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

I'm Teaching a New Class - Watercolor!

Sunflower Bouquet

I have some exciting news!  I've been asked to teach a watercolor class for the Art House 7.
This is an art school founded by 2 former Arlington County Art teachers.  They have asked me to teach a class for adults in watercolor.  It's an 8 week class, and it starts on Jan 11.  It runs every Wednesday for 8 weeks from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

Art House 7 is located at 5537 Lee Highway in Arlington, VA.  There is plenty of parking.

 You can look at their website at:  There you will see a schedule of classes. Look under Class Descriptions and then weekly classes.  If you think you might like to try watercolor, sign up and give it a try.  It's lots of fun, and it's easy clean up.  It's a great medium to travel with because you can pack it in your purse!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  
Chickadee in Winter

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 28, 2016, 8:08 pm

Christmas Wishes for 2016

Sunset on Winter Snow
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

I want to take a few moments to wish everyone a happy holiday, whether it's Christmas or Hanukkah or anything else you celebrate, and to wish you a Happy New Year.  This is to all my friends and family and people who support me through my life.  I'm am grateful for all of you because you make my life so rich and joyful.  I am indeed a lucky woman.  I don't see some of you often, but none the less, you have enriched my life. Even the students I have had on the cruise ship, you have brought me joy!

I read somewhere that if you wake up every day and name what you are thankful for, you will have a happier day.  I think this is true.  With so much negativity in the world, we need to focus on the positive.

What brings you joy?  Focus on that.  If you can't think of anything, then you need to start painting!  As one of my lawyer students said, " Taking your class and painting is a lot cheaper than if I had to pay a psychiatrist. "  There is a reason there is such a thing as art therapy.

Whatever you do this upcoming year, I hope it is filled with joy and laughter and also thankfulness.

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 24, 2016, 7:14 pm

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

With the new Harry Potter movie out, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them", it made me think of a painting I did a number of years ago.

Lots of people ask me why do I paint what I paint or how do I decide what to paint.  Each painting has it's own reason, but I think "Harry Potter's Bookshelf" has a good story. 
Harry Potter's Bookshelf
painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
When my son, Kevin, was in elementary school, he was a non reader.  He hated to read, and it was difficult for him.  So I bought the first Harry Potter book, and each night, I would read a chapter to him before he went to bed.  If you haven't read it, it is a book that draws you in.  It's funny, it's scary, you fall in love with some of the characters and you hate some of them.  You become totally involved in the story.  Every night, Kevin would sit next to me in bed as I read.  When we got to the scary parts, he would snuggle even closer.  It was a very special time for both of us.  At the end of the book, he was so excited!  "READ IT AGAIN!" he screamed.  I calmly handed him the book and said, "No, you read it.  It's your book now." From that day on, he began to read.  He read all of the Harry Potter books (I think there are 7 of them), and when he finished, he read them again.  
The author J.K. Rowling changed Kevin's life when she wrote the Harry Potter series.  He's an avid reader now. 
As an adult, he's in 2 book clubs.  I did this painting for Kevin because of the importance that the Harry Potter books played in his life. I know he will cherish it long after I'm gone, and for me, it was a labor of love.

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 17, 2016, 3:33 pm

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