|"Desert Garden," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2012|
Late afternoon was spent plein air painting at the San Xavier Mission. Two very different locations with lunch and a spectacular drive through the mountains inbetween. The Mission was challenging to paint. The Arizonan sun turned the facade into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colors that I tried to chase with a very limited palette. In addition we walked around a big circle looking for a good view that also provided scarce shade. I found it, but the search stole a half an hour.
There are so many favorite times of this trip. One (sort of) non-art-related highlight was dinner at Elvira's in Tubac. Such a romantic, beautifully lit, soft, whimsical place. A duo performed all of us lucky enough to be there that evening. A funny note is that when we walked to our table, the couple next to us asked how the painting turned out. They had passed by while I was painting "Purple Mountain Majesty."
Now we're back home. Time to get ready for the week ahead.
|"Sunflowers and Gladioli"|
While I was away, collectors took home "Sunflowers and Gladioli" -- a still life packed with meaning for me and for them. It's always interesting (and heart-warming) to hear why/how people feel connected to a piece.
100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Events and Exhibits
Atelier Open Hours, Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA 22066
October 2 through November 30, Greenberry's Coffee & Tea, 6839 Redmond Drive, McLean, VA. Solo show of seven oil paintings celebrating coffee, friends and family and food.
American Women Artists 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, November 2-25, K Newby Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Tubac, Arizona. "Honey Bunny" is one of 60 artworks chosen from around the country.
Allied Artists of America 99th Annual Exhibition, November 9-18, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, NYC
More events are listed on my web site: www.JillBanks.com