Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fisherman's Wharf

"Rocky Shores," (Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA) oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2015
Even though this isn't my first time visit to the Monterey Peninsula in California, I'm simply shocked at how gorgeous it is. I spent the morning painting at a picnic area looking out over the rocky shores at a bay of boats and Fisherman's Wharf, listening to sea gulls and sea lions. The conversation with myself went something like this.

"Can you believe that standing here, looking at this view, capturing the boat as it spins around on its mooring could possibly be part of your job?"
"No, that's simply ridiculous."
"Have you SEEN this view?
"Pinch me."

Really.  I'm in awe of everything. Blue skies. Interesting air -- part clear, part mist.  Waves rippling or crashing against rocks formed by nature's artist. The sea gulls that come and check out progress. Beauty all around.

It was really nice to be able to converse with visitors in English (after two weeks painting in Madrid). Now they know I appreciate the compliments and comments ... and that I'm friendly.

More tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Sign Up for Classes -- In Virgina and Italy!
Registration is going on now for Spring classes -- Tuesday nights, 6:30pm to 9:30pm for Evening Paint (starting April 28) and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm for Painting the Plein Air Landscape starting April 23 (Hurry!). Take a look at my Classes page and I hope you'll join us. Spots are still open in both.

Call for Artists
Plus, if you enjoy plein air painting, consider registering for Paint Great Falls! (Great Falls VA) to capture the town from May 28 to 30 with a Quick Draw event on May 31, 10am to noon.  Registration is now open at

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April 10 to May 1: Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Exhibition, Blue Ridge, GA
May 2 & 3: A-RTS @ Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD
May 12-16:  Wayne Plein Air, Wayne and Philadelphia, PA. Juried as one of 30 artists nationwide to paint the area.
May 30-31: Art on the Green and Paint Great Falls, Outdoor Art Show (under a tent) and plein air competition and exhibit, Great Falls, VA
June 5-7: Rittenhouse Square: The Original Art Show, Philadelphia, PA. 
June 18-21: VA Beach Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA. Visit my booth right on the boardwalk.
June 29-July 5: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO.  Juried as one of 32 artists who will spend the week painting this very cool town lined with Victorian houses, bustling street against a gorgeous mountainous backdrop.
July 11-12: Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI.
December 3-6: One Of A Kind Show & Sale, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

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