Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Snowballs at Strafford" Plein Air Painting at the Strafford Train Station

"Snowballs at Strafford," oil, 10"h x 8"w, copyright Jill Banks 2015 ($650)
I think it's a good sign that it's been tough to choose which painting from my week at Wayne Plein Air 2015 to spotlight on each day's post. Ten were painted over the course of five days and nine of those are on view (and available for purchase) at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA through June 27.

"Snowballs at Strafford" was an accomplishment. I took a very unusual view -- a challenge to draw and paint and a little tough on my neck (and brain).

I chose the composition because the world surprises us when we look up, down, behind us, around corners -- in a good way. I loved the juxtaposition of the aged, worn look of the station against the fresh color of the snowball flowers in front of it.

This is one of those paintings that looked great from start to finish. A pleasure to paint and I didn't really want to stop ... but it was finished and time to move on to the next subject.

Me with five of my entries at the Wayne Plein Air gala at the Wayne Art Center
Call for Artists
So if you, too, enjoy plein air painting, consider registering for Paint Great Falls! (Great Falls VA) to capture the town from May 28 to 30.  Registration is now open at www.greatfallsart.org/plein-air. (This is in addition to the Quick Draw on May 31.)

Thanks for reading!


Phone: 703.403.7435
Email: jill@jillbanks.com
Blog: jillbanks.blogspot.com

Subscribe to my Email Newsletter: News from the Easel

See the Events page for more info/updates

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. Sunday, June 7: I'll be the official demoist at the show at 1pm.
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
July 18-19: Westport Fine Arts Festival, Westport, CT
August 8-9: Mystic Seaport Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, CT
September 20 & 21: Alexandria King Street Festival, Alexandria, VA
December 3-6: One Of A Kind Show & Sale, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

No comments: