Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Puffins of Iceland
original watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
Our next stop on the cruise ship was Iceland.  We went to Reykjavik, the capital and largest city in Iceland. We also went to Akureyri, the 2nd most populated city in Iceland.  We were supposed to have a third stop in Isafjorur, but the winds were too high and we had to sail on by.

Iceland is a beautiful green mountainous land with lots of waterfalls and geisers.  It was pretty chilly; I wore my long underwear there in July!  Must be dreadful in December!
Ryuji Kato
London, UK

Rebecca Strong
Bristol, UK
Puffins can be found in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Orkney Islands so that's why I chose to have my students paint this project.  I didn't get to see any Puffins.  Apparently, you have to get up really early to see them or look for them later in the evening.  They go out in the morning in search of food and don't return until evening time.  I don't know how they know when it is evening since it's bright sunshine at 10:30 at night.  (Looks like 3:00 in the afternoon in Washington!) Gavin, who has roots in the Orkney Islands, says that puffins make their nests in rabbit holes in the cliff area.

 But puffins are fun to paint and everyone did a fabulous job.  Take a look
Sandy Main
Birmingham, UK
 at what people did!
Julie Micallef
Buckinghamshire, UK

Barbara Corfe
Potters Bar , England
Debra Sult
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Gabrielle O'Cowan
Gavin Rendall
Eastbourne, England
Joan Madsen
Camberey, Surrey, UK

1 comment:

  1. Jane, Thank you for your expert instruction on the ship. I wish I lived closer to you so that I could take classes with you. You are an inspiring artist and teacher! I am getting ready to have the three miniature puffins framed and I was wondering how you sign your work. Do you use the sticky paint you taught us to make or some particular type of pen? Thanks, Debra


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