mentioned that, ah, that's why we need to stand back from our easels. Up close, you don't know what's right or what needs to be fixed.

Two more of my classes start soon. Still Life Painting on Tuesdays, 10am-1pm starts in on March 25. Unusually, there's still room -- a function of "graduation," a strange schedule of mine (check my class page on my web site for specific no class dates), and starting so soon after the last class ended.

Plein Air Landscape painting starts soon -- on Wednesdays for six sessions, 9:30am to 1:30am with one spot still open.

The quote of the day for class, from a new student is "not in a million years did I think I could do this!"

Join us. The first class of Still Life is a demo -- so you don't need all your gear.

Class location is the Great Falls School of Art, 1144 Walker Road, Suite D, Great Falls, VA.

Let's paint Italy! Image copyright Mary Beth Gaiarin
Coming up this Thursday, March 27, 3:30 to 5:30pm -- Art Reception at Hilton's Worldwide Headquarters in McLean, VA. Only during those two hours. RSVP necessary. Email me. See my web site's event page for more details.

And, I'm still hoping more of you will join me in Italy in August. See my web site for more details.

Jill


Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jillbanks1@aol.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com


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Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"New York Yellow and Blues" Rainy Street Painting

"New York Yellow and Blues" almost done, oil, 40"h x 30"w, ©Jill Banks 2014

What I was working on today. See yesterday's post or my web site for current and upcoming events.

Word from the new owner of "Missing Mary Beth": "And the new home LOVES "Missing Mary Beth" which is already hung and looks very classy." That's great! Happy news.

Jill


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Other New York City and urban street paintings can be found in the Places Gallery under Works on my web site: www.JillBanks.com. Please take a look.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Empty Chair Series

"Strawberries and Tulips," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
As of today, there are three recent paintings of empty chairs -- inspired by my teaching schedule. On Sundays, in my portrait class sitters have occupied a chair on the "stage" until break time. On break, the empty chair, trappings and color surrounds turn temptingly into a still life.  On Tuesdays, I teach still life with the scene left over from the portrait class still on the stage.

The "set" looks pretty gorgeous.

An idea for an addition to this was percolating while I painted. So, perhaps it's not done. And, it might undergo a name change.

The photo is lousy.  I'll try again tomorrow. Sorry about that.

The two others in the series include "Missing Mary Beth" and "Warm Studio." "Missing Mary Beth" went  off to its new home today.

Current and Upcoming Art News
  • Reception, March 27, 3:30 to 5:30pm, Hilton
    "Missing Mary Beth" off to new home today
    Headquarters. I'm one of five artists exhibiting ... briefly ... but hope you can attend. Please RSVP via email to me.
  • Women Painters of the Southeast Third Annual Juried Member Exhibition. March 28 to April 18, 2014, Magnolia Gallery in Greensboro, GA. Two receptions. March 28, 6-8pm for preview and people's choice awards. March 29, 6:30-9:00pm for awards and opening reception. "Ballerinas I" on exhibit.
  • Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia on exhibit at Delaplaine, 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD from April 5 to April 27, 2014. Reception: April 5, 3-5pm. I have three pieces  in that show: "Main Street USA," "Ice Cold Lemonade" and "Tony"
  • Sign Up for Spring Classes (see my web site's Classes page) -- only 1 spot left in Plein Air, a couple in Still Life! 
  • "Spring Fever" on exhibit through March 31 at the Artists' Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm. On view in the gallery is "Got Your Goat?", "Grazing on Buttercups," "Harbor Side Happy Hour."
  • NEW: My work (and I) will be under a tent in the Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 3&4, 2014 in Fairfax Corners, Fairfax, VA. More details to come. I'm excited!
  • Richeson75 Still Life and Floral 2014. Two of my paintings were chosen to be part of the 75 finalists worldwide for this online exhibition. "Garden Girl" and "Honey Bunny" are those two finalists. "A Kitchen Caper" and "Two Kittens" were Meritorious Award winners. See the exhibit here.
Jill


Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jillbanks1@aol.com
Web: www.JillBanks.com
"Warm Studio," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
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Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014.
For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site.

See Current  and Upcoming Exhibits/Events