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

North Gate Vineyards in Purcellville

Sunflowers on a Country Road
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

I have been invited to show my work at North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville, VA. It will be a solo show in July and August.  I feel very honored to show my work in such a beautiful venue.  If you haven't visited North Gate Vineyard, you'll just have to come to my reception and see it for yourself.

The reception is Sunday, July 9 from 4 to 6 pm.  You can certainly come out earlier if you want.  I will be there earlier in the afternoon and through the reception.

It will give you an opportunity to taste some good Virginia wine and to see my art work!

North Gate Vineyard is located at
16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville, VA.

The show will run from July 7 until Sept. 3, 2017.
Hope you'll be able to see the show and the beautiful surroundings of North Gate Vineyards.
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: June 18, 2017, 7:21 pm

small works/BIG IMPACT

Bright Umbrella, Rainy Day
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
The latest juried show at Gallery Underground is called "small work/BIG IMPACT."  This is a national show that brings artists from all over the country.  I was pleased to be accepted into the show and even more pleased to hear I won 3rd place.  The juror was Nar Steel, president of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, DC. I feel very honored that my piece was selected.

This painting is small (5x7).  I did this oil painting from some photos I snapped when I took the Vamoose bus to New York with my son, Kevin.  He was disappointed when we arrived in NY because it was raining. But I told him that for a painter, rain make for great city paintings because the streets are wet and have beautiful reflections!

The opening reception is this Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 pm.  The show will continue until May 26.  I hope you'll come to the reception on Friday.  Come and see me receive my award! If you are really in the mood for more art, you can always attend the second to the last night of Artomatic which I'm also a part of. Artomatic is a block away from the gallery.

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: May 3, 2017, 3:12 am

Meet the Artists at Artomatic This Saturday, April 29

Jean Moore and Jane McElvany Coonce at Artomatic
This Saturday, April 29, is "Meet the Artists" night at Artomatic.  It's your last chance to come when I will be there.  If you haven't seen Artomatic, you have about a week and a half left.  It ends on May 6.  It's located at 1800 South Bell Street in Crystal City in Arlington.  I will be there from 5:30 to about 9:30.  There is free parking in the garage on 20th St.  Come up to the 9th floor.  I'm in room 9608.

It's been a lot of fun participating in Artomatic.  There is all kinds of art there. 7 floors of it! It's kind of exhausting if you try to see the whole show in one visit.  But come before it's over.

Artomatic is open :
Wednesdays and Thursdays (noon - 10pm)
Thursdays and Fridays (noon to midnight)
Sundays (noon to 8 pm)

Hope to see you there!
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: April 26, 2017, 10:44 am

Potomac Valley Watercolorists show at Greens Spring Gardens April - June 2017Pink

Pink Flamingos
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
On Monday, I went over to Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax to drop off my paintings for the Potomac Valley Watercolorists show.  I put 2 pieces in.  One of them was "Pink Flamings."  This paintings was based on some photos I took in Hong Kong.  There is a park in central Hong Kong that has beautiful gardens and birds.  There was a flamingo pond and I've always wanted to paint flamingos.

I was shocked when I heard today that it sold already!  We haven't even had the opening reception.  The person who bought it also took it immediately, so it is no longer in the show.  I liked this painting, and in some ways, I'm sad to see it go.

The reception is this Sunday from 1 - 3 pm.  I am the new president of Potomac Valley Watercolorists, so I will be saying a few words and will handing out the awards.  The show runs from April 18 to June 18.

If you are not familiar with Green Spring Gardens, it's a beautiful place to visit. It's located at  4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA.  It's right off of Little River Turnpike (Route 236.)

The other painting I have in the show is called "Fish Market."  There are many beautiful paintings in the show by the members of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.  Stop by on Sunday and say "hi!" or see the show at your leisure before June 19.
Fish Market
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: April 20, 2017, 7:51 pm

Meet the Artist Night at Artomatic

Early Morning on the Potomac
by Jane McElvany Coonce
Artomatic opened on March 24 with huge crowds.  The show continues until May 6.  There are two nights that are designated as "Meet the Artist Night."  Tonight is the first one, April 8.  I will be there from 6:30 to about 9:30.  There is another one on April 22 from 5 to 7 pm.  And the last Meet the Artist Night is Saturday, April 29 from 6:30 - 9:30.  I hope you will be able to make one of those.  If not, drop by Artomatic anytime that is more convenient for you. Let me know, and I'l meet you there.

