Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Van Gogh Visit, School Day

"Van Gogh Visit," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Yesterday found me back at Kidwell Farm (Herndon VA) ... painting cows after attempting (unsuccessfully) to capture some fast-moving goat kids. You'll see that painting ... soon.

Today was the first day of my Still Life class. It's a great group, and I'm looking forward to seeing them all in action (painting) next week. This morning I gave a demo, my normal first day activity for that class.

Since I was a kid, Van Gogh was a favorite. My art library included books about him. I purchased prints of his paintings. Visited his paintings in museums.

He and I share a love of sunflowers and need to paint.

So, this setup is my ode to Vincent. Sunflowers ready to paint and a book of his works set on the easel.

Three hours of demo'ing plus about 5 hours.  That means I'm a bit weary-eyed right about now.

There are still spots left in my Plein Air Landscape class that starts this Thursday, September 18... but you have to register now to find out where to meet. See my web site, classes page for more info.

Coming Up

Back to School--Landscape Class Starts September 18 Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. Classes are taught through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA).  See my web site, Classes page for more info and a link to register. 

Events and Exhibits

  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York. Booth #U4.
  • September 3-29: "A Sea of Sticks and Stones Group Exhibit," US Geological Survey, Reston, VA ("Green Pastures" won an Honorable Mention from juror Walt Bartman.)
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • November 1&2: Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta GA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Alexandria VA Day!

"Old Town Conversations" work in progress, oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
I have about two minutes to post.

Painted in Old Town Alexandria today and received permission from these two nice young women enjoying a chat and lunch by the fountain.

This weekend my booth (and I) will be part of the King Street Art Festival. I'll be in Booth #51, not far from this spot near the intersection of King and St. Asaph Streets.  Please stop by if you can!

Also had a piece accepted into the Art League's Membership Show "Contemporary Realism." (Submitting my "Self Portrait" was part of the reason for the trip.)

Tonight (Tuesday, September 9), I'll be working to put up photos from my Italy workshop (wish me luck!), fill in info on another outdoor arts festival (Chastain Park Arts Festival on November 1-2 in Atlanta, GA) -- so take a look at my web site: www.JillBanks.com  for those updates ... and trying to get out an email newsletter. That's a lot.

Coming Up

Back to School--Still Life Class Starts September 16  Fall classes start mid-September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. Classes are taught through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA).  See my web site, Classes page for more info and a link to register. 

Events and Exhibits
  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  Festival hours are Saturday, September 13, 10am to 7pm and Sunday, September 14, 10am to 5pm.  I'll be in Booth #51 (near the intersection of St. Asaph and King Streets). I hope to see you there!
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York. Booth #U4.
  • September 3-29: "A Sea of Sticks and Stones Group Exhibit," US Geological Survey, Reston, VA ("Green Pastures" won an Honorable Mention from juror Walt Bartman.)
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • November 1&2: Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta GA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Trip Back to Italy ... At My Easel

"La Morra View," (How can the couple on the bench be reading?) oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
"Bend in the Road" (La Morra, Italy), oil, 16"h x 7"w, copyright Jill Banks 2014
Okay, I'm not really returning there all this soon ... since the weekend ahead (September 13 and 14), I'll be hanging out under a tent with my work at the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (hope to see you there!). But in my studio the past few days as I was finishing up these scenes (and more) painted live in the hill towns of Piemonte, Italy (the wine region where I was conducting a plein air workshop), it sure was fun to relive that incredible trip.

Since there are invitations to work on and get out in the mail for the Alexandria and Armonk NY show, this is all the typing I can handle.  Hopefully, I'll be able to show you more in the next day or two. There's one fantastic piece in the works! (These are pretty wonderful, too.)

"Piemonte Lunch," (Nieve, Italy), oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Coming Up

Back to School  Fall classes start mid-September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. Classes are taught through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA).  See my web site, Classes page for more info and a link to register. 

Events and Exhibits


  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  Festival hours are Saturday, September 13, 10am to 7pm and Sunday, September 14, 10am to 5pm.  I hope to see you there!
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • September 3-29: "A Sea of Sticks and Stones Group Exhibit," US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Free As A Bird"

"Free As A Bird," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Over the last three days, this painting has been on my easel. It started as "Nic-Naks" ... with an eggplant, peach and orchid atop my pile of moving boxes. You saw that version in my last post.

Then I kept painting on it yesterday -- and nothing was going right. I may have painted the subject true to form, but it wasn't any fun.

Same thing earlier today.

I fired the eggplant.

Replaced it with a talking, Italian bird Randy and I met in Florence, Italy this Spring at Torre di Bellosguardo. So. Much. Better!

Thanks to the Internet ... I'm thinking my surprise visitor (the bird) is a galah or rose-breasted cockatoo ... and a male with his very dark eyes.  Any bird watchers or experts out there?

