Friday, April 28, 2017

Two Art Festivals This Weekend: April 29 & 30

"Spanish Dancer," 36"h x 36"w, oil, ©2016 Jill Banks ... will be at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA this weekend

I've been scurrying around getting ready for a busy weekend of art ... so this is the just-the-facts part of my email newsletter (send out Wednesday night) ... in hopes I just might see you!

2017 Art Events

I REALLY Hope to See You! Two events in one weekend

April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA, 10am-5pm. Visit my mini gallery. Follow the link to get more info.

April 29-30: Great Falls Spring ArtFest at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more. My parents -- Ken and Shonnie Johnson -- will be there to greet you in my space while I hold down "the fort " at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival over this weekend. 10am - 5pm each day. Click the link for more info on the event on what you'll see in my space.

May 5: First Friday Art Walk in the Village Centre, 6-8pm -- Start at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. See you there! (The Artists' Atelier is open Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm). I will also have five paintings of Great Falls hanging in the mini gallery at TD Bank in the Village Centre which will be open for First Friday from 6-7pm only. Come join the fun for a cool night out. 3 joint studios. 2 galleries. Plenty of restaurants. Special Guest Artist in the Arts of Great Falls Gallery, too -- May 5 only.

May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA. I'll be in booth #617 (on Market Street near the corner of St. Francis and Market Street in the Reston Town Center). Hours: Saturday: 10am to 6pm and Sunday:10am to 5pm.

June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia PA

June 5-11: Bucks County Plein Air, Philadelphia PA

June 28-July 4: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

July 8-9: Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI

September 23-24: Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Armonk, NY

Thanks very much for reading and your interest in my art. I hope to see you soon!

Jill Banks

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Rain Or Shine ... Two Weekends of Art Shows in Arlington, Fairfax and Great Falls

"Flower Power," oil, 30"h x 24"w, ©2017 Jill Banks was just completed and will be in my booth at the Arlington Fine Art Festival this weekend, April 22 & 23 in the Clarendon District in Virginia.  I'll be in Booth #59 on North Highland Street near Mister Days Sports Rock Café.  Rain or Shine. Free. REALLY hope to see you there!

 

You're Invited! Art Festival Time!

 

www.JillBanks.com

 

Spring Art Events -- Three Festivals/Two Weekends

"Tucked Away Cafe," oil, 40"h x 30"w, ©2016 Jill Banks will be at Arlington
Hope you'll mark your calendars. Follow the links for more info.

April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA. Booth #59 on North Highland Street in the Clarendon district. 10am to 5pm both days

April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA. 10am to 5pm both days

April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and my Mom and Dad will be there -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth. Paintings at the Atelier for this weekend include still lifes -- "Garden Girl," "Mandarins" and "Story Time" as well as paintings of local Great Falls -- "Spring Blush," "Moon Glow," "Table on the Green" and more.

And More After That...

May 5: First Friday Art Walk in the Village Centre, 6-8pm -- Start at the Artists'Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. See you there! (The Artists' Atelier is open Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm)

May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA

June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

June 5-11: Bucks County Plein Air, PA

June 28-July 4: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO



What You Might See ... Where

It's back to setting up booths ... mini art galleries springing up early morning, filled with work carefully selected and hung with care ... hopefully for you to see this weekend (April 22 & 23 in Arlington's Clarendon district in Virginia, 10am to 5pm each day) and next (April 29 & 30 at Fairfax Corner AND in Great Falls VA at the Artists' Atelier).

All events are rain or shine.  All free. All great opportunities to shop for art.

This weekend's Arlington Fine Art Festival might require an umbrella from time to time but it's dry in each of the 150-ish artists' booths that will line North Highland Street and Washington Boulevard in the Clarendon district.

"Cabaret," oil, 40"h x 30"w, ©Jill Banks
Included in my booth at Arlington and Fairfax Corner will be a mix of plein air and studio work, some fresh (REALLY fresh) off the easel and one piece that hasn't been seen for a while.  Recent visits to my home to see a very wide range of my work spurred me to include "Cabaret" -- one of a dwindling series of large-scale portrait paintings available for purchase.

