Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Bay Boats" and a Great Art Store Shopping Trip

"Bay Boats," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks. Private collection.
"Bay Boats" was one of the paintings I couldn't complete on site in Monterey, California. My trip there started with an uncharacteristically gray day and ended with the same with all these blue-skied views in between.

The fact the weather looked a little threatening caused me not to finish but also made it a more interesting piece in the long run. Those grays are pretty great.

Shopping Trip
That brings me to my recent shopping trip to Plaza Arts in Rockville, MD. Being set in the bulk of my materials -- with favorite brushes, a standard palette of colors I continue to reorder and supports to rely upon -- most of my supply shopping occurs online.  What a treat to select -- in a store -- new colors to try, and lots of palette knives that are REALLY cool and sure to come in handy. I walked out of there thrilled to try out new grays, reds, yellows and blues (by Holbein) that stand up well to whites -- keeping their intensity. While "Bay Boats" doesn't look all that colorful, those new paints were in action on it. Plus, my new super skinny and long Italian palette knife was just right for all those masts.

Play day. Plus "Bay Boats" was just off the easel when purchased. I'm having trouble keeping a boat painting long enough to display at the many coastal or near-coastal art festival destinations ahead. More reason to get out there to paint!

Wickford Fine Art Festival in Wickford, RI This Weekend: July 9-10. I'll be in Booth #35 -- a new location for me -- in front of Updike Park on Brown Street. Get more info by following this link: I hope to see you there! 

Thanks 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.
July 18-29: Salmagundi Club's Non-Member Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, 47 Fifth Ave, NYC. "Heart of Telluride" accepted into exhibit on view in the Upper Gallery.
July 23-24: Loveladies Fine Art Festival, Loveladies, NJ (on Long Beach Island)
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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