Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Cantaloupes and Cow" New Still Life plus Fall Classes and Paint Great Falls

"Cantaloupes and Cow," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
Hopefully, I'll quickly be packing in a bunch of info on this post.

"Cantaloupes and Cow" was what occupied my easel and windowsill at the Artists' Atelier today (756 Walker Road, Great Falls VA) during open hours and well beyond.  It took me about one-and-a-half-hours before finalizing the setup. I think there's some odd story lurking.

Great day. I enjoyed a diversion from landscape to still life. Loved the comraderie of several studiomates. Cool air conditioning and a really enjoyable late lunch break from painting with Randy where I soaked up some scenery that will be inspiration for at least one painting to come. Can't ask for more than that.

Call for Artists:
September 7-10, 2016: Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, VA. Sign up now -- follow the link. I'll be judging the competition this year and hope you'll sign up and show me your work.  Participants will also have the chance to exhibit a piece in the gallery for our popular First Friday Art Walk in the Village reception on September 9, 6-9pm. 40 artists accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Top prize: $500.

Lots of Art Events and News
Right around the bend...
August 27-28: Shadyside: the Art Festival on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA
September 9-October 24: "Island Life" Exhibition of work by artists juried to paint in the inaugural Long Beach Island Plein Air competition, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ. (Those paintings are "under wraps" until submitted to the exhibition. Shhhhh. Except for four extras...)
September 17-18: King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, VA
September 24-25: Armonk 55th Annual Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY
September 30-October 29: Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. "Janssen's Market" selected for this prestigious show.
Sunday, October 2: McLean MPA Artfest, McLean Community Park, McLean, VA
October 14-16: Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls, VA

Register for Fall Classes -- Still Life, Evening Paint and The Plein Air Landscape
I'll be offering three classes this Fall taught through the Arts of Great Falls School (Great Falls, VA.) Information is up and registration live on all three classes. Email me with any questions at
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Starting September 20
Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Starting September 20
Thursdays, 9:30am to 2:00pm (although times will vary a little)
Starting September 22 -- One half hour longer to allow for more instruction, critiques each class.
Classes fill quickly.
All levels welcome. Media: oils. Is this your time to take a class?

Featured Artist for the Month of August:
Wonderful article spotlighting my work and inspiration just up until the end of August.To see the Featured Artist section, go to ... and click on Featured Artist on the top navigation bar OR you can access it directly here.

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