Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Rainy Day Amigos - ARTregious!

Rainy Day Amigos
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

On Saturday, November 2 from 6 to 8 pm, the Arlington Artists Alliance will hold their annual fundraiser at Gallery Clarendon.  Artists donate a painting to the silent auction.  We have over 70 artists that will be participating.

 My painting is called Rainy Day Amigos.  It's a large painting, 2 feet x 2 feet.  It is done in shades of gray, blue and purple.  It's a little different than what I normally paint.  In my class, I had my students do monochromatic paintings in shades of gray.  This is a take off on that theme.  I also have a series in watercolor going on right now with white umbrellas.  So this is a cross between the two projects.

Tickets to this event are a mere $10.  This includes entry to the auction, beer and wine and food from the local Clarendon restaurants.  I guarantee a fun time for all.  Also, it's a good way to pick up a painting for a VERY reasonable price (much cheaper than if the paintings were in a normal show at the gallery.) There will be lots of paintings to choose from in all styles and sizes.  There will be abstracts, representational works, sculpture, glass pieces, wood turned pieces and ceramics.  So don't miss it.  It's a great way to help our organization and also a great way to decorate your home.

Tickets can be purchased on line at :
Go to the website and click on Upcoming Events.

Hope to see you there.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Rainy Day Mission at The Art League, Old Town Alexandria

Rainy Day Mission
original oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
Each month, The Art League has a juried show.  I enter pretty much every month and roll the dice to see if my painting is accepted.  This month, "Rainy Day Mission" was accepted into the show.
It's always thrilling when I get the notice that my painting has been accepted.  I'm like a kid who just found the bag of Halloween candy that the mother has hid.  I clap my hands and do a little happy dance!

The show will be up for the month of October in the 1st floor gallery in the Torpedo Factory Center. 
The Art League is located at the corner of Kings St and Union St. in Alexandria, VA. 

Friday, October 4, 2019


Saigon Traffic
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

The new show at Gallery Underground this month is called "Chaos."  I submitted this piece, "Saigon Traffic", and it was used on the postcard to advertise the show.  That's always exciting for an artist to be featured on their advertising. It's hanging in a prime spot in the gallery.  It really looks great!

 I did this painting from a photo I took in Vietnam.  I was on a bus, and as I looked at the window, all I saw was wall to wall mopeds on the street.  It was an amazing site. Although the official name of the city is Ho Chi Mien City, the locals there would correct me and say they still called it Saigon.

Crossing the street as a pedestrian is a daunting task.  The locals also told me not to look both ways. They said to have faith, and step off the curb and look straight ahead. Whatever you do, you must not look at the oncoming traffic.  The reason is, if you just look straight, then you just walk at an even pace, and the drivers on mopeds know how to go around you.  But if you look at the traffic coming at you, you will stop.  This will mess the drivers up, and they will hit you.  So I followed the advice, although it was very scary not to look, and I just walked straight, knowing that hundreds of mopeds were coming towards me.  But the advice was sound; the mopeds went around me and I made it to the other side in one piece.

Vietnam was a beautiful country.  I really enjoyed my visit there.  If you want to get a little taste of Saigon, come to Gallery Underground in Crystal City this month.  The reception is tonight, Friday, October 4 from 5 to 7 pm.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Iona Gallery

I entered a show for Urban Landscapes and 10 of my paintings were accepted.  The show hangs from September to January.  The opening reception is this Saturday night, Sept 14, from 7 to 9 pm.

Bright Lights of New York City
original watercolor by
Jane McElvany Coonce
The gallery is located at 4545 42nd Street, NW in Washington, DC.  (phone number:  202-362-1815).

The opening coincides with the Tenley Town Main Street Event:  "Art All Night. " There are 19 venues that are participating by showing art and/or having musicians perform. At Iona Gallery, I will be one of the 7 artists showing urban scapes. There will be music from acoustic Guitarist, Spencer Hodgson. 

If you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, please join us at Iona Gallery.  You can also visit the website for the other activities going on that night near Tinley Circle.

Hope to see you Saturday night.  If you can't make it, feel free to stop by Iona Gallery in the next couple of months.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Koi in the Pond

Koi in the Pond
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce

I've been painting a lot this summer especially since my art classes ended, and I'm not teaching.  I finished "Koi in the Pond" in watercolor this week.  It was from a photo I took up in Rehoboth Beach.  It was a challenging painting; it was like solving a puzzle trying to figure out what to do first. How do you make the stones look like they are under water. Putting in ripples in the water was challenging as well.

I have to say it's one of my favorite watercolors that I have ever done.  I think I might have to try some more koi paintings and see if it gets easier.  I can't wait to see it framed.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Black and White

Rainy Day Mission
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
A new show is going up this week.  It's a show of my students' works. The assignment was to do something in shades of black and white, but not using a tube of black.  The artists had to mix colors to make a black such as blue and brown.  But everyone came up with shades of gray!
We hang it this week and the opening reception is this coming Friday, July 12 from 5 to 7 at Gallery Clarendon. I hope you can make the reception, but if not , the show will be up from July 7 - Aug 4.
This is a very interesting show and the artists really stepped up to the plate.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Falls Church Arts Show: It's About Me

Sunday in the Outdoor Cafe
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce

There is a new show at Falls Church Arts called "It's About Me."  Artists had to submit paintings that reflect something about themselves. I am an observer of people. I'm always looking at people in scenes to see if it might make a good painting.  I take thousands of photographs that don't don't ever get used for a painting.  But I continue to take photos because every once in a while, I hit the jack pot.

This is one that I submitted to the June show. It's not large:  11x14, but I love how it turned out.  I have two others in there, a Key Bridge watercolor and some Oysters on the Half Shell.  Hope you'll stop by and see the show. It's at 700 West Broad St. next to La Famille Cafe and the Kensington.

Afternoon at Key Bridge

Oysters on the Half Shell

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