Saturday, September 21, 2013

Artist as Judge, Paintings in Progress

"Mademoiselle" work in progress, oil, 30"h x 24"w, ©Jill Banks 2013
This afternoon, fellow artist Lori Goll and I were the award judges for Paint Herndon -- choosing the winners in the Youth, Teen and Adult divisions among pieces created in the last 24 hours. It was a tough job that we both took very seriously. All who participated should be applauded. Creating a piece in that short timeframe -- with many of the artists working last night and then furiously today to finish and hand in their work by 3:30pm -- is quite a task.

Neither Lori nor I were prepared to present why we chose the pieces we did for awards.  But Lori did offer that we would give a critique or talk to any of the artists about their work after the awards presentation. I'm so glad she did. I've always wondered what a judge is thinking, what they were looking for, how my piece might have fared better, etc.

"Montmartre Shadows" work in progress, oil, 20"h x 16"w
Despite the lack of posts -- I have been painting.  "Mademoiselle" (formerly "French Miss") was yesterday's project. Pre-judging, "Montmartre Shadows" was started today. The colors in both photos are way off (yikes!) -- but I decided to post them anyway.

"At the Barre" will be heading to a happy new home shortly -- purchased yesterday.

And, take a look at my web site's home page for a good look at "The Wedding Party" -- the painting started "live" at the wedding reception at a vineyard this Summer. It's approved and will be delivered to its new owners -- the newlyweds soon.

Phone: 703.403.7435

Artists Atelier, Great Falls VA website: 

Lots -- see the events page on my website.  Thanks!

"At the Barre" under New Ownership

ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA
13 original oils on view.

117 Church Street
Frederick, MD
13 original works on view on the 3rd floor, end of the hallway in this extreme pop-up gallery.
September 4 to October 5. Open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Coffee Break 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," "Coffee or Tea?," "Cup of Tea," and "Not Picasso." Through September 15.

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