|"Chrysler Museum Memorial Garden," oil, 16"h x 20"w, ©Jill Banks 2011|
By the way, yesterday -- when Randy and I were out at Waterside -- we talked to another painter, Bill, who painted from inside his car on Thursday. Smart move. I'll be interested in how other pros handled the day when we meet up at the reception this (Saturday) evening. There is much that just comes from experience -- merging what you like to paint with what's best to paint in the current conditions.
On Thursday late afternoon, I started "Eat at Joe's at Waterside" which looked a lot like a jigsaw puzzle. I returned to give it another shot as my third entry yesterday. I'm not sure what I think about it -- but I did turn it in. You may see it later.
|"Elephant at the Norfolk Zoo," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©Jill Banks 2011|
What I thought I'd paint were the lions. They take long naps in the sunshine, right? It appears I was wrong. The two males and one female moved around a good bit. If they weren't moving, I couldn't get a good enough angle. If they were lying down and paintable, they'd roll around to scratch their backs. The result: I have a painting with hints of the many lion gestures of the day.
When they were no longer in view at all, I moved to the elephants and there I was able to capture what I think is a pretty great portrait of an elephant. I used two models for this ... as my first one decided to take on a different pose and spent the rest of my painting session swinging his trunk to and fro, performing a little dance ... for some reason. My second model was a good distance from me. I'd love to be at a safe, but closer, distance to get a better view. I didn't realize they had such long eyelashes and peach fuzz on the tops of their heads. They did have a huge contingent of admirers.
It did take a bit of convincing to get permission to paint in the zoo. I will say that people, especially the kids, really got a kick out of my being there. I was in my pthalo'ed, now a bit scary looking smock -- so I clearly was the token artist of the day. People took real interest ... and I was part of the educational package for parents. I met many shorter (younger) artists who I think were heading home to paint some animals of their own.
After the zoo, we headed back toward Waterside ... for more painting on "Eat at Joe's at Waterside" and we were finally lured away (to call it a day) by some great music coming from the Waterside Fountain Garden. Two performers were playing & singing our kind of songs with the sun setting behind them over the Elizabeth River. We sat in deep cushioned chairs. Watched kids dancing. It was the first time I really relaxed in a few days. Pretty terrific end to the day.
So, this morning, I touched up and photographed my painting entries. Randy framed them and we dropped them off, just before the 11am deadline. Tonight, from 6-9pm is the reception and Wet Painting sale at the second floor at Waterside. In the meantime, we're hanging out and seeing a bit more of the city.
Next up, either a nap or the MacArthur Museum.
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC, Awards Reception, Friday, October 28
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC, October 4-28
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.
American Artists Professional League 83rd Grand National,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.
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