Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Animal Intentions

"Hidden Springs Pool," 8"h x 10"w, oil on Raymar panel, ©Jill Banks 2011
I did go to Laura's farm today ... contemplating painting goats and guinea hens ... only to be lured by a blue pool. A couple of her guinea hens did amble across the pool deck, but were fast enough not to be captured here.

There were Bantam hens behind me, clamoring for attention. Every direction I looked, there was another painting to be. I love the tractors and tools, hanging baskets, all the different structures, funny gargoyle-ish creatures. My favorite potential view was one not yet painted. Some of her hens are in a stall and they stay up high on some beams Laura added just for them. The light pours through some open slats and the space turned extraordinary. I avoided it so far because I needed to become comfortable with my surroundings. I struggle with bugs and extra critters. I've got to work up to it.

I found out something different relative to the Reston Century Race this weekend. The t-shirt with my painting will be given to all the riders when they finish the race ... not worn during the race. I suppose if I was a cyclist, I'd get that they would be wearing fancier gear to race ... but I didn't. At least I know that a lot of riders will have a wearable copy of my painting for another day.

August 3 - 31: "100 Faces in 100 Days" on exhibit at the Artists' Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. Open hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:30-6:00pm.

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 ...
"W&OD BBQ" won 1st Place in the Reston Century T-Shirt Art Competition

August 3-September 5: 'Scapes Exhibit at the Art League, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA. My entry, "A New York State of Mind," won Honorable Mention.

Sunday, August 21: At the Registration Pavilion for the Reston Century Ride, Reston Town Center, Reston, VA -- with prints of "W&OD BBQ", the first place winner in the T-Shirt competition that will be given to the 1200 riders in the race this day.

To read more about the 100 Faces in 100 Days project on my web site (www.jillbanks.com), 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.

Web: www.jillbanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com
100 Faces in 100 Days Project Page 1 (faces 1-54): www.jillbanks.com/jillbanks/100_Faces_in_100_Days_Project.html
100 Faces in 100 Days Project Page 2 (faces 55-100): www.jillbanks.com/jillbanks/100_Faces_in_100_Days_Project_2.html
Email: jillbanks1@aol.com
Phone: 703.403.7435

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