Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Daisies and the Carousel Horse" Continued and Open Life Today

"Daisies and the Carousel Horse" work in progress, 30"h x 30"w, ©Jill Banks 2011

This afternoon there was an Open Life modeling session at the Great Falls School of Art ... that, no surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed. The result is "Last Few Pages" below.

Randy and I went out to an early dinner so I could return to painting "Daisies and the Carousel Horse" tonight. I absolutely love painting it ... as in can't wait to get back to it. But, I bet when I'm done, I'll be a bit sad about that. I must admit that the fruit and daisies, in real life are looking pretty tired and bruised and suspect.

"Last Few Pages," 20"h x 16"w, oil, ©Jill Banks 2011
Part of why I'm enjoying painting this one is the scale of both the still life setup and my canvas. The dimensions are 30"h x 30"w, so pretty big and the objects are all painted about life sized. That's freeing. And I'm racing to capture what's there before it turns to mush. That's freeing, too.

Okay, and in between posting with no photos and getting these added, I received a comment from Joan Bell-Haynes (Face #12). You've got to read it, too.

August 1 - September 24: "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 Both classes are full for Fall sessions. 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!

November 1-11, 83rd Grand National Exhibition 2011: "Alan" will be on exhibit at the American Artists Professional League Grand National at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Reception" Sunday, November 6, 2-5pm.

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


jbhbeloved said...

ok, counting the minutes. hurry up because I have to get to bed. Want to be bright-eyed and joyful for church tomorrow :)

Christine said...

I completely understand. I am so disappointed when I've either fallen asleep or there is no post. I feel like such a stalker. :0)

Jill Banks said...

Joan and Christine,
Pretty funny. I hope I didn't keep you up too late. Thanks for being faithful readers. I appreciate it!