Thursday, February 1, 2018

Texas Time -- Demo at RS Hanna February 2

Holding up Arched View at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg TX for the Women Artists of the West Spring Showcase. Come out for the First Friday Art Walk, 6-8pm and my demo, 4-6pm on February 2.  The showcase continues until June 2.  My painting Day at the Ranch shown above me on the left was recently purchased ... pre-show opening as it was featurede on the event postcard.  Yay!

Arched View, oil, 16" x 12", ©2017 Jill Banks. Painted plein air in Sedona
While I haven't yet figured out my subject for the painting demo tomorrow, I do know the time and place.  Please join me or pass the word that I'll be painting on location at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX from 4-6pm on Friday, February 2 for the opening reception and First Friday Art Walk to follow from 6 to 8pm. RS Hanna Gallery has two locations in Fredericksburg but visit me at their 208 Llano Street gallery.

Fredericksburg, Texas is a really neat town.  Randy and I have visited it a few times ... briefly ... but it's nice to be here for a little longer stay with a chance to explore.

I was on the hunt for a place to paint today but could have set up anywhere. Lunch was at Hondo's and there will be a painting from there ... it just didn't get started today. At least not on canvas.

Teresa from RS Hanna's Main Street location recommended both Hondo's and taking a look at the town of Luckenbach nearby -- where Hondo dreamed and built a cool musical venue that's drawn mega talent including Willie Nelson.  There we went.  Life resembles a scavenger hunt with lots of treasures around every turn.  A painting start did happen at Luckenbach. Plenty of inspiration did, too.

February 2: Join me at RS Hanna Gallery to watch my free painting demo from 4 to 6pm and stay for the First Friday Art Walk in Fredericksburg TX. Fiddlin' Around, oil, 12"h x 16"w, © Jill Banks is one of six of my paintings available through RS Hanna from February 1- June 3 for the Women Artists of the West Spring Showcase.

Not to Be Missed!
The two weekends before this were spent in NYC, with two receptions at the National Art Club for the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club National Exhibition plus inspiring trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Michelangelo Divine Draftsman and Designer once-in-a-lifetime exhibit (you have to see this ... and it ends February 12!) and the Frick. Wow.

From the Met's website:
This exhibition presents a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, as well as a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context. Among the extraordinary international loans are the complete series of masterpiece drawings he created for his friend Tommaso de' Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon for his last fresco in the Vatican Palace. Selected from 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition examines Michelangelo's rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer.
It was stunning to see room after room full of masterpieces. Just unbelievable.

Day at the Ranch was featured on the RS Hanna Gallery postcard ... and then spotted by the ranch owner who purchased the painting. Glad she saw it!

Events
  • February 2-June 3: Women Artists of the West Spring Showcase at RS Hanna Gallery  in Fredericksburg, TX (I'm one of 50 artists included in the showcase with five pieces at one time ("Old Market," "Day at the Ranch," "Cactus Corner," "Fiddlin' Around" and "Chicken Chat" are all heading to Texas) over this four month period.  I will be giving a painting demo there on Friday, February 2 and attending the First Friday Art Walk opening at RS Hanna from 6-8pm that day. Hope to see you there!
Thank you for reading!

Jill Banks

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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Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Out and About" Italy Street Scene In Progress and There's a Winner!

"Out and About" work in progress (almost done), 36"h x 24"w, oil on linen, ©2018 Jill Banks
Well, I'm not quite there ... but getting close on "Out and About." Even the name is a work in progress so title suggestions are most welcome.

The Winning Ticket
Congratulations go to Pat Neuman who had the winning raffle ticket to my painting
"Village Centre Walk." Sales of raffle tickets benefited the Walker Road Streetscape Project led by Celebrate Great Falls. Next up, Pat and I are discussing how she, husband Reed and dog Timber will be subtlely painted into the scene though we may need to wait until
"Village Centre Walk," oil, 24" x 24" -- Won by Pat Neuman
Spring.  Thank you to all the raffle ticket purchasers and to Celebrate Great Falls for sponsoring the Project.

Winter Classes
Time to Sign Up for Winter Classes --They Start Soon!
Painting the Portrait in Oils -- Sundays, starting January 28 (NOTE:  The start date is different than I'd originally had on my website.)
Still Life Plus
-- Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm starting January 23 (Class Full)
Evening Paint
-- Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm (Almost Full)
Taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, VA.  Register now. 



