Thursday, April 16, 2015

Painting "Fisherman's Wharf"

"Fisherman's Wharf," (Monterey, CA), oil, 12"h x16"w, ©Jill Banks 2015
One of the real difficulties of figuring out what to paint around here (the Monterey Bay area in California that I'm visiting and painting my way around for a week and a half) is that there are potential paintings everywhere. Even when I'm trying to choose a place to paint -- my view -- in a highly defined area, Fisherman's Wharf, it's still a struggle.

The good news is I know that there will be a chance to return to try out some of those other contenders.

Even though the choice was tough, after spotting this trio of red, white and almost blue, I knew this was it.

The last three weeks plus -- painting plein air almost every day in Madrid, Spain and now Monterey, California -- have been so amazing. I've cherished each opportunity, learned and benefitted from each time there's been a blank canvas, new subject to address.

Sign Up for Classes -- In Virgina
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... but only a couple of them.

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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