I sold my big Key Bridge painting.  This is a painting I did from photos I took when I went out with the crew team at 5 am last September.  It's a magical time in the early morning.  The city is asleep and the river is quiet.  The painting is still hanging and will be there to the end of the show.  Then it goes to it's new home in Georgetown on May 7th.

Artomatic is located at 1800 South Bell St. in Crystal City.  Parking is free on the weekends and after 4 pm on weekdays.  Artomatic is also free to attend.  I'm on the 9th floor (room 9608) so stop by.

Hours of Automatic: ( It's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Wednesday and Thursdays:  noon to 10 pm
Fridays and Saturdays:  noon to Midnight
Sundays :  noon to 8 pm
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: April 8, 2017, 7:26 pm

Getting Ready for Artomatic 2017

Tom getting the walls prepared

Panaramic View of my Space at Artomatic

I've been spending the last week getting my space ready for Artomatic. In case you don't know what Artomatic is, it's DC phenomena that happens once a year (sometimes every other year).  Artists take over an empty building and fill it with art.  This year it's in Crystal City at 1800 S. Bell St. in Arlington.  There are hundreds of artists participating.  They also have music, bars, workshops, and other creative events.  It opens Friday March 24 and goes through Sunday May 6.

 My space is on the 9th floor.   I hope you will stop by and see it.  I will be there opening night March 24.  There are also 2 dates for "Meet the Artists night" and I will be there for those, Saturday, April 8th and Saturday April 29. There is free parking in the garage  on 20th St. in Crystal City.  Parking is free after 4 pm on the weekdays and free all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Plan to come sometime during the end of March , all of April and 1st week in May.  Let me know you are coming and I'll meet you there.
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: March 14, 2017, 4:46 pm

Cuba: Anyone want to join me?

The next trip I'm organizing is a trip to Cuba.  I'm looking for people who want to experience Cuba before the tourist invasion happens.    Presently, American who want to tour Cuba must do it as a cultural exchange.  Although there is some tourism there, things haven't been modernized and the country looks like it is stuck in the 1950's.  This could change if relations with Cuba improve between the United States and Cuba.  Therefore, this IS the time to go to see it the way it's been for the past 60 years.  It's an all inclusive trip with round-trip airfare, 6 nights in a hotel, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), tour director and ground transportation.  It should be a blast.

The trip is for April 2018 (one year away) which gives you time to plan and save for this trip. The cost is $4,000 which remember includes airfare, too.

If you are interested, email me and I'll send you the brochure that covers everything about the trip. Space is limited so sign up to reserve your spot. You can reserve your spot for $99.
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: March 6, 2017, 1:02 am

Another Watercolor Class Starts March 15

Blue Jay
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce

I started teaching my first watercolor class in January.  It's so much fun!  There are six students in the class, and they are doing an amazing job.  We've painted simple landscapes and seascapes with emphasis on clouds.  We've painted birds and animals with special techniques for the background.  Next week, we will be painting flowers.

The class is almost over, but a new class will start on March 15.  Anyone who would love to paint in watercolor is welcome.  It will be a 6 week class for the months of March and April.

I can only take 12 students due to room restrictions, so sign up sooner than later to make sure that you get a spot. Go to the website to sign up:

Art House 7 is located at 5537 Lee Highway in Arlington.
Phone number is 703-402-5017.

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: February 11, 2017, 6:43 pm

The Orchid Window

The Orchid Window
Original oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

Once again, I'm going to write about how I decide what I want to paint.  This is a recent still life I completed.  The vase in the middle with the orchid design on it was my mother's.  She had received it as a wedding present.  Growing up, it was always sitting on top of the piano.  My brother had knocked it off when he was young, and it had a slight chip in the back of the lip of the vase.

When my mom died, and we were going through her things, I just couldn't throw this vase out, yet it wasn't really my style for my house.  I couldn't sell it to someone who would cherish it because the chip caused it to lose its value.  So I kept it thinking I would put it in a still life.  My mom has been gone 12 years, and I finally got around to putting it in a still life.  My son, Brian, always brings me orchids. I had the bronze horse on my bookshelf.  So I set this up in the windowsill.  I started it on a weekend and worked on it 3 days straight,  8 hours a day.

This month, it will be showing at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City.  Tonight is the reception from 5 - 8 pm.  Stop by and see me and the painting if you can.

The real question is:  Now that I have painted this vase into a still life painting, what will I do with the real vase?  I still can't toss it.  I don't know.  Maybe I should take a mosaic class, break the vase up into small pieces and arrange it on a small table top.  Until then, it will remain in my art studio.
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: January 6, 2017, 7:17 pm

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4057 N. 27th Street
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