Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cow Painting Continued

"Grass Lunch" painting of cows work in progress, oil, 18"h x 24"w, copyright Jill Banks 2013
Tomorrow might be a "take-it-easy" day -- as yesterday and today were chockful.  At open hours at the Artists' Atelier, I worked on Cow #2 of the painting "Grass Lunch" that had been started at Kidwell Farm in Herndon, VA.  Now I'm on session #3 -- but with some substantial improvements made in the studio.  One, Cow #2 looks like a cow. Two, she's facing you -- much more interesting than two grazing cows. Three, I like the addition of the pink blooming tree on the far right. (It is Spring after all.) Four, I brought in the diagonal of the fence on the left.

For a long time today, I kept lowering the cow's belly -- making her stockier and stockier -- in small increments. Cow anatomy is new to me -- but it looks a-ok at the moment.

Almost done.

Tonight I went to Open Life at the McLean Community Center (McLean, VA).  The model was someone I painted (and drew) ten years ago at the Art League.  This week's session did produce a portrait that's pretty striking. You'll see it soon.

Happy Mother's Day to All the Moms Out There!

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Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Members Exhibit and Sale
Imagine Gallery, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
"Sunflowers in the Studio II" juried into the exhibit that runs April 19 to May 20.

"New Works" Exhibit: the Artists' Atelier Gallery, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm through May 31. On view in the gallery: "Ballerinas I," "Ballerinas II" and "Red Pillow." 

Solo Show at Greenberry's Coffee & Tea
6839 Redmond Drive, McLean, VA 22101
(703) 821-9501
Exhibit of six paintings including "Two Kittens," "Traffic Patterns," "Primary Colors," "Spanish Steps," "Second & Pine Streets," and "Sunlight, Sunflowers and Orange." Through June 30.

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