Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Yellow Onions" Painting Today

"Yellow Onions," oil on Raymar panel, 8"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2011
I meant to spend time painting today and see what I could handle in one hour in preparation for tomorrow night's demo for the Vienna Arts Society. Oh, well. This took a lot longer than that. I didn't want to work too small because small is too tough to see for those planning to watch. So, now I'm thinking a decent size, single object that's not too overly detailed. I just have to figure out what that single object is. And, or just show part of the process (as in -- whatever can happen in about 40 minutes -- figuring that talking will slow me down). Hmmm. In any event, I ended up with a painting that I like alot. Those are pretty good-looking onions and I enjoyed painting on this size canvas. A little different.

Time seems to be marching rather rapidly lately as I approach the end of summer, beginning of classes and a rapid succession of deadlines and events. MPA Artfest (the Juried Outdoor Arts Fair sponsored by the McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA) is coming up right around the corner (Sunday, October 2) which means readying my work for that show. Soon after that is the Great Falls Annual Studio Tour (October 15&16, 10am-5pm at the Artists' Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA). Lots of reasons to paint like the wind, and get really organized, put my ducks in a row.

Demo Tomorrow Night: This Has Been Canceled!
Even though I'm not certain what I'll be painting, I'll be showing up in my smock tomorrow night. I'm the guest "speaker"/painter at the Vienna Arts Society that meets at the Vienna Arts Center on Pleasant Street in Vienna. The group meets at 7:30pm, Thursday, September 8 and my demo will be after a VAS business meeting and snack time. Come see what happens.

Juried into 2011 Out & About Norfolk 
On October 20 to October 22, I'll be participating in Out & About Norfolk 2011, a Plein Air Paint Out and Wet Painting Exhibition taking place at the Waterside Festival Marketplace in Norfolk, VA. 37 artists were juried in to paint all around Norfolk and come together for an awards ceremony and sale of work on Saturday, October 22, at 6-9pm. Sounds challenging and fun!

One Space Left: Tuesday Still Life Class
Due to a cancellation, there's one space left in Tuesday's Still Life Class that starts this coming Tuesday. Send me an email if you are interested in signing up. See more info on my web site, the Classes page.

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.

Canceled Due to Weather: Thursday, September 8, 7:30pm: Demo for the Vienna Arts Society, Vienna, VA. Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant Street NW, Vienna, VA.

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!

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


Jerry Stocks said...

When do you sleep?

Jill Banks said...

I believe the same question belongs to many.