Saturday, August 13, 2016

One from Long Beach Island NJ

"Water Watchers," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
I'd mentioned that it would be awhile before posting any of my paintings created on Long Beach Island NJ for the Plein Air Plus painting competition that will culminate in an "Island Life" exhibition at the Long Beach Island Foundation. Well, despite lots of long hours painting on one of the Island's beaches, this one needed some help post-Plein Air and won't be one of my four submissions to the exhibition.  So -- I get to show it to you here. Yea!

I painted it on Thursday there. It was a balancing act -- hot weather, talking, painting and painting and painting.  The guard's umbrella has definitely seen better days. Multiple ice cream trucks made stops at the beach every five minutes (it seemed). The day was breezy. A challenge for my easel but a welcome reprieve from just heat.

My last painting created on this second trip of the Summer offered a happy surprise when pulled out  from my wet canvas carrier today. By the time I'd finished ... my eyes were worn out. I hoped it would be a keeper and thankfully it is.  Phew. I've got four paintings that will be happily submitted come September. "Water Watchers" will join three other extras to be rolled out on my blog and web site separate from "Island Life." Can't wait to show them to you.

"Seven Swans," oil, 30"h x 24"w, ©2016 Jill Banks
With the help of one ballerina and her mom, I also finally completed "Seven Swans." Really happy with that, too. Quite a day.

Lots of Art Events and News

June 16-August 15: "Fresh Fare" Solo Exhibit of still life paintings, Great Falls, VA. Click on this link to see the 14 paintings in my "Fresh Fare" solo exhibit on view through August 15, 2016 at Triny's Tex-Mex Grill at 9835 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, VA.

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 7-10, 2016: Paint Great Falls Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, VA

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
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 my two Tuesday classes. Check my classes page in the next week or email me at if interested in my Thursday daytime class.

Tuesdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Starting September 20

Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Starting September 20

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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