|"Fruit Tropics," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2013|
Last night's grocery/still life object shopping brought with it a coconut, my first time purchasing the hairy tropical fruit. Pre-9am I was googling coconut in hopes of figuring out how to open it up. I tried poking holes with a skewer (in lieu of the suggested ice pick) to drain the coconut water. Uh-uh. Then tried tapping it along its equilibrium with a hammer ... all with part of a houseful of occupants sleeping in the level below the kitchen. Randy saved the day (as usual) taking it into the garage to break it in two -- much more forcefully than the recommended taps. I'd hate to have been stranded on a desert isle trying to figure out how to get into those things.
I hope the photo shoot produced something acceptable over the three-and-a-half hours and 400 images taken. I'm excited about the project that provides entree into the working spaces of artists -- mine included -- even if it means trying to get over the discomfort being caught on camera elicits.
That's it. Full day. "Fruit Tropics" is either done or almost. It came a long way from that blank canvas I faced this morning.
100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Exhibit of Artwork created by students in my Spring Plein Air Landscape painting class taught through the Great Falls School of Art. Come see some great work done under challenging conditions. Reception: Friday, June 14, 6-8pm at the Artists' Atelier Gallery, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA .
Participating as one of 30 juried artists from around the country to paint Allegheny and Garrett Counties in Maryland, May 29 to June 1. Exhibit of Artwork from Mountain Maryland Plein Air continues June 1 through June 16 at Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD
Solo Show at Greenberry's Coffee & Tea6839 Redmond Drive, McLean, VA 22101
Exhibit of six paintings including "Two Kittens," "Traffic Patterns," "Primary Colors," "Spanish Steps," "Second & Pine Streets," and "Sunlight, Sunflowers and Orange." Through June 30.