|"Cascading Nude," oil, 16"h x 20"w, ©Jill Banks 2013|
If you've ever seen me paint, you'd know it's a pretty athletic process. I rock, pace, stand back ... a lot. Each time I've gone to Open Life, I'm a little bit late. (Open hours at the Artists' Atelier are on Saturdays from noon to 4pm and open life starts at 4pm -- a little distance away.) Starting late means not getting a spot up front -- and generally setting up close to the where the easels are stored so that I can disturb the rest of the group as little as possible. But ... when I stand back ... again often, I run into the easels making a racket. Plus, it seems impossible for me to learn from that "mistake."
During open hours at the Atelier, I did start a painting from the Paris trip -- of the hamlet house and grounds built on the property of Versailles for Marie Antoinette. I'd sketched there -- one of the outbuildings next to the lake and just loved the place. Marie Antoinette was a smart one. She wanted cozy and Versailles doesn't exactly qualify.
|"Bunnies" are off to their new home.|
100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Events and Exhibits
Don't miss out. Sign up now for Spring Classes that start April 9 (Still Life in Oils -- but you can work on your own projects from reference materials in this class as well, Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm, $375) and April 10 (Painting the Landscape, Wednesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm, $375 -- full of plein air adventures) offered through the Great Falls School of Art, Great Falls, VA. Go to my web site: www.JillBanks.com, click on Classes for supply list and registration info. You need to be pre-registered for classes -- especially for landscape -- to know where each class will be held. Class size is limited. I hope you can join us!
More events and exhibit info available through my web site.