Last Chance to Go to Cuba in April 2018

As some of you know, I am taking a group of artists to Cuba in April 2018.  We have a few spaces left if anyone wants to join us.  We will be going from April 12 - 18.  We will go to Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Havana.  The deadline for sign up is December 28.  Please let me know if you'd like to go.  Everything is included: airfare, hotels, food, transportation, and guide for $4000. I want to experience Cuba before it looks like Miami.

Rainy New York Evening
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
This is a watercolor painting I just finished. It's not Cuba because I haven't been there yet. But it's from a photo I took when I was in New York several years ago. New York is colorful because of all of the neon signs and city lights.
Cuba will be colorful because of the brightly colored buildings and old cars.

I hope you'll join us on our artistic adventure. Let me know what you think of my latest NY watercolor.
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 20, 2017, 10:16 pm

25th Annual Famous Artists of the 21st Century Show

Hot Dog Stand in the Theatre District
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce

Last year at the 24th annual Famous Artists of the 21st Century Show, I won Best in Show with this painting of the "Hot Dog Stand in the Theatre District." I was thrilled because not only did I win a cash prize, but I also had my painting put on the invitation to this year's show.

The 25th Annual Show was last weekend.
This year I won The Art League Award which was one of the top prizes. Again, I felt quite honored to received this recognition. My prize winning painting was "Shady Lady." It's a painting of a woman with a straw hat.  The light goes through the holes of her hat and makes light patterns and shadow patterns on her face. It was a painting that took a VERY long time to paint. So it was nice to have an award granted to me for this work. This painting almost landed in the trash can. I put a green shadow on the neck and it looked very muddy. I tried to get the green out, but I just couldn't get it to look right. So the painting sat in a drawer for a year. Then one day, I was telling a friend about how I ruined a painting that I had worked on for so long. She wanted to see it. When I showed it to her, she said, "Why don't you add a scarf?" What a great idea!  I added a boa, and to be honest, I like it better than the original plan that was just a bare neck.  So sometimes bad mistakes can turn into a prize winning painting. I guess the moral of the story is to never give up, and when you are really in trouble, ask a friend for advice!

Shady Lady
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 10, 2017, 1:40 am

Sunflowers at Ft Smith Fall Show 2017

Ft Smith Artful Weekend is happening this weekend. Friday night is the reception from 6 to 8 pm.  Saturday the show runs from 10 am to 5 pm.  Sunday the show is from noon to 4 pm.  I will be there Friday night and Saturday morning.  Hope you can make it. I've done a series of Sunflower paintings. Some oil , some watercolor, some big, some miniature.

The top one is a large watercolor. the middle one is a miniature watercolor and the bottom one is a medium size oil.  I have other works there, too, but I thought it would be fun to put up all the sunflowers. Maybe it will make us all think of warmer weather!

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: November 17, 2017, 9:49 pm

Link to Radio Interview

If you missed my radio interview last week, here is the link that you can listen to at your own leisure.

Just highlight it and copy it into your search engine. Then sit back and listen for a half hour interview.
Let me know what you think.

Here are two paintings that found new homes.  I had them up at Cassatt's Kiwi Gallery and Cafe at the Lee Heights Shops in Arlington.  They sold within a week of each other.

Key Bridge and Georgetown
oil by Jane McElvany Coonce
Washington Monument
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: November 14, 2017, 11:13 pm

Radio Interview Tuesday, Nov 7 at 3:00 on FM 96.7

I am being interviewed tomorrow by WERA Fm radio.  It will be live! It's at 3:30, so tune in and listen to the program.  I will be talking about my artistic journey as well as how the Arlington Artists Alliance was formed. Another interesting subject is how the Gallery Underground came to be.
We will touch on upcoming shows! So it should be interesting.

If you can't listen to it at 3:00 on Election Day, then you can check it out on your computer. later on.
Listen to it at your leisure:
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: November 6, 2017, 8:58 pm

MPA's Artfest this Sunday in McLean

Georgetown in the Afternoon
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
This Sunday, the McLean Project for the Arts will hold its annual Artfest!  The weather is going to be beautiful.  It's an outdoor arts festival.  I will be in the McLean Art Society's booth and will have several painting in the booth.  One of them is a Key Bridge/Georgetown painting.  It's 11 x 14 and has a beautiful wide gold frame.
Another painting that I will have there is an oil painting of sunflowers. This is 12x12 and has a gold frame with a linen liner.