Winter Events
  • January 9-26: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Open Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC.  ("Randy and Me" included in the exhibit. ) Benefit Reception supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art: January 19, 5:30 to 8pm at the National Arts Club
  • February 2-June 3: Women Artists of the West Spring Showcase at RS Hanna Gallery  in Fredericksburg, TX (I'm one of 50 artists included in the showcase with five pieces at one time ("Old Market," "Day at the Ranch," "Cactus Corner," "Fiddlin' Around" and "Chicken Chat" are all heading to Texas) over this four month period.  I will be giving a painting demo there on Friday, February 2 and attending the First Friday Art Walk opening at RS Hanna from 6-8pm that day. Hope to see you there!
Thank you for reading!

Jill Banks

Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 






Sunday, January 7, 2018

Getting the Ball "Rolling" in 2018

"Light Traffic," oil, 15"h x 8"w, ©2018 Jill Banks -- my first painting of 2018
At this writing, I've now erased this particular blog post three times. That's similar to what's going on in the studio at the moment.  For some reason, it is tough to get in gear for the New Year. (My first rhyme of 2018.)

This is a familiar pattern. Winter is a time that inspiration is unlikely to fall into my lap.  That means it's going to take WORK to find out what to work on.

So, what are some ways I approach finding inspiration?
  • Spending some time at the museum. Check out "Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry" at the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) -- on exhibit through January 21. We took in that exhibit and then wandered around favorite other National Gallery spaces for even more inspiration.
  • Looking through books, magazines, Internet sites and searching -- partly purposefully, partly wandering. This has been fun! Particularly watching a few paintings come to life in short online video tutorials.  I added putting those together to my to do list for this year -- although it involves a steep learning curve in figuring out how to put those together and editing them. (Anyone who knows how to do this is very welcome to offer advice!)
  • Contemplating my own work -- what pulls on my heart in the strongest way, what did I love painting, what unfinished works call for finishing or a fresh approach?  (There's a painting I started in Lucca, Italy last summer of the Pollotteria -- the chicken shop. The light/shadows, subject, connections, experience all call for me to do something with it and follow up on aspects of that vision with future projects.)
  • Just Painting -- forgetting about creating a masterpiece and putting brush to canvas. One attempt is still a "dud" after much work.  So I set it aside -- spent more time selecting and planning a new piece in progress (that's showing a lot of promise).  Finished "Light Traffic" that was started en plein air in Bologna -- with help from the inspiration found in an online tutorial that sent me figuratively back to this spot. Keep building on what is joyful and the rhythms return.
And when painting isn't feeling right -- I'm spending my time on the computer or planning the Year's calendar or putting together my 2018 bucket list -- all those things I dislike doing when they are interrupting "being in the zone." Being out of "the zone" is the perfect time to tackle them!

There are a few events and the start of the Winter term on the horizon.
"Day at the Ranch," oil, 12"h x 24"w, ©2016 Jill Banks will be arriving at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg TX for the WAOW Spring Showcase February 2 through June 3, 2018
  • January 9-26: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Open Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC.  ("Randy and Me" included in the exhibit. ) Benefit Reception supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art: January 19, 5:30 to 8pm at the National Arts Club
  • February 2-June 3: Women Artists of the West Spring Showcase at RS Hanna Gallery  in Fredericksburg, TX (I'm one of 50 artists included in the showcase with five pieces at one time ("Old Market," "Day at the Ranch," "Cactus Corner," "Fiddlin' Around" and "Chicken Chat" are all heading to Texas) over this four month period.  I will be giving a painting demo there on Friday, February 2 and attending the First Friday Art Walk opening at RS Hanna from 6-8pm that day. Hope to see you there! 
  • It's Time to Sign Up for Winter Classes --They Start Soon!
    Painting the Portrait in Oils -- Sundays, starting January 28, six sessions (NOTE: start date is January 28)
    Still Life Plus
    -- Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm starting January 23 (Class is Full with waitlist)
    Evening Paint
    -- Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm (Almost Full - Register Now)
    Taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, VA.  Register now.

    Perhaps classes or a good dose of art will help you get out of your own Winter doldrums? Try something new, shake up normal, open your eyes...  I'd love to help!

    Happy New Year!  Thank you for reading!

    Jill Banks


    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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    Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
    Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

     

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Delivering a Wall Full of Emmas

Oil portraits of granddaughter Emma by Jill Banks. The order shown above are top row (left to right): Months 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and bottom row (right to left): Months 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and one year.  Thus, month 1 is directly above her one year portrait.
 
