Monday, August 12, 2013

Back on the Horses and a Fun Delivery

"Cowgirls Up!" almost done, oil, 30"h x 40"w, ©Jill Banks 2013
As much as I've enjoyed painting it, "Cowgirl Up!" has been a challenge. Horses with riders are a lot more difficult to capture than horses alone. Or people alone.  I still have some work to do on it, but I doubt those changes will be too noticeable in a post. Of course you never know what's going to possess me with the paintbrush in hand tomorrow.

"Cowgirl Up!" will be part of the "Menagerie" five-artist exhibit of animal art coming up in September at artSpace Herndon.  Maybe a couple more new ones to come...

Special Delivery
After Saturday's demonstration at the Great Falls Library, Randy and I took down two of the paintings ("Cafe Bords du Seine" and "Afternoon on Prince Street") to deliver the following day to their new owner.  The purchaser had driven up from Old Town Alexandria to see my "Serendipity" exhibit after seeing "Ballerinas I" in elan Magazine's July Calendar section. She's the one who convinced the library manager to mark the two as sold.

What a treat it was to bring the paintings to her and her husband's home and get a tour of the beautiful art collection she has acquired.  I would love to own any and all of them.  All the pieces were perfectly framed and hung -- placed everywhere they would catch your eye. It is a deeply personal collection. I know my work has found a great home.

Interestingly, and exceptionally good news  is that she collects artists in addition to paintings. She has many, many  pieces by the same artists. I'm happy to be one of those she plans to see again and again.

Whenever she collects another piece of art, her husband asks if she knows where she will hang it. With walls pretty full, you could understand where he's coming from.  If she runs out of wall room, she plans on rotating the art. Perfect solution. And, she doesn't have to pass on something she loves.

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. View the exhibit online.

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.

Lots are right around the corner ... take a look at the events page on my web site:

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