As mentioned above, on April 29 & 30 in the Great Falls Spring Artfest -- in my studio you'll see my folks and some great still lifes and paintings of local Great Falls scenes plus much more.

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!


Jill


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition, September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- out of 1440 entries.  More info on the competition here.

Finalist -- Sedona Art Prize, January 2017 for "Scene at the Bar" -- see the 12 Top Paintings selected by artist Robert Burridge here: https://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017

Top 9 Painting and Drawing Teachers in Washington DC for 2017 -- Selected by Expertise.com.  See the list here.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

New Boat Painting and I Made the List!

"Quiet Day at the Marina," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

Chosen as one of the Top 9 Painting and Drawing Teachers in Washington DC ... Wow!


Expertise.com looked at 132 Painting and Drawing Teachers in the Washington DC area and picked the Top 9.  Guess who was one of the nine? Jill Banks ... me!

Here's the link to find out how they made their selections and who made the list: 
https://www.expertise.com/dc/washington/painting-and-drawing-classes

Two of my classes started this past week ... Still Life Plus and Plein Air Landscape.  One more, Evening Paint, starts on Tuesday, April 18. You could join any of those ... and I'd love to welcome you to the class. See my listing of all current classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Student Art Exhibition -- Arts of Great Falls School

Last night was the reception for Student Exhibition for the Arts of Great Falls School.  What a wonderful celebration.  The exhibit is up now until April 26 in the School/Gallery space at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. It's a beautiful show ... well worth seeing.  Artist Elizabeth Floyd judged the show and presented awards.

1st Place: "Friendly Gathering" by Hannah Huthwaite. Acrylic on Canvas

2nd Place: "Flowers in a French Vase" by Cindi Berry. Oil on Canvas

3rd Place: "Cloud Burst" by Jay Pigeon. Pastel on Paper

Honorable Mention: "Terlingua Texas Farm" by Kyle McAdams. Oil on Canvas

Honorable Mention: "Sky Meadows I" by Alice Nodine. Acrylic and Mixed Media on Paper

People's Choice: "Friendly Gathering" by Hannah Huthwaite. Acrylic on Canvas

Congratulations to all the Winners and students who submitted his/her work.  I received so many comments last night about how great the work was.  I also have a sneaking suspicion pieces were being considered for purchase. Come take a look!

Plein Air At the Marina

A couple of weeks ago, I went on my first plein air painting outing this Spring ... this time at Columbia Island Marina on the George Washington Memorial Parkway.  With fingers crossed, I picked my subject and hoped the boat's owner wouldn't try whisking it away before it was captured on canvas. Phew. Made it.  Look closely too to see two ducks floating past.

The trip to the marina was one of many I do scoping out spots to paint and to bring my plein air class. We travel to a different location each week ... almost always in the Virginia/Metro DC area.  The requirements for the perfect spot include access to bathrooms, a great view with some structures or sign of life, shade, not too much human activity at least until the class feels more comfortable, and an absence of some critters. Have a place to suggest? I'd love to hear it.  This past Thursday we were at Meadowlark Gardens painting tulips which are incredible.

Get more info about "Quiet Day at the Marina" and see other paintings on my web site: www.JillBanks.com. It will be at one of these upcoming events unless you'd like it to be yours sooner.

Spring Art Events -- Coming Up REALLY Soon!

Hope you'll mark your calendars.

April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA

April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA

April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.

May 5: First Friday Art Walk in the Village Centre, 6-8pm -- Start at the Artists'Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. See you there! (The Artists' Atelier is open Wednesdays, noon to 4pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm)

May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA

June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

June 5-11: Bucks County Plein Air, PA

June 28-July 4: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO


Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition, September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- out of 1440 entries.  More info on the competition here.

Finalist -- Sedona Art Prize, January 2017 for "Scene at the Bar" -- see the 12 Top Paintings selected by artist Robert Burridge here: https://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017

Top 9 Painting and Drawing Teachers in Washington DC for 2017 -- Selected by Expertise.com.  See the list here.

