|"Portrait of Zoe," oil on linen, 14"h x 11"w, copyright Jill Banks 2011|
My class was cordially invited for lunch and painting at Francie Johnson's -- to enjoy her beautiful home and farm with ... about a billion gorgeous, interesting things and horses and chickens and barns that called out to be painted. I spent most of the day following around Zoe, Francie's horse.
Zoe was challenging. She reminded me of some of my moving 100 Faces in 100 Days targets. I tried painting her in her stall where she was intent on a salt lick (vs. me). It was there I decided on this view ... because that's all I had ... and to get it I was holding my canvas while painting to get a better angle. So much for the easel.
|"Zoe and Reuben in Hiding," oil on linen, 9"h x 12"w, copyright Jill Banks 2011|
After lunch, I painted "Zoe and Reuben" -- although no one can tell that Reuben exists but me. It could be called horses on the move. I think that I'll paint this again from this study plus photos and see what I come up with. I took very few photos -- and like my experience during my 100 Faces project, when I looked at my subject and then a photo of it, the two bore no resemblance. A good reason to spend more days like today.
|"My House," oil on gesso board, 10"h x 8"w, ©Jill Banks 2011|
When I got home, I decided to do what I'd been wanting to do for awhile. Do a painting of my house. It's so welcoming now with my dad's plantings and Randy's renovations. I set up my easel in the driveway and went to work.
I'm going to keep doing this. Maybe the gnats will pick on someone else. I really want to get out there. Today was a great first step.
I may work on these more ... especially "My House" since I can look at it again... easily. There's much to learn. Fun lessons ahead.
100 Faces in 100 Days Project: www.jillbanks.com/jillbanks/100_Faces_in_100_Days_Project.html