Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Portrait of Sisters

"Sisters," oil, 18"h x 24"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
"Sisters" -- My Mom and Aunt Beverly, oil, 2004. Private collection (Mom's)
This weekend the girls whose portraits I've been painting and their mom saw this in person, revealed by the mom's aunt ... and my friend who commissioned it. The photo is one from my iPhone with a better one to replace it next week when the painting returns for a little bit for signing, photographing and varnishing.

I struggled painting "Sisters." Twasn't easy but I knew that the painting was working while smiling incessantly back at these two girls.

One of my first painted portraits was created many years ago of my mom and her sister ... the two had discovered each other and met as grandparents.  That painting was created from photographs taken after they'd enjoyed a special lunch get-together or tea?  It's REALLY rare I show you an early work. My Mom and Aunt tested how many colors I could see in white.

I've also been working on a new ballet painting. Can't wait to show it to you! I was asked recently how many paintings were in progress at one time. My answer: a gadzillion. Not totally accurate but the number is up there.   The number would be accurate if counting all those paintings I'm dying to create. Endless.

"Fresh Fare": New Solo Exhibit in Great Falls
Click on the link to see the 14 paintings hung today for my "Fresh Fare" solo exhibit on view through August 15, 2016 at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls, VA.

First Friday at the Atelier, July 1, 6-9pm
Many of my California paintings and maybe even the new ballerinas will be debuting on Friday, July 1 at the Artists' Atelier for First Friday on July 1 from 6-9pm. Make a night of it ... we're located at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066. I'd love to see you and I WILL be there! Will you?

Thank you for reading!


Phone: 703.403.7435


May through December:  First Friday Art Walk, 6-9pm, Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. The Atelier is also open on Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm (or whenever an artist is in there working.)
June 21-August 15: "Fresh Fare: the Still Life Show" Solo Exhibit, Triny's, Great Falls, VA.  14 of my original still life oil paintings on exhibit at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill in Great Falls.
July 9-10: Wickford Fine Art Festival, Wickford Historic Village in North Kingstowne, RI.
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

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