|"Garrett," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2012|
Garrett, boyfriend of my friend/studiomate's (Jennifer Duncan) daughter, was our model today. He did great! I think of the few times filling in for a model who was arriving late ... just how difficult sitting still can be. Garrett's invited back. That's a sign of success.
I'm looking for people to sit for multiple Mondays this term. Sitting still isn't easy, but it's pretty neat to see a number of your faces all around the room. Think about it and contact me if you're interested. Go to the Classes page on my web site: www.jillbanks.com for dates, times.
After class, Randy and I headed to the Art League (Alexandria, VA) to go shopping in the store before it closed (at 4pm) and to hang out around Old Town until receiving for the April Art League Exhibit. Those few hours gave me time to see the studio I'll be occupying in the Torpedo Factory in August (as a visiting resident studio artist). It's beautiful!!! It will be an exciting place to paint, display my work and invite visitors for the month.
We also saw the Art League's "Play" show in the Gallery ... on the last day of the show.
And, visited a couple of galleries. The real stand out in Alexandria is the Principle Gallery. There are pieces ready to be hung for the "Women Painting Women" exhibit that was reviewed in American Art Collector's April edition. I'd seen some of those pieces and work by the regular gallery artist in print and online. But, nothing compares to seeing it in person. Lots of (great) surprises on the wall. Take a look at Larry Preston's still lifes (donuts!), Geoffrey Johnson's moody cityscapes ... and just keep looking.
|"Contrapposto" lower right, April edition "American Art Collector"|
And, not like I'd forgotten ... but my painting "Contrapposto" is in American Art Collector Magazine's April edition since it is part of the Salon International 2012 exhibition at Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas this month. Pick up a copy!
You can view my piece and the other accepted works online on the Greenhouse Gallery's web site. For a closer look at "Contrapposto," see it online.
|See "Contrapposto" online|
100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Register for Spring 2012 ClassesPortrait Painting and Drawing, Mondays, 10am-1pm, starting April 2 (next week!)
Still Life Painting, Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, starting April 3
See Jill's Web Site, Classes page for more information, supply list and registration form. Classes are filling. Sign up now!!!
Exhibits and Events
April 14-May 4, Salon International 2012, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX. Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14, 10am-8pm. “Contrapposto”
May 15-19, Wayne Plein Air Festival 2012, one of 34 artists juried to participate in a plein air competition and exhibit in and around Wayne, PA. Gala Preview and Artists' Reception, Saturday, May 19, 6-10pm at the Wayne Art Center. Exhibition to follow May 20-June 23 at the Wayne Art Center.
May 1-31, Solo Show, Katie's Coffee at the Old Brogue, Great Falls, VA. Reception: Sunday, May 6, 2-5pm. More information to come (when I figure it out).