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!


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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