Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Peek Into My Portrait Class

Seven painted views of Neal including six "extra" heads and a hand surround today's model, my nephew, Neal Banks

You know it's been a stellar class when we surround the model with easels filled with the work of the day! Now I really wish that I'd taken photos of each painting separately ... but this is pretty darn impressive in the aggregate. Today was week number four in what is scheduled to be a six-week class and there's no comparison between progress made this Sunday and the first week of class.  That's attributed to lots of hard work on each of my seven students' part and an inspiring subject plus perhaps some good instruction thrown in.

Marisol Coy with her portrait of Neal in progress
Our subject was Neal Banks, my nephew -- who actually agreed to sit today for the four-hour class ... with one long pose broken into 20 minute sections with 5 minute breaks. A tough job! Amazingly he was able to return to the pose given just a few taped marks setting a foot and elbows.

What was interesting, too, is how much was captured of him in each painting from beginning to end.  In that, I don't just mean a physical likeness but spirit, expression, personality. All those aspects I care about.

A close-up with three paintings from class with Neal
Anyway, I am SO impressed. Bravo! I hope each student is taking it easy right about now.

It's possible I'll be extending the class by two additional Sundays. No one seems to want it to end and I don't want to be responsible for a a halt in progress.

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  I just put up Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus on my web site.  It's a little confusing with listings still up there on current classes and upcoming ones ... but dig a little and I bet you'll figure it out. Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Sedona Art Prize Monthly Finalist: January
Robert Burridge selected "Scene At the Bar" as one of his 12 favorite paintings for the January 2017 Sedona Art Prize Competition. This was my first time entering the competition which offers an interesting twist from other contests. It's part contest/part marketing and with many of the works offered for sale created by many outstanding artists ... it might be worth a regular look.  You may have to dig a little or a lot for pricing. Digging is part of treasure hunting, right?

Here's the page with the 12 Top Paintings for January 2017: http://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017
and then travel around the site from there.
Scene at the Bar by Jill Banks. Judge's comment: "Beautiful and striking composition. Overall color tone held my attention. Sweet nod to 'girls' night out.'" - Robert Burridge    
Two Art Fairs Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Acceptances have started to roll in ... Hope you'll mark your calendars.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

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Friday, February 17, 2017

"Big Oil" and a Grand Opening

Just finished: "Big Oil," oil on linen-lined panel, 12"h x 16"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

I've been painting all day ... just a little on "Big Oil" featuring a very large bottle of Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil ... and now I'm late putting up this post. Hopefully it makes it into your mailbox Friday night.

This was one of the four or five still lifes I install around the classroom for my Tuesday Still Life Plus class. The class keeps me very busy ... so to paint this I had to take advantage of the time between my morning and evening class ... forgoing a usually much-needed nap.

The weird name -- "Big Oil" -- proves that my brain has plenty of time for odd thoughts while standing at the easel. 

Saturday, February 18, 11am to 3pm in Great Falls Virginia
Grand Opening of TD Bank
9901 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia

"St. Patrick's Day," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
Two of my pieces: "St. Patrick's Day" and "Moon Glow" are on exhibit for the Grand Opening and through February 27 in their new art wall.  But that's not the big deal. (Apparently, I'm into the word "Big" today.)

The community is invited to come and enjoy festive music, family fun, toasty treats and more in their cozy winter village. Be among the first to preview their Petite Art Gallery featuring original works from local artists in Great Falls Studios. Stop by and join the celebration! FREE

CHARITABLE SUPPORT -- To support their new community, TD Bank has chosen The Arts of Great Falls charitable foundation to donate $150 for every account opened at the Great Falls Branch in the first 30 days.  Those funds will really help make Great Falls an even more artful place.  Please spread the word!      

SWEEPSTAKES -- Enter in the branch for a chance to win an original BegoƱa Morton Commissioned Oil Painting of “The Great Falls”. Two (2) winners will be selected, drawing will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Sunday, March 19, 2017. Approximate retail value: $2,700.00 each. Official sweepstakes rules are available at TD Bank, Great Falls Branch.

Artist Atelier Open Hours on Saturday, September 18, 10am to 2pm.  Come see the show in the Gallery plus lots in my studio space at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  All in the Village Centre!
There is  a new show in the Gallery/School. Consider taking a look during open hours in February -- on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm and Wednesdays, noon to 4pm at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Please stop in for a visit!

Two Art Fairs Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Acceptances have started to roll in ... Hope you'll mark your calendars.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Fiesta" More Than a Splash of Color

"Fiesta," oil on linen-lined panel, 18"h x 27"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
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Winter makes me crave color. "Fiesta" is my answer to gray skies, gray ground.  (It was actually wonderful warm out today ... but still gray.)

My subjects were dancers at a Day of the Dead Festival ... sort of.  The littlest girl reminds me of one I haven't painted ... but want to.  The group as a whole reminds me of the rhythms of an earlier NYC painting of mine, "Five Umbrellas." So, color. A subject that is part answer to one that's dancing around in my head. And, shapes and rhythms. All reasons why "Fiesta" made it to my easel. Hope you like it!

