Monday, September 12, 2011

"The Audition" Painting Demo for Portrait Class

"The Audition," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2011
Today was the first day of my Portrait Painting and Drawing class for the Fall Term. I regularly do a demo for the day one of class, as this is the best way I know to show how to develop a painting throughout the session. Zeki was our model. One of the hardest thing to do as a model is to hold a natural, consistent expression. It's easy as time goes on "to sink." Zeki didn't and looked just as alive for the first half hour to the last.

I've got a great group in the class and while many have been students of mine for awhile, they haven't all been in class with each other before. So they had the treat of meeting one another.

I'd taken the Summer off this year from teaching classes ... so today definitely felt like Back to School time. Tomorrow's my first day of Still Life class. Time to get ready.

August 1 - September 21: "100 Faces in 100 Days" on exhibit at the Artists' Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. Open hours: Fridays and Saturdays, Noon-4pm.

My Still Life and Portrait Painting & Drawing One spot left in my Still Life class. See the Classes page on my web site for more information on those classes. Send me an email if you would like to receive notification of other class/workshop offerings -- what kind of courses you would be interested in, days of the week and times.

Sunday, October 2, 10am-5pm: MPA McLean Artfest, juried outdoor arts festival, McLean Community Park, McLean, VA

Saturday and Sunday, October 15&16, 10am-5pm: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour. Major weekend long event with 47 artists from Great Falls Studios participating in a self-guided tour. I'll be in the Artists' Atelier, the studio I share with 14 other artists at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls. Last year, the tour drew 7200+ visitors from throughout the DC area. Don't miss it!

October 20-22, Out & About Norfolk 2011: Juried Plein Air Event and Wet Paint Sale. I'll be spending three days in Norfolk for this 5th Annual Plein Air Competition ... painting away. I'm excited!

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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