All day, I thought of titles for this one.

"What's That Peach Doing There?"
"It's A Jungle Out There"
"The Odd Couple"

But, "Free As A Bird" kind of summed up what the bird was doing perched on top of a pile of moving boxes.

I strongly suspect that this painting will be in my booth at next weekend's (September 13 & 14) Alexandria King Street Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  Festival hours are Saturday, September 13, 10am to 7pm and Sunday, September 14, 10am to 5pm.  I hope to see you there!

What's in store for tomorrow (Friday, September 5)? More painting, art errands and a reception at the "A Sea of Sticks and Stones" exhibit at the US Geological Survey where my pieces "Harborside Happy Hour" and "Green Pastures" are part of the Great Falls Studios show.

"A Sea of Sticks and Stones" Exhibit hangs September 3 to September 30 at the Art Hall at the US Geological Survey in Reston VA. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive. The reception is Friday, September 5, 4 to 6:30pm. Photo ID required. (Standard government security.)

Coming Up

Back to School  Fall classes start mid-September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. Classes are taught through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA).  See my web site, Classes page for more info and a link to register. 

Events and Exhibits

  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • September 3-29: "A Sea of Sticks and Stones Group Exhibit," US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Moving Boxes

"Nic-Naks," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Well, here's proof they are still piled high in our new home in Fairfax ... and that I'm putting them to the best of uses! Thank goodness I didn't unpack this stack that sits right smack dab in the middle of my new studio space. (Sorry about the poor photo ... night shot.)

High temperatures are keeping me inside for a least a trio of days ... so the refrigerator is stocked with still life paintings to be.

A Sea of Sticks and Stones
Today, I dropped off my two works juried into Great Falls Studios exhibit "A Sea of Sticks and Stones" that hangs September 3 to September 30 at the Art Hall at the US Geological Survey in Reston VA. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive.
An opening reception is Friday, September 5, 4 to 6:30pm. Photo ID required.

Coming Up

Back to School  Fall classes start mid-September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. Classes are taught through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA).  See my web site, Classes page for more info and a link to register. 

The Alexandria King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA is Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13 where you'll find me along with about 199 other artistic folks set up with our work in tents. Come for a visit.  (I'd love to see you!)

Events and Exhibits


  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Alba Market" Painting in Progress

"Alba Market" work in progress, oil, 36"h x 48"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
On the day before my Paint with Me in Italy workshoppers left to head back home, I painted this fantastic farmers' market stand in Alba ... live and considerably smaller ... 12"h x 16"w, knowing that a larger version to come waited back at home.

And true to being in the midst of settling into a new home, neither Randy nor I could locate a 30" x 40" canvas. So, this is one of the largest paintings I've created, ever ... in progress and bound to be that way for awhile. It even takes a long time to tone a canvas this size.

Coming Up

Back to School  Fall classes start mid-September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. Classes are taught through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA).  See my web site, Classes page for more info and a link to register. 

The Alexandria King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA is Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13 where you'll find me along with about 199 other artistic folks set up with our work in tents. Come for a visit.  (I'd love to see you!)

Events and Exhibits

  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • "Delivery," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks, private collection
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Color Lessons and Duck Soup

"Not Picasso," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©Jill Banks, private collection

"Apple Singer," oil, 16"h x 20"w, ©Jill Banks 2014, private collection
Shadyside was wonderful and exhausting ... with six paintings going to new homes, including:
"Apple Singer"
"Not Picasso"
"Delivery"
"Duck Soup"
"Breakfast Reflections"
"Hoot and Flowers"

(We started setting up the tent at 4am Saturday morning -- opened at 10am -- closed and unloaded around 7:30pm, opened and loaded in on Sunday around 7am, took down the tent and loaded the car at 7:30 or 8pm.  Long, challenging and invigorating days.)

Color Lessons
One of the purchases was touch and go -- with the collectors loving the painting but unsure about where it would work in their home given that the purple in it didn't fit with their color scheme. They decided on purchasing it, with the agreement that if it didn't work, I would gladly refund the money (or switch it out with another work if they wanted) as long as they contacted me before I left Pittsburgh for home the next day.

I did get a call Sunday evening -- from the collector -- that in fact, "Hoot and Flowers" worked not only in one, but many places. Later I found out that they moved around furniture, held up lamps upside down, tested it from room to room -- and loved it everywhere. The painting worked and enhanced every spot.  That's difficult to know when standing in the middle of a booth filled with nothing but art and none of your things.

The other reason for the phone call is that they wanted to also purchase "Duck Soup."  We delivered it -- saw my "kids" happy new home and how great they look in their new spots. Happy day!

There were many spots I wanted to paint in Shadyside and beyond -- once free to roam from Walnut Street. But, I couldn't take advantage of them this trip.  Tomorrow, you will find me at my easel -- somewhere in the DC area. No unpacking or other distractions until the painting is done.
I can't wait!


