Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Next Cruise Assignment for 2016

Beach in Tazmania
Kangaroo at Sunset
Sheep of New Zealand
Mt. Cook, New Zealand
Teaching the cruise ship this July was the highlight of my summer.  Ireland, Iceland, Faroe and Orkney Islands were amazing to visit.  However, I was thrilled to find out that I got my first choice for next year!  We are going to Australia and New Zealand!  The trip will be in January (summertime there) and we will be leaving the cold weather at home.  We are going on a smaller ship on the Azamara line.  We did this line before when we went to Vietnam and Thailand, and it's really special.
Needless to say, we are very excited. The preparation for teach on the cruise ship is extensive.  I have to plan what the people are going to paint.  I research photos on line and come up with a plan for the places we are visiting.  Then I do each one to see if it's easy enough to complete in an hour or so (and also easy enough for a beginner to do.)  I write all the directions out, step by step, so that after I demonstrate, if they forget what I did, they have it written down on paper.  I worked all week on this, and here's what I came up with.  I think I have at least one extra.  Which one would you eliminate if I had to pick one that we didn't have enough time to do?

I'm so glad I have all the lessons done.  Now I can sit back and relax.
Akarok, New Zealand

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Last Art about the Cruise to Ireland-Iceland

Rebecca Strong
Bristol, England
This will be the last post about my teaching on the Queen Elizabeth to Ireland, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Orkney Islands.  For the final project, I asked people what they were going to do when they went home and had no Jane to coach them.  I gave them a plan on how to draw the subject matter.  Then using the techniques they had practice while on the cruise, I felt confident that they would be able to handle a painting without watching a demo.  They would have to figure out the puzzle of how to do the painting.  So here is what some of my fabulous students did.
I had some extra photos there that they could work from.  All of these paintings below are ones where the student drew the subject first.  Then they figured out what color they should put on.  Then from there, how to build up the painting to it's finished state.  Debra Sult did 3 puffin heads.  She plans to mat and frame each one and give them as presents.  Wouldn't you love to have an original painting from one of your friends?  Julie Micallef and Rachel Strong did the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Akureyri, Iceland.  The flowers there are magnificent. Rebecca and Julie did a nice job of capturing its charm.  Julie also did a painting of boats in Isafjordur, Iceland.  From these paintings, you really get a feel of what Iceland is like.  Lastly, Barbara did a painting of the Northern Lights.  Although we didn't see them since the sun doesn't set in July, Barbara had fun experimenting with the wet into wet technique to give that atmospheric look.  My son, Kevin, is going to Iceland in December, so maybe he will get to see the spectacular aurora borealis.  He certainly won't have to worry about too much sun in December!

I have to say that the students on board the Cunard were one of the nicest groups I've ever met.  They were all so enthusiastic and they worked hard on each project.  I will miss all of them and hope that they send me paintings that they do back home.  If they do, I'll post them.  Hopefully, I've exposed people to the joy of painting.

by Debra Sult
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Northern Lights
by Barbara Corfe
Potters Bar, England
Botanical Gardens in Iceland
by Julie Micallef
Buckinghamshire, UK
by Julie Micallef
Buckinghamshire, UK

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Closing of the Show at Allen Lawrence Fine Art

Evening Sky Over Georgetown
by Jane McElvany Coonce
I took my show down today after a very successful closing reception.  I want to thank Allen Pierce for all the work he did on this show.  He was the one that made is so successful.  He is so hardworking, and so diligent about getting the word out about the show.  He never stops thinking of ways to promote the art work.  He really is an amazing gentleman.  If you haven't met him, you need to.  He's a man going places!

All of the paintings below found a new home.  I helped install the top one, Evening Sky Over Georgetown, at the home of Carol and Steven Goldman.  They have such a beautiful home and I feel honored that they selected one of my paintings to hang in their home among their art collection.  And they have quite a collection!
As Evening Sets on Georgetown
by JMC
Fleeting Light Over Georgetown
by JMC
Pansies in a Blue and White Bowl
by JMC

Bright Skies Over Georgetown
by JMC
Rowing Past Key Bridge
by JMC

Friday, August 7, 2015

Closing Reception at Allen Lawrence Fine Art

Fleeting Light Over Georgetown
by Jane McElvany Coonce

Allen Lawrence Fine Art is having a closing night reception of my work this Saturday, August 8 from 6 - 9.  The show, "The Magnificent Riverscapes of Jane McElvany Coonce,"has been very successful.  I want to thank Allen for all that he has done for me.  Allen is also a realtor for Keller Williams Capital Properties and if he sells houses the way he sells art, this is the man for you!  Come meet him and visit with me.   

The location is 2115 Newport Place, NW, Suite A, Washington, DC.

or call 202-600-5377

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hiding in Plain Sight

Bottles by Candlelight
by Jane McElvany Coonce
The Arlington Artists Alliance sponsored a juried show called "Hiding In Plain Sight."  It's a show with virtually no theme except you have to hide the search icon in the painting somewhere.  The search icon is that little magnifying glass that's on the computer. Can you find it in my painting?

I entered the juried show and was excited I got accepted.  I was even more thrilled when I found out I won 2nd place!!!!  The awards ceremony is Friday night at the reception.  I hope you can come.

The show is at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City located at 2100 Crystal Drive.  The opening reception is this Friday form 5 to 8 pm.  If you can't make it Friday, the show hangs until August 29.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Orkney Islands, Scotland

Beached Boat on the Orkney Islands
original watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
David Bridges
(with the help of his wife Jenny)
Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK
Ryuji Kato
London, England
Mikako Kato
London, England
Our last port, on the trip, was to the Orkeney Islands. These islands are part of Scotland.  It was my favorite stop!  The landscape was beautiful as was the light.  One of the nice things about doing cruises is that you stop at a lot of ports, and you can decide which ones you'd like to come back to.  Tom agreed that he would like to come back here for a week or two and explore the islands.
Barbara Corfe
Potters Bar, England
Gavin Rendall
Eastbourne, England

Paso Robles, California, USA
My students did their best job on this painting and I think you can see how much people have grown in such a short amount of time.  Gavin Rendall, who also teaches on the cruise ships, spent part of his youth in the Orkney Islands.  I can see why people who live there become painters.  It's magical!
Joan Madsen
Camberey, Surrey UK
Liz Burnell
Leeds, UK
Kim Chaplin
Kent, UK
Babrielle O'Cormon
Rebecca Strong
Bristol, UK

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