Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Garden Party" Hydrangeas and a Rabbit

"Garden Party," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
Plan B

After struggling a bit in the studio, it was time for a change.  New inspiration, different kind of subject hit the spot.

Most of the paintings I've created lately fall into the genre of people and places. With a solo show at ArtSpace Herndon titled "Warm Observations: People and Places" coming up mid-January, that choice of subject seems appropriate. But after realizing that I could easily hang the gallery twice with paintings fitting the theme ... that I'd like to show you ... a break's okay.

So here is "Garden Party."An animal studio visit and a breath of fresh air for the painter (me).

Hints on keeping hydrangeas from drooping:  Cut ends on diagonal with sharp knife. Dip ends in alcohol (I used vermouth).  Immerse immediately in very warm/hot water.  Much better! Repeat as needed. (Hint is from Debbe who watched many of the hydrangeas I'd brought to my Still Life class "bite the dust" before anyone had a chance to paint them.)

By the way, changing subject matter is just one of the ways I keep energized and excited about painting.  For the first few years taking classes and painting full time, I was in a hurry to catch up. Any time away from what I was supposed to be painting/working on ... brought about a guilt complex. Eventually, I turned a corner and became a bit wiser.  This chosen path of mine was a long one. Now I enjoy the journey. I schedule or just allow myself time to soak up life, art, inspiration when needed and that seeps into my painting.  If what's on my easel isn't working, I change my location, subject matter, head to a gallery or garden, pick up an inspirational book, seek to learn something.

Events and Exhibits

  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat., 12- 4pm
  • January 13-February 22, 2015: "Warm Observations: People and Places" Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA. Reception: Saturday, January 17. Painting demonstration: Saturday, January 31. RSVP for painting demo.
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
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