Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Brown Portrait: It's a "Go"

"Carolyn and Lou Brown," oil, 30"h x 40"w, ©Jill Banks 2012
Yesterday I sent an email to Lou and Carolyn Brown -- my sitters from Alabama -- to show them a photo of their finished portrait ... and to ask for their approval or request for changes.

Early this afternoon I received a funny reply. I'll ask permission to reprint here verbatim ... but it was certainly short and to the point.

The gist of the message: No changes. Not one.

It's a "go" ... which in this case means waiting for it to dry, varnishing it, having it professionally photographed and sending it off to Alabama.

"Cup of Tea," oil, 20" x 20" by Jill Banks
With the painting will go the cribbage board and cards that have been sitting on and off on the coffee table in my living room ... reminders of eight days of Lou and Carolyn's keeping me company on the couch.

We had so much fun those eight days. They are beautiful people ... and it was a huge treat to spend time together.  While continue painting on the portrait after they headed home, I kept on smiling ... recalling jokes, stories, laughter, wisdom, good cheer.

See more portraits in the Works section of my web site at (I haven't added the Brown portrait there yet. Soon.)

"Large Squares, Small Squares" Exhibit Hung
The Atelier gallery has a new show and I'm represented with two paintings of croissants: "The Weekend Edition" and "Cup of Tea" -- both 20" x 20." Come see the show during open hours or the reception this Friday, November 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA.

"The Weekend Edition," oil, 20" x 20", by Jill Banks
100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Phone: 703.403.7435

Events and Exhibits
"Large Squares, Small Squares," Gallery at the Artists' Atelier, November 14-December 31. Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:30pm. 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:

No comments: