Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Chocolate Confetti Cupcake" Painting Today

"Chocolate Confetti Cupcake," oil, 6"h x 6"w, ©Jill Banks 2011
I could have called this "Cupcake #3" since it's the third day in a row I've been painting these treats. All have melted by the end ... but this one managed to melt in the middle of being painted. I had to rely on my memory of it with a chocolate covered top. Tomorrow, I'll be changing subjects so this is it for cupcake treats for awhile.

Today's Still Life Class
There must be some awfully good instruction and listening going on in my Still Life class -- because beautiful paintings are popping up all over the room -- created by both new and continuing students. It's sort of shocking -- even with my high expectations for them. All three setups are complicated and interesting. They are all up to the challenge. Good thing. I seem incapable of setting up easy ones.

Lessons learned lately: It's fine to use tape or rulers to get a straight line on a painting. Grapes are painted as masses -- not as individuals. There are some really beautiful grapes happening around here.

Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Oct. 15&16, 10am-5pm
Artists‘ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA

Out & About Norfolk Plein Air Painting Event, October 20-22 

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC, October 4-28
"Cubanelle and Roses," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©Jill Banks 2011

The Art League's October All-Media Membership Exhibit,  105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. My charcoal drawing of "Oscar" was juried in and will be on view through November 7. "Cubanelle and Roses" is in the Bin Gallery.

Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, NYC, Nov. 1-11
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.

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