There's nothing like a wall full of twelve portraits of Emma to light up a room ... well, except for that little girl herself. (She's awfully good at that.)

"Granddaughter Emma at Month One," oil, 10"h x 8"w,  ©Jill Banks
On Christmas Day, we delivered and hung twelve 8"x10" portraits celebrating each month of granddaughter Emma's first year at son Sam and daughter-in-law Michelle's family room.  Every aspect of creating, finishing, framing and hanging them was a labor of love. Not for the faint-hearted ... and I think husband Randy might just want a new painting hanging partner.

Starting this project, it was really tough to know whether I'd "captured her." Each month, Emma grew more into herself ... and luckily I had the chance to spend more time with her.  I fell out of sync with the portrait a month at month 8, with that portrait not going well at all. With two attempts at that original image, I finally gave up on it and eventually a new one took its place.  Month nine was fine and posted but after that, my portrait posting took a substantial hiatus while commissions, art events, competitions, teaching, traveling, etc. took over.

"Emma in Blue -- Ten Months, " oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
In the last couple of weeks, I painted the new month 8, month 10, month 11 and Emma at one year.  Then, I returned to months one and four with a fresh eye and finished the edges or bottoms or tops of the beginning portraits as originally they were going to be 8" x 8" squares and later we decided to keep them as 8"x 10"s.

Although these are twelve portraits of Emma, each one is so unique. Creating these portraits definitely reminded me of my 100 Faces in 100 Days Project. I was learning with each one.  And when someone sat for me during the 100 Faces Project, I saw so many potential ways to portray each person.  Different emotions, moods, parts of that person's character that could be displayed.

I do accept a limited number of portrait (and other) commissions a year.  (Read more about commissioning a portrait here.) Several are already in the wings for 2018.

See examples of work in the People and Portrait gallery here on my web site (which includes commissioned and non-commissioned work).
Read more about my 100 Faces in 100 Days Project here.

Once a year, I offer a Painting or Drawing the Portrait Class -- and that starts on Sunday, January 28 -- taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA -- right across the hall from the Artists' Atelier, the studio I share with 10 other artists. The class is challenging and fun ... and I'd love to have you join us. Click on the link above for more info and to register.

Two other classes are offered on Tuesdays: Still Life Plus (CLASS FULL) and Evening Paint (ALMOST FULL) starting on January 23.  Get more info about all offerings on my Classes page.

"Emma at Eight Months" (in Santa's lap - 2016), oil, 10"h x 8"w,  ©2017 Jill Banks
To see each of the portraits of Emma, click the links below:
Granddaughter Emma - Month One
Month Two
Emma Thinks You're Funny: Grandbaby's Portrait Month Three
Granddaughter Emma at Four Months
Lunch with Emma at Five Months
Peek a Boo - Emma at Six Months
Granddaughter Emma at Seven Months
Emma at Eight Months (version 3)
Emma at Nine Months
Emma in Blue - Ten Months
Lucky Emma (at 11 Months) 
Emma at One (Year) 
(Feel free to tell me your favorites ... and why. I'd love to hear from you!)

Son Sam with granddaughter Emma on Christmas Day after the hanging crew (husband Randy and I) had redecorated the family room with lots of Emmas.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you a very Happy New Year!

Jill Banks

A Few Events
Women Artists of the West Annual Exhibition at McBride Gallery in Annapolis MD through December 31 ("Better Days" included in the exhibit)

January 9-26: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Open Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC.  ("Randy and Me" included in the exhibit. ) Benefit Reception supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art: January 19, 5:30 to 8pm at the National Arts Club

February 1-June 3: Women Artists of the West Spring Showcase at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX (I'm one of 50 artists included in the showcase with up to five pieces at one time over this four month period.  I plan to attend and demo at one of the First Friday openings while my work is there ... just haven't picked which one.

Classes
Painting the Portrait in Oils -- Sundays, starting January 28
Still Life Plus -- Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm starting January 23 (CLASS FULL)
Evening Paint -- Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, VA.  Register now.


Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Time Travel: Granddaughter Emma At One Year

Granddaughter "Emma at One," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

Today, granddaughter Emma is rapidly approaching being 21 months old ... and gradually I've been catching up on my project of painting a portrait of her a month for her first 12 months.  So here she is ... back in time a bit ... at one year.  I'll put together something soon so you can see the twelve monthly portraits together.  (In the meantime, feel free to take a look at some of them on my portraits and people page here.) This one is now my favorite of the group.  It really captures her.