If you are looking for something fun to do outdoors, this is it!  Hope I see you there. I'll be there in the morning. In the afternoon, I'll be at Katie Gathro's wedding. So excited to see her walk down the aisle!
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: September 28, 2017, 8:24 pm

Artregeous 2017

Misty Morning in Georgetown
original oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
 Every year, the Arlington Artists Alliance has their big fundraiser at the Gallery Underground.
It's called "Artregeous".   Artists donate a painting to be auctioned off.  This year, I did a painting especially for Artregeous.  It's called "Misty Morning in Georgetown."  It was inspired when I went out on the Potomac at 5:30 am with my friend, Allen Pierce, and his rowing team.  The view at that hour is quite mystical.  I wanted to capture the early morning before anything is lit up by the sun.

The painting is large, 24 x 36 inches.  It will be for auction.  Hope you can make it to a really fun event with great food, drinks, music, and fabulous art at a reasonable price!

Date:  Friday, Oct. 6
Time:  6 to 8 pm
Where:  Gallery Underground, The Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
Free parking in the garage on 20th St.

The art will be up on the walls the week before the event, so if you want to come by before Friday and really look at the art carefully, please do!
The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.  Saturday it's open from 10 am to 2 pm.
We will hang the show the Saturday before the event.
If you don't want to come to the auction, you can "buy it now" anytime during the week before the auction starts.

It's a fun event, so put it on your calendar and come and party with us.  All are invited!
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: September 7, 2017, 11:32 pm

Last month of show at North Gate Vineyard

oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
This is the last month to get out to Northgate Vineyard to see my show.  I hung the show in July and it comes down September 25.  I have 44 paintings in the show.  It is a good way to see the wide range of paintings I do.  Some are oils and some are watercolors.  I have still lifes, landscapes, seascapes, country scenes, cherry blossom scenes, night scenes, animals and even Italy scenes.

Northgate is a beautiful facility.  It's a great place for a weekend outing.  Do a wine tasting and get some cheese with a fresh baguette. If the weather is nice, you can sit on their outdoor patio.  It's about an hour from Washington, DC, so it's not a bad drive.

Northgate is open Thursday through Monday from 11 am to 6 pm.  The are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Remains of the Day
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: August 25, 2017, 10:10 pm

Plein Air Painting in Ohio

Flowers at the Jamison Farm
 Last week, I was invited to my friend's farmhouse in Ohio.  We painted outdoors on site which in the art world is called "plein air" painting.  You have to paint fast because the light changes very quickly.  As the sun moves, the shadows change. In the morning, the left side of a barn might be in shadow, but by afternoon, that same side is in full sunshine. So all paintings have to be done in about a 2 hour time period.
Big Skies of Ohio

We also visited the Toledo Art Museum which has a fabulous collection.  The curators there try to get one great painting from each of the masters of their time. I highly recommend going there if you are out that way.

The house we stayed is called the Jamison Farm. There are rumors that there is a ghost in the house. I didn't see one!  Might have made an interesting painting if the ghost had posed for me!

All in all, it was a great trip! The weather was perfect: high 70's to low 80's and no humidity.  I feel fortunate to have been invited with such a great group of artists!
Porch at the Jamison Farm
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: August 22, 2017, 3:56 pm

Around the World

Mural in the Train Station
watercolor painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
Recently, I entered another juried show. This was a show sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance for its members.  The theme was "Around the World." Every artist could enter two pieces. I entered two with my fingers crossed. There is never a guarantee that one's work will be accepted, no matter how good the piece might be. The judge was Leigh Culver, former president of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.  It's always dangerous to enter a watercolor in a show where the judge is an expert in watercolor. So I hedged my bets and entered a watercolor and an oil painting.

To my surprise, both were accepted.  To be honest, I was really shocked.  Sometimes, an artist who does watercolor might not appreciate an oil painting.  There is no guessing what a judge will like, and I've learned through trial and error that it is impossible to second guess what a judge might like.

The show will run July 31- Aug 26.  The reception for the show will be at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City on Friday, Aug 4 from 5 to 8 pm.
I won't be at the reception this time as I will be celebrating John and Mildred Coonce's 50th wedding anniversary! But I will be at the gallery in spirit.

Chance Encounters
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: July 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

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4057 N. 27th Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Tel: 703-524-7049