There is  a new show in the Gallery/School. Consider taking a look during open hours in February -- on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm and Wednesdays, noon to 4pm at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Please stop in for a visit!

Two Art Fairs Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Acceptances have started to roll in ... Hope you'll mark your calendars.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Emma at Eight Months" Take Two

"Emma at Eight Months," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
Emma's eight month portrait got quite a bit of rework today.  I just couldn't see her in my prior attempt and it was definitely an anatomy problem. (And in my previous painting session there were too many other things drawing on my concentration.) Mush better day today.

The proportions of baby's/children's heads are very different than adults. I knew there were errors. Fortunately, I figured them out. On Sunday, I'll share the problem-solving process and steps with my Portrait class students with a series of photos of the work in progress and explanations.

Classes are back in session. I have a great group of students including many eager beginners. So far, so good.

We just hung a new show in the Gallery/School. I'll be there on Saturday, February 4 for open hours from 10am to 2pm (probably plus) at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Please stop in for a visit!

Two Art Fairs Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Acceptances have started to roll in ... Hope you'll mark your calendars.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Emma at Eight Months" ... Still Behind

"Emma at Eight Months," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
Granddaughter Emma is soon to be ten months old (as in tomorrow) but today's portrait is her at eight months. I know what her nine month portrait will be ... and will wait to see what will best portray Emma at ten months.

Portrait class begins tomorrow -- Sunday, January 29 -- and Still Life and Evening Paint begin on Tuesday.  Definitely, back to school time. I'm looking forward to working with fresh faces and familiar ones to make 2017 an artful one.

See more monthly portraits of Emma and other people at www.JillBanks.com -- click on Works and then the Portraits and People Gallery.

CLASSES -- REGISTER NOW -- Okay, Now it's getting REALLY late 
There are still spaces available in my Evening Paint (Tuesday nights, 6:30-9:30pm starting January 31) and Portrait Painting class (Sunday afternoons, 1:30-5:30pm starting January 29). So ... if you'd like to join the class or know someone who would ... who lives somewhere in the DC metro area, I'd love to help you along on your artistic journey. Get more info on Classes at www.JillBanks.com. Any quesstions? Email me at jill@jillbanks.com. Thanks! (Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, Virginia.)
Classes info.
 
Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

"The Road Show" Closes January 31


"Table on the Green" is one of my plein air paintings included in "The Road Show"
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Part of "The Road Show" exhibit on view through January 31 in Great Falls, VA
This is the last Saturday (January 28) to come visit my solo exhibit "The Road Show" at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA.  I will be there from 2-5pm either painting or visiting and would love to see you!

Stop in.  I'll have a few new pieces in addition to the regular exhibit for you to view. (Like "Grace" -- my new ballerina painting and "Mandarins" -- a just completed still life.)

Email me at jill@jillbanks.com if you'd like me to know you'll be visiting.

Or view most of  the exhibit online here.

CLASSES START SHORTLY -- REGISTER NOW
There are still spaces available in my Evening Paint (Tuesday nights, 6:30-9:30pm starting January 31) and Portrait Painting class (Sunday afternoons, 1:30-5:30pm starting January 27). So ... if you'd like to join the class or know someone who would ... who lives somewhere in the DC metro area, I'd love to help you along on your artistic journey. Get more info on Classes at www.JillBanks.com. Any quesstions? Email me at jill@jillbanks.com. Thanks! (Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, Virginia.)
Classes info.
 
Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

And Then a Ballerina Danced Her Way Onto the Stage ... Er, Easel

After struggling on what to paint today -- I happily finally returned to a favorite subject -- the ballerina.

"Grace" (Ballerina in Gray), oil, 24"h x 12"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

My concept beyond displaying the emotion and beauty of the pose was to accentuate the color of the dancer's skin by keeping the rest of of the painting muted. Quiet.

All sorts of names for her floated around in my head ... including "Pre-Flight" "Serenity" "Full of Grace." Any ideas? Or is "Grace" a match?

CLASSES START SHORTLY -- REGISTER NOW
There are still spaces available in my Evening Paint (Tuesday nights, 6:30-9:30pm starting January 31) and Portrait Painting class (Sunday afternoons, 1:30-5:30pm starting January 27). So ... if you'd like to join the class or know someone who would ... who lives somewhere in the DC metro area, I'd love to help you along on your artistic journey. Get more info on Classes at www.JillBanks.com. Any quesstions? Email me at jill@jillbanks.com. Thanks! (Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, Virginia.)
Classes info.

SOLO EXHIBIT ON VIEW THROUGH JANUARY 31
And my solo exhibit "The Road Show" of 20+ original oils is on view at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia through January 31. I hope you have a chance to take a look. The meeting room -- where the exhibit is on view -- is frequently being used so don't be too surprised if there's a group inside.  Generally weekday afternoons are the safest bet but if you are planning a trip, please feel free to ask me about the schedule and I might just meet you over there as well. Email me at jill@jillbanks.com.

