Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Granddaughter Emma at Nine Months

"Emma at Nine Months," oil, 10"h x 8"w, ©2017 Jill Banks

I'm going to miss these monthly portraits of this little girl. She's coming to visit this weekend ... in honor of her Yoyo's birthday. Okay, yoyo is a joke. Husband Randy, Emma's granddad, was slow to pick his grandfatherly role name. I have mine. Yaya. If he couldn't come up with it rapidly enough, I'd make him Yoyo.

I'll see if son Sam will grant permission to post a very amusing video of Emma. It's rather incredible ... and fun ... to just watch discoveries happen to an under one-year-old. Dear Emma.

There will be a two-week extension of my portrait class plus Spring classes held in the Washington DC area are up on my website.  Hope you'll join in the fun.

Sedona Art Prize Monthly Finalist: January
Robert Burridge selected "Scene At the Bar" as one of his 12 favorite paintings for the January 2017 Sedona Art Prize Competition. This was my first time entering the competition which offers an interesting twist from other contests. It's part contest/part marketing and with many of the works offered for sale created by many outstanding artists ... it might be worth a regular look.  You may have to dig a little or a lot for pricing. Digging is part of treasure hunting, right?

Here's the page with the 12 Top Paintings for January 2017:
and then travel around the site from there.

Scene at the Bar by Jill Banks. Judge's comment: "Beautiful and striking composition. Overall color tone held my attention. Sweet nod to 'girls' night out.'" - Robert Burridge
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!


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

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