|"Will Tuthill", Face #7 of My 100 Faces Project, 12"h x 12"w, copyright Jill Banks 2011|
Today's "Face" (in my 100 Faces in 100 Days Project -- read more about this in earlier posts and on my web site) is Will Tuthill, an incredibly talented lithographer who also happens to be a fascinating person. Both of us are probably hoarse today (I know I am), because we're not used to talking this much.
Will actually has two eyes. Nice ones. But this shadowed side lends a bit of mystery (there is that about Will) and I like the lack of detail in the shadows. Just one interesting shape and every time I added a detail there ... it felt wrong and I took it out.
Sometimes I don't want to finish too soon, because I'm enjoying the process, the conversation, just painting. That was true today but I also had to get ready (sort of) for our First Friday Student Exhibit and Awards Ceremony that took place tonight. It was GREAT!!!
|My New Faces Wall in My Studio|
My New Faces WallYesterday, Randy constructed some shallow shelves in my downstairs studio at the Artists' Atelier (1144 Walker Road, Suite D, Great Falls, VA) as a perch for my 100 Faces Project. Having just completed my seventh face in time for our studio's First Friday opening, it was I nice premiere of sorts. I can only fit 21 faces at one time ... so three weeks' worth but they are so much more powerful in person, and keeping each other company.
|Recognize Dorry (Face #1)?|
Student Show Awards ReceptionThe Great Falls School of Art's Student Show opened tonight with awards given in both the youth and adult categories. Our juror was Suzanne Twyford, an accomplished, award-winning artist who carefully considered her selections. Nancy Keane won 1st with her "Armillary and Peaches" painting and Begona Morton won 3rd with her painting "Waiting for Tea" -- both from my Still Life class. Both of these paintings are outstanding. Tough subjects. Big challenges. Huge lessons and a great payoff. (Two beautiful paintings and pushing themselves toward being better painters.) Congratulations!!! And congratulations to all the students who submitted work, took a class, and exhibited in this show.
|Nancy Keane and family with her 1st Prize winner|
|Begona Morton and family with her award-winning painting|
Honorable Mention in This Month's Art League All-Media Membership Exhibit
My painting, "Sunflowers in My Studio," (24"h x 18"w, oil on linen, copyright Jill Banks 2010) won an honorable mention in the Art League show this month. My first award for 2011!!! Think that's a sign? I haven't seen the show yet, but I hear "Sunflowers" are hanging in a prime spot. There's an award reception next Thursday, January 13, 6:30-8:30pm that I may attend. We'll see. I feel a little bit like I'm running in a marathon with my Faces Project and am very protective of my energy level. I'm hoping that this will become more and more routine and easier for those paintings to just be one part of what I do each day. It's even been tough to grocery shop, cook, think ahead.