Friday, February 7, 2014

View in the Mirror

"Self Portrait," oil, 30"h x 24"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Phone: 703.403.7435

Artists Atelier, Great Falls VA website:

Paint in Italy Workshop: August 3 - 10, 2014: Info

I've been trying to get back to this self portrait for some time now. Today was the day.

In 2011, during my 100 Faces in 100 Days project -- when I painted an alla prima portrait a day for 100 days of anyone who agreed to sit for me -- my plan from about halfway through was that my face would be the 100th. That was until I received a much better offer and Robert E. Simon, the founder of Reston, VA agreed to sit on April 10, 2011 as he turned 97 years old.

A few years later ... my turn.  I must say that my company was not nearly as fascinating to me as was the rest of yours.

Events and Workshops

"Irish Pub," oil, 18"h x 24"w is one of nine pieces on view at the Old Brogue
February 1 - 28: "Here and There" Exhibit at Katie's Coffee at the Old Brogue
Check out my "Here and There" exhibit online or in person at Katie's Coffee at the Old Brogue, 760C Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.

February 1-28: Flowers, Chocolates and Romance, Gallery in the Artists Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA 22066. One of our best exhibits of the year. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon-4pm. I'll be in Saturday, February 8, noon to 4pm. Come see and say hello. Reception: Art Night Out! 
Fundraiser for the Great Falls School of Art
Saturday, February 8, 6:30-9:00pm
  Art Night Out! Fundraiser for the Great Falls School of Art is on Saturday, February 8, 6:30 to 9:00pm.

RESERVE TICKETS for the Art Night Out! event online at

Paint in Italy This Summer: Read All About It and Register Now

View from the Vineyard
Sign up to Paint in Italy with me for a plein air workshop that is going to be great!!!
Go to my website's classes page for more info on the August 3 to 10 workshop I'll be conducting in the prestigious wine region of Piemonte. Honestly ... the itinerary, food, landscape, fun we'll have ... can't be beat. It's a dream I didn't even know to have, come true. From my website, go to for more info on the itinerary and to register. 

1 comment:

Jerry Stocks said...

Love your self portrait. Wish I lived nearer to you so I could take some of your classes.