Blog: For my latest art news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as and Artist at: http://jillbanks.blogspot.com/

Email: jill@jillbanks.com 

703.403.7435

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I Have A Rabbit Problem

"Rabbit and the Red Dish," 11"h x 14"w, oil, ©2017 Jill Banks

I can't stop painting them.  This was set-up for a demo in the first day of my Still Life class ... this morning.  I didn't get around to much of a demo, putting students to work right past the sketch and grisaille stage.  But, since my Evening Paint sessions don't start until next week, I took the chance to paint after class.

You'll find many rabbits in the Still Life Gallery under works on my web site ... plus a couple in the Animals Gallery.  https://jillbanks.com/

Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  You could still join my Spring class listings including Evening Paint and Plein Air Landscape .  Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Upcoming Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
March 14-April 9: "No Place Like Home" juried exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon VA. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm. Get more info on that exhibit here.  "Persimmons in the Kitchen" won Best in Show.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA
June 5-11: Bucks County Plein Air, PA
June 28-July 4: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition, September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- out of 1440 entries.  More info on the competition here.


Finalist -- Sedona Art Prize, January 2017 for "Scene at the Bar" -- see the 12 Top Paintings selected by artist Robert Burridge here: https://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017

Blog: For my latest art news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as and Artist at: http://jillbanks.blogspot.com/

Email: jill@jillbanks.com 

703.403.7435

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

"Pairs of Parakeets" and Home Studio Visits

"Pairs of Parakeets," oil, 24"h x 12"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
Despite my blogging absence, there are actually a number of paintings "cooking" in my studio (and out and about) lately.  There are two plein air pieces of boats that need a little polishing. A really neat painting of Great Falls that's in progress.  Multiple portrait commissions coming together. And today, I went back to work on a piece "Pairs of Parakeets" that was lacking a signature and some more definition ... before a collector who owns parakeets came over to my house for a home art tour.

My photograph is awful.  Just what I get for waiting until dark to capture a wet painting.  A better one will go up on my website later.

About Home Studio Visits
There are a few times in the year that I'm able to make our home a rather perfect gallery to welcome collectors to see a full range of work. To do so generally requires tearing up my display at my studio in Great Falls and not being in the thralls of art shows or plein air competition seasons. This weekend was one of those rare times.

I'd been working on hanging the house and making  a list for a couple of days.  While the house was being prepared for my parakeet-owning collector, another admirer of my work had inquired about a piece she'd seen quite a long time ago and asked about seeing all of my available work.  While it isn't possible to see that -- this temporarily pulled together home collection was as close as I could get to accommodating that request.  Really, the stars aligned.

"Grace," oil, 24"h x 12"w, ©2017 Jill Banks -- one of 8 paintings purchased today.
She purchased a LOT of paintings on Sunday ... to be physically delivered later. They include many new and older favorites of husband Randy and mine including: "Grace," "Irish Pub" (of the Old Brogue), "Alice with a Bad Case of Wanderlust," "Tony," and "Parks and Recreation." "Alice" has been in my private collection until the showing this weekend when I decided it was okay to let her go ... as long as she was landing in a good home.  I know she'll have one.

I hung the house, too, in a way that would interest me ... with my best work, regardless of its new-ness.  My artwork has evolved over time, becoming more impressionistic -- but I love the best of yesterday and today.

Now the house will gradually return to being less put together with classes starting Tuesday morning and many fine art festivals starting in a couple of weeks. Maybe that's where you'll find a treasure of your own.

You know I'd love to see you!

Two More Pieces of News -- Women Artists Groups
I was just juried in as an associate member of Women Artists of the West -- a group I've been interested in being a part of since seeing an exhibit of theirs while in Estes Park, Colorado for a family reunion. I was impressed by both the work and the celebratory nature of the members.  There's a real need out there to promote the work and careers of women artists who are rather woefully underrepresented in collections, museums, galleries ... etc.  http://www.waow.org/

