|A portion of Dale Chihuly's glass garden on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA|
|Boats filled with glass on black "water"|
|Chihuly's Persian glass as a ceiling|
All of the Chihuly exhibit was extraordinary. He shares his influences -- such as his Northwest Native American blankets and baskets collections inspiring entirely new forms in glass with marking and colorings that share hues from those art pieces included in the display.
His garden of glass was put together just for this exhibit. His art has often been installed in gardens. This time he thought why not make my own garden ... entirely of glass. Gorgeous and my iPhone photos clearly don't do it justice.
The Chihuly exhibit is on view at VMFA through February 10, 2013.
|"Garden Girl" work in progress day one, oil, 42"h x 36"w, copyright Jill Banks 2012|
My mom sent me a photo of a beautiful (drop-dead gorgeous) setup -- before Dad packed it up to bring it to my home studio to paint. It's hard for me to take my eyes off of it -- and fortunately, while painting it, that would be inadvisable. I don't want to show you too much of the set-up until the painting of it, "Garden Girl" starts to live up to reality. While at first my Dad was trying to make it more manageable by using mainly non-perishables. This is the opposite -- with real orchids, cut hydrangeas, tomatoes on the vine, strawberries, a pineapple, mangoes, and other plants and flowers -- all waiting to see how quickly I can paint my now largest still life at 42"h x 36"w. I went for those objects most likely to fade the quickest first. Come back tomorrow to see how far I get on day 2.
Thank you, Dad!!!!
Registration is going on now at the Great Falls School of Art for classes that start mid-January. Make 2013 an artful one! Sign up now. Go to my web site: www.JillBanks.com, classes page for more information on my offerings.
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that many treats and inspirations surround you this holiday season.
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Register now for Winter classes. See my web site: www.JillBanks.com, Classes page for Still Life Painting in Oils and Draw, Paint, Sculpt the Portrait -- offered through the Great Falls School of Art, Great Falls, VA.