Saturday, December 3, 2016

Visit Sunday, December 4, Noon to 4:30

"City Crossing," oil, 40"h x 30"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
It's been a great artful weekend in Great Falls, VA ... and for those of you who haven't made it out yet ... we really hope to see you!

I'm at the Artists' Atelier at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA on Sunday, December 4 from noon to 4:30 ... probably plus some time before and after. Sure hope you stop by. Other joint studios are open in the Village Centre and Great Falls Studios is hosting a HolidayFest arts event in town as well.

In the last two days, many favorite paintings have been purchased by happy collectors. Plus, it's been a joy to see each visitor.

Some purchases are still secrets. It's that time of year. But those I can tell you about that are heading or now in new homes include:
"Janssen's Market" - the painting chosen for exhibit at the Oil Painters of America Salon Show.

"Lazy Days" - a beauty from the Long Beach Island Plein Air Competition in New Jersey

and "Mouse Tales" - a whimsical piece inspired by life in my home studio.

Hope to see you Sunday.

All FREE. Stop by the  

Artists' Atelier at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 

and let us guide your way to a beautiful weekend. We'd LOVE to see you!


For more info, click here.

Painting or Drawing the Portrait -- January 29-March 5
Sundays, 1:30-5:30pm
January 31-March 7
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm
January 31-March 7
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30 pm
Click on links for more info and to register. A GREAT gift!


After this weekend's activities, I'd be glad to meet you for a studio or home studio visit. Just ask!


Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
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Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

One of a Kind Art This Weekend: December 2-4

My space at the Artists' Atelier today -- ready for visitors this weekend. I HOPE to see YOU1

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Start your Holiday Celebration just right.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Art Shopping in the Great Falls Village Centre, December 2-4

Sure hope to see you at the Artists' Atelier this weekend for:
1) First Friday Art Walk in the Village,, December 2, 6-9pm -- special exhibit of "South Sea Pearls" and a raffle Friday night only in the gallery.
2) Saturday HOLIDAY ART SHOW AND SALE in the Village, December 3, 10am to 5pm
3) Sunday HOLIDAY ART SHOW AND SALE in the Village, December 4, noon to 4:30pm -- Then attend the Annual Christmas tree lighting on the Green plus pony rides, Mr. and Mrs. Claus ... 4:00pm to 6:30pm

All FREE. Stop by the  

Artists' Atelier at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 

and let us guide your way to a beautiful weekend. We'd LOVE to see you!


For more info, click here.

Painting or Drawing the Portrait -- January 29-March 5
Sundays, 1:30-5:30pm
January 31-March 7
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm
January 31-March 7
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30 pm
Click on links for more info and to register. A GREAT gift!


After this weekend's activities, I'd be glad to meet you for a studio or home studio visit. Just ask!


Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
www.JillBanks.com

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

"Maya and Dallas" Portrait Painting

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"Maya and Dallas," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks

"Maya and Dallas" depicts my grandniece Maya with her first horse -- and happily combines two favorite subjects. Fun to paint and fun to deliver this week as we've been celebrating a family reunion with my parents, cousin, brothers, their spouses, all of our kids and all their kids. An amazing gathering where we had plenty to be thankful for.

I'm pretty sure Maya is thankful for Dallas plus her human relatives and friends.

Sure hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving.

In case you are still shopping for art for the holidays or other celebrations, consider visiting my studio -- the Artists' Atelier at 759 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA

Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Art Shopping in the Great Falls Village Centre
Friday, December 2 -- Art Walk in the Village, 6-9pm
Saturday, December 3 -- Studio/Gallery Open, 10am to 5pm. Come for a visit!
Sunday, December 4 -- Studio/Gallery Open, noon to 4:30pm.

We'd LOVE to see you!
At the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

After that, I'd be glad to meet you for a studio or home studio visit. Just ask!

Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
www.JillBanks.com

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
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Monday, November 21, 2016

"Peek A Boo" Granddaughter Emma at Six Months

"Peek A Boo -- Emma at Six Months," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
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Portraits by Commission

Miss Emma is actually approaching eight months old and I need to catch up on my portrait a month project. Finishing this one today ... started when Randy and I were happily babysitting granddaughter Emma for a few hours ... is a step in the right direction.

This is Emma trying out the front seat and turning a seat belt into a toy. 

See more of my paintings of Emma on my web site in the People and Portraits Gallery.

There will be a post coming soon -- and probably an email newsletter as well -- about yesterday's fun and successful Home Studio Open House for Collectors and Students. Thank you to all who came! Painting days have been plentiful and fruitful. The house was adorned with many newly finished pieces as well as dry paint favorites.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I'm truly THANKFUL for YOU!

