Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sights and Sounds of New York

Sights and Sounds of New York
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
I haven't blogged in quite a while. I apologize. Life sometimes gets in the way and then we get out of the habit of doing things.

I painted this watercolor just before Christmas. It's from photos I took when I went to New York several years ago. I have lots of photos waiting to be turned into paintings. This photo's turn finally came up, and I plunged into the challenge of painting the busy lights and wet streets of New York.

I entered this painting in The Art League's juried March Landscape show, and it was selected. I was pleased because lately the jurors for The Art League shows have been more avant-garde. This is very discouraging for realistic painters. I've seen many beautiful representational paintings rejected for stuff that I don't even consider art. It's frustrating when you hear people say "representational art has all been done before." And my answer is, " And abstract art hasn't?"  There is room for both in the art world. I personally enjoy shows that have both. If you get a chance, stop by this month at The Art League and see the landscape show. It will be hung on Monday, March 5 and hang through April 1.
Can't wait to see the show myself!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

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!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

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:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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

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