Or view most of  the exhibit online here.

AND, if you'd like to see more ballerina/ballet paintings like "Grace," see the Portrait and People Gallery on my website here

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hot Off the Easel: "Mandarins"

"Mandarins," oil, 36"h x 24"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
It's been a little while since I've painted a still life and a long while since painting a piece this particular size. (36" x 24" or a 3:2 ratio.) Really fun although my easel got a workout ... up and down to bring each part of the painting into my prime viewing area.  I guess it might have been a good idea for me to do the exercising ... squats and stretches. Or maybe not.

Close-up of "Mandarins," oil, 36"h x 24"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
I'm enjoying this last stretch of unscheduled, calmer time before classes start. Something else will be started in the studio tomorrow ... and the day after that.

There are still spaces available in my Evening Paint (Tuesday nights, 6:30-9:30pm starting January 31) and Portrait Painting class (Sunday afternoons, 1:30-5:30pm starting January 27). So ... if you'd like to join the class or know someone who would ... who lives somewhere in the DC metro area, I'd love to help you along on your artistic journey. Get more info on Classes at www.JillBanks.com. Any quesstions? Email me at jill@jillbanks.com. Thanks! (Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, Virginia.)
Classes info.

And my solo exhibit "The Road Show" of 20+ original oils is on view at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia through January 31. I hope you have a chance to take a look. The meeting room -- where the exhibit is on view -- is frequently being used so don't be too surprised if there's a group inside.  Generally weekday afternoons are the safest bet but if you are planning a trip, please feel free to ask me about the schedule and I might just meet you over there as well. Email me at jill@jillbanks.com.


Or view most of  the exhibit online here.

AND, if you'd like to see more still lifes like "Mandarins," see the Still Life Gallery on my website here

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill
 


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Classes, A New Still Life Start and Open Life

"Mandarins" work in progress, oil, 36"h x 24"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
Classes will soon begin with my Painting or  Drawing the Portrait starting January 29 and Tuesdays' Still Life Plus and Evening Paint starting January 31. If you've been thinking about taking a class, please take a look at my web site: www.JillBanks.com, Classes page for more info and to sign up.  Spaces available in the Portrait and Evening Paint class and I hope you sign up! (Classes are held weekly in the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.

"Mandarins" is one of the first paintings of 2017. I've been working on starts for a few portrait commissions ... but need to take care of a couple of other steps before I can proceed with those. Thus ... I HAD to take advantage of a flower arrangement put together for a neat family gathering this past weekend, right?

I also had the pleasure of attending an open life in the Great Falls School last Friday afternoon. The two-and-a-half hour session was filled with short gestures and then a bit longer, then longer poses to finish out the day.  "Open Life Standing Pose" was the second to last
"Open Life Standing Pose," oil, about 18"h x 9"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
longer gesture. I painted instead of sketched because for me that's faster and more forgiving. For this piece I used Centurion Oil-Primed Deluxe Linen sheet, with a quick "wash" of yellow ochre, and then French Ultramarine Blue and Transparent Earth Red for my darks. There are a few other colors thrown in as well.

There's more to write ... but I'm out of time.

"The Road Show" Solo Exhibit Up Until January 31 at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA
View the exhibit online at www.JillBanks.com

Get info about library hours here. (The library is closed on Sundays and January 16, January 20)

The meeting room -- where the exhibit is on view -- is frequently being used so don't be too surprised if there's a group inside.  Generally weekday afternoons are the safest bet but if you are planning a trip, please feel free to ask me about the schedule and I might just meet you over there as well. Email me at jill@jillbanks.com.

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Happy New Year!

Jill
 


Please sign up -- classes start the end of January


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.


More of "The Road Show"




More of "The Road Show" with Emma ... just cuz

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Emma at Seven Months" Monthly Portrait of a Sweet Granddaughter

"Emma at Seven Months,"(our granddaughter), oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
I'm still behind on my portrait a month of granddaughter Emma -- but this makes me one month closer to catching up to her.  She's depicted here being held by my Dad (wearing a red shirt) and she's in her baptism dress (that was worn my Emma's mom Michelle and Michelle's sister Sharlene).

See the rest of Emma's portraits ... and others on my web page: www.JillBanks.com
People And Portrait Collection

Please read yesterday's post for the scoop on this Saturday's opening reception for my solo exhibit "The Road Show" and upcoming classes.  Thanks!

Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2-6pm at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066. Hope to see you there!
You may view the exhibit online here.
Get info about library hours here. (The library is closed on Sundays and January 16, January 20)

The meeting room -- where the exhibit is on view -- is frequently being used so don't be too surprised if there's a group inside.  Generally weekday afternoons are the safest bet but if you are planning a trip, please feel free to ask me about the schedule and I might just meet you over there as well. Email me at jill@jillbanks.com.

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Happy New Year!

Jill
 


Please sign up -- classes start the end of January

Three to Choose From ... I know you're busy now but hope you'll sign up for my Evening Paint and Portrait class.  Make 2017 the start of something big for you!

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. FULL








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