DECEMBER 2, 3, 4 -- ART STUDIO OPEN
My studio in Great Falls (at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) is looking bare right now ... but my home is overflowing with artwork. Must be a sign of something. But it will look great again -- just in time for the last First Friday Art Walk in the Village of the year, December 2, 6 to 9pm. Then, the studio will be open for holiday art shopping on Saturday, December 3, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, December 4, noon to 5pm. It's time for holiday shopping ... what will you treat yourself and your loved ones with this year? I'd be VERY glad to help.



Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
www.JillBanks.com

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

"Colors on King Street" Commission Delivered Today

"Colors on King Street," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
Commissions aren't always portraits and "Colors on King Street" is a case in point. The painting was commissioned by a couple who first collected my work last year at the Alexandria King Street Art Festival and during that first purchase we discussed this painting to be.

They picked it up tonight in time to have it help deck their house for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

Happy folks!

DECEMBER 2, 3, 4 -- ART STUDIO OPEN
My studio in Great Falls (at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) is looking bare right now ... but my home is overflowing with artwork. Must be a sign of something. But it will look great again -- just in time for the last First Friday Art Walk in the Village of the year, December 2, 6 to 9pm. Then, the studio will be open for holiday art shopping on Saturday, December 3, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, December 4, noon to 5pm. It's time for holiday shopping ... what will you treat yourself and your loved ones with this year? I'd be VERY glad to help.


Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
www.JillBanks.com

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spring and Fall in Great Falls

Despite my absence from blogging, these recent days have been busy and exciting. I'll tell you my best day at the bottom of this post. (It's personal -- not art-related.)
"Spring Blush," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks

I put a number of new paintings up on my website a few minutes ago ... so you can check them out at www.JillBanks.com. Two of them represent Spring and Fall, painted plein air in Great Falls, Virginia with some work in my studio today as well.

"Table on the Green," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
"Spring Blush" was painted in April catching the Cherry Blossoms just before they drifted to the ground near the Old Schoolhouse in Great Falls. "Table on the Green" was painted during my free demonstration held at the Village Centre in tandem with the Paint Great Falls plein air competition  (which I had the privilege to judge this year).

Again, more were added to my website ... like "Fiddlin' Around" painted on my last day in San Angelo Texas during En Plein Air Texas. That was SO much fun. The competition was over and we were entertained by fiddlers and a banjo player right after enjoying a hearty breakfast with fellow artists.

DECEMBER 2, 3, 4 -- ART STUDIO OPEN
My studio in Great Falls (at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) is looking bare right now ... but my home is overflowing with artwork. Must be a sign of something. But it will look great again -- just in time for the last First Friday Art Walk in the Village of the year, December 2, 6 to 9pm. Then, the studio will be open for holiday art shopping on Saturday, December 3, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, December 4, noon to 5pm. It's time for holiday shopping ... what will you treat yourself and your loved ones with this year? I'd be VERY glad to help.

Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
www.JillBanks.com

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
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EMMA and PAT
This past Saturday, husband Randy, daughter Sarah, my parents and I headed to Richmond to attend granddaughter Emma's baptism. First, any moments with Emma are sure to make everyone happy and we had plenty of playing time before and after church. Emma's a REALLY content, beautiful baby -- and that's not just grandmotherly bias.  During the baptism she was perfect -- looking around, sweet as could be -- not a peep. Just smiling as she was introduced by the priest as the newest member in the church.

Right after the service, as we got ready to leave, Randy is shaking hands and saying hello to Paul Plonski -- husband of my dear friend Pat from High School in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Pat works in the church where Emma was just baptized. Wonderful reunion at a special time -- away from home -- in a church that son Sam's in-laws belongs. What a coincidence!



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Three From En Plein Air Texas 2016

"Late Long Shadows," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
Three of the twelve-plus canvases painted in and around San Angelo, Texas last week stayed there ... now in new homes but others headed back with me or are yet to arrive here ... being shipped. I hadn't packed my camera so the shipped and paintings with new owners will miss out on decent photos. (I still might show them to you later.)

"Late Long Shadows" was one of two paintings I chose as my competition pieces. It's a near nocturne -- painted rapidly as the sun worked its way toward the horizon line behind Palmer Feed in San Angelo, Texas. Every second seemed to bring new shadows and altered colors to the industrial buildings on site. While the painting was completed quickly (of necessity), I'd scoped out the area for days -- figuring out where to set up and when.

My Saturday Quick Draw painting was "Morning Paper" -- with husband Randy helping me out by "reading" his way into the scene.  The architecture in town is striking making the resulting shadows even more so.

"Morning Paper," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks -- my Quick Draw painting

I had so much fun this week -- meeting fellow artists, San Angelo residents, a wonderful host, organizers and supporters, enthusiasts. What a warm welcome they provided.

I'll write about my favorite moments sometime soon in the next edition of my monthly email newsletter. Have you subscribed to it at www.JillBanks.com? Hope so!

