Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Traffic Patterns" Work in Progress

"Traffic Patterns" work in progress, oil, 30"h x 24"w, copyright Jill Banks 2013
"Cabs in NYC," oil, 8"h x 10"w, private collection
The NYC street scene with fruit stand continues.  Each painting is somehow a combination of so many more that came before it.  "Traffic Patterns" at this point reminds me of three past favorites: "Cabs in NYC," "Venezia Market" and "Rainy Day Market."  That's a good thing.

The similarities are 1) action, 2) color and 3) abstraction.

All that's missing is the rain (or water).  Bearing that in mind,  some of that fun contrast between color and cool can be accentuated here.

I'll add photos of those three shortly.  Check back on the blog if you get this by email -- with no extra paintings.

"Venezia Market," oil, 18"h x 24"w, private collection
In addition to painting, today included a field trip to Framemasters (my framer) to help pick out the right moulding for one of 2012's portrait commissions.  Assistance in framing, if wanted, is part of the "package." Anyway, this was fun and after helping choose the frame for the portrait, my client did a heck of job selecting a frame for "Garden Girl." Quite a collaboration. It will be exciting to see the paintings in their new surrounds. The showroom at Framemasters looked a little different between our coming and going. Hopefully, they forgive us.

"Rainy Day Market," oil, 30"h x 24"w, private collection
Tomorrow is receiving for the Student Show (Great Falls School of Art, Great Falls, VA).  I love seeing back in one place some of the highlights of the year.  There's a reception and awards presentation for that show (fun to attend) next Friday, January 11, 7-9pm in the gallery at the Artists' Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA.

Randy and I took five paintings yesterday to the Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant Drive, Vienna, VA to be part of the Winner's Wall of work by the top prize and "people's choice" winners from last November in the Annual Treasury of Art Show.  (I was one of those) The show is up until February 4 and there's a reception on Sunday, January 13.  My

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Register now for Winter classes.  See my web site:, 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. Still Life is now full with a wait list. Sign up for the Portrait class -- it's going to be a great one! 

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