During the early months it was harder to know if the portrait was "right." It became easier as she blossomed into herself.

Painting this, I started to think that Emma has just been pretending to be a baby. She notices everything, learns something new every time you blink, and has probably already solved some major world problems.

In subsequent posts, you'll see months 11, 10 and 9.  Coming soon!

Need to Make the Holiday Even Brighter? 
The Artists' Atelier is open Wednesday, December 19, noon to 4 ... and later if you'll notify me you'd like to come.  I'll also be there on Saturday, December 23, 10am to 5pm. Lots of work to see ... and maybe you'll be inspired to treat someone very special on your list.  If you need help other times, just ask.  (jill@JillBanks.com) We are located at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066.

A Few Events
Women Artists of the West Annual Exhibition at McBride Gallery in Annapolis MD through December 31 ("Better Days" included in the exhibit)

January 9-26: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Open Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC.  ("Randy and Me" included in the exhibit. ) Benefit Reception supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art: January 19, 5:30 to 8pm at the National Arts Club

February 1-June 3: Women Artists of the West Spring Showcase at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX (I'm one of 50 artists included in the showcase with up to five pieces at one time over this four month period.  I plan to attend and demo at one of the First Friday openings while my work is there ... just haven't picked which one.

Classes Make Great Gifts
Painting the Portrait in Oils -- Sundays, starting January 28
Still Life Plus -- Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm starting January 23 (CLASS FULL)
Evening Paint -- Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Taught through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, VA.  Register now.

Thanks for reading! 

Jill 

Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Interview in Italy and Holiday ArtFest Ahead

Short, belated post ahead.
"La Proscuitteria," oil, 24"h x 36"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
The making of this painting is my favorite story/adventure of 2017 ... which means quite a lot in an adventurous life.  Read about it here ... and you can watch a video interview by the two neatest employees of the restaurant I was painting through that link.

You're Invited
Last First Friday Art Walk until Spring 2018 at the Artists' Atelier ... December 1, 6-8pm at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066.  I hung a heck of a show of work from the Atelier holiday show participants: me (Jill Banks), Roberta Beasley, Joyce Lee, Walt Lawrence and Cindy Grisdela. It's beautiful and well worth a look.

See it on the Art Walk or on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 & 3, 10am to 5pm as part of the Great Falls Holiday ArtFest. Start in the same address.  For my part, Randy and I hung or brought in 40+ pieces of art. There's lots to see and maybe one will be calling your name.

Winter Classes
Registration is open ... and I hope you'll sign up! Get more info here.

Thanks for reading! 

Jill



Women Artists of the West (WAOW) National Exhibition,  McBride Gallery - Annapolis MD, November 5-December 31
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Unexpected Water Trouble in Sedona ... Tales of the Plein Air Painter

"Tlaquepaque Fountain," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

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One of my favorite paintings from my Sedona Plein Air Festival adventure was this fountain piece, captured on location at Tlaquepaque in Sedona.  The 28 invited artists were "forewarned" to be sure we made ourselves (with easels) unobstructive and out of the way of patrons/visitors, etc.  I like to be a welcome guest -- always -- and set up in this spot with one easel leg in a planting bed while keeping myself as close to the edging around it as possible.

Of course, Sedona plants need water and shortly after setting up, the gardener placed a hose in the bed. A bit later, the hose drifted out of the bed and I retrieved it ... and put it back. Then a car ran over it and it twirled in the air, soaking my jeans and shoes but again I put it back. Then, it does it again ... just with more fanfare getting the easel, the painting, my rolling studio suitcase and me a nice rain shower.

The gardener said the hose had to stay in there until the bed was full ... which meant it had to overflow.  So it did. Good news is that the trouble-making hose could move to a new location and leave me to complete the painting on drying ground.

First Friday Art Walk in the Village, November 3, 6-8pm

I'll be there -- at the Atelier at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Come say hi!  There's a great new exhibit at the School/Gallery -- the Faculty Show. Really inspiring. Enjoy the art, snacks and a night on the town. In the show is art by Arts of Great Falls teachers Jennifer Duncan, Lorrie Herman, Elizabeth Floyd, Donna Robinson, Joyce Lee, Lori Goll, JJ Singh, Jill Banks (me) and Michela Mansuino.

For more info on First Fridays:

First Fridays Art Walk in the Village (Village Centre in Great Falls, VA - corner of Walker Road and Georgetown Pike) -- May to December 2017
6-8pm
Three joint studios, 27 artists, gallery, refreshments
Winter classes are up on my website, too. Please check them out and consider joining me this January.