Another incredible arts organization for women is American Women Artists -- who are rolling up their sleeves to put together 25 museum shows in 25 years for their Associate and Associate Members with Distinction. (I'm an Associate Member with Distinction -- an honor awarded because one of my pieces managed to be accepted into their Annual National Exhibit a few years ago. They only accept 60 pieces total each year so the odds are slim.)  I did also find out that "Scene at the Bar" was accepted as a finalist in the American Women Artists Spring Online Show which will go up live on Tuesday, April 11 on their website.  While that number isn't limited to 60 ... there are just a little over 100 pieces selected and they are beautiful. So take a look online Tuesday or after.  It will be up for a year. https://americanwomenartists.org/

Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Upcoming Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
March 14-April 9: "No Place Like Home" juried exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon VA. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm. Get more info on that exhibit here.  "Persimmons in the Kitchen" won Best in Show.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA
June 5-11: Bucks County Plein Air, PA
June 28-July 4: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition, September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- out of 1440 entries.  More info on the competition here.


Finalist -- Sedona Art Prize, January 2017 for "Scene at the Bar" -- see the 12 Top Paintings selected by artist Robert Burridge here: https://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017

Blog: For my latest art news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as and Artist at: http://jillbanks.blogspot.com/

Email: jill@jillbanks.com 

703.403.7435

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Telluride and Bucks County Plein Air: Here I Come!

"Riding High," oil, 24"h x 12"w, ©2015 Jill Banks

 Telluride Plein Air 2017

Yay!!!!

I'll be heading back to Telluride Colorado this Summer as one of 20+ artists selected to paint for the week in this fantastic town for Telluride Plein Air. 

See who else will be painting in the 14th annual Telluride Plein Air from June 28 to July 4, 2017 here.

While most of my pieces painted during the previous trip have been snatched up by collectors -- some wonderful ones are still available and can be viewed on my website (or in person -- if you're in the metro DC area).

"Riding High"
"Parks and Recreation"
"Heart of Telluride"
"Mountain Time"


Painting in Telluride in 2015. This is the start of "Mountain Time"
 Get more info about Telluride Plein Air on my website's Events page here.

Bucks County Plein Air 2017

In June after the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show (June 2-4, 2017), I'll continue to "hang out" in the neighborhood -- joining 49 other painters for the Second Annual Bucks County Plein Air competition (June 5-11, 2017) in the Philadelphia countryside.

Looking forward to both events, plenty of painting, fun, hard work, meeting new people and forming some new friendships.

Also, En Plein Air Texas really taught me a ton last year. I plan on applying lessons learned to painting outdoors on adventures close to home until these big events.

Those lessons are apt to be passed along in my Plein Air Landscape class coming up in mid-April.  Want to join it?  See below for more info. We paint on location around the metro DC area.  Lots of fun ... plus some challenges.

And, a Few Friendly Reminders...


Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Now might be a good time to register. Make sure there's a spot for you this Spring.

Upcoming Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
March 14-April 9: "No Place Like Home" juried exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon VA. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm. Get more info on that exhibit here.  "Persimmons in the Kitchen" won Best in Show.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA
June 5-11: Bucks County Plein Air, PA
June 28-July 4: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition, September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- out of 1440 entries.  More info on the competition here.


Finalist -- Sedona Art Prize, January 2017 for "Scene at the Bar" -- see the 12 Top Paintings selected by artist Robert Burridge here: https://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017

Blog: For my latest art news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as and Artist at: http://jillbanks.blogspot.com/

Email: jill@jillbanks.com 

703.403.7435

Website: www.jillbanks.com
Subscribe to my email newsletter News From the Easel

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Banks-Studio-278493468836508/
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"Parks and Recreation," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2015 Jill Banks painted in Telluride

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Persimmons in the Kitchen" Wins Best in Show and Two Other Big Treats

"Persimmons in the Kitchen," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks won Best in Show at the "There's No Place Like Home" juried exhibit of work by Great Falls Studios artists on view at ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center Street, Herndon, VA) through April 8, 2017. The exhibit was juried and judge by Tom and Linda Neel. The Best in Show award was sponsored by Brightview Senior Living Great Falls. Thank you!
This past weekend was pretty spectacular ... with joy spread around at gatherings I could and couldn't attend.

