Monday, July 25, 2011

"July Peaches" Finished

"July Peaches," oil on linen, 18"h x 24"w, ©Jill Banks 2011
I guess I persevered. This wasn't the simplest painting I've undertaken ... and there have been three sets of peaches and canteloupe ... but I believe that I'm done. I signed it.

Check out my previous post about "July Peaches." I made some changes today ... besides working with new fruit. See if you can spot some of them.

Nice Reception Yesterday for Strauss Fellows
There was a gathering of Strauss Fellowship grant awardees (I was awarded grants in 2008 and 2011 by the Arts Council of Fairfax County) in yesterday at the Goodwin House, a really terrific retirement home. They have a beautiful gallery and really nice art studio with an active group of artists in a variety of mediums.

The reception was organized by Lynda Smith-Bugge (a 2009 Strauss Fellow) who is the Art Center Coordinator there at the Goodwin House. Each of the awardees were asked to talk about what they've been doing since receiving their grants ... and I talked about my 100 Faces in 100 Days project. This year's grant is offsetting some of the expenses related to exhibiting my project. We were joined by many of the Goodwin House residents -- who are involved in the art program there. They were genuinely excited to hear about each of our journeys. And, whenever I talk about the project, questions fly. Yesterday was no different.

A special treat was that one of the attendees was Janie Strauss. The Strauss Fellows are given in honor of her husband, Bill Strauss, who founded the Capitol Steps and Cappies Award program for kids. She reviews all of the proposals for grants each year and enjoyed connecting the awardees with our projects.

Quite a few of us, after touring the Goodwin House, were wondering just how old we needed to be to move in. It's quite a place.

Coming up:
Sunday, August 7: Painting on the Waterfront with the Art League's Plein Air Painters, behind the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, in the morning.

August 8 to August 19: Three of my drawings will be on exhibit as part of the Salmagundi Club's Annual Photography and Graphics Non-Members Exhibit in NYC. This prestigious, 140-year-old arts club is located in a beautiful brownstone at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Through the years, the Salmagundi Club has been the gathering spot of such luminaries as Childe Hassam, William Merrit Chase, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and many others. It's a pretty incredible spot. So ... if you're in NYC any time soon ...

August 1-31: "100 Faces in 100 Days" Exhibit #2 in the Gallery at the Artists' Atelier
Reception: Friday, August 12, 6-9pm
Ice Cream Social: Saturday, August 13, 2-4pm
RSVP helpful for both events ... but please come anyway if you don't get around to it.

Sunday, August 14: Painting on the Waterfront with the Art League's Plein Air Painters, behind the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, in the morning.

August 26-August 29: Four-day intensive, still life workshop: "A Painting A Day" offered through the Great Falls School of Art. Space is limited. Details coming soon on my web site:

To read more about the 100 Faces in 100 Days project on my web site (, go to the 100 Faces Project Pages 1 and 2 where you can see all 100 of my volunteers. Click on the paintings, and go to my blog post for that person's sitting.

100 Faces in 100 Days Project Page 1 (faces 1-54):
100 Faces in 100 Days Project Page 2 (faces 55-100):
Phone: 703.403.7435 


Jerry Stocks said...

I love everything about this painting--the depth of the seeds in the cut cantaloupe, the color of the skin of the peaches, the leaves, the tiny details of the flag--you painted it all beautifully.

Jill Banks said...

Thanks, Jerry. I love everything about your comment. I needed that.