Sunday, March 16, 2014

Plein Air Painting in Annapolis

"The Dock Shop," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks 2013

Annapolis Day
While I kept tucked into bed during the planned early morning paintout in Annapolis yesterday, the afternoon (post Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters' Annual Meeting) was warm and beautiful -- perfect for capturing this quick scene of the Dock Shop. 

Ah. Nice to be out painting. Really, really nice.

Annapolis is a treasure. Water, reflections, disorderly streets, brightly colored buildings, lots of summery stores, filled with people under the spell of Spring Fever. It contains a million possible paintings. One down. Just 999,999 to go.

Managed to also go see Hiu Lai Chong's solo exhibit (March 16 to April 6) at the McBride Gallery there in Annapolis. Gorgeous!!!

Portrait Class
"Puchin," oil, 14"h x 11"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Today was the first of a three-session Portrait Painting class I'm teaching.  Luckily, Puchin Waide agreed to be our model. As fellow artist members of Great Falls Studios, Puchin and I have often been neighbors at art shows over the years. I wanted to paint her (drawn to her hair and spirit). Knew my class would, too.
Part of the fun for our "models" is to have a look at the paintings depicting him/her as they progress. A student today hoped Puchin wouldn't be upset over what she was "doing to her face." Without looking at it, Puchin said she believed in reincarnation. The painting could be from one of her other lives.

A few students missing left me some time to paint. It doesn't quite capture "Puchin" -- but I had fun trying.

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