Saturday Night, March 18, 2017

Where I was: At an incredible dinner hosted by a collector celebrating six women artists -- bringing us together for great food, very interesting conversation, toasts, and connections. Most of us did not know each other when we walked through the front door. We were treated to a five-course meal presented in a candlelit dining room surrounded by beautiful art. The evening was capped off with tour throughout the house of all that art -- including many of our works -- hung with care.  My head's quite full of visions and remnants from a very memorable evening. Thank you to this very special collector and to ALL you collectors out there who invite us into your hearts and homes!
The Party's Over ... the aftermath of a wonderful dinner for six lucky women artists hosted by a special collector. His dog says "Bye." We were surrounded by art ... and talked art, among other subjects.

Where I wasn't: At the awards reception for the Arts of Great Falls School Annual Student Exhibition -- Youth Edition.  This is the first year that the Student Exhibition has been divided into two with the Youth Exhibit up in the School Gallery now and the Adult Student Show starting on April 8.  I love the awards reception -- with students happily joined by friends and family to celebrate their hard work and growth as artists.  I'm so sorry to have missed this one but WILL be at the Adult Student Show's Award Reception on Friday, April 14.  Hope to see you there! Congratulations to the younger artists who have pursued classes and presented their work in the current show.

Sunday Afternoon, March 19, 2017

Where I was: Teaching my last Portrait Painting class of the term. I'm going to miss our Sunday afternoons together. Winter is the only time of the year that a weekend weekly class fits in my schedule. Each student has devoted a lot of their "together" time with family to attend and have shown stunning growth each week. It's hard to express how rewarding it is to be part of that process.  In addition to enjoying seeing them progressing, I love seeing friendships formed. We've had an awful lot of fun meeting challenges together!
One view from my Portrait Painting Class. This Sunday was the last day of class and I couldn't miss it. Each student has grown so much this term ... and afforded me the joy of helping make that happen. The Youth Student Exhibition for the Arts of Great Falls School show is in the background -- all around the room.

And another view

Where I wasn't: At the Awards Reception for the "There's No Place Like Home" Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center Street, Herndon, VA). That's where Judges Tom and Linda Neel awarded my oil painting "Persimmons in the Kitchen" Best in Show and talked about why/how they chose each piece. I sure wish that a clone was available ... occasionally. So much time goes into "pitching" an exhibit (Great Falls Studios exhibit committee presented a proposal to ArtSpace Herndon long ago), organizing it, selecting the jurors, selecting the work to display, hanging the work, selecting the award winners, and on and on ...  As artists honored by having our work on exhibit and potentially winning awards, we strive to properly thank organizers, judges, fellow artists ... by showing up at receptions and show events. That's why I flew to Fort Wayne, Indiana for one day last year for the opening of the Oil Painters of America's Salon Show. Or why I've flown or driven to exhibit receptions in NYC, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and elsewhere. It's a joy ... but it's also a thank you. So, I couldn't be there for the reception -- but do sincerely appreciate all the efforts, work and consideration put in by the Great Falls Studios exhibition committee, ArtSpace Herndon, fellow artists and Tom and Linda Neel for judging the show.  Please go take a look at the exhibit -- on view through April 8 at ArtSpace Herndon.  Tell them I sent you (please).


"There's No Place Like Home" Award Winners -- Judges Tom and Linda Neel

Best of Show:  Jill Banks for "Persimmons in the Kitchen" (oil - shown above)
Award Sponsored by Brightview Senior Living Great Falls

Pat Neuman's "Hens Over the Haha House" wins Best Use of Theme - award sponsored by TD Bank
Best Use of Theme: Pat Neuman for "Hens Over the HaHa Wall" (pastel)
Award Sponsored by TD Bank

"Springtime Palisades" mixed media piece by Jennifer Duncan wins Second Prize
Second Prize: Jennifer Duncan for "Springtime Palisades" (mixed media)

Dorry Emmer's "Be It Ever So Humble" fiber art garnered Third Prize
 Third Prize: Dorry Emmer for "Be It Ever So Humble" (fiber)

"Wolftrap" by Roberta Pruett Beasley received an Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention: Roberta Pruett Beasley for "Wolftrap" (mixed media)

"Michael and Jesse," Lori Goll's beautiful pastel of Frying Pan Park, received an Honorable Mention -- and was snatched up by an artist/collector at the Awards Reception of "There's No Place Like Home."
 Honorable Mention: Lori Goll for "Michael and Jesse" (pastel)

Congratulations to All!