Thanks for reading! 

Jill


Women Artists of the West (WAOW) National Exhibition,  McBride Gallery - Annapolis MD, November 5-December 31
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween and Last Day to See "Farm to Table"

"Apples and the White Gourd," oil, 12"h x 24"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

I've painted plenty of pumpkins and gourds over the years -- but "Apples and the White Gourd" is my latest off the easel, started and well on its way during a "demo" given during a gathering of the Great Falls Friends Network last Wednesday.  That white gourd offered a bit of calm in a riot of color.

If you are in the DC area and have a chance, October 31 is the last day to catch my solo show "Farm to Table" at the Old Brogue Irish Pub -- Katie's Coffee/Snuggery side -- at 760 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  I've loved having these pieces there. Hope some of you have too.

Next up ... First Friday Art Walk in the Village, Friday November 3, 6-8pm at many venues including the Artists' Atelier at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066.  Start there if you'd like and we'll guide you to those other spots. I'll be there for a change!!!!! In the gallery you'll find the Faculty exhibit which is bound to be a great show.  (It goes up this Thursday -- just in time.)

For more info on First Fridays:
First Fridays Art Walk in the Village (Village Centre in Great Falls, VA - corner of Walker Road and Georgetown Pike) -- May to December 2017
6-8pm
Three joint studios, 27 artists, gallery, refreshments


Thanks for reading!  Hope you get TREATS1

Jill


Jill Banks "Farm to Table" Solo Exhibit -- October 3-31, 2017. See the works online here. (Last day)
 
Women Artists of the West (WAOW) National Exhibition,  McBride Gallery - Annapolis MD, November 5-December 31
 
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Capturing the Colors of Cacti -- Sedona Plein Air

"Cactus Colors," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

Painted the last day of the Sedona Plein Air Festival, "Cactus Colors" was just fun to bring to life.  The 28 invited artists were to paint this morning -- starting any time but stopping at noon -- setting up somewhere on the main street in town. Fellow painter Kathie Odom was set up in a different section of the Clear Creek Trading Shop ... replete with buggies, cow skulls, stuff. I couldn't resist the purple and green cacti -- perfect colors to stretch my palette.

You'll see more from Sedona over the next week. Plein Air Festivals aren't exactly restful so it will take me a bit to catch up.

If you are in the DC area, Sunday, October 22 is the final day of the Great Falls Annual Art Studio Tour and I'll be in the Artists' Atelier at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls VA from 10am to 5pm.  Please come for a visit. While you are in the neighborhood, stop in at the Old Brogue to see my "Farm to Table" solo exhibit up until October 31.

Thanks for reading! Hope to see you soon!

Jill

Jill


Jill Banks "Farm to Table" Solo Exhibit -- October 3-31, 2017. See the works online here.
Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ, October 14-21 (I am one of 30 artists who were invited to paint this stunning landscape. The itinerary sounds unbelievable...)
Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls VA (Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls -- I'll be there Sunday only.) October 20-22
Long Beach Island Plein Air Plus, Long Beach Island NJ, Exhibit September 8-October 27
Women Artists of the West (WAOW) National Exhibition,  McBride Gallery - Annapolis MD, November 5-December 31
Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

First Days in Sedona

"Southwest Sunset," oil, 12"h x 24"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

Very quick post ... because the Sedona Plein Air Festival starts tomorrow (October 14) and I would like to be ready.

This is my first time in Sedona and it's shockingly beautiful. Today I was playing with paint. There's not much time in each day with the sun starting to create magic late morning and stopping the same around 5:30pm.

Tomorrow night, October 14, at 7pm, join us at the Sedona Arts Center for the opening reception for Sedona Plein Air Festival.  Free and open to the publc.

I said this would be short.

Jill

Jill Banks "Farm to Table" Solo Exhibit -- October 3-31, 2017. See the works online here.

Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ, October 14-21 (I am one of 30 artists who were invited to paint this stunning landscape. The itinerary sounds unbelievable...)

Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls VA (Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls -- I'll be there Sunday only.) October 20-22

Long Beach Island Plein Air Plus, Long Beach Island NJ, Exhibit September 8-October 27

Women Artists of the West (WAOW) National Exhibition,  McBride Gallery - Annapolis MD, November 5-December 31


Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/ (Please like that page if you like it...)
Read the Article: Southwest Art Artist to Watch,  July 2017
Here's a link to the PDF of the wonderful Artist to Watch article written by Kim Agricola.