Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"Back of the Brogue" Sketch

"Back of the Brogue" Sketch, oil on linen, approx. 8" x 8", ©2016 Jill Banks
I hung around the Old Brogue Irish Pub a lot today -- where my "Witness" Solo Exhibit is on view this month at Katie's Coffee (at the Old Brogue, 760-C Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. View the exhibit online here.) The Brogue is THE place to be on St. Patrick's Day and all throughout the afternoon areas were getting setup inside and out to hold the large crowd that will show up throughout the day tomorrow.

I may be there ... but painting from as far away as the crowd requires.

Nice to get some plein air work in on such a beautiful day!

Coming Up - You're Invited!
Saturday, March 19, 1 to 4pm -- Free Painting Demonstration at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA (Artists' Atelier/Arts of Great Falls School -- a couple doors down from the Katie's Coffee where you can view my "Witness" exhibit. RSVP to
New paintings will be on view in my Studio at the Artists' Atelier.  Stop in!

And, I need help with that.  Any two readers want to come either sip tea or enjoy a glass of wine ... or in some other way entertain the group of attendees and me for the demo? Let me know your idea ... and if no one volunteers, I'll set up a gorgeous still life. The show will go on!

Calling All Artists interested in Brushing Up on Their Portrait Painting Skills
Lea Colie Wight Portrait Workshop: April 1-3, 2016, 9:30am to 4:30pm each day
One of Lea Colie Wight's portraits
Sometimes you need a little nudge. A Portrait Society of America winner and Studio Incamminati instructor, Lea Colie Wight, will be conducting a special portrait workshop at the Great Falls School of Art over three days, April 1 to 3. She's an outstanding artist and patient, thorough teacher. Once upon a time, I attended essentially a portrait/figure painting workshop in Philadelphia at Studio Incamminati and Lea was a favorite instructor who really helped propel my art forward. Here's a link for more info and to register.  I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity and sign up. Find out more about Lea on her web site:

See the Events page for more info/updates

March 1-31: "Witness" Solo Exhibit, Katie's Coffee at the Old Brogue, 760-C Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. View the exhibit online here. See Six Cool Ways to Visit the Exhibit ... Here

April 23-24: Fairfax Corner Fine Art Festival, Fairfax, VA

May 7-8: A-RTS@Rockville Town Square, Outdoor Juried Arts Festival, Rockville, MD
May 13-15: Art on the Square - Belleville, IL, Outdoor Juried Fine Art Festival (Ranked #1 by Art Fair Sourcebook), Belleville, IL

June 26-July 3: Paint with Me in Italy this Summer! : Plein air workshop in the Piemonte wine region. Find out more about this wonderful trip. I hope you can join me!

Sign up Now for Spring 2016 Classes Taught through the Great Falls School of Art in Great Falls, VA
Painting the Plein Air Landscape: Thursdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm starting April 21.
Still Life Plus: Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm starting April 5. ( first class only: demo starting at 9am)
Evening Paint: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm starting April 5.  
Get more info on my Classes page.

Thanks for reading!

Phone: 703.403.7435

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