Lastly, a Few Friendly Reminders...

Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Now might be a good time to register. Make sure there's a spot for you this Spring.

Upcoming Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
March 14-April 9: "No Place Like Home" juried exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon VA. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm. Get more info on that exhibit here.  "Persimmons in the Kitchen" won Best in Show.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition, September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- out of 1440 entries.  More info on the competition here.


Finalist -- Sedona Art Prize, January 2017 for "Scene at the Bar" -- see the 12 Top Paintings selected by artist Robert Burridge here: https://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

"There's No Place Like Home" Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm at ArtSpace Herndon

Quick reminder ...

Part of the art that greets you in the entryway to ArtSpace Herndon
I just saw the Great Falls Studio exhibit "There's No Place Like Home" at ArtSpace Herndon and it looks great! Lots of friends have art on view there ... and two of my pieces, "Persimmons in the Kitchen" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" are keeping them company.

Awards and Opening Reception:
Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm at ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA

Okay ... not great photography. Sorry about that!

Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  It's a little confusing with listings still up there on current classes and upcoming ones ... but dig a little and I bet you'll figure it out. Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Now might be a good time to register. Make sure there's a spot for you this Spring.

Upcoming Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
March 14-April 9: "No Place Like Home" juried exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon VA. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm. Get more info on that exhibit here.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill


Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.

Finalist, January 2017 Sedona Art Prize for "Scene at the Bar."
Here's the page with the 12 Top Paintings for January 2017 selected by artist Robert Burridge: http://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017
and then travel around the site from there.

Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com


  
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ice Cream and Snow

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One of the many blessings of being an artist is that each day, for awhile, we can create our own world and make fonder memories spring back to life.

Outside today, the wind was howling -- and ice/snow covered the ground. It's not a fresh, beautiful, pile on the branches kind of snow either.  Mud peeks through the cracks. The sun is hidden by clouds. I'm not going to paint that.

So what was on my easel?

"Light Spill," oil, 12"h x 24"w, ©2017 Jill Banks was started plein air in February when the day was warm enough that this group gathered on benches eating ice cream cones on the Village Green in the heart of Great Falls, Virginia.

Art has the power to transport us -- its makers, admirers, visitors, collectors.  Today I "traveled" to this past Presidents' Day -- unseasonably warm. The kind of day that brings everybody out. I captured the ice cream eaters hanging out on the benches -- my view from the Artists' Atelier and Arts of Great Falls School's back porch. The view is often magical. Rays of light spilled over the rooftops in the Village Centre (Great Falls, VA) like the sun through a cathedral window.

"Sanctuary," oil, 36"h x 36"w, ©2017 Jill Banks -- one of my cathedral paintings
Maybe the day will be like this for the upcoming Great Falls Spring Art Show -- April 28&29 -- and you can see this sight in person. My work (minus me) will be at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road in Great Falls VA -- open that weekend from 10am to 5pm both days. (I'll be at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival -- in my booth -- that same weekend in Fairfax Corners, VA. Big art weekend! Come to both!) Get more info on the Great Falls Spring Art Show here.

Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  It's a little confusing with listings still up there on current classes and upcoming ones ... but dig a little and I bet you'll figure it out. Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Now might be a good time to register. Make sure there's a spot for you this Spring.

Upcoming Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
March 14-April 9: "No Place Like Home" juried exhibit, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon VA. Reception: Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm. Get more info on that exhibit here.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill








Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.

Finalist, January 2017 Sedona Art Prize for "Scene at the Bar."
Here's the page with the 12 Top Paintings for January 2017 selected by artist Robert Burridge: http://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017
and then travel around the site from there.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day ... Painting My Backyard

"Winter Garden" work in progress, oil, 11"h x 14"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

Hopefully the snow will still be there tomorrow so I can clarify the color and put some finishing touches on this from life.  It was COLD out there ... with wind howling ... and this was the view from my back deck.  For most of the day, it was overcast. Not overly attractive.  And I bounced back and forth between computer business and work at my easel. Then the long bluish purple shadows came and sun began to set.  Guess if I wasn't trying to multi-task and kept at it, I wouldn't need another look tomorrow. Let's see where it goes.