The last of the three for today's post is "Vineyard Vistas" -- a scene that captures my view at the Christoval Winery and fellow artist Nancie King Mertz capturing hers as well. Painter painting a painter. What a pretty place!

"Vineyard Vistas," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks -- capturing Nancie King Mertz painting in the Christoval Vineyard
Friday, November 4: First Friday Art Walk in the Village
Come see these paintings and many more at the Artists' Atelier at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 from 6 to 9pm on November 4.  Hope to see you there in my studio and venture on to two more joint studios and an opening of this month's art exhibit by AHH studios in our adjacent gallery. Lots of art and a great night out on the town.

Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
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Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.  
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TV Interview and Fun in San Angelo

Now I've survived "Ranch Day" (I actually LOVED it), a TV interview while just setting up downtown and gotten a few paintings "under my belt" in En Plein Air Texax 2016. I'll try to get the link to my 2 minutes of fame up sometime soon.
"Cactus Corner," oil, 20"h x 16"w, copyright 2016 Jill Banks

Here's a snapshot of a couple of them. The best -- so far -- came yesterday and today. That's uphill. Good thing.

"Cactus Corner" is the painting I was just toning my canvas for when the news reporter pulled up. Great guy! Nice questions. Poised even when slightly rattled painter. At least sort of.

Everyone here is beyond gracious. Welcoming. Celebratory. Beautiful.

And, the weather's been perfect.

More to come... but with some delays inbetween. We've had full days with breakfasts, lunches, dinners, lots of visitors and a one-hour time difference.

Oh, and I left behind my SLR camera before heading to San Angelo. With a history of selling LOTS of artwork here -- hopefully -- many of my pieces will go away without proper documentation -- as in, poorly photographed. That'd be okay.

Thanks for reading!

"Concho Alley," oil, 12"h x 16"w, copyright 2016 Jill Banks -- for sale at Gallery Verde in San Angelo, TX this week
Jill

EVENTS
Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.
OCTOBER 23-30  En Plein Air Texas
I'm one of 35 lucky artists selected to paint for a week in San Angelo, Texas! Can't wait!

Two paintings "Water Under the Bridge" and "Rock Climber" on view at the Peale Museum in Baltimore

  
SEPTEMBER 30- OCTOBER 29 Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.
Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Daily Special" Wins Best in Show

"Daily Special," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©2016 Jill Banks wins Best in Show
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Wow!

"Daily Special" was selected by juror/artist Brienne Brown as the Best in Show winner of the September 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition, a monthly online contest. See all the winning entries for the September competition here: http://faso.com/boldbrush/winners/187

In that same contest, my painting "Reverence" was voted as a FAV15 -- the Fine Art Views staff's favorite top 15% of the month's entries.

That Best in Show was out of a whopping 1,440 entries. Can you imagine selecting the winning entries and finalists out of that many images? To see all the entries, click here.

The award comes with a $1000 cash prize and an upcoming feature article in Informed Collector, a free online newsletter focused on delivering relevant content/advice for art collectors.

"Daily Special" is currently available for purchase.

This was an awfully nice boost before heading off to Texas to compete in the En Plein Air Texas painting competition. Good luck?

EVENTS
OCTOBER 23-30  En Plein Air Texas
I'm one of 35 lucky artists selected to paint for a week in San Angelo, Texas! Can't wait!

Two paintings "Water Under the Bridge" and "Rock Climber" on view at the Peale Museum in Baltimore

THRU OCTOBER 24 Long Beach Island "Island Life" exhibition at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ. Four of my paintings on view.
  
SEPTEMBER 30- OCTOBER 29 Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.
Thanks for reading!
Jill Banks
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

West Texas Bound

"Goat Lunch," oil, 12"h x 16", ©2016 Jill Banks. This is what I was painting today in preparation for En Plein Air Texas.
On Monday, I was invited to join 34 other juried artists in the En Plein Air Texas painting competition taking place in San Angelo, Texas on October 23-30, 2016. Only in its third year, the competition sponsored by the community and the San Angelo Museum of Art has already garnered a lot of attention in the plein air painting world -- with big sales dollars, big names (top artists) and big West Texas welcomes.

Curious goat. Was grabbing everything potentially chewable.
We'll be painting on private ranches, in town, along the river and more. Goats, sheep, farm equipment paintings ahead.

I'm really thrilled to be a part of it!


OCTOBER 23-30  En Plein Air Texas
I'm one of 35 lucky artists selected to paint for a week in San Angelo, Texas! Can't wait!

Two paintings "Water Under the Bridge" and "Rock Climber" on view at the Peale Museum in Baltimore

THRU OCTOBER 24 Long Beach Island "Island Life" exhibition at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ. Four of my paintings on view.
  
SEPTEMBER 30- OCTOBER 29 Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.

Thanks for reading!

Jill Banks
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Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
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