Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Pear and Roses" Demo Painting

"Pear and Roses," 20"h x 16"w, oil on panel, ©Jill Banks 2011
I can't say that here's the demo from today's Still Life class ... but I started it then.

Quite a few hours more working away, and this is the result.

Today, I remember how tiring getting back to classes can be. I think I could have set up about six still lifes with all I ... and my dad ... and Barbara Marhoefer toted in. Barbara brought in jewels from the Eastern shore that called to me from one corner. My dad brought a gorgeous plant that I paired with one of my oranges that I set up on the right. On the floor behind me was an overflowing basket with a combination of stuff from all of us ... that was gorgeous. That's sort of a sign of things to come.

Both my Still Life and Portrait class are full  ... with really great people. What a difference that makes to the experience as a teacher and as a student. Art and angst don't mix. Art, humor and goodwill ... do. I can't wait to see all of them at their easels next week.

Class today ... "Hi, Mary Beth!"
Mary Beth ... we all miss you! 

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 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!

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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