Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pre-Demo Portrait Practice

"Alla Prima Portrait," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2015
Looking for a model today before tomorrow (Sunday's) first day of portrait class demo, it dawned on me (with husband Randy's help -- probably because he rightly assumed his face was a strong possibility) that Saturday nights were Open Life sessions (4 to 7pm for the long pose) at the McLean Community Center (in McLean, VA).  See for more info. I headed over and Randy was spared being my go to model.

Tomorrow is going to be fun.  Gina is our model and I'll do a fairly quick demo before sending the class to their easels. I have a lot of new students who have been asked to bring their sense of humor along with a willingness to learn and a good dose of patience.  Armed with that, they'll survive.

Solo Show at ArtSpace Through Feb. 22
I do hope that all of you able to go see my "Warm Observations: People and Places" exhibit, take the opportunity to go.  As one visitor commented in an email, "photos of the paintings don't do them justice." Seeing in person is so much better! The show continues until February 22 ... and I will be giving a free painting demonstration in the gallery on Saturday, January 31, 2 to 5pm.  (Feel free to visit before then and come back for the demo.) RSVP for painting demo.

ArtSpace Gallery Hours are:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday thru Thursday: 10am to 2pm
Friday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

ArtSpace Herndon is closed due to inclement weather whenever Fairfax County cancels school.
If in doubt, you can contact the gallery at  or call:

Events and Exhibits
  • January 13-February 22, 2015: "Warm Observations: People and Places" Solo Exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, VA. Painting demonstration: Saturday, January 31, 2 to 5pm. RSVP for painting demo.
  • January 14 - 28: Great Falls School of Art Annual Student Exhibition, Atelier Gallery, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great
    Falls, VA.
  • Paint with Me in Italy Plein Air Workshop: July 27 to August 2, 2015. Registration is now open. (This is where "Piemonte Lunch" was "born"!)
  • See the Events page for more info/updates
  • Ongoing: Visit the studio I share with 14 other artists at the Artists’ Atelier, Great Falls, VA open Wed. and Sat.,
    12- 4pm
Thanks for reading!

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