Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Van Gogh Visit, School Day

"Van Gogh Visit," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Yesterday found me back at Kidwell Farm (Herndon VA) ... painting cows after attempting (unsuccessfully) to capture some fast-moving goat kids. You'll see that painting ... soon.

Today was the first day of my Still Life class. It's a great group, and I'm looking forward to seeing them all in action (painting) next week. This morning I gave a demo, my normal first day activity for that class.

Since I was a kid, Van Gogh was a favorite. My art library included books about him. I purchased prints of his paintings. Visited his paintings in museums.

He and I share a love of sunflowers and need to paint.

So, this setup is my ode to Vincent. Sunflowers ready to paint and a book of his works set on the easel.

Three hours of demo'ing plus about 5 hours.  That means I'm a bit weary-eyed right about now.

There are still spots left in my Plein Air Landscape class that starts this Thursday, September 18... but you have to register now to find out where to meet. See my web site, classes page for more info.

Coming Up

Back to School--Landscape Class Starts September 18 Plein Air  Landscape in Oils (6 sessions, Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, September 18 to October 30 -- no class October 16, $325). For more info, see my web site's classes page. Classes are taught through the Great Falls School of Art (Great Falls, VA).  See my web site, Classes page for more info and a link to register. 

Events and Exhibits

  • Aug. 16-Oct. 12: Paint the Shenandoah Exhibition, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA
  • September 20 & 21: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, New York. Booth #U4.
  • September 3-29: "A Sea of Sticks and Stones Group Exhibit," US Geological Survey, Reston, VA ("Green Pastures" won an Honorable Mention from juror Walt Bartman.)
  • October 5: McLean MPA Artfest, Sunday, October 5, McLean, VA. 52 artists in McLean Central Park
  • Oct. 17-19: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA
  • November 1&2: Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta GA
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • Jan.-Feb. 2015: Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
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Debby Bird said...

For some reason I do not get your blog post emails anymore which makes me sad. I love to see your work and follow your progress.

Jill Banks said...


You seem to be subscribed ... but I've had a difficult time blogging as regularly as in the past. There will be a new post tonight that should arrive in your mailbox tomorrow am.

Thanks for following my work and progress. Love your recent portraits and congrats on being a finalist in the Expressions exhibit.