Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back to "Cowgirls Up!" and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

"Cowgirls Up!" work in progress day 3, oil, 30"h x 40"w,©Jill Banks 2013

Yesterday (Tuesday) it was back to work on "Cowgirls Up!" ... at least for a little bit. There have been major changes made to it from day one, needed it seems. The photo is lousy. Taken at night, no tripod, etc. I'll take more care when closer to the end result.

"Cowgirls Up!" work in progress day 4, oil, 30"h x 40"w,©Jill Banks 2013  
And here it is on day 4, Wednesday, July 31. I painted all day in the now well air-conditioned Artists' Atelier. It's been awhile since I've worked there -- with travels, a broken air conditioner, hanging the show, portrait deliveries, etc. It was very nice to be back! Hopefully my studiomates will stop addressing me as a "stranger."

To the National Arts Club
"Seat By the Window: Montmartre," oil, 24"h x 36"w, ©Jill Banks 2013
"Seat By the Window: Montmartre," the painting done of husband Randy's and my favorite lunch during our March-April trip to France has been juried into the 117th Annual Catharine Lorilllard Wolfe Art Club's Open Exhibition being held at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC, October 1 through October 25. Go to my Events page about the show for more info, view that show online. I was one of five jurors selecting 2D work, a privilege and new experience.

RSVP now for the August 10 painting demonstration -- when I'll be painting two ballerinas from the School of Theatrical Dance in Great Falls.  Get more info: click on Serendipity: Info about the Exhibit below. I've received a lot of yeses. Space is limited. Thanks!

Paris Reunion Dinner. See the macarons?
Paris Reunion
This past Saturday, Randy and I attended the Paris Reunion Dinner (for the art historical trip taken in March led by Rob Liberace) at Marie and Curtis' (fellow travelers) beautiful home. Everyone outdid themselves to put together a spectacular dinner made even better with great company and shared memories.  I brought large quantities of homemade French macarons. Since making them for my "Serendipity" reception in July, it wasn't until my eighth batch -- four done for the reception and four batches for Saturday's dessert -- that they resembled macarons on the outside. (They've tasted great the whole time.) I kept tweaking and testing different solutions -- much like I do with challenging paintings. 

Great Falls Farmer's Market
I'll be setting up artwork under a tent for this coming Saturday's (August 3) Farmer's Market in the lot at the Village Centre across from Safeway on Walker Road (Great Falls, VA). I don't know what you'll see displayed yet -- but the Market is right around the corner from the Great Falls Library where "Serendipity" is on display -- so swing by both if you can.  Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm for the Market. See you there?

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Serendipity Exhibit Online
Serendipity: Info about the Exhibit, Location, Hours, Statement
100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Phone: 703.403.7435

Solo show at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA. July 1 through August 31. Over 20 original oils. Painting Demonstration (Painting ballerinas!!!): Saturday, August 10, 1-4pm. RSVP -- yeses only -- to the painting demonstration through my web site.

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 August 15.

All-Media Membership Exhibit
The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA. "Artemis" won an Honorable Mention from juror Jerry Coulter. Also on view is "Peony and Rose" through August 5.

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