Thursday, August 18, 2011

"The Olive Seller" from Portabello Road

"The Olive Seller," oil on linen, 18"h x 24"w, ©Jill Banks 2011
This is the result of two more days ... or at least another day and a half on "The Olive Seller," depicting a busy vendor at the Portabello Road Market in London this Spring.

Come see it -- along with my "100 Faces in 100 Days" exhibit -- if you have a chance during open hours at the Artists' Atelier, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:30 to 6:00 pm through August 31. I'm getting a few visitors, but more would be merrier. I'm not sure my studio space has ever looked this good -- and considering I keep pretty busy, a.k.a. messy, come before it returns to chaos. The Artists' Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA 22066.

"Coconut Cake," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2010
Tomorrow's son Sam's Birthday! We're celebrating with dinner on Saturday ... with some sort of home-cooked meal. Unfortunately, our oven "blew" last week -- it's now on the floor in our kitchen with a new one hopefully arriving soon ... but not in time for making Lemonade Pie. It's kitchen borrowing time.

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 (, 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

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