"There's No Place Like Home" Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon
See "Persimmons in the Kitchen" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" will be on view at ArtSpace Herndon 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA from March 14 to April 8, 2017.  Get more info on that exhibit here. An awards and opening reception is on Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm.  Husband Randy will be in attendance since I'll be teaching my last -- extended -- portrait class of the Winter session that day. That old problem of not being able to be in two places at a time. And speaking of classes...


Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  It's a little confusing with listings still up there on current classes and upcoming ones ... but dig a little and I bet you'll figure it out. Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Now might be a good time to register. Make sure there's a spot for you this Spring.

 Five Spring Art Events Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Hope you'll mark your calendars.
April 22-23: Arlington Festival of the Arts, Arlington, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Fairfax Fine Art Festival, Fairfax Corners, VA (more info to come)
April 29-30: Great Falls Spring Art Festival at the Atelier (756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA) and the Grange/Schoolhouse plus more.  My work will be at the Atelier and hopefully I'll have a helper to greet you -- but see me at the Fairfax Fine Art Festival at my booth.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.

Finalist, January 2017 Sedona Art Prize for "Scene at the Bar."
Here's the page with the 12 Top Paintings for January 2017 selected by artist Robert Burridge: http://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017
and then travel around the site from there.


Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com


  
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Remembering Paris: The Travel Series?

"Parc à Paris," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

"Parc à Paris" was started plein air on a cold, cold, cold day in the park behind Notre Dame.  I finally took it out to finish those thoughts this past week. Another little painting today called "The Travelers" completes three Parisian scenes in a week. Paris in March. Before and now.

"The Travelers," oil, 6"h x 6"w, ©2017 Jill Banks
I thought of calling "The Travelers" -- "Pit Stop."  Only temporarily.

See more like "The Travelers" and "Parc à Paris" in the Places Gallery on my website.

And to show you there is plenty of juxtaposition in my paintings/life ... while I'm longingly painting The Travel Series with my own bad case of wanderlust ... two of my interiors will be heading off soon to ArtSpace Herndon for the "There's No Place Like Home" juried Great Falls Studios exhibit.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside," oil, 24"h x 18"w, ©2015 Jill Banks
"There's No Place Like Home" Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon
See "Persimmons in the Kitchen" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" will be on view at ArtSpace Herndon 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA from March 14 to April 8, 2017.  Get more info on that exhibit here. An awards and opening reception is on Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm.  Husband Randy will be in attendance since I'll be teaching my last -- extended -- portrait class of the Winter session that day. That old problem of not being able to be in two places at a time. And speaking of classes...

Spring Classes are Open For Registration

Classes are taught through the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA.  Spring class listings including Evening Paint, Plein Air Landscape and Still Life Plus are on my web site.  It's a little confusing with listings still up there on current classes and upcoming ones ... but dig a little and I bet you'll figure it out. Have any questions, please email me at jill@jillbanks.com.  See my listing of all classes here: https://jillbanks.com/workshops

Now might be a good time to register. Make sure there's a spot for you this Spring. Unexpectedly (but happily), my Spring classes were listed on the FineArtViews newsletter that is received by a LOT of artists.
 

Two Art Fairs Officially on the Calendar for 2017 
Acceptances have started to roll in ... Hope you'll mark your calendars.
May 20-21: Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston, VA
June 2-4: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for reading and your support... Hope to see you soon!

Jill

Best in Show -- BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 for "Daily Special" -- Hip Hooray! More info here.

Finalist, January 2017 Sedona Art Prize for "Scene at the Bar."
Here's the page with the 12 Top Paintings for January 2017 selected by artist Robert Burridge: http://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017
and then travel around the site from there.


Blog: For my latest news and works, visit or subscribe to my blog Life as an Artist at jillbanks.blogspot.com




  

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