Fall Classes Ahead
Fall classes start in September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. I have yet to update my supply list ... but will catch up shortly. If you are interested in signing up, do so soon. Classes fill very quickly.

Coming Up

Classes are offered through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA). More information -- including how to register -- is available on my web site.  Still life only has a two spots left!
  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • "Delivery," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks, private collection
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

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"Duck Soup," oil, 30"h x 24"w, ©Jill Banks 2014, private collection
"Breakfast Reflections," oil, 16"h x 24"w, ©Jill Banks 2014, private collection

"Hoot and Flowers," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©Jill Banks 2014, private collection



Friday, August 22, 2014

Three of My New Paintings Heading to Shadyside!

"Italian Vines," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks 2014, $630 -- from my August workshop in Piemonte
Well we're heading to the Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh ... in just a few minutes. There, bright (actually still dark) and early Saturday morning, Randy and I will be setting up the tent, loading it with many of my favorite paintings including these three, never exhibited before/freshly framed new ones.

"Circle of Truth," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks 2014, $630 -- a nocturne from my own backyard
I hope to see some of you at Shadyside: The Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA, Saturday, August 23, 10am to 7pm and Sunday, August 24, 10am to 5pm!

"Fresh Picks," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks 2014, $630
Fall Classes Ahead
Fall classes start in September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. I have yet to update my supply list ... but will catch up shortly. If you are interested in signing up, do so soon. Classes fill very quickly.

Coming Up


Classes are offered through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA). More information -- including how to register -- is available on my web site.  Still life only has a two spots left!
  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • Aug. 23-24: Shadyside: The Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

Subscribe to my Email Newsletter: News from the Easel (This link takes you to the subscription page.)

Register for Fall 2014 Classes. Get more info on my Classes page on my web site.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jill Banks Fall Classes at the Great Falls School of Art

"Apple Singer," oil, 16" x 20", ©Jill Banks 2014 was one of my Still Life class demos
Before my computer gets packed away ready to resettle in Fairfax ... momentarily ... I'm letting you in on the latest info on my Fall classes offered through the Great Falls School of Art.

Soon, hopefully, the registration page and this info will agree in dates, number of sessions, tuition.

"Florentine Square,"©Jill Banks 2014: While we won't be painting here, plein air class can get you ready to do so.
Still Life in Oils will be offered on Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4 (8 sessions) with classes held at the Great Falls School of Art, 1144 Walker Road, Suite D, Great Falls, VA.  Class size is limited ... and generally fills quickly. Find more information on the class with a link for registration at http://jillbanks.com/workshops.

Plein Air Landscape Painting is offered on Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 (no class October 16) with classes held in locations around the DC area (specific locations emailed the day before class or sooner -- so you must be registered to know where to go). 6 sessions. $325.  In case of inclement weather, we will meet at the school in Great Falls and class will go from 9:30am to 12:30pm (one hour shorter). I will make this up to you somehow if there are two or more inclement weather days. Find more information on the class with a link for registration at http://jillbanks.com/workshops.

Class size is limited in both. Sign up soon! 

"Tavern Shops," oil, 16"h x 20"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Coming Up
  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • Aug. 23-24: Shadyside: The Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
www.JillBanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

Subscribe to my Email Newsletter: News from the Easel (This link takes you to the subscription page.)

Register for Fall 2014 Classes. Get more info on my Classes page on my web site.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Paint the Shenandoah Exhibit at River District Arts

"Antiques on Middle Street," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Three of my paintings join plenty of others from the Paint the Shenandoah exhibit of plein air works created by regional artists invited to capture images this Summer of the Shenandoah National Park, Sperryville, Little Washington and other area sights. All are on view at River District Arts, 3 River Road, Sperryville, VA, August 16 to October 12 with an opening reception on Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 4pm.  I will be taking a respite from moving boxes to attend the reception.  I hope to see you there.  It's a beautiful drive from the Washington DC area.

Find out more about the exhibit and River District Arts at: http://www.riverdistrictarts.org/

Fall Classes Ahead
Fall classes start in September when I'll be teaching Still Life (8 sessions, Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm, September 16 to November 4, $325) and the Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. I have yet to update my supply list ... but will catch up shortly. If you are interested in signing up, do so soon. Classes fill very quickly.

Coming Up

"Tavern Shops," oil, 16"h x 20"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Classes are offered through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA). More information -- including how to register -- is available on my
  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • Aug. 23-24: Shadyside: The Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
  • September 13 & 14: Alexandria (King Street) Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
"The Inn at Little Washington," oil, 18"h x 24"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Thanks for reading!

Jill

Phone: 703.403.7435
Email:
jill@